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The Rifleman Scripts

Post by cowgirl » Wed May 17, 2017 6:51 pm

cowgirl:49349 wrote:This is from an article with information about a new western/The Rifleman.  I don't know what newspaper/magazine it came from.  It is dated Tuesday, March 26, 1957.

Gramercy Planning 'Rifleman' Series
Gramercy Pictures, headed by Jules Levy, Arthur Gardner and Arnold Laven, planned immediate production of a TV series based on a song, “The Rifleman” by Herschel Burke Gilbert and Pat Fielder, being published by RKO Music Co. Song recounts the exploits of a rugged, rifle-carrying adventurer of the late 19th Century.  Sam Peckinpah has scripted the first several segments and a western star is being sought for the title role.

The Rifleman Lyrics - http://www.riflemanconnors.com/hbg-riflemanlyrics.htm

FYI – Gramercy Pictures – Under the direction of Jules V. Levy, Arthur Gardner and Arnold Laven, Levy-Gardner-Laven Productions has been a consistent supplier of well-crafted entertainment, from such films as Vice Squad (1953), Geronimo (1962) and The McKenzie Break (1970), to TV Series like The Rifleman, The Detectives and The Big Valley.  During the 1950’s Gramercy Pictures was a company that applied their professionalism to the science fiction horror genres in four films, three of which ranked with the best of that decade’s independently produced thrillers:  The Monster Which Changed the World, The Vampire and The Return of Dracula.

You can read more about this online or Google Gramercy Pictures…..
http://books.google.com/books?id=L8PK4j ... cy&f=false

I have copies of 4 of the Rifleman Scripts - 'The Sharpshooter' - 'The High Country' - 'The Tinhorn' & 'Lou Mallory.'

I thought I would post some of the scenes that differ and any comments that were written on the pages.  Some of you might have already read some of the changes on the ranch's website.  But for those of you who haven't I thought I would post them.  To the ones who have already read these scripts you might enjoy reading them again or find something different.

I hope you enjoy them!

I thought it would be neat for you to participate and post what you read/see different in each scene and make any comments that pertain to this scene.

I will post only a little at a time, that way we can follow better what is being posted.
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Re: The Rifleman Scripts

Post by cowgirl » Wed May 17, 2017 6:51 pm

cowgirl:49350 wrote:"The Rifleman" (Pilot)

'The Sharpshooter' aka 'The Shooting Match' by Sam Peckinpah

Script: Three men sit quietly on horseback looking O. S.  They are Jim Lewis (Leif Erickson), Tom Lewis and Carl Lamprey (Mickey Simpson).  Both Jim and Tom Lewis are hard faced men in their early forties, their sharp clothes and manners contrasting with the bulk and ill-concealed savagery of Lamprey.  Prominent in close foreground is a sign nailed on a tree.  The sign reads: For Sale – DUNLAP RANCH – 4100 acres.  SEE JUDGE HANAVAN, NORTH FORK.  Jim motions with his cigar and the others follow his glaze.

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Post by cowgirl » Wed May 17, 2017 6:52 pm

Western Gal:49352 wrote:The sign changed or perhaps there were two of them :

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Was it 4 miles south to find Judge Hanavan or 4 miles south to the Dunlap Ranch ? Also no mention of the number of acres for sale.

One sign appeared to be nailed to a stake in the ground at the meeting place, which I always thought was the Dunlap Ranch. The other one was nailed to a tree at the actual Dunlap Ranch.
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Re: The Rifleman Scripts

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cowgirl:49361 wrote:
Script: Three men sit quietly on horseback looking O. S.  They are Jim Lewis (Leif Erickson), Tom Lewis and Carl Lamprey (Mickey Simpson).  Both Jim and Tom Lewis are hard faced men in their early forties, their sharp clothes and manners contrasting with the bulk and ill-concealed savagery of Lamprey.  Prominent in close foreground is a sign nailed on a tree.  The sign reads: For Sale – DUNLAP RANCH – 4100 acres.  SEE JUDGE HANAVAN, NORTH FORK.  Jim motions with his cigar and the others follow his glaze.
Three men sit quietly on horseback looking O. S.
Does anybody know what O. S. is?

