Have Gun - Will Travel

CBS (ended 1963)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 6 : Ep 32

    Face of a Shadow

    Aired 4/20/63

  • S 6 : Ep 31

    The Black Bull

    Aired 4/13/63

  • S 6 : Ep 30

    Two Plus One

    Aired 4/6/63

  • S 6 : Ep 29

    Lady of the Fifth Moon

    Aired 3/30/63

  • S 6 : Ep 28

    The Eve of St. Elmo

    Aired 3/23/63

  • Cast & Crew
  • Richard Boone


  • Lisa Lu

    Hey Girl

  • Kam Tong

    Hey Boy

  • Dabbs Greer

    Doc Halsop

  • Al Ruscio


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  • Paladin was not your normal gunfighter. He was an educated and a traveled man. A West Point graduate, he served as a Union officer during the Civil War. After the war, he went west and became a high-priced 'gun for hire.' He was based at the Hotel Carlton in San Francisco and enjoyed the finer things in life. He dressed in fancy clothes, enjoyed fine wine, gourmet food, opera, expensive cigars and he could play the piano. He read newspapers from all over the West looking for situations in which he could help, for a fee. Sometimes Hey Boy, the Oriental porter who worked at the Carlton, would bring Paladin a letter or 'wire' asking for his help. Usually, within the first few minutes, he was dressed for 'business' and on the trail. When working, he dressed completely in black including a black hat with a band of silver conchos and a custom holster with a silver chess knight on it. He carried a custom made pistol which was perfectly balanced and had a rifled barrel. He preferred to settle problems without violence whenever possible, but if forced to fight, he excelled. A master marksman and a quick draw, he was a match for most any man. And for those 'difficult times' he kept a derringer hidden under his belt, which saved his life on many occasions. His rifle, which was rarely used, also had a silver chess knight on the stock. This leads us to believe it was as carefully made as the pistol he carried. Before resorting to violence, Paladin would put his rich education and experience to work to try to find an alternate solution. In spite of his profession, he had a deep respect for the law and would often turn on his employers if he found they were the guilty party.moreless

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  • Quotes (1110)

    • (Reade looks at Paladin's card) Reade: Oh. A fast gun, eh? Paladin: Fast enough.

    • Reade: I know the breed. They can't work. Can't sleep. Gotta have action. And money. Paladin: And that brings me to my fee.

    • Reade: If I couldn't bring him back here with 26 men, just how do you think you can bring him back here alone? Paladin: The Greek phalanx was developed out of a specific need. They fought shoulder-to-shoulder on small battlefields, and they were considered invincible. Then the Macedonians hit them with cavalry, and that was the end of the phalanx. There are all kinds of tactics, Mr. Reade. Reade: Ex-Army officer, huh? Paladin: Among other things.

    • Enderby: If I did half the things folks say I did, I'd be dancing at rope's end long ago. Paladin: There's still time.

    • Paladin: Well, Dave, the marshal's waiting for you. Let's travel. It's the Golden Gate for me, and I wonder what kind for you.

    • Nancy: Aren't we ever going to rest? Paladin: I guess we can now. He'll be catching up to us about now. Between the two of us, we left a clear enough trail for him to follow. Nancy: Between the two--? Paladin: If the trail was any longer, you'd have a real problem in modesty.

    • Paladin: I didn't agree to become an accessory to murder. There's a warrant out for this bushwhacker, and you're going to let the law take him. Reade: I'm paying for him and he's mine! Paladin: Only as a son-in-law. And the hangman will arrange a quick divorce.

    • Paladin: I don't think you got a very good look at this gun while you had it. The balance is perfect. This trigger responds to a pressure of one ounce. If you look carefully in the barrel you'll see the lines of rifling. It's a rarity in a hand weapon. This gun was handcrafted to my specifications and I rarely draw it unless I mean to use it....Would you care for a demonstration?

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    Notes (74)

    • In an extreme rarity, Janice Rule and Jack Lord are listed at the opening, after Richard Boone. In the closing credits, they are listed with a larger font than the other guest stars.

    • Gene Roddenberry formed the plot of this episode around a little-known bit of American military history: the Army attempted to create a desert "Camel Corps", on the reasonable premise that camels would be more efficient in desert terrain than horses. The experiment was deemed a failure.

    • This could be viewed as Paladin's first "non-client" case. Although he does acquire the whole town as a client mid-way through the episode, it began for him simply as a challenge (and in the end the town didn't pay a fee).

    • A surprizing tidbit: the first time Paladin is struck in the series is by a woman, Martha Whitehorse.

    • The small 'horse head' watch fob which Paladin purchases in this episode shows up later in another episode, Ella West.

