Have Gun - Will Travel

Season 3 Episode 11


Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Nov 28, 1959 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Ellsworth believes he has had an old tiger curse put on him and that a tiger is coming to kill him. He hires Paladin to protect him from the tiger.

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  • A man of wealth who has lived in India moves to Texas, near Del Rio, to avoid the curse he believes has been laid upon him, which is to be slain by a tiger. He enjoys tormenting others, and is not a nice man. One would applaud the tiger, given a chance.moreless

    This episode recalls Kipling's short stories about the British in India. He liked to put a bully of the Raj into situations such as the one the bully in this story finds himself.

    When Paladin arrives, expecting to go on a big game hunt, he finds a mean old rich guy (MORG) quivering in his boots about a tiger that does not exist. The MORG has allowed his imagination to evoke the tiger in every stray cat, which, naturally, makes the cats pop over to his hacienda just for the fun of seeing him dash about throwing china and howling in fear. Paladin would pity him but for the pleasure he takes in being cruel to his servants.

    The satisfying end of this well done play could have come straight from the pen of O. Henry.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • (Nitpick) The circus men can't seem to make up their minds as to the gender of their tiger--first they refer to it as "she" and "her". After Paladin comments on how old, toothless, and helpless it is, they say that he should not insult "Johnny" to "his" face.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Pahndu: (talking about Texans) You will not believe this, but I thought you were one of the natives here.
      Paladin: Natives? Oh, yes, a quaint lot.
      Pahndu: Very strange. And I'm afraid, dangerous.
      Paladin: Only when restless. I...
      Pahndu: You should have been here a fortnight ago. One of their festivals, a box dance.
      Paladin: Box dance?
      Pahndu: For no reason at all. They begin to appear...
      Paladin: Oh, a square dance.
      Pahndu: ...from miles around, carrying fermented liquors.

    • (A man confronts Paladin in the lobby; Paladin makes a casual movement)
      Paladin: Look at my right hand very carefully, sir. The caliber of this derringer is .38. It's capable of putting a stain on the carpet Hey Boy could never remove.

    • Hey Boy: Tiger not like other animal. They have evil wisdom. Inside them is devil.
      Young woman (seductive tone): Good morning, Paladin.
      (Long pause, as he watches her walk away)
      Paladin: Hey Boy, (sigh) the devil can be found in many shapes.

    • Paladin: There are, of course, certain unexplained mysteries. Certain things in life for which we have no logical explanation.
      Ellsworth: Such as the power of a thousand dollars?
      Paladin: A thousand dollars, Mr. Ellsworth, would scarcely pay me for the pain of enduring your company; I'd have to have at least another thousand to protect you from a tiger--paid in advance whether or not I succeed.

    • Trainer: I'll have my boys take care of the body.
      Paladin: Will you have them take it to Argus?
      Helper: Happens to be right where we're headed.
      Paladin: Yes, I know. If you don't mind, I'll go on ahead; I want to buy some boat tickets to India.
      Trainer: India?
      Paladin: That's right. Couple of friends of mine; they'll be newly married, and I'd like to wish them bon voyage.
      Trainer: One man dies, another gets married. A man never knows, does he?
      Paladin: On the contrary. Sometimes a man knows his next appointment all too well.

  • NOTES (2)


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