In the episode they never mention Tom Lewis, Jim's brother and no credit given.

Maybe the writer's changed their mind about a brother.  The third man that rides into the ranch is Archie Butler.  Archie never got credit for this.  I always thought Archie as one of Jim Lewis' men. In the scene where Lucas is on his way to the saloon, after Jim Kills Wes Tippert, we hear Jim call Archie, Abe.  Too bad they didn't give credit to all of the extras back then.

Also the ranch they ride into, if that is suppose to be the Dunlap ranch, then the house is all wrong.

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Re: The Rifleman Scripts

Post by cowgirl » Wed May 17, 2017 6:53 pm

cowgirl:49362 wrote:
Was it 4 miles south to find Judge Hanavan or 4 miles south to the Dunlap Ranch ? Also no mention of the number of acres for sale.
The sign you posted Western Gal sure is confusing.  

The sign I posted does state how many acres, but you'd think they would make note of the amount of acreage on all of the signs.

We never really did find out how far it really is to North Fork/McCain Ranch.

http://www.riflemanconnors.com/how_far_2_north_fork.htm
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Post by cowgirl » Wed May 17, 2017 7:11 pm

Ava:49363 wrote:
Does anybody know what O. S. is?
Off-stage?
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Post by cowgirl » Wed May 17, 2017 7:11 pm

cowgirl:49366 wrote:Thanks Ava!  :wink:
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Re: The Rifleman Scripts

Post by cowgirl » Wed May 17, 2017 7:12 pm

cowgirl:49372 wrote:Here is another scene.....

Full shot: Riding toward the Camera are Wes Tippert and Vernon.  Wes is a tall, wiry old man, grey-haired, dust-greyed clothes, dirty hands, red drinker's face, flabby stomach: an old far man growing thin. Vernon is a pleasant faced, well-built kid wearing two guns is special cutaway holsters.

Closer angle moving shot:

Wes: I'll do the talkin'.

The boy nods and camera pans as they ride to halt before the Lewis Brothers.

Closer shot:

Jim Lewis: You Tippert? (as Wes nods)

Let's see him operate.

Wes: Your wire said five hundred dollars and half of all bets -- is that right?

Tom Lewis: If he wins --

Wes: He'll win.

Jim Lewis: Show us why.

Wes nods and faster than the eye can follow, Vernon draws and fires.

Medium shot sign.

A bullet centers "O".

Close Shot: Vernon
He fires with amazing rapidity, five shots sounding like one.

Closer shot sign:
The "O" is hit four more times, each sot marking a point of the compass.

Close group shot:
Vernon begins to casually reload as the Lewis Brothers stare at him amazed.
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Re: The Rifleman Scripts

Post by cowgirl » Wed May 17, 2017 7:12 pm

Western Gal:49374 wrote:
cowgirl:49372 wrote:Here is another scene.....

Full shot: Riding toward the Camera are Wes Tippert and Vernon.  Wes is a tall, wiry old man, grey-haired, dust-greyed clothes, dirty hands, red drinker's face, flabby stomach: an old far man growing thin. Vernon is a pleasant faced, well-built kid wearing two guns is special cutaway holsters.
Wes didn't look tall compared to all the other men in the episode.

Vernon only carried one gun.
A bullet centers "O".

Close Shot: Vernon
He fires with amazing rapidity, five shots sounding like one.

Closer shot sign:
The "O" is hit four more times, each sot marking a point of the compass.
It sounded like five separate shots, but not as though he fired one shot and then rapidly fired four more.
Close group shot:
Vernon begins to casually reload as the Lewis Brothers stare at him amazed.
Don't remember Vernon starting to reload and Jim Lewis just smiled as he and his two companions turned around and rode off.
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Re: The Rifleman Scripts

Post by cowgirl » Wed May 17, 2017 7:12 pm

Ava:49377 wrote:
Wes: Your wire said five hundred dollars and half of all bets -- is that right?
In the episode Wes days "letter" instead of "wire."
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