    • The bride says she and her fiance wrote letters to each other over the past 2 years. When her mother died, he sent her the money to clear up her debts and join him in Texas. This was not a mail-order bride. She and her new husband met, much like people today do online, by advertising for a pen pal in a "lonely hearts column." These columns were a regular part of newspapers up through the 1950s and continued to appear in some newspapers and magazines through the 1990s.

    • John Dehner, who plays Ben Marquette in this episode, played Paladin on the radio version of Have Gun Will Travel.

    • Peggy Rea and Denver Pyle would appear together again some 22 years later in The Dukes of Hazzard with Peggy playing a recurring character also named Lulu.

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    Trivia (159)

    • Three episodes further on, in "A Matter of Ethics", Paladin would be seen purchasing a custom-made chess knight charm. In this episode, as he stands talking with Alcorn, you can see him already wearing it.

    • (nitpick) Although Joseph Whitehorse's horse may have died later from being shot, but it was clearly not dead when they showed it on the ground. Its chest can be seen moving.

    • (Nitpick) Paladin's reputation might have preceeded him, but that doesn't explain how Miguel Rojas not only knew about his two-shot derringer, but exactly where he kept it hidden.

    • When Dooley was walking the rope across the saloon, Rena saw Bolo cutting the rope, and Paladin and others saw him holding the knife. It would have shortened the show, but it's surprising that Paladin didn't demand that Dooley be allowed to do the stunt over or force Marquette to forfeit the bet.

    • The end credits identify actor Joe Bassett's character as "Matt Garson." However, at the 8:09 mark, Jared calls him "Russ."

    • The box of guns is seen at several points during the episode, and the size of it seems to change a little. However, at no point does it look large enough to contain fifty rifles, much less a thousand rounds of ammunition.

    • (Goof) Carlos Valdez is introduced with his arm in a sling. Later, the lawyer comments that Carlos got his arm broken during a "discussion" with Jared. After the confrontation near the end of the episode, Paladin calls down Carlos and Pedro. As they walk down, you can see Carlos, holding a gun in his good hand, reach up and adjust his hat with his "broken" arm.

    • (Continuity error) Near the end of the scene where Paladin is talking with Lulu the Laundress, he turns as someone blasts a hole in his spare shirt. Lulu knocks him down with a bucket, then picks up her laundry tub and sloshes the water all over him. The next instant, as the men surround him, Paladin is dry, at least from the waist up. The camera cuts as he starts to stand up, and his back is shown soaking wet. When the camera cuts to a medium shot, his back is dry again. The camera dissolves to the next scene, where Paladin is being ordered to leave town. He's sitting on his horse, and his shirt is all wet.

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    Allusions (58)

    • Paladin quotes the poet Robert Browning (1812-1887). "Tis not what man does that exalts him, but what man would do!" (Saul, 1855) "{Ah, but}a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?" (Andrea del Sarto 1855).

    • The character of Ella West is clearly based on at least two women: Annie Oakley (1860-1926) and Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Burke, 1852-1903). Annie Oakley was a famed sharpshooter who joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show (although she always dressed in a reasonably feminine style), while Calamity Jane, also known for her marksmanship, was probably better known for her masculine attire and behavior.

    • Paladin twice refers to Omar Khayyam. Khayyam (1048-1131) was a renowned astronomer and mathematician, but only considered a minor poet. Edward Fitzgerald (1809-1883) gained access to the Persian manuscripts through a scholar friend, and published "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam" in 1859. ("Rubaiyat" means "quatrains", following a rhyme scheme.) The poem would have fallen into obscurity but for Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who found a copy, fell in love with it, and introduced it to his poet friends, who spread it to the public. It is now considered the most popular poem in the English language.

    • Paladin refers to his hero, Roman Emperor Hadrian. Publius Aelius Hadrianus (January 24, 76-July 10, 138), Emperor of Rome from 117-138. He is probably best known for Hadrian's Wall, a stone-and-turf wall built across the north of England, from Solway Firth to the Tyne. Begun in 122 and completed in 128, it was meant to protect Roman Britain from the northern tribes. A significant portion of the wall still exists today and is a popular tourist attraction.

    • Paladin alludes to Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), best known for the book Don Quixote de la Mancha. According to Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (15th edition), the line Paladin quoted is simply an anonymous Spanish proverb. This may be a case where a popular author (like Mark Twain in the United States) is ascribed many sayings that he did not actually say.

    • During the scene in the saloon, one of the townsmen refers to the town of North Fork, eighty miles away from Three Winds. Two episodes further on, North Fork will be mentioned in passing in the episode "Three Sons". Two episodes after that, Paladin visits the actual town in "Twenty-four Hours at North Fork".

    • Rupe Bosworth mentions "the road to North Fork". Paladin would visit that town just two episodes later in "24 Hours at North Fork".

    • Paladin's Shakespeare quote of the day comes from Measure for Measure (written around 1604-1605). Act 1, scene iv, line 78.

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