Have Gun - Will Travel

Season 4 Episode 30

El Paso Stage

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Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Apr 15, 1961 on CBS
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El Paso Stage
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The town of Bracketville hired a gunman to maintain law and order, only to discover that the man is a psychopath. Paladin is called in to remove him--by any means necessary.

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • For whatever reason, Buddy Ebsen couldn't (or wouldn't) travel to Lone Pine for the location shooting. During the scenes where Paladin is leading Crane to Mexico, we can clearly see Richard Boone in the close-ups, but Crane is shown from the back, and when he is seen from the front, it is obviously a double. During the confrontation, when Boone was alone in the picture, he played the scenes in Lone Pine. The remainder was done on a studio "green set".

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Frank DeWitt: Your legal citation was very helpful to me, sir. Now, I'll return the favor. They just hired a new marshal there last month. Those idiots there, the businessmen, think they can buy peace and order with a six-gun. They've hired a killer.
        Paladin: I take it you don't approve.
        Frank DeWitt: We've a few people left with sense. We're fighting it.
        Paladin: Oh? How?
        Frank DeWitt: With law. Only I can see you obviously don't agree with that method.
        Paladin: No, on the contrary. I have the highest regard for the statutes. Including some you won't find in that book there. One of 'em: survival. When you lose on that count, friend, there's no appeal.

      • Crane: It's easy to make a marshal, DeWitt. Awful hard to unmake one. Don't meddle in my job again.

      • Frank DeWitt: That took a lot of courage. Moral courage.
        Paladin: No, that was an exercise in the law I told you about. Survival.

      • DeWitt: Can you kill him? I still have the thousand dollars, it's yours. (Paladin stares at him) He'll try to kill you. You'd just be protecting yourself. Two thousand.
        Paladin: He wears a badge.
        DeWitt: Three thousand.
        Paladin: He ordered me to leave town, the courts would just assume that I was trying to resist arrest.
        DeWitt: Four thousand. That's everything I have.
        Paladin: Then he might outdraw me anyway. The risk alone's worth five.
        DeWitt: I don't have that kind of money.
        Paladin: Goodnight, Mr. DeWitt.
        DeWitt: No, wait! You promise you'll kill him?
        Paladin: I promise I'll settle my score with him. I promise I'll defend myself. And in your own words, DeWitt: Take it, or leave it.

      • Paladin: (to sheriff Elmo Crane at the showdown) I once told a friend that I wear this gun for protection. As bad as you need killing, I'd like to abide by that conviction.

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