Have Gun - Will Travel

Season 1 Episode 8

High Wire

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Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Nov 02, 1957 on CBS
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A hobo who was once a circus performer bets a gambler that he can walk across the saloon on a tightrope. When Paladin sees that the gambler intends to cheat, he decides to help even the odds.

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  • A former high wire artist, Strother Martin, is the object of ridicule in a small town. To regain respect, and earn a bet, he agrees to walk a wire over a deep gorge.moreless

    8.1
    This is another social commentary play where a rightous man, Paladin, takes the side of the downtrodden, Martin, and in the process helps the whole community have a chance to become a kinder, gentler community. These social commentaries were very popular with actors in the 40's and 50's who felt their art could help the world clean up its act. The plays also enabled them to emote and posture while "leading the audience to question their assumptions" about "others." Martin was excellent in his role, as he was in most roles he played. Unfortunately, the story was not fun to watch until the very last moment.moreless

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    • When Dooley was walking the rope across the saloon, Rena saw Bolo cutting the rope, and Paladin and others saw him holding the knife. It would have shortened the show, but it's surprising that Paladin didn't demand that Dooley be allowed to do the stunt over or force Marquette to forfeit the bet.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Marquette: Put it in a sack, Wally.
      Wally: Mr. Marquette, I'd rather not...
      Marquette: Wally's got a wife and two kids. He's got to be honest.

    • Rena: From Marquette? He's too big. He's bigger than you, he's bigger than Dooley, he's bigger than the whole town. And Bolo's just standing on his shoulders.
      Paladin: Well they ought to make quite a thump when they fall.

    • Marquette: All right. I'll boost the ante as far as Dooley can go. One hundred and two dollars and twelve cents. Can you afford that, Mister?
      Paladin: Make it a thousand.
      Marquette: His life isn't worth that much.
      Paladin: Your reputation?
      Marquette: I'll see your thousand, make it a thousand more.
      Paladin: Why stop there? Three thousand dollars says Dooley can do the stunt.
      Marquette: You are on. My reputation, now. Hold the stakes, Bolo.
      Paladin: Wait a minute! Six thousand dollars, that's too big a load for such a small character.

    • Paladin: I was boosting the bet to get you out of it, I was trying to make Marquette call it off! You must have been crazy to let them laugh you into a suicide stunt like that!
      Dooley: It's...all set up. Three o'clock, tomorrow afternoon.
      Paladin: I've been told that canyon is a hundred feet across and three hundred feet straight down, and a wind like the breath of the devil.
      Dooley: Mr. Paladin? You heard what they call me. A monkey on a string? That's all I've ever been. Ever since the circuses quit hiring me.
      Paladin: What circuses?
      Dooley: A monkey on a string, doing nip-ups for nickels and dimes. I'm a man. Not a monkey.

    • Paladin: Double-cross is a very ambiguous sign. It points in eight different directions all at once.

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