Have Gun - Will Travel

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  • 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.

  • (Goof) Paladin finds the abandoned and unconcious Stacy on the trail. He dismounts, taking his canteen from the saddle. He sets the canteen behind him as he kneels down. As he reaches to turn Stacy over, suddenly his hand is tangled in the straps of the canteen, tucked close to Stacy's side. It cannot be Stacy's own canteen, because Paladin later states that she was abandoned without water.

  • Season 2 Episode 14: Something to Live For

  • (goof) After the two henchmen set fire to the brush around the cut logs in Evans' camp, we see Paladin, on horseback, turn his horse back and point. Evans turns his horse and comes alongside Paladin on his left. Paladin comments that the smoke they see is too much for a campfire, and the next shot shows Evans on Paladin's right side.

  • (goof)
    Paladin: Courage is the price life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not knows no release from little things.

    The writer slipped up here. Paladin is quoting from a poem called "Courage", written by Amelia Earhart Putnam, who was not born until 1898.

  • Season 2 Episode 13: The Solid Gold Patrol

  • In the opening scene, Hey Boy is eagerly checking a newspaper to see if he has won a lottery. Paladin steps up to see what is going on, and Hey Boy, flustered, addresses him familiarly as "Paladin"--without the "Mister". Paladin ignores it, and it may indicate a deepening relationship, but Hey Boy is probably lucky no other member of the hotel staff overheard him.

  • Season 2 Episode 10: The Lady

  • The Honorable Diana Coulter is the first (and perhaps only) person to recognize the origin of Paladin's name: the twelve legendary peers of Charlamagne's court. Charlamagne (742-814 A.D.) was king of the Franks from 768-814, and emperor of the Holy Roman Empire from 800-814.

  • Season 2 Episode 9: Young Gun

  • (Nitpick) In the opening scene, Paladin is reading a short newspaper article. We hear his voice state: "According to C.W. Wellman"--but those words are not in the written article, although the rest of the voiceover is exactly as written.

  • Season 2 Episode 7: The Road to Wickenburg

  • (Nitpick) As Paladin confronts the "surrendering" sheriff, we see him slip his derringer from under his gun belt. His hands are in front of him. However, when he fires the gun a moment later, the close-up shows him bringing up his hand from behind his holster.

  • Season 2 Episode 6: The Protege

  • "Have Gun, Will Travel" made a reference to "Gunsmoke" in this episode, mentioning Matt Dillon:
    Paladin: (to gunman): The ad said only experts need apply.
    Gunman: I served with Matt Dillon in Austin. Does that make me expert enough?
    Paladin: No, that makes you a fake. Dillon never served in Austin.
    This is the only time "Gunsmoke" was mentioned in the series, both being on CBS and
    "HGWT" broadcast right before "Gunsmoke" on Saturday night.

  • Season 2 Episode 5: Duel at Florence

  • (Nitpick) Paladin appears to travel quite a distance in this episode, although, for a change, he remains in California. In a rapid sequence of three different shots, he is seen riding a horse with a bit of white on its left forefoot, then a horse with two rear white feet, then finally a horse with both forefeet white, extending well up the legs.

  • Ernie Teller had gotten Paladin's card from a client--a young woman with red-gold hair, possibly an actress, who had dropped the card out of her bag--and then stamped on it. This may be referring back to "The Five Books of Owen Deaver". In that episode, Paladin instructs Hey Boy to send his regrets to a red-haired member of an opera company, even though the company is leaving San Francisco and he might never see her again.

  • Paladin describes the rules for an official "Montana Duel": two men on each side, one rifle each, with just two bullets in each rifle.

  • Season 2 Episode 3: The Man Who Wouldn't Talk

  • The play Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand, might have been appropriate to the plot, but in fact the play was first performed in Paris in 1897, by which time Paladin was surely long since retired.

  • Season 1 Episode 38: Deliver the Body

  • When Paladin and Tyler fight in the bar, two men walk down the stairs. In the next shot they're standing at the bottom of the stairs, watching. However, in the next shot after that, they're walking down the stairs again.

  • Paladin seems to be having a spate of woman trouble. Having eluded an outraged