As a kid of the fifties, THE RIFLEMAN was a particular favorite. I mean, there was a kid in it about my age doing things I desperately thought I wanted to do in that period. An honest to gosh cowboy, riding horses and everything.
Though I wasn’t aware of it at hat time, Sam Peckinpah was a young writer cutting his teeth on many western series during that period, one of which was The Rifleman. I’ve seen a number he wrote for the show since ME-TV has been running them twice a day. The two parter below, caught recently though, was written by actor Robert Culp.
The third episode is DEATH NEVER RIDES ALONE and guests future spaghetti western star Lee Van Cleef as an old friend of Lucas, a gunman who wants to retire to a quiet place.