Saturday, December 02, 2017

"The Rifleman" Bad Guy Kills

Sneak Peek all the 'bad guy' kills from 5 seasons of the western TV series "The Rifleman" created by writer/director Sam Peckinpah, gaining a new generation of fans for actor Chuck Connors as 'Lucas McCain' and Johnny Crawford as his son 'Mark', airing every Saturday morning on AMC:

Peckinpah, developed, wrote and directed many of the best episodes from the first season, basing characters and situations on real-life scenarios from his childhood growing up on a ranch.

His insistence on violent realism and complex characterizations, as well as his refusal to sugarcoat the lessons he felt the Rifleman's son needed to learn about life, soon put him at odds with producers at Four Star and he left the show... create another TV series "The Westerner" followed by directing the western features "Major Dundee" and "The Wild Bunch".

The trick feature of The Rifleman's 'rifle' was a screw pin attached to the large loop lever...

...positioned to trip the trigger when the ring was slammed home, allowing Lucas to rapid-fire the gun, similar to a semi-automatic.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Rifleman"...