Have Gun - Will Travel

Season 4 Episode 27


Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Mar 25, 1961 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Madame Destin appears to have stacked her deck. Paladin chooses a card, which turns out to be the Chevalier of the Sword. Madame then turns up a second Chevalier of the Sword, this one with the sword dripping blood. Tarot decks, like the ordinary playing cards that derived from them, have only one card of each type. There are four suits. Madame Destin might have turned up another Chevalier (Knight, Knave, Jack) but it could not have been of the Sword suit.

  • Quotes

    • Mme. Destin: Do not try to woo your fortune, Paladin. The cards are the truth. Now, you must select a card. Your card. (Paladin picks one from the table) Ah hah, how true. Chevalier of the Sword. Your fortune is a refreshment. After telling a hundred bored old ladies that their future is nothing but boredom. Ah, the Wheel. The Wheel of Life will turn for you. You will travel far, soon, and see much.
      Paladin: I will travel to Temple City in the morning, and that's not all that much and besides, it's not until morning.
      Mme. Destin: Scoffer.

    • Paladin: Juney! Well now, if one year can do this to a skinny little girl, I, with Pericles, will be guided by Time, the wisest counselor of all.
      Juney: I ain't skinny no more.
      Paladin: Say you're not.
      Juney: Whatcha bring me from Frisco?
      Paladin: (Snorts with amusement) I brought you a doll! I'll change it. I'll change it for...French perfume, or China silks, hah?

    • Paladin: Gus? What's wrong?
      Mincus: Man in town says he's gonna kill the first gunfighter he finds. I don't want it to be you. Or anybody else.
      Paladin: Who?
      Mincus: His name's Danceman.
      Paladin: All right, Gus. I can understand you not being enthused about a house guest who's marked for a shooting.

    • Danceman: Uh, I suppose you noticed, we wear no guns in this town.
      Paladin: Yes, I have. It's a very laudable idea.
      Danceman: Well, I'm glad you agree.
      Paladin: But, since I'm just passing through, I think I'll, uh, keep this one.
      Danceman: Suit yourself, Mister....
      Paladin: My name is Paladin. (Hands over his card)
      Danceman: Mine's Danceman.
      Paladin: I've heard of you.
      Danceman: I'm not surprised. I'm going to kill you, gunfighter. Always ready to go for the gun, aren't ya? Sign of the breed. How many men have you killed, Paladin?
      Paladin: More than I would have wished.
      Danceman: No trick to finding a reason to kill if that's all you want is to kill.
      Paladin: What's your reason, Danceman?
      Danceman: You're a gunfighter. I laid claim to the first one set foot in this town.
      Paladin: I'm happy to know it's nothing personal. You'll let me know when you're ready?
      Danceman: I'll see you in the morning. If you don't leave, that is. Ah, you won't leave. You've got gunfighter's pride, that makes you stay. It's kind of a curse, ain't it? Once you're called out, there ain't nothing you can do except kill or be killed.
      Paladin: Now, who told you that? I'd be foolish indeed to walk into a fight that I could walk around.
      Danceman: I don't believe that. You ain't no different.
      Paladin: There's only one thing I would like you to believe. I make a very reluctant victim.
      Danceman: Well, it's going to take more than reluctance to save you this time, gunfighter. And, don't look for help from anybody else. They know I've got my claim staked out, and you're as good as dead. See you in the morning.

    • Mincus: So now you know. What are you gonna do?
      Paladin: I'm going to do what I usually do when I'm tired. I'm going to bed. He said he wouldn't kill me until tomorrow; he gave me that.
      Mincus: Then why don't you leave now? While it's easy?
      Paladin: Danceman said my "gunfighter's pride" would keep me here. I prefer to think it's my native reluctance to be pushed around by an unbalanced man who doesn't even carry a weapon.

    • Paladin: Danceman, why do you have to kill?
      Danceman: (Fires a gun) Nobody owns life. We just rent it. Try to get it as cheap as possible. People make things. Babies. Poems, gold, silver. What do you make? Tell you what you make. Dead bodies is your business! (Fires again) Why don't you tell me about--fighting for the just cause? Right and wrong? Law and order, all them other things. Seems like you "justice gunmen" have got a license to kill half the population! And get away with it! (Fires again)
      Paladin: Everything you say is filled with truth. But you're a lie, Danceman!
      Danceman: I do not lie, Paladin. And you--you kill! (Fires again)
      Paladin: You preach on one side of a street and kill on another? Twist? Distort? You turn friend against friend, child against parent!

    • (Juney picks up the gun beside Danceman's body and aims it at Paladin)
      Paladin: Maybe he was right, Juney. When this town is standing on its own feet again, when it's taking care of its own affairs again, then you decide. (Juney sniffles and hands the gun to Paladin) Come on.

    • Paladin: Well, thank you, Phoenician.
      Drunk: Name's Philpotts. Who are you?
      Paladin: Guess you'd have to call me "The Bloody Chevalier".
      Drunk: (indicating Danceman) Who's he?
      Paladin: He, oh he's Death. He's the Grim Reaper.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Paladin refers to Pericles, who was an Athenian general and stateman (495-429 B.C.) The complete line is as follows:

      "Wait for that wisest of all counselors, Time."

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