(Nitpick) Both Paladin and Ainslee, aiming carefully from their hiding places, fail to hit Baker. Watch very carefully as Paladin makes the final, killing shot. He simply points his gun in the air--while his head is facing the ground!
(goof) After Paladin reloads Ainslee's gun there are six empty slots on his gunbelt. They are still missing when he dives behind the hay. However, when he offers to fight Ainslee left handed, his gunbelt is full again.
(goof) Although Paladin's hands were supposed to be tied behind his back, when they started to put him on the horse, they clearly were not.
Apparently San Francisco has been doing some renovating. The buildings across from the Hotel Carleton have been torn down and rebuilt with flat roofs, allowing a better view of the ocean. The hotel itself has changed its sign.
(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.
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.
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.
(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.
(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.
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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
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.
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Classics, bloody and violent, characters with double lives, failed crime, for the nostalgic