Have Gun - Will Travel

A Proof of Love

Season 5, Ep 5, Aired 10/14/61
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  • Episode Description
  • Paladin receives a letter from Henry Grey, asking him to come and "learn" Henry how to shoot. Apparently Henry bought a mail-order bride, who, after three days, left Henry for neighbor Rud Saxon, who "ain't no pushover". Henry wants to learn to fight so that he can either retrieve his bride, or the money that he paid for her.

  • Cast & Crew
  • George Kennedy

    Rud Saxon

  • Sam Rolfe

  • Herb Meadow

  • Shirley O'Hara

    Mrs. Grey

  • Johnny Western

    "Ballad of Paladin"

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • A delightful episode. I'm not used to seeing Charles Bronson as a shy mama's boy, but he plays it beautifully. Paladin's extensive knowledge of all things female serves him in good stead.

    By dkhenderson1, Jan 23, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Paladin: I'm looking for Henry Grey? Mrs. Grey: What do you want with him? Paladin: Well, it's a personal matter. Mrs. Grey: I give birth to him, tain't nothin' more personal than that. Paladin: Yes, ma'am.

    • Paladin: I'm Paladin. Henry: Henry Grey. I'm ready when you are. Paladin: Well, Henry, before I take you on, I'd like to know what this is all about. Henry: Well...I bought me a mail-order woman. I paid out fifty in cash to the marriage man, a hundred and eighty-five dollars and sixty-six cents to transport her from New York City. And another thirty-seven dollars for all kinds of odds and ends. I got receipts fer 'em. Now, three days after she gets out here, I no sooner turn around, than she's gone over to Rud Saxon on the next farm. Mr. Paladin, I got to learn how to shoot. Paladin: You want her back. Henry: I want my money back. I'll pay you half of my refund for learnin' me how to shoot. Paladin: That'd make my share about a hundred and thirty dollars?

    • Paladin: Callie, Henry Grey spent a lot of hard-earned money to bring you here. Now, since Rud Saxon is getting all the benefit from it, I think Henry's entitled to a refund.
      Callie: Henry Grey is a moulari. You understand? You agree?
      Paladin: No, I do not agree that he is a jackass. He's a proud man, and you stripped him of his pride.
      Callie: I never do a thing like this to a man.
      Paladin: Well, what then, Callie? You accept his proposal, his money, then walk away and leave him an object of ridicule?
      allie: I do not mean to do this.
      Paladin: Callie, hey, you think it's fair, that Henry should spend his life savings to bring you here for Rud Saxon?
      Callie: I would have been good to him. I was meant to be good to my husband, to give him many many children! But also I was meant to sing, to laugh, and to dance. And this Henry Grey and his mama--three days! And then--you saw, you understand.

    • (The Greys and Paladin are sitting out on the porch in the evening. Sounds of revelry are in the air.) Paladin: Well, that sounds like quite a party over there. That girl must have really upset your routine when she lived here. I suppose you're just as well out of it. Girl like that would never understand your way of life. Mrs. Grey: Our way is the right way. The way it's always been. Always will be. Paladin: You know, it's shattering to think how many people might possibly agree with you. Myself, I've always favored the freer in spirit. But if your way of life brings you happiness...then it's the right way. And Henry--you should find yourself a woman with no nonsense about her. Nice, quiet, docile kind of girl, that would live here in the house with you and your mother and do tomorrow exactly what she did today, and right on time. Girl like Callie's not for you. "He who shuts out Love, in turn shall be shut out from Love, and on her threshold, lie howling in the outer darkness." Now what do you suppose make me think of that? Alfred Tennyson.

    • (Alone on the hall floor, Callie starts to dance while singing in Greek. Paladin translates the gist of the song to Henry) Paladin: She says she's young and beautiful, and can love whom she desires. And if it is written in her fate, to a foreign land she must go. Give her love.... Well, Henry. You want your woman back? Henry: Yeah. I gotta have her back. Paladin: (Pulling out his flask) Would you, uh, like a little more of this courage before you, uh-- Henry: Oh. No siree, I know what that is, and there ain't no Grey ever been a drinkin' man. Paladin: Well, there ain't no Grey ever had a wife called Kalliope, either.

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    Notes (1)

    • This episode was filmed in part at the Abbott Ranch in Prineville Oregon. The hall sequences were filmed at the officer's club at Camp Abbott.

    Trivia (1)

    • We learn that Paladin also understands Greek and even mentions going back to Greece.

    Allusions (1)

    • Paladin was paraphrasing a bit from Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892). "He that shuts love out, in turn shall be Shut out from love, and on her threshold lie, Howling in outer darkness." The line is from the poem "To ----: I send you here a sort of allegory". (1833)

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