"The Rifleman" TV series was originally created and developed by Sam Peckinpah, who would later go on to be a director of classic westerns and action films. Chuck Connors played the part of Luke McCain, and Johnny Crawford was Mark McCain, his son. With that aside, Johnny Crawford actually was the real star, and scene-stealer of the show. He was so believable as Mark McCain.. Even before the series was over, Johnny became an overnight teen-idol, and singing sensation with many hit records to his credit. It is not well known but Johnny was one of the original Mickey Mouse Club Mousekeeters in 1955. You will notice by watching the episodes of "The Rifleman" below, that Johnny had a very, very mellifluous speaking voice. It was so cool to listen to him say his lines. "The Rifleman" TV series aired from 1958 to 1963. In this edition of Endyr's Movie Theater we are featuring two classic installments from "The Rifleman": "The Long Goodbye" and "A Time For Singing".
The Rifleman - "The Long Goodbye"
The Rifleman - "A Time For Singing"