Have Gun - Will Travel

Season 1 Episode 5

A Matter of Ethics

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Oct 12, 1957 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A Matter of Ethics

An accused murderer who fears that he will be lynched before he can be returned to Bender, Wyoming, for trial, hires Paladin to make sure he gets there alive.

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  • This episode shows why the rule of law is so beneficial. Although the bad guy, Bender, is an evil doer, he must have a fair trial for the sake of the citizens of the town. The desire for vengence is overcome so only Bender faces justice for his crimes.moreless

    Angie Dickenson was very young when she portrayed the sister of a murdered man in this well done episode. She is quite angry and also quite beautiful, which brings the single young men in the town gallantly to her side, ready to do her bidding. Unfortunately, her bidding is to hang the murderer, Bender.

    Both Paladin and Angie's "dad" try to get her to climb down from her position of righteous anger before she and her admirers propel themselves into the morass of vigilante justice. There an excellent mix of turmoil, bad behavior by Bender, and intelligent action on the part of our Paladin to make this a very satisfying account of people stampeding toward a bad end who get side-tracked just in time. Also, the viewer gets to see a warrior woman reconsider her position, which Angie does so charmingly that one is reminded again of her great popularity. Also her natural ability as an actress. It is possible she never turned in a bad performance.moreless
Harold J. Stone

Harold J. Stone

Bart Holgate

Guest Star

Willis Bouchey

Willis Bouchey

Max Bender

Guest Star

Angie Dickinson

Angie Dickinson

Amy Bender

Guest Star

Kam Tong

Kam Tong

Hey Boy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Amy: So, the gunfighters are all for law and order, if the price is right?
      Paladin: You don't buy law and order, Miss Bender, you fight for it.
      Max Bender: Once you have it, you don't throw it away.

    • Farmer: A double-blast to the belly outta cut a man in half.
      Paladin: That man wouldn't be any deader than one with a .45 slug between his eyes.
      Farmer: Yeah, you're a big man with a gun, ain't ya?
      Paladin: And you're a big man with a crowd.

    • Paladin: Stay away from that jail.
      Amy: Don't try and stop us, gunfighter. There's room for another noose out there.
      Paladin: So there is. And earth enough to bury every man who comes to me with a rope.

    • Max Bender: Well, I hope this is a just verdict.
      Paladin: It will be. After the trial, Holgate will climb on a horse. He'll fall off that horse while riding under a tree. His feet won't touch the ground but the fall will break his neck all the same.

    • Paladin: Meanness, Mr. Coombs? Hardly. Amy Bender hates, and with good cause. It's frustrating for a woman to hate like this. She can't strap on a gun and settle this affair with her own two hands.

    • Amy: I don't want anyone hurt. Except Holgate.
      Paladin: That's the trouble with a lynching, Miss Bender; you can't have it ordered up all neat and dainty like a yard of Flemish lace. It's something that cowards get whiskey'd up and mumble over--winding up with screams in the gutters of a dark night.

    • Paladin: That crowd won't collect again. Mob courage is a momentary thing; once it's gone, it's gone for good.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Paladin quotes the poet Robert Browning (1812-1887).

      "Tis not what man does that exalts him, but what man would do!" (Saul, 1855)

      "{Ah, but}a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?" (Andrea del Sarto 1855).