Have Gun - Will Travel

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Have Gun - Will Travel

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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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  • Q: What episode was this HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL show?

    8.0
    I am trying to find the "Have Gun Will Travel" episode where Paladin was hired by a man who's cry-baby son was about to be hanged for a crime. It was Paladin's job to see his son died like a man for his crime. Paladin convinced the condemned that his father had hired him to help him escape. The scaffold would be covered with a tarp and a coffin filled wagon would be concealed under the trap door. and the rope longer than the drop. When the trap door sprang open he'd fall into the coffin and Paladin would then hide him inside the coffin, lid closed to make his escape at the cemetery. The lad walked up the 13 steps and stood firm as the trap door opened. Surprise! There was no wagon or coffin waiting and daddy was happy his son died like a man.moreless
  • Have Gun - Will Travel DVDs

    10
    I'm a huge fan of Have Gun - Will Travel and I've been searching for a DVD copy of it ages ago until I saw it being sold at memorylanedvd .com. When I entered the website, I was surprised with the wide DVD list from them which made me decide to place my very first order. I received a confirmation email right after placing the order. The company also provided me tracking information to monitor the shipment and progress of the shipment. The package arrived after a week which is great! When I checked all the discs, I noticed that I'm missing the last 3 discs. I emailed the company and a staff replied suggesting to check all the discs as they assured that it has all the complete episodes. They also explained to improve the quality of the DVD Collections that we they on sale, the number of DVDs in each collection may either increase or decrease. I went through all the discs again and they were right, all the episodes are there. I would have to mention that the quality of the DVDs is pretty excellent. Aside from the perfect set I received, I was impressed with the warm assistance memorylanedvd have provided me and also for bringing back these classics show again!moreless
  • HEADS UP, FANS

    9.5
    PREMIUM CHANNEL 'ENCORE' (WHICH IS USUALLY PROVIDED AS PART OF BASIC CABLE) NOW HAS MANY EPISODES OF 'HAVE GUN - WILL TRAVEL'. WHEN I WAS A CHILD, I THOUGHT PALADIN WAS THE COOLEST WESTERN CHARACTER. I JOINED THE 'HAVE GUN - WILL TRAVEL' VIDEO CLUB AS SOON AS I STARTED WORKING. THE QUALITY OF THE EPISODES (WHICH WERE USUALYY VERY GOOD) DIDN'T MATTER AS MUCH AS RICHARD BOONE'S PORTRAYAL OF THE CLASSIEST GUNFIGHTER EVER!moreless
  • Knight on a business card?

    10
    The whole show made for great tv and the Palidin actor made it real. I still have the guns from the set My parents purchased for me. Watched show again on VHS and it still holds up.

    Great writing and direction. One of the Best shows ever.
  • This has become my all-time favorite program.

    10
    It seems strange when you consider that my only reason for checking out Season One at the library was that I saw that one of the episodes had Jack Lord in it, and I was curious to see what he was like pre-Steve McGarrett. And a half-hour, black and white show...eh. It only took a few minutes of viewing before I was thinking "The heck with Jack Lord!" (although he did a fine job on the episode) In rapid succession, I had purchased the first three seasons, a book on the show and a bio on Richard Boone, and was grabbing up all the DVDs I could find that Richard Boone had starred in. It's hard to explain this instant love affair. Most of the episodes are excellent--the acting, the directing, the backgrounds. I love the constant variety, and the fact that Boone handled dark drama and broad comedy with equal ease. I love Paladin. The character is strong but gentle, with unquestionable integrity. Kind, generous, well-read, broad-minded. Yet he's not a saint--as he freely admitted on one occasion. He's a human man, with human vices (which he heartily enjoys) and occasionally makes mistakes--which keeps him from being boring.

    I do still like Jack Lord. But I understand that the role of Steve McGarrett was turned down by Richard Boone, and I sometimes wonder what the show would have been like with him. Very good, I'm sure. But it probably would not have lasted twelve seasons. I think Boone would have opted out after a few seasons (as he did on HGWT) to search for new interests.

    This show has a lot to attract all kinds of tastes. I wish it had lasted longer, and, (as Boone recommended) that it had been done in color--it would probably get a lot more attention.

    And I'm still impatiently waiting for the last season!moreless
  • THE NEW YEAR GETS OFF TO A WATCHABLE START WITH A CLASSIC SITCOM, SOME SCIENCE-FICTION ACTION, AND A COUPLE OF EXCELLENT WESTERNS. RESOLVE YOURSELF TO SPEND 2006 IN FRONT OF THE TUBE!

    January 3, 2006, DVD Releases

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    Classics, bloody and violent, characters with double lives, failed crime, for the nostalgic