The torn half of a five-hundred-dollar bill is simply a "McGuffin" used to get Paladin on his way. It is never mentioned again during the episode. Presumably Paladin, once the incident with the bandits has passed and he reaches his destination, will learn more about it--but the audience will not.
In the episode, the boy calls himself "Whitney Tyler", but in the credits, he is listed as "Carter Whitney".
Mary Fickett is listed as "Adella Forsyth" in the credits, but in the episode, she calls herself Adella Liggett.
It is not just Hey Boy that returns for the fifth season. At the beginning of the episode, they have a voice-over by Paladin after he draws his gun, which had pretty much disappeared for the fourth season. The closing credits were again shown over a scene of Paladin riding into view, then off into the distance, which is more visually interesting than the still shot they used for a good portion of the fourth season. One change for the credits; they put the scriptwriter and the director's name after the title credits, rather than at the end.
In the telegram Paladin receives from Mrs. Decker, it is stated that Decker dealt with the Stoner gang eight years previously. For the remainder of the episode, the time period is eleven years.
During the scene when Donner speaks with Paladin in his suite, Donner's monocle is worn at his right eye. At the end, when Paladin walks to the door to show him out, Donner is suddenly wearing it at his left eye. At the very end, the camera show him from a back angle, and he clearly does not have the monocle at his left eye.
For whatever reason, Buddy Ebsen couldn't (or wouldn't) travel to Lone Pine for the location shooting. During the scenes where Paladin is leading Crane to Mexico, we can clearly see Richard Boone in the close-ups, but Crane is shown from the back, and when he is seen from the front, it is obviously a double. During the confrontation, when Boone was alone in the picture, he played the scenes in Lone Pine. The remainder was done on a studio "green set".
(Continuity error) When Shep first takes a swing at Paladin in the saloon, the blow knocks off Paladin's hat and it lands on the floor as he goes staggering out the door. The camera cuts to an outside shot, and Paladin is still wearing his hat as he comes out the door (it falls off as he falls).
Madame Destin appears to have stacked her deck. Paladin chooses a card, which turns out to be the Chevalier of the Sword. Madame then turns up a second Chevalier of the Sword, this one with the sword dripping blood. Tarot decks, like the ordinary playing cards that derived from them, have only one card of each type. There are four suits. Madame Destin might have turned up another Chevalier (Knight, Knave, Jack) but it could not have been of the Sword suit.
After they complete the "bank job", Paladin and Turner slip outside, waiting to join up with the Salvation Army Band as it returns. We can hear the captain warbling away, but it is quite obvious that she is marching along with her mouth shut, just keeping time with her hand.
According to Hal Needham, when he took the fall out of the tree onto the "catcher" camouflaged on the riverbank, one of his legs turned out and hit the outer framework of the catcher. His leg broke and he bounced on down into the river and had to be carried out. He stated that, during the course of his stunt career, he broke fifty-six bones, including his back--twice.
This episode is clearly a take-off of the film "Roman Holiday"--right down to choosing an actress who bears a more than passing resemblance to Audrey Hepburn.
The deputy sheriff made a comment about Joe Culp which sounded peculiar; it sounded like "...he did the right the river by". In a listing of authentic Western slang from the late 19th century (as opposed to TV and movie slang) the phrase "Someone to ride the river with" meant a dependable person. This makes sense in the context of the deputy's dialogue. (Paladin, himself, would be known as a "curly wolf"--a very tough, very dangerous man, as well as a "flannel mouth"--a smooth talker. He would probably also be considered "the boss"--the best.)
For the only time in the series, Part One does not end with the usual ballad and outdoor scene with the closing credits. Instead, the credits are shown over a silent replay of Joselito Kincaid's final moments, beginning with Paladin recovering conciousness. Once the camera pans over to Kincaid, the remainder of the scene is shown from a different camera angle.
Although the name of the storekeeper-cum-deputy sheriff is listed as "Remy" in the credits, everyone calls him "Rennie" throughout both episodes.
In the scene where Joe Culp stomps Paladin's hand, the actor, Sydney Pollack really did hit Boone's hand too hard, according to an interview done some years later. He said Boone had to go have the hand looked at and that it was black and blue, but the production continued.
Richard Boone's young son, Peter, introduced as the boy on crutches, starred as one of the children living at the fort, and is listed in the credits.
At the beginning of the episode, a man approaches Paladin, wanting him to sign a document concerning his part in the Groton gang incident, some eleven years previously. He states that the eldest Groton brother was the only one who escaped a trap set up for them, and some time later Paladin...er...killed him. He then states that Justin Groton, the youngest brother, was the only one taken alive. However, Justin later relates how he stood at the window of his cell and watched as two of his brothers were hanged.
After Paladin shoots Tarnitzer, he walks up and stands at Tarnitzer's right side. We see the posse heading back on the run. Tarnitzer makes his threat, and the next moment shows the posse coming up--but Paladin has suddenly jumped to the left side of Tarnitzer, and found a saddle roll to put under his head.
The final scene of Paladin crossing a river is a clip taken from the final scene of the third season's "Ambush". It gives the impression that Paladin has abandoned the posse and is heading back to San Cristobal on his own, which seems unlikely.
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