Have Gun - Will Travel

Season 1 Episode 3

The Great Mojave Chase

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Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Sep 28, 1957 on CBS
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The Great Mojave Chase
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A sportsman sponsors a contest, betting that no one can elude his posse in the Mojave Desert. When Paladin shows up riding a camel, the man decides that the only way he can still win is to get rid of Paladin.

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      • Captain: Now what kind of fool would want to buy a camel?
        Paladin: Well, John, you never can tell. Sometimes your best friend.

      • Paladin: In various countries I've been served sheep eyes, roast dog and stewed lizard. Compared to this, they were a bargain.

      • Bartender: I talked to some folks about your offer. They like the deal but they don't want no killing.
        Paladin: Neither do I.

      • Paladin: Did you come here to pass the time of day or talk business?
        Billy Jo Kane: Well, fine. Direct and to the point. You're the kind of man I like.
        Paladin: I can't say the same.

      • Paladin: You're a strange mixture, Kane. So far you've gotten what you want without violence, without really breaking the law. But you're being pushed now, and I wonder what that'll do to you.
        Billy Jo Kane: When I want moralizing, Mister, I'll hire me a preacher.
        Paladin: No, you won't. There's no immediate profit in it.

      • (Paladin has brought the camel to Mojave, causing a lot of curiosity. One man seems to think that it's a mixture of several different animals.)
        Old Timer: Just one question--how does a man breed all of them together?
        Paladin: Well, it's not easy. They really have to be in love.

      • Paladin: So far I've seen you lie, cheat, steal and try murder. You've tried everything but begging. Now get down on your knees, Billy Joe.

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      • Gene Roddenberry formed the plot of this episode around a little-known bit of American military history: the Army attempted to create a desert "Camel Corps", on the reasonable premise that camels would be more efficient in desert terrain than horses. The experiment was deemed a failure.

      • This could be viewed as Paladin's first "non-client" case. Although he does acquire the whole town as a client mid-way through the episode, it began for him simply as a challenge (and in the end the town didn't pay a fee).

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