Have Gun - Will Travel

Season 1 Episode 6

The Bride

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Oct 19, 1957 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The Bride
When a pen-pal bride from Philadelphia gets off the stagecoach in the middle of nowhere, Paladin decides to stay with her to make sure that she is safe.

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  • An early episode in which Paladin chooses to help a maiden in distress. He copes well when the worried, frighted, miserable and water soaked lady cries and cries. He treats her with kindness and humanity, proving himself a rare and wonderful hero.moreless

    This is the first episode in which RB no longer looks like Dr. Steiner. His hair is curly, his mustache full and the barely suppressed laughter we know and love is flickering delightfully about his lips.

    The story opens to find Paladin in a toasty stagecoach somewhere in Texas. A lady is also on the coach, traveling to join man she met via a lonly hearts club, and to whom she is betrothed. When she arrives at the prearranged meeting place, her fiance is not waiting for her. Paladin chooses to take her to her new home rather than leave her in the heat to perish. Meanwhile, her fiance is drygulched and weltering in his blood. He was shot because an evildoer learned that he was selling cattle to get money for his honeymoon. The evildoer plans to cabbage onto the money and is prepared to kill anybody who gets in his way. Thanks to Paladin, the money and finace are saved, the lady becomes a bride and the badguy goes to jail (and hopefully Paladin gets a reward). This episode cheers a person up.moreless
  • This episode was somewhat of a classic, had the bad guy, the damsel in distress and a happy ending where the hero rides off into the sunset leaving the girl for the man she should be with.moreless

    I expecially liked that the episode didn't start in San Francisco with the usual boring opening sequence of Paladin scanning want ads for trouble.

    Negatives would include, the fake spider and the complete lack of a cattle herd that was soon going to be sold.

    One positive would be the very good looking Christie, of course considered to be plain but Hollywood having an inability to cast someone plain leaves us with a woman that clearly men would fight over. Perhaps this is a negative as it did take away from the believabilty of the story.

    Overall I liked the story because of its classic format, quick resolution and fairly good dialogue.

    Hope you enjoy it too!moreless
Marian Seldes

Marian Seldes

Christie Smith

Guest Star

Mike Connors

Mike Connors

Johnny Dart

Guest Star

Bruce Gordon

Bruce Gordon

Louis Drydan

Guest Star

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    • The bride says she and her fiance wrote letters to each other over the past 2 years. When her mother died, he sent her the money to clear up her debts and join him in Texas. This was not a mail-order bride. She and her new husband met, much like people today do online, by advertising for a pen pal in a "lonely hearts column." These columns were a regular part of newspapers up through the 1950s and continued to appear in some newspapers and magazines through the 1990s.


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