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Creating a fake sandstorm was no easy task while filming The Rifleman  

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flabirder
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This article was on MeTV.com yesterday. It's about the making of the episode Ordeal. I thought it was very interesting. I love learning how special effects were done on the old westerns. :happycowboy:

https://www.metv.com/stories/creating-a-fake-sandstorm-was-no-easy-task-while-filming-the-rifleman

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Posted : 12/09/2020 9:16 am
Zanza
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Gunfighter

Thanks for sharing, Flabirder! That certainly sounds like it was harrowing. I thought they did that particular scene on a soundstage and just blew up some dirt for a few minutes. They certainly were dedicated!

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Posted : 12/09/2020 11:52 am
Cowgirl
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I also have an article on the ranch website about this sand storm: The Rifleman 1959 October TV Guide Article, it's called pardon our dust.....

Thanks flabirder for sharing this article.


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Posted : 14/09/2020 7:05 am
Zanza
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Gunfighter

Thanks for sharing, Cowgirl.

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Posted : 14/09/2020 7:28 am
Judy
 Judy
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Micah Torrance Ranch Hand, Alumni

Thanks to Flabirder and Cowgirl, for your interesting articles. I enjoyed both of them! :happycowboy:

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Posted : 14/09/2020 8:50 am
flabirder
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Thanks for the article Cowgirl. It was interesting. Too bad they couldn't use the real sand storm in the episode.

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Posted : 01/10/2020 2:14 pm
wildwest
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Lucas McCain/The Rifleman Ranch Hand, Alumni

this was an interesting story. I am even surprised that in the 1950's they were even careful enough for the actors and all involved to use fake sand. probably better for everyones health

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Posted : 03/10/2020 8:29 am
Zanza
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Gunfighter

this was an interesting story. I am even surprised that in the 1950's they were even careful enough for the actors and all involved to use fake sand. probably better for everyones health
Well, it was in the United States and Johnny was just a kid and absolutely vital for the success of the show. Those factors probably made them super cautious about doing scenes that could be hazardous for the stars.

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Posted : 03/10/2020 8:51 am
flabirder
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this was an interesting story. I am even surprised that in the 1950's they were even careful enough for the actors and all involved to use fake sand. probably better for everyones health

Well, it was in the United States and Johnny was just a kid and absolutely vital for the success of the show. Those factors probably made them super cautious about doing scenes that could be hazardous for the stars.

I agree. They may not have been so cautious with the adults but they didn't take chances with kids. Besides that, real sandstorms can severly damage equipment & even in the 50s, those cameras and lights were super expensive.

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Posted : 03/10/2020 3:33 pm
Zanza
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Gunfighter

I didn't think about the equipment but you're right, Flabirder. A real sandstorm could have destroyed equipment that would have been pretty expensive to replace.

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Posted : 03/10/2020 3:45 pm
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