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  • Season 2 Episode 39: Gold and Brimstone

  • (goof) Paladin leaves the bag of gold on the bar in town. Later, back at the mine, the old man has it again and gives it to Paladin.

  • Season 2 Episode 36: The Fifth Man

  • Watch carefully at the end of the episode, when the wounded Bert Talman confronts Corvin, who has circled around the box canyon trying to get away from Paladin. Talman calls out Corvin's name. Corvin spins around--and reacts to the bullet a moment before Talman fires.

  • Season 2 Episode 34: Comanche

  • In 1868, a buckskin gelding was purchased for the Army in St. Louis, and sent to Fort Levenworth, Kansas. There he caught the eye of Captain Myles Keogh, who took him for his personal mount. Legend has it that the horse earned his name when he was wounded in a battle on the Cimarron River, and "screamed like a Commanche". Although wounded, Commanche brought his master through the battle. He was wounded in the leg in 1870, and again in the shoulder in 1871. In 1876, after the Little Bighorn battle, Commanche and the other badly wounded horses and ponies were left to die by the Indians. After soldiers arrived two days later, most of the other horses were too far gone, and put out of their misery. Commanche was still on his feet, however, and approached the men. He was taken by steamboat to Fort Lincoln and officially retired with honors. No one was permitted to ride him, and he roamed at will, turning up for parade drills, begging beer at the local canteen, and exasperating officers' wives by trampling through their gardens looking for sunflowers to eat. He died in 1891, aged 29. His body was preserved and can be seen at the Natural History Museum at the University of Kentucky.

  • (Nitpick) Paladin's eulogy for the fallen cavalry is taken from a poem by Edwin Markham (1852-1940) called Lincoln, the Man of the People. The poem was not written until 1901.

  • Season 2 Episode 33: The Sons of Aaron Murdock

  • Richard Boone seems to have been a remarkably strong man. Philip Coolidge (Aaron Murdock) is a thin man, but nearly as tall as Richard Boone, yet Boone scooped him up and carried him without noticeable strain.

  • (Nitpick) Apparently before visiting Lew's ex-girlfriend Mae, Paladin re-drew the Navajo symbol that he saw on Jamie's horse. The sketch he shows May is darker, sharper, and more accurate than the drawing he showed Aaron Murdock.

  • Season 2 Episode 31: The Man Who Lost

  • (Nitpick) Coey persuades Paladin to let him sit at a table for a meal. When Paladin beckons him to come out, Coey promptly slams the door. We see him dropping a bar across the door, but a few moments later, Paladin bursts through using a moderate blow from his shoulder.

  • This episode is the very first western directed by a woman. Ida Lupino would go on to direct other episodes, as well as episodes of other westerns.

  • Season 2 Episode 27: Incident at Borrasca Bend

  • This episode looks as though it were originally intended to be broadcast right after "The Long Hunt". As in that episode, Paladin is wearing cold-weather gear, and has allowed his beard to grow to keep his face warm.

  • Season 2 Episode 26: Death of a Gunfighter

  • (Goof) As Paladin prepares to leave the hotel and head for home, he is carrying his saddlebags, which are clearly full. He steps out the door, and suddenly both saddlebags are completely flat.

  • Season 2 Episode 24: The Monster of Moon Ridge

  • (Nitpick) Paladin could quite easily reach the miner's pick to free himself if he used his belt or a boot to extend his reach the 1/2" he needs to snare it.

  • (Nitpick) When talking with the sheriff, Paladin makes reference to "Salem witch-burners". No one was burned at Salem; that was a European method of execution. In Salem, one man was pressed to death (for refusing to say anything on his own behalf) while the remaining victims were hung.

  • Season 2 Episode 22: The Scorched Feather

  • (Nitpick) In the restaurant, the waiter sets down the tray with brandy and glasses (warmed). Robert sets a glass in front of Paladin, then himself. He picks up the bottle, and we see him tip it over his own glass, and hear the sound of a measure of liquid being poured. The next moment, the bottle is sitting corked beside him--but Paladin's glass also has brandy in it.

  • Season 2 Episode 20: Juliet

  • (Continuity error)
    Up in the barn loft, after Col. Pike has guessed their whereabouts, Paladin awakens Juliet and warns her to be still before moving away. Juliet glances at the doll she's holding, and then (perhaps embarrassed that Paladin found her clutching it) throws it aside. The camera cuts to one of the younger Pikes entering the barn. When the camera cuts back to Juliet, she looks down at the doll that she's holding, then we hear the sound of it hitting the straw as she tosses it aside.

  • (Nitpick) Paladin seems to have made some adjustments to his gun. In the very first episode, he states that the trigger responds to one ounce of pressure, but here he tells Juliet that it is two ounces.

  • (Nitpick) When the stagecoach is attacked, the man riding shotgun announces that he cannot hit them; they are staying back out of shotgun range. The next instant, the driver is hit in the arm...with a handgun, which should have been even further out of range.

  • Season 2 Episode 19: Treasure Trail

  • This is the first episode where we see clear proof that Paladin is as handy with a knife as with his gun. Disarming an attacker, he throws the knife back at the other men--in the dark, no less!

  • Season 2 Episode 17: The Taffeta Mayor

  • 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).

  • Season 2 Episode 16: The Wager

  • (nitpick) If you watch closely, there is an oddity in a scene near the end, probably the result of retakes and multiple camera angles. Out on the desert, Paladin has the men get down from the buckboard. He hurls their guns off to his left side, then starts up the horses and drives away--straight forward. The next instant, we see Paladin and the wagon driving past two small black spots on the desert, which turn out to be the guns. Also, when the men walk forward to retrieve their guns, they then turn and walk straight back--but the horizon shots look the same both ways.

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