Have Gun - Will Travel

Season 5 Episode 22

Dream Girl

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Feb 10, 1962 on CBS
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Dream Girl
Buddy Webster has spent five years away from civilization, building up a fortune in gold dust. He asks passer-by Paladin to escort him to Jackson City to cash it in. Once there, he plans to find the saloon girl he met years before. The girl in question has no recollection of Buddy, but is willing to revive her memory for the sake of Buddy's wealth. Paladin elects to stick around and help Buddy face up to reality.moreless

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  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Buddy has shown Paladin a huge bag full of gold dust.)
      Buddy: Boy, oh boy, wait'll I get to town with all that money in my pocket.
      Paladin: Well, you keep talking about money and you might not get to town at all.
      Buddy: Well, I never thought about that. Maybe you'd be good enough to give me a hand, would ya?
      Paladin: Every instinct I have is telling me to go on to San Francisco, alone.
      Buddy: I'd, uh, sure hate to lose what I got now after all I went through to get it.
      Paladin: Yeah. All right, Buddy, let's divide the gold up. Put some of it in each of those sacks. We'll load it on the horses, and then I suggest we go into Sacramento instead of Jackson City, it's closer.
      Buddy: It's gotta be Jackson City.
      Paladin: In Sacramento, you can convert the dust to money, put it safely in the bank, and then go anywhere you want!
      Buddy: It's gotta be my way, Mr. Paladin. I'll tell you why if you like.
      Paladin: I have a feeling I'll be happier not knowing.

    • Paladin: Well, Buddy, here's your money. Got a saddle, two rings, and Heaven help you, you're on your own.
      Buddy: Uh, Mr. Paladin, I wonder if you'd do me one last favor.
      Paladin: Name it.
      Buddy: Well, this ring, uh, it's for a girl. That's why I had to come here instead of Sacramento.
      Paladin: I see. I, uh, thought you told me you were in that mine for five years.
      Buddy: That's right, five years. Five years since I seen 'er. I met her one time, one night--just one time, and we both knew it was the real thing. Right then and there I knew I'd come back and marry her.
      Paladin: You've written? Kept in touch?
      Buddy: No, I'm not much at writin'. But when I left, I told her I'd gone to make my fortune and I'd be back for her. What's the matter now? You don't look right.
      Paladin: Well, I guess it's just a look of a cynic when he's confronted with too much youth and hope and faith, and what do you want me to do, Buddy, find her?
      Buddy: Would you, Mr. Paladin? First time I see her, I don't want to be in front of a lot of folk. I wanna be alone with her. You understand me?
      Paladin: You make me feel very ancient.

    • Buddy: Ginger, I did it. I made my fortune, just like I said I would. Look, hundreds of thousands of dollars, Ginger. And I got somethin' for you. (Pulls out the rings, looks at Paladin) You say the little one's the best?
      Paladin: Give her the big one.

    • Paladin: Buddy, Ginger was not on her way to church when you first met her, she was taking a shortcut down the back road to the saloon.
      Buddy: Cut it out.
      Paladin: Buddy, she works in that saloon, she's what is politely known as a saloon girl.
      Buddy: You're just tryin' to rib me. But even as a joke, I wish you wouldn't use her name like that.
      Paladin: She wants your money. And she is amoral enough to kill you for it.
      Buddy: You know, if I didn't owe you so many favors, I'd be tempted to make you eat them words. But as it is, I just hope I don't see you any more.
      Paladin: Well, there's a pretty good chance that you won't.

    • (After Paladin shoots the two bushwackers, Virginia slowly walks down the steps past him.)
      Paladin: Well, sweet princess, hurry! Your knight impatient waits without!

    • (The disillusioned Buddy, having purchased the saloon and thrown everyone out but Paladin and Virginia, proceeds to wreck the place.)
      Paladin: Ah. Hah! All over.
      Buddy: Oh, no it ain't. 'Cause I'm gonna ruin her.
      Paladin: Are you? Why? Because you're young and inexperienced? Because you imagined a girl to be something that she isn't? She was a saloon girl when you met her, Buddy, and she's still a saloon girl; she hasn't changed a bit. You want her to pay for your lack of reality? She didn't ask you to pin this dream on her, she didn't even remember you!
      Buddy: But I loved her!
      Paladin: You loved a picture in your mind. Look at her. Go on, look at her! Now what kind of a life do you suppose she's had? You think a woman chooses this line of work if she doesn't have to? I've got an idea this world's hurt her just about enough. What do you want? You want to deliver the coup de grace, the final act of brutality? That's what you're looking for?
      Buddy: I'm sorry, Virginia. About everything.
      Virginia: Yeah, I guess I am, too.
      Buddy: But I'm willin' to try and forget it, and, and still make an honest woman out of ya.
      Paladin: Well, I was thinking a little bit less romantically!
      Buddy: What was you thinkin', Mr. Paladin?
      Virginia: Well, I, uh, I don't have to be married to be honest.
      Buddy: Well, what, Virginia?
      Virginia: Uh, well, it's, uh, it's not in much shape now, but, uh....
      Buddy: Well, then, it's yours! It's yours! (Starts to walk out of the saloon.)
      Paladin: Romeo! (Picks up the saddlebags full of money and tosses them to Buddy. Virginia begins sweeping broken glass off the top of her bar.)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Most of the casting for this episode came from the "Have Gun--Will Travel" production crew; people who had also attended Richard Boone's acting classes.
      Hal Needham and Charles E. Couch were both stuntmen, Joseph Dimmitt was responsible for the men's wardrobe, and Fred Hakim was a "crafts serviceman" (who, among other things, served the morning coffee).