The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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Which Way'd They Go? 

It seems to be the end of the line for the Jackman clan after their farm is put up for sale to pay back taxes. It's clear they weren't cut out for farming and go off to Paradise, a nearby ... See full summary »


Arnold Laven


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Episode cast overview:
Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain
Paul Fix ... Micah Torrance (credit only)
Patricia Blair ... Lou Mallory (credit only)
Conlan Carter Conlan Carter ... Haslam Jackman
Mickey Manners Mickey Manners ... Moss Jackman
John Craig John Craig ... Bo Jackman
Beatrice Kay ... Goldie Drain
Dal McKennon ... Judge Moze
Leo Gordon ... Stack Wade
Vito Scotti ... Marcello Ciabini
Peter Whitney ... Nebeneezer Jackman


It seems to be the end of the line for the Jackman clan after their farm is put up for sale to pay back taxes. It's clear they weren't cut out for farming and go off to Paradise, a nearby town. They arrive to find that the position of town Marshal is vacant and family patriarch Nebeneezert takes the job and deputizes his three sons. They soon realize just what they've got themselves into when they see that all of the badges have bullet holes in them. When bank robbers come to town, Lucas helps them keep the peace. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western





Release Date:

1 April 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Which Way'd They Go? See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Unsold pilot for a stand-alone series focused on the Jackson family and the residents of Paradise Valley. (Source: Unsold Television Pilots: 1955-1989 By Lee Goldberg) See more »


In the bar, Lucas appears to be drinking a light-colored liquid. In another shot, the liquid is dark. See more »


[first lines]
Deputy: Thanks for the hammer, Neb.
Nebeneezer Jackman: You're mighty welcome, Deputy.
Lucas McCain: We sure are sorry to see you leave, Neb.
Nebeneezer Jackman: You ain't no sorrier than I am, Lucas.
Lucas McCain: We all have to pay taxes. You know that.
Moss Jackman: [reading aloud] According to section 7, paragraph 6 of the territorial tax laws, payment on land taxes is required on or before...
Nebeneezer Jackman: Who's side are you on, Moss?
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Crazy Credits

Chuck Connors breaks the 4th wall in the opening credits after he shoots his rifle and then stares into the camera. See more »

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A comedy of many errors.
7 December 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Right from the beginning of the episode the feeling was that this show was going to be a dud. Sure enough, this episode proved true. Peter Whitney, who always does a nice job playing rough type characters, is miscast as a bumbling father with buffoonish sons that happens into a town needing a sheriff. So the father volunteers his services and his stupid sons to serve as sheriff(s) thinking it will be an easy job.

However there has been a prison escape and the criminals just so happen ride into the town that is protected by clownish family. The dunce family believes the criminals are sent to help protect the bank from being robbed.

This was a harsh episode to watch. The writers made the family so daffy that the viewer could not take the show seriously. It was like watching a show design by an eight year old rather than adult western drama writers. It just was not funny. How they got Leo Gordon, a renown western actor, to play in this tragic episode is beyond belief.

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