Have Gun - Will Travel

Season 4 Episode 1

The Fatalist

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Sep 10, 1960 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • They altered the closing theme a bit for the fourth season. The sound is amplifed, with Johnny Western's voice booming out. The opening guitar strum is harder (or perhaps that's the amplification). At the end, rather than fading out on "where do you roam?" it continues on with "Paladin, Paladin, far, far from home."

  • Quotes

    • Nathan: If I say I give you a thousand dollars to kill that little Cossack for me, you wouldn't do it?
      Paladin: I would not.
      Nathan: It's a good thing because I haven't got it.

    • Nathan: The Almighty and I, we are in the same business. I carry the mail, he carries the world.

    • Rivka: It, uh, it was your name that appealed to me. (Shows Paladin's card.) In the Holy Tongue it has a very favorable meaning. Pele--"wonder". Din--"judgement".
      Paladin: Well, perhaps I should, uh, raise my fee.

    • Paladin: Mr. Shotness, in our small, backward country, uh, we may not have bloodshed on the grand scale to which you are accustomed, but I see no reason for making it any easier for them.

    • Nathan: Fine place for an ambush, huh? You play chess?
      Paladin: A little.
      Nathan: Good game. Good for the mind. Now, we are going to play chess.
      Paladin: Well, Nathan. You aren't such a fatalist after all.
      Nathan: I got once a medal for marksmanship--from the Czar himself, may the cholera take him. My father, may he rest in peace, used to say, "Don't rely on miracles alone--say a couple prayers also."

    • (Nathan contemplates shooting Smollet)
      Nathan: Ah, if we were only heels. Everything would be so simple. One, two, three, no more trouble. (Smollet runs for cover.)
      Paladin: Nathan, you made a fool out of him. You've got an enemy there that won't forget till that's wiped out.
      Nathan: So I've got an enemy; so let him be healthy. What's life without a little opposition? There is a saying: "If everybody pulled in the same direction, the world would tip over." (Paladin laughs)
      Paladin: Well, I'm afraid that one doesn't share your enlightened philosophy. Suppose I spend the night in your house.
      Nathan: Ah, Mr. Paladin. I have a small house. My daughter sleeps in the kitchen. And even our saintly King David was not above temptation.

    • Paladin: Nathan, I promise you, I'll find your daughter. I have had some experience in putting forth the hands of Esau.

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