Have Gun - Will Travel

The Tender Gun

Season 4, Ep 7, Aired 10/22/60
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  • Episode Description
  • When the town of Arroyo is taken over by a group of gunmen, the sheriff wires Paladin for assistance. Paladin arrives to find that the sheriff is a woman.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Herb Meadow

  • Sam Rolfe

  • Albert Ruben

  • Howard Joslin

  • Johnny Western

    "Ballad of Paladin"

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • A marvelous episode. Small wonder that Richard Boone asked Jeanette Nolan to join his team of actors for "The Richard Boone Show"; they play off each other beautifully.

    By dkhenderson1, Sep 04, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Paladin: You said a thousand dollars apiece and the answer is nein, nyet, no, negative. I will not be commissioned to kill a man in cold blood. Maude: Well there ain't no law and order! Just think of it! A woman sheriff can't even walk down the main street of her own town. Them ruffians won't even let me. Poor, widow woman. Alone in the world. Nobody cares. Nobody to help. (Sniffs) Always before I had someone to turn to. There was Paisley. Yardley. (Whimpers) Wade. Jonathan. Nobody knows...my problems. Paladin: Sheriff. Mother Smuggly. Maude: Yeah? Paladin: My heart bleeds for you. But there are a few drops left over for your opposition.

    • Paladin: You know, I still don't understand why this town didn't hire a man sheriff. Maude: Well, they did. But he had an attack of either underguts or overbribe, and left, and that's when they elected me.

    • Paladin: Hey Girl, don't worry about this gun; it's loaded. It's the unloaded guns that kill you.

    • Maude: Paladin, eh? Well, you're funnier than a gopher snake at a church social.

    • Paladin: How long they had you bottled up here? Maude: Couple weeks. (Pours him some coffee) Well, here's mud in your cup. Yeah, ol' Yates sent a feller out to my place to kill me. Paladin: Oh? Where's he now? Maude: Well, I buried him where he fell. He was too big for me to drag off and, there wasn't a soul that dast come near enough to help a poor widow woman. I just, dug under him, and, then he sank in, and I covered him over. (Paladin sips his coffee and he starts to choke.) See here. What's the matter? Paladin: Well, that's...uh, kinda sorta a twilight taste, sort of something between uh...kerosene and hemlock? (Maude stirs the coffee with her finger.) Maude: Hmmm. Wasn't that thick last week. Oh, I didn't put no thinner in it!

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    Trivia (1)

    • Hal Needham not only plays an uncredited role as one of Yates' gunmen in this episode, taking a fall from a rooftop as Paladin guns him down, he also doubles for Jeanette Nolan for the tumble down the staircase.

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