Have Gun - Will Travel

Season 5 Episode 12

A Drop of Blood

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Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Dec 02, 1961 on CBS
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A Drop of Blood
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Paladin is invited to be best man at Rivka Shotness' wedding. When he arrives he finds that Billy Buckstone, the man the bride's family helped to convict, has been freed from prison and is on his way back.

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Noah Keen

Noah Keen

Billy Buckstone

Guest Star

Boyd 'Red' Morgan

Boyd 'Red' Morgan

Frank

Guest Star

Ray Hoback

Ray Hoback

Fiddler

Guest Star

Roxane Berard

Roxane Berard

Rivka

Recurring Role

Kam Tong

Kam Tong

Hey Boy

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Regina Gleason

Regina Gleason

Viola

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  • QUOTES (9)

    • (Paladin opens the message Hey Boy has handed him.)
      Paladin: "With the aid of the Lord, the twelfth day of Tammuz in the year 5639 from the creation of the world, to the beloved Mr. Paladin, beacon of learning, defender of the orphan, lover of peace and... (Chuckles) hired killer. May his light shine for one hundred twenty years. In the first place, may I say that I am well, praise be the Almighty.,,"
      Viola: Is that a telegram, or one of the lost scrolls of Isaiah?
      Paladin: With the aid of the Lord, the message will follow very shortly. Nathan Shotness is a man who likes to do things in a proper

    • (As Paladin arrives, Nathan comes out, armed with a gun.)
      Paladin: Nathan! What a way to greet a friend!
      Nathan: Excuse me. My eyes are so bad I can't tell a guest from a rustler.
      Paladin: Hmmm, you carrying a gun, now am I that late for the wedding?
      Nathan: Wedding. What wedding? I thought you were that low life, Billy Buckstone. You remember him?
      Paladin: Buckstone? I thought your testimony got Billy Buckstone hung six months ago.
      Nathan: Oh, yes. The judge was an honest man. He sentenced him. But there was a higher judge. And I don't mean the Almighty. He left Billy go free for insufficient evidence--and five thousand dollars cash.

    • Paladin: What about the bridegroom?
      Nathan: A young man of sense, but a golem, a fool. Anything Rivka wants is all right with him. Fine way to start a marriage.
      Paladin: Sounds like an excellent way to me.
      Nathan: Since when are you such an expert?

    • (Rivka embraces Paladin)
      Rivka: Oh! You remember that fellow I tell you about? Paladin?
      Fievel: The hired...killer?
      Rivka: But a very decent fellow.
      Paladin: Mazel tov, you've got yourself a fine girl and I am not a hired killer!

    • (At dinner, Faivel has been discussing a certain point of law, the Talmud propped up beside his plate.)
      Nathan: Eat, eat your soup, the Law won't get cold.
      Faivel: You've actually killed people with that?
      Paladin: When I had to.
      Faivel: How did you feel afterwards?
      Paladin: Very bad, at first.
      Faivel: Ah. But after that, it became easy, no?
      Paladin: No, it's never easy.
      Faivel: I'm glad to hear you say that.
      Rivka: Mr. Paladin, will you teach him?
      Paladin: No.
      Rivka: Why not?
      Paladin: Because I don't believe in a man having to imitate his neighbors in order to justify his existance. Especially when he has neighbors like you people have.
      Faivel: Excuse me, please. (Stands up and indicates Paladin's gun.) May I see this? (Paladin nods, and Faivel takes it outside and begins firing. Paladin leaps for the door, and Faivel finishes shooting accurately at several targets.) You use a lighter grade of oil on the trigger assembly than on the hammer stud. That is interesting.

    • Paladin: Any sign of Buckstone?
      Nathan: They'll come all together from up there. A small bunch on high ground can dominate a whole company of infantry. Even in the Czar's army, may a black year take him, they taught us that much.
      Paladin: Well, a dominating position's not much use without a covered line of retreat, even at West Point they taught us that much.

    • (As Nathan summons the witnesses, the rabbi indicates Paladin's gun.)
      Rabbi: Perhaps you will take this off until after the ceremony.
      Paladin: Reb Elya, you have a lot of faith.
      Rabbi: Not enough, not nearly enough. Faith seems to come only when we have no other choice.
      Paladin: Well, they say that no choice is also a choice.
      Rabbi: You have a good head. If you gave up your unfortunate profession and grew a beard, who knows what great things you might yet achieve?
      Paladin: Well, they also say that a head with no beard is better than a beard with no head.

    • (After the wedding participants determinedly ignore the crashes, yells and screams from outside, Buckstone finally has his men set fire to the house.)
      Nathan: Reb Elya!
      Rabbi: He who shames his neighbor in public, is as though he had shed his blood!
      (Paladin promptly removes his yarmulke, hands it to Rivka, bows, and dives for the front door, followed by Nathan and Fievel.)

    • (The nuptials concluded, the fiddler strikes up a tune and Nathan and Paladin begin a dance.)
      Rivka: Come on!
      Paladin: Now wait a minute! Shouldn't she be dancing with him?
      Nathan: She'll be dancing on his head the rest of his life! Come on!

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Paladin: Nathan, if I may quote Hillel....
      Nathan: Go ahead. Costs money.

      Paladin is probably referring to Hillel ben Eliakim, a Greek rabbi of the 11th and 12th centuries. A noted scholar, he is known to Talmudic scholars as Rabbeinu Hillel, "Our Rabbi Hillel".

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