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Re: The Rifleman Scripts

Post by cowgirl » Wed May 17, 2017 7:20 pm

Ava:49458 wrote:
McCain, unlike the majority of men at that time, wears no pistol but carries over his arm, a short barreled carbine, vaguely reminiscent of the Winchester 30-30.  After a moment, he pulls his horse to a halt on the skyline and looks back over the wild land that lies behind him.  The he dismounts and turns to the country stretched below.
The rifle is holstered, not carried over Lucas's arm. The description doesn't sound like the rifle we see Lucas use later. Lucas doesn't look behind him, but Mark does. Neither of them dismount in this scene.
McCain: It's new and mighty fine country, son.  We'll start from here.
Lucas says the first sentence, not the second. He and Mark have the "no looking back" exchange here, something that's not in your script, Cowgirl. Those lines were given a lot of importance in the Peckinpah bio, but it looks as if they were written later.
McCain and Mark ride beside a wide, slow moving, oak surrounded stream.  Around them, feeding in the tall grass are fifteen or twenty head of cattle.  Noticing the sign advertising the Dunlap Ranch, McCain turns his horse for a closer look.
I didn't notice a stream or any cattle before they arrived at the sign, which was at the ranch itself.

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Re: The Rifleman Scripts

Post by cowgirl » Wed May 17, 2017 7:21 pm

cowgirl:49460 wrote:Very good Ava!  I think you are really enjoying this.  One thing I also thought was questionable was this.....
Lucas says the first sentence, not the second. He and Mark have the "no looking back" exchange here, something that's not in your script, Cowgirl. Those lines were given a lot of importance in the Peckinpah bio, but it looks as if they were written later.
I think the reason this is not in the script is because LGL (Levy, Gardner & Laven) used some clips from the original 'Sharpshooter' from Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre and added new scenes for "The Rifleman" (LGL).

That's why 'The Sharpshooter' has so many what we call 'bloopers' but they are really changes.

http://www.riflemanconnors.com/bloopers ... hooter.htm

I would say that the pilot from Zane Grey is probably true to the original script.  I don't know where those changes are.

Just wait until you see the ending!  

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I just had to do that!  We have a long way until the ending. smiley_book

Ok, on to the next scene.
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Re: The Rifleman Scripts

Post by cowgirl » Wed May 17, 2017 7:21 pm

cowgirl:49491 wrote:Closer Angle
McCain studies the sign then turns to look over the country around him.

McCain: (pleased - a little excited)
How does it look to you, Mark?

Mark: (his eyes shining)
It looks good.

McCain steps off his horse and feels the earth, then straightens.

McCain: (softly)
It looks good to me, too.

After a moment he turns and looks at Mark. (quietly)
All right... ?

Mark: (after a moment; nodding)
All right Dad.

McCain: Then I guess we've come far enough....

He smiles suddenly, then mounts and as they ride ahead we:

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Re: The Rifleman Scripts

Post by cowgirl » Wed May 17, 2017 7:22 pm

rooster davis:49628 wrote:
cowgirl:49491 wrote:Closer Angle

McCain steps off his horse and feels the earth, then straightens.

McCain: (softly)
It looks good to me, too.

After a moment he turns and looks at Mark. (quietly)
All right... ?

Mark: (after a moment; nodding)
All right Dad.

He smiles suddenly, then mounts and as they ride ahead we:

Dissolve:
It's probably been mentioned before but I noticed right away where Mark calls Lucas 'Dad' instead of 'Pa'. I wonder if 'Pa' wasn't actually far more common of a term then as opposed to 'Dad'...?

Just want to add a couple of things here... first I've been so swamped between work and home and holidays and other things I've barely been able to come around very much but hope to be able to rectify that. I had a major project going on at work that just drained me starting last fall.

Second, on the subject of scripts, I've got a permanent search on Ebay to notify me if anyone posts any Rifleman scripts and none ever seem to be listed there for sale.  However, thanks to Cowgirl, I have two photocopies, one of The Tin Horn and one of The Sharpshooter, and very glad to have them!

Finally - just a side note - on one of those 'Antiques Roadshows' programs someone was on recently whose uncle or grandfather was Bert Lahr, the Cowardly Lion in Wizard of Oz. The person had his actual script from the filming of the movie - and it was appraised at a likely sale price of $150,000. Holy smokes.
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Re: The Rifleman Scripts

Post by cowgirl » Wed May 17, 2017 7:22 pm

cowgirl:49639 wrote:
Second, on the subject of scripts, I've got a permanent search on Ebay to notify me if anyone posts any Rifleman scripts and none ever seem to be listed there for sale.
A few years back there was 2 original scripts for sale on EBay.  They went for a little over $500.00.

You don't see the original scripts too often, I think I saw them one other time.  As far as the copies, haven't seen them for a while.
I noticed right away where Mark calls Lucas 'Dad' instead of 'Pa'. I wonder if 'Pa' wasn't actually far more common of a term then as opposed to 'Dad'...?


In the script it does read Dad but is crossed out and Pa wrote in.

The script also states McCain steps off his horse and feels the earth, then straightens.  He then asks Mark how it looks to him.

In the LGL Sharpshooter - Lucas goes into the house and when he comes out he then ask Mark how it looks to him.

In The Sharpshooter/Shooting Match these lines are said when the are looking over the land, no house involved in the scene, just the for sale sign.
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Re: The Rifleman Scripts

Post by cowgirl » Wed May 17, 2017 7:22 pm

cowgirl:49646 wrote:
I noticed right away where Mark calls Lucas 'Dad' instead of 'Pa'. I wonder if 'Pa' wasn't actually far more common of a term then as opposed to 'Dad'...?
In what episode do we hear Mark call Lucas 'Dad?'

"I'll see you tomorrow, Dad."

Another one.....
Someone in one of the episodes refers to Lucas as “your daddy’’ when addressing Mark.

Do you know this episode?
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Re: The Rifleman Scripts

Post by cowgirl » Wed May 17, 2017 7:23 pm

Western Gal:49647 wrote:
cowgirl:49646 wrote:Another one.....
Someone in one of the episodes refers to Lucas as “your daddy’’ when addressing Mark.

Do you know this episode?
Hazel in The Vision ?
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Re: The Rifleman Scripts

Post by cowgirl » Wed May 17, 2017 7:23 pm

cowgirl:49648 wrote:Very good Western Gal!

"He's a sweet friendly boy.”  “I wish I could say the same thing for his Daddy."  

There is another episode where someone refers to Lucas as “your daddy’’ when addressing Mark.

This time it is a male.

Anybody?
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Re: The Rifleman Scripts

Post by cowgirl » Wed May 17, 2017 7:23 pm

Gloria Fortner:49660 wrote:In The Panic Mark calls Lucas "Dad" when he is leaving home with the doctor.

Does the guy who kidnaps Mark in A Friend in Need tell him his daddy would be there tomorrow?
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Re: The Rifleman Scripts

Post by cowgirl » Wed May 17, 2017 7:24 pm

cowgirl:49663 wrote:Good job Gloria!
In The Panic Mark calls Lucas "Dad" when he is leaving home with the doctor.

Does the guy who kidnaps Mark in A Friend in Need tell him his daddy would be there tomorrow?
"What happens to your 'daddy' depends on you!"

Very good Gloria!

There still is another one.....

Mark isn't being held captive, but he is separated from Lucas.
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