Have Gun - Will Travel

Season 1 Episode 30

The Prize Fight Story

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Apr 05, 1958 on CBS
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The Prize Fight Story

When Paladin goes to a mining town to promote a prizefight, his boxer is arrested and he ends up having to take the man's place in the ring -- against the Welsh champion.

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • When Paladin orders a drink at the saloon, part of his change is a counterfeit dollar. Webber tries to shrug it off, but Paladin demands--and gets--the genuine article. He then proceeds to walk away--leaving all of his change lying on the counter.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Paladin: Now, Forbes, you're wearing a star. But the next time you try to stop this fight, I'll put a hole through it.

      • Paladin: Well, what law is there that says a sheriff gets one-third of every fight purse?
        Forbes: The law I passed this morning. I got up early just to do that.

      • Webber: You've gotta do something, and do something quick. This mob will tear this place apart, and me with it. You guaranteed this fight.
        Paladin: That's right, I guaranteed it, that's what I said, and I wish I'd remembered Cervantes' line: "A closed mouth catches no flies."

      • Webber: In this corner, British champion, Brian Sykes! And now, the American challenger. Bare-knuckle champion of the Barbary Coast!
        Paladin: I've got a new title.
        Webber: Pride of San Francisco! Paladin! Undefeated in twenty fights!
        Paladin: My record gets better every day.
        Joe: If you can fight as good as he lies, it's in the bag.

      • Joe: Boy, oh, boy. I wish I could be your manager.
        (Paladin stares after a woman walking by)
        Paladin: Sorry. I don't think I was made to keep training rules; I think I'd rather be a lover than a fighter--excuse me.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Richard Boone was, in fact, an experienced boxer, holding the light-heavyweight title at Stanford for a couple of years. It was not until Boone saw the young Joe Louis in a sparring bout that he gave up all idea of becoming a professional boxer. Having become a heavyweight, he knew that sooner or later he would have to face Joe Louis if he kept on--so he decided not to start.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Paladin alludes to Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), best known for the book Don Quixote de la Mancha. According to Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (15th edition), the line Paladin quoted is simply an anonymous Spanish proverb. This may be a case where a popular author (like Mark Twain in the United States) is ascribed many sayings that he did not actually say.