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  • Season 1 Episode 2: The Outlaw

  • Three episodes further on, in "A Matter of Ethics", Paladin would be seen purchasing a custom-made chess knight charm. In this episode, as he stands talking with Alcorn, you can see him already wearing it.

  • Season 1 Episode 4: Winchester Quarantine

  • (nitpick) Although Joseph Whitehorse's horse may have died later from being shot, but it was clearly not dead when they showed it on the ground. Its chest can be seen moving.

  • Season 1 Episode 7: Strange Vendetta

  • (Nitpick) Paladin's reputation might have preceeded him, but that doesn't explain how Miguel Rojas not only knew about his two-shot derringer, but exactly where he kept it hidden.

  • Season 1 Episode 8: High Wire

  • When Dooley was walking the rope across the saloon, Rena saw Bolo cutting the rope, and Paladin and others saw him holding the knife. It would have shortened the show, but it's surprising that Paladin didn't demand that Dooley be allowed to do the stunt over or force Marquette to forfeit the bet.

  • Season 1 Episode 9: Show of Force

  • The end credits identify actor Joe Bassett's character as "Matt Garson." However, at the 8:09 mark, Jared calls him "Russ."

  • The box of guns is seen at several points during the episode, and the size of it seems to change a little. However, at no point does it look large enough to contain fifty rifles, much less a thousand rounds of ammunition.

  • (Goof) Carlos Valdez is introduced with his arm in a sling. Later, the lawyer comments that Carlos got his arm broken during a "discussion" with Jared. After the confrontation near the end of the episode, Paladin calls down Carlos and Pedro. As they walk down, you can see Carlos, holding a gun in his good hand, reach up and adjust his hat with his "broken" arm.

  • Season 1 Episode 11: The Colonel and the Lady

  • (Continuity error) Near the end of the scene where Paladin is talking with Lulu the Laundress, he turns as someone blasts a hole in his spare shirt. Lulu knocks him down with a bucket, then picks up her laundry tub and sloshes the water all over him. The next instant, as the men surround him, Paladin is dry, at least from the waist up. The camera cuts as he starts to stand up, and his back is shown soaking wet. When the camera cuts to a medium shot, his back is dry again. The camera dissolves to the next scene, where Paladin is being ordered to leave town. He's sitting on his horse, and his shirt is all wet.

  • This is the first episode showing the gentlemanly Paladin kissing a woman, and he does so against her will (after she threatened him with a knife).

  • Season 1 Episode 13: The Englishman

  • (goof) During the scene where James is "tested" by having Indians charge at him, he groggily gets up from the first run, hat in hand. Two seconds later, the hat is on his head. Three seconds later, as Paladin intercepts the second charge, he's holding the hat again.

  • Season 1 Episode 14: The Yuma Treasure

  • (Nitpick) The title of this episode should be "The Maricopas Treasure". The Yuma are related to the Maricopas, but they are not actually involved in the episode.

  • Season 1 Episode 15: The Hanging Cross

  • (goof) Paladin suggests they sing Joy to the World, and everyone agrees. However, they then immediately start singing The First Noel in chorus.

  • Johnny Crawford (Robbie) was one of the original Mouseketeers.

  • Season 1 Episode 16: Helen of Abajinian

  • (nitpick) During the scene where Paladin is negotiating his fee, his left hand is propping his chin. When the camera angle changes, his hand is suddenly on the table.

  • Paladin is playing fast and loose with his quotations. The one by Alphonse de Lamartine should be "There's a woman at the beginning of all great things," not "the start". I could not find reference to "Heaven's best gift" by Shelley, although I found "Heaven's last, best gift"--by Milton. The quote "We are indebted to women first for life itself, and then for making it worth living" is accurate--but it's by Mary McLeod Bethune, born in 1875, who served as an adviser to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The quote "All men who avoid female society have gross tastes" I could not find at all, under William Makepeace Thackeray or anyone else.

  • Season 1 Episode 17: Ella West

  • When Paladin tells Ella, "Find some man who wants the smell of a stable," Ella is a couple of feet away from him and crouched down. Then there's a closeup of Paladin and Ella is nowhere in the frame. In the next shot, Ella has instantly crossed the distance and is standing up, only a couple of inches from Paladin's face.

  • Season 1 Episode 18: The Reasonable Man

  • At the barbershop, Paladin smears shaving cream on Grady's head. There is one smear far back on the left side of Grady's head on his hair. Paladin grabs him by the head and his left hand is parallel with Grady's neck, his thumb in the air on top of the smear. In the next shot, Paladin's hand instantly rotates 90 degrees and the smear is now much further forward on Grady's hair, with Paladin's fingers all on top of it.

  • When Grady and Frank talk, Grady rides over to Frank and his left hand is on the saddlehorn and his right hand is on top of it. The camera cuts to a reverse shot and Grady's right hand immediately goes under the left.

  • Season 1 Episode 19: The High-Graders

  • The governor is identified at the end as Irwin, meaning he is William Irwin, who served between 1875 and 1880. That would place the time period of this episode sometime in those five years.

  • At the beginning of the episode, at the tailor shop, the camera pans in on a completed garment with a note pinned to it: Mr. Leland Stanford. Leland Stanford (March 9, 1824--June 21, 1893) was the eighth governor of California (January 10 1862--December 10 1863). He later became a senator (1885-1893). He moved to San Francisco in 1874 and founded Stanford University in 1885. He is also the man who commissioned Eadweard Muybridge to determine, using new camera technology, if a galloping horse ever had all four feet off the ground (it does). Muybridge's means of capturing this information led to the birth of the film industry.

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Classics, bloody and violent, characters with double lives, failed crime, for the nostalgic