Have Gun - Will Travel

Season 2 Episode 17

The Taffeta Mayor

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Jan 10, 1959 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • The background for this episode might sound as though it were made up for the storyline, but in fact, Wyoming was the first territory in the United States to grant sufferage to women, in 1869. This was quickly followed by other firsts: women on juries, the first woman bailiff, and the first woman Justice of the Peace, all in 1870, as well as the first woman governor in 1924. This earned Wyoming the nickname "The Equality State".

    • Paladin is presented with a batch of bills, which illuminate the sort of life he leads. To wit:
      Jeweler (presumably gifts for his lady friends, although quite possibly personal adornment as well).
      Caterer (probably lots of intimate dinner parties, for said lady friends as well as larger groups, such as the actors from "The Moor's Revenge").
      Gunsmith (a good workman keeps his tools in top condition).
      Hotel (a guy's gotta live somewhere).
      Bootmaker (fashionably elegant for the city, strong and practical for the trail).

  • Quotes

    • Morrow: All right, all, all right, Mr. Paladin. I admit it, I'm afraid. Well, look what he did to you, now--what do you expect me to do?
      Paladin: Well, you could run for mayor, you could run Trask out of business.
      Morrow: Well--I, I'm no politician, I--look, Mr. Paladin, I don't want to get mixed up in things, I just want to stay out of trouble.
      Paladin: Morrow, you're gonna have trouble as long as you live. Everything you do begs for it.

    • Paladin: Now, I don't know if you're like the rest of the people in this town; I hope you're not.
      Lucy Kellaway: What do you mean?
      Paladin: Well, I think this town is getting exactly what it deserves. But your husband hoped for something better. He hired me for a specific job--to stop Trask and Oakland. And that's exactly what I'm going to do. Alone if I must, with your help if you'll give it.

    • Lucy: Uh, but...it's absurd. A woman mayor.
      Paladin: It's not as absurd, or as tragic, as a man giving his life for a cause no one is willing to fight for.

    • Paladin: No, Mr. Oakland, I'm not leaving. I was paid in advance to do a certain job and when that job is done to my satisfaction, then I'll ride out of town.

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