Have Gun - Will Travel

Season 2 Episode 2

In an Evil Time

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Sep 20, 1958 on CBS
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In an Evil Time
Pappy French and his gang have robbed the bank in Mercede of $50,000. Pappy ran off with the cash and left his gang to shoot it out with the law. Paladin is hired to bring Pappy and the money back.

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  • Paladin is hired to return $50,000 stolen from a bank by Pappy French (Hank Patterson) and his gang. What is left of the gang is chasing Pappy too because he has taken the money and run. Paladin finds him and the money, but has to contend with the gang.moreless

    Hank Patterson does a great job as Pappy French. He and Dick Boone have the beginning of a buddy movie, except for French being adamantly bad and Paladin being unalterably good where stolen money is concerned.

    The Have Gun Will Travel series gave Hank Patterson a scope he rarely got in any other venue. Considering he ended his acting days on Pettycoat Junction doing a cut-out comic figure, the range of his skills would have been hard to know about without HGWT. It was a pleasure to see French and Paladin develop a cautious friendship in this story of the last days of a bad man. Paladin's feelings for French are graphically displayed when he pours lead into the man who kills him. I believe this is the only time we see Paladin kill an adversary while in a towering rage.moreless

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    • Pappy: Of all the fool things that can happen to a man, I reckon falling off his own horse is dumbest.

    • Pappy: Ahh, ah, I'll be the first to own up to it. I'm not the man I used to be. No. I'm slowin' down.
      Paladin: Well, Pappy, a broken leg like that'd slow anyone down.
      Pappy: Eh, there was a time that I could ride til the horse dropped under me. Wasn't a lawman--nor, nor a woman either--that could keep Pappy French nailed down to one spot. And here I am, brought to my knees by the dumbest creature in the whole Creation. A horse.

    • Pappy: Eh, I guess I've had enough of it. A man's a fool to stay beyond his time.
      Paladin: Surely you've never thought of yourself as passing that stage.
      Pappy: I've had forty years of it. Not a slash nor a scar nor a bullet hole. Never spent a day behind the bars. Pappy French, since that time, was never the man to let another man get the best of him.
      Paladin: Well, that's a very impressive statement, Pappy. What have you got to show for it?
      Pappy: (Long pause) Forty-two dollars. And, some small silver. Hmm. That comes to about a dollar a year, don't it? Little over. You know of any Chinese coolie that'd work for that?

    • Pappy: Paladin, you're a hard man to do business with. I think I'll have to offer you--half that money.
      Paladin: Money's going back to the bank, Pappy. Every cent of it.
      Pappy: I've seen bandits in my time, but you top 'em off.
      Paladin: (Chuckles) You wouldn't recognize an honest man if you fell over him in broad daylight.

    • Pappy: Well, I guess I'm gettin' too old for this. It's time to rest. A man ought to know when it's time to quit. Paladin? Would you laugh if I asked you to say some words over me? Not that I'm askin' Him...for any favors, you understand. I'd just like to hear how you might say 'em.

    • (The title of this episode is taken from Ecclesiastes, Chapter 9, which Paladin quotes at the close of the show)
      Paladin: I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill, but time and chance happeneth to them all. For man also knoweth not his time; as the fishes are taken in an evil net, and as the birds are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time when it falleth suddenly upon them.

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