The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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The Safe Guard 

A Texas gunslinger is hired to protect the bank of North Fork. When he appears at the McCain Ranch, he doesn't leave a very good impression with Lucas, and for good reason - he has a secret. Mark is proud when he sells his first pig.


Joseph H. Lewis


David Swift


Episode complete credited cast:
Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain
Claude Akins ... Floyd Doniger
Marc Lawrence ... Gavin
Harlan Warde ... John Hamilton
Hope Summers ... Hattie Denton
Dennis Cross Dennis Cross ... Witcherly
Mel Carter Mel Carter ... Walkerman
Fritz Ford Fritz Ford ... Mr. Jones
Sidney Blackmer ... Judge Hanavan




The new Bank of North Fork is about to open and hires a gunslinger, Floyd Doniger, for security. The President of the bank, John Maysfield Hamilton sees a future for the community and impresses everyone, including robbers who already have their eye on the place. Doniger's gone straight but knows the bank robbers who assume he has his own plans for the bank. Mark has sold his first pig and he deposits the $5 he's made in the new bank, just as the robbers strike. It's left to Lucas to sort it out and save the bank. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western


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In this show it is learned that Mark's middle name is 'Warren'. When he is at the bank, the banker is filling out paperwork and says "Mark Warren". See more »


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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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North Fork finally gets a bank
14 December 2014 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Here is another well performed episode as North Fork finally gets a bank. John Hamilton, the bank's President, is trying to get the people of the town to finally place their money in a bank rather than bury the currency on their property. He shows off the brand new metal safe and even has hired a guard, Floyd Doniger (Claude Akins), as security guard just in case of any attempts at a bank robbery. Floyd even puts on a little shooting skill demonstration for the citizens of North Fork.

There are three suspicious men that ride into town that even the novice watcher knows is amiss. The three talk the bank guard, Floyd, into going in with them and robbing the bank in the expectation of splitting the loot four ways.

Right after Mark deposits his five dollars for selling a pig (Lucas was not fond of banks from a previous incident) the plan, that the four guys mastermind, is put into place. The three arrive at the bank and force Mr Hamilton to give them the money but things are not going to go as planned.

The entire show was well performed and the script was very entertaining. Claude Akins was nicely cast as the guard as he always does a nice job of bring the character to life. The only problem, or thing I did not understand, was the ending of the show. Even with Lucas losing money after a bank default years ago, right at the end of the show he agrees to place his money in the North Fork bank. And right before the screen fades to black he tells Mark, "Sometimes there's a good reason for a man to change his mind"-- was not sure of the reason. Was it the banker, Mark depositing his money, the Judge or just he wanted to make the town work? Guess that is for the viewer to decide. Good watch.

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18 November 1958 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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