Have Gun - Will Travel

Odds for Big Red

Season 5, Ep 4, Aired 10/7/61
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  • Episode Description
  • Paladin is hired to bring in killer Fred Yost. Forced into a shootout in a saloon, Paladin is dismayed to find that one of the girls, Big Red, was hit in the crossfire. The local doctor is ten miles away, delivering a baby. The gamblers in the saloon begin to take odds on whether Big Red will live or die. Red's former boyfriend is betting against her--until Paladin discovers that he's a former doctor.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Richard Ney

    Guy Fremont

  • Johnny Western

    "Ballad of Paladin"

  • Robert Karnes

    Vern Potter

  • Albert Ruben

  • Virginia Capers

    Ada

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  • Quotes (9)

    • Hey Boy: "Fred Yost, killer of four, including innocent bystander. During a daylight holdup of banks in Twin City and Eureka. Continues to elude capture. Yost is famed for his callous shooting. Throwing shots at bystanders and women as well as pursuer, at anyone in the way. No one has been able to pick up his trail." You gonna go after him, Mr. Paladin? Paladin: Hey Boy, don't you think that it's time somebody did?

    • Red: Quiet, I'm not dead yet. (Bar girls start to wail) Hush up! Can't stand a passel of bawling women. Never did like women very much anyway. Every time I was in trouble, seems I was always partial to a man. Paladin: Will I do?

    • Paladin: How far is that doctor? Ada: (Bare whisper) I don't know. Red: I don't wanna die. Paladin: How far is the doctor! Ada: It's too far out! Meeker place is ten miles away! Red: I don't have any grey hair. You gotta have grey hair before you're ready to die. (Sings) Oh, Miss Bailey. Unfortunate Miss Bailey. Bystander: Two to one she won't last 'til sunup.

    • Red: You always think ya have time. Plenty of time. I've never been married. I was going to do that. I never had a baby, either. Nell Meeker's havin' her baby tonight. How come does she have time for that and not me?

    • Paladin: Now, are you a doctor?
      Guy: No.
      Paladin: Have you ever been a doctor?
      Guy: No.
      Paladin: Well, did you ever study to be a doctor?
      Guy: Yes.
      Paladin: And you'd use your talent and your skill merely to decide whether or not that girl's gonna die?
      Guy: Now, look. Red's gonna die because of a bullet. Not because of anything I do, or do not do. Because of a bullet, lodged close to the left ventricle of the heart, let's say. Now, she's going to die because of something that I didn't have anything to do with. Which is more than you can say.
      Paladin: The difference is that you are a doctor.
      Guy: I'm a gambler!
      Paladin: All right, gambler. I'm gonna make you a bet. I'll bet you that Big Red lives because you're gonna save her.
      Guy: What if I can't save her?
      Paladin: That's the gamble. Her life, or yours.

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    Allusions (1)

    • "To save a man against his will is just as bad as killing him." Guy's reference to Horace is misleading. It puts one in mind of the Roman lyric poet Horace (Dec 8 65 BC--Nov 27 8 BC). The quote is actually by Horace Mann (May 4, 1796--Aug 2, 1859)

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