Have Gun - Will Travel

Season 2 Episode 15

The Moor's Revenge

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Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Dec 27, 1958 on CBS
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Shakespearean actors are going to perform in San Diego during their roundup. They are in for a rough reception. A lovesick gunfighter is among the audience. The show's promoter hires Paladin to keep the peace.

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  • Shakespeare helps to tame the West in an episode that is sheer delight.

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    It goes without saying that the cultured Paladin would attend a performance of Shakespeare. (He probably sent Hey Boy to be first in line at the box office.) It did seem odd that Paladin attended the closing performance alone. Even if none of his harem of young ladies was interested in Shakespeare, they would be anxious to be "seen" at such an eminent social gathering. Perhaps the writer was trying to imply that Paladin was interested in the actress.



    Vincent Price and Patricia Morison were superb. Their characters gave the impression of being constantly "on stage". Even the most ordinary dialogue was not spoken--it was declaimed. After enjoying an intimate supper with Paladin, they announce that, while the rest of their troupe is returning home, Charles and Victoria are going to perform some scenes in San Diego as part of the "Roundup" celebrations. Paladin, genuinely concerned, urges them to reconsider: San Diego is still a rough town, with no interest in cultured entertainment. Charles and Victoria disagree; the works of Shakespeare would move anyone. After the actors take their leave, Paladin pulls out his ubiquitous billfold and extracts a newspaper clipping. It advertises the San Diego performance of the Shakespearian thespians: Victoria as a woman who can drive even a king to lust, and Charles as "The King of Comedy". This is the one flaw in an excellent episode: Paladin acted as though he were surprised at their announcement, which he shouldn't have been if he'd seen and clipped that advertisement. And if he'd really wanted to persuade them not to go, why didn't he show them that clipping? Naturally Paladin arranges to get himself in the middle of the situation. Lucien Bellingham, the theatrical promoter, having posted a number of suggestive sketches of Victoria, seems concerned that he's started something he can't handle, and gladly accepts Paladin's offer to act as troubleshooter--although he regards the potential faceoff between Paladin and Ben Jackson (who's obsessed with Victoria) as another aspect of the entertainment.



    Charles and Victoria arrive, and are outraged at the way they've been presented. Paladin manages to get them out of harm's way (temporarily, at least). The actors courageously agree to go on with their performance, although their courage seems based on innocent ignorance: They can't believe that anyone would actually try to cause them harm, and, after having seen Paladin in his cultured persona, they can't believe in the gunslinger side. Victoria is convinced that he's just dressing the part.



    The performance is quickly interrupted by Ben Jackson, and the fickle audience finds the ensuing fight just as entertaining. Paladin manages to convince Jackson to allow the performance to play out--they'll have their showdown afterwards. Disquietingly, Paladin seems to have injured his shooting hand. Jackson agrees, provided that the performance moves from the stage down on to the floor. (Why, I have no idea, unless he just wanted to be closer to Victoria.) Charles and Victoria prove to be troupers in the fullest sense of the term; not only are they agreeable to the change, they seem excited by it. They surely were not accustomed to having the audience practically breathing down their necks, but they did not allow that to effect their performances--which were quite awesome. Charles and Victoria were right. Shakespeare worked his magic, and the rough, tough audience--including Paladin, who'd already seen them--were spellbound. (Paladin, in fact, copped a front-row seat, although he'd probably say that it was to keep the peace.)



    Having discovered that Victoria was a married woman--in spite of having different last names--Ben Jackson quickly seized on Paladin's wounded hand as an excuse not to fight. They don't specifically say that Paladin faked that injury, but judging by his smug expression as he travelled out of town, it seems a reasonable assumption.



    Not a profound episode by any means, but lots of fun.moreless
Patricia Morison

Patricia Morison

Victoria Vestris

Guest Star

Morey Amsterdam

Morey Amsterdam

Lucien Bellingham

Guest Star

Richard Shannon

Richard Shannon

Ben Jackson

Guest Star

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  • QUOTES (9)

    • Bellingham: Now, look, you're into me $500. I'll make it $1,000 if they stay in town and do the show tonight.
      Paladin: I can try.
      Bellingham: And remember my establishment has to remain in one piece.
      Paladin: Well, that could happen.
      Bellingham: And I've gotta be here, too. And alive, besides.

    • Paladin: Hello, Ben.
      (Long pause)
      Ben: Paladin. Nobody gun you down yet?
      Paladin: They keep trying.
      Ben: Good luck to them.

    • Charles: When (Paladin) began issuing orders in that tone of voice. I came close to striking him, if you hadn't held my arm.
      Victoria: I did?
      Charles: Yes.

    • Paladin: This is not a theatrical costume I am wearing. This isn't a toy. It's a gun. There are six bullets in it, possibly six lives, and it's part of my working gear.

    • Jackson: How much you paying?
      Bellingham: Oh, roughly $100. (Jackson glares at him) Uh, roughly. Smooth it out, it's more like $500. That's it, $500. Uh... $1,000.
      Jackson: Then that's what I'm getting.
      Bellingham: Now, wait a minute, Mr. Jackson. You gotta let a man put by a little money for his old age.
      Jackson: Maybe you won't need it. I'll take the job.

    • (Bellingham hints that a gunfight between Paladin and Jackson could be a financial bonus)
      Paladin: Mr. Bellingham, you are a showman.
      Bellingham: Yeah, it'd be an attraction folks would talk about around here for years.
      Paladin: And only one performance.
      Bellingham: That's right, only--only one. That would be kind of a drawback, wouldn't it?

    • Jackson: I don't expect much trouble.
      Bellingham: Now, now that's the way I like to hear you fellows talk. No trouble, we all just have a rip-roaring time, and then settle it kind of peaceable-like. That's Mr. Paladin's job here--kind of a, a spreader of, of, of sweetness and, and peace.

    • Paladin: Ben, you'd better ask the lady's husband about this.
      Jackson: Husband?
      Victoria: Of course he's my husband. What sort of woman did you take me for?
      Jackson: Well how come you got different names?
      Victoria: We're actors, not people.

    • (Paladin tosses Jackson's gun to Mathews)
      Mathews: What do I do with it, I'm not familiar with a gun!
      Victoria: He's very good with a sword.
      Mathews: Yes.
      Paladin: Nothing to it. Just close your eyes and squeeze; in a crowd like this you're bound to hit a few.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Vincent Price stood 6'4" and seemed to tower over R. Boone in a scene in which they both leap to their feet from their places at a dining table.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The Shakespearean actors were based on an actual acting couple, although the timing is roughly forty years previous to Paladin's era.


      Lucia Elizabeth Bartollozzi, (June 1797-Aug 8, 1856) half English, half Italian, married Auguste Armand Vestris at the age of 16. He abandoned her four years later, but she continued using his name in her theater career. She was both an actress and a contralto opera singer, and, while popular in her time, was better known as a theater producer and manager. In 1838 she married Charles James Mathews (Dec 26, 1803--June 24, 1878), an English actor known for his ability to handle French-speaking roles.They did a tour of America that same year, apparently to lukewarm reviews.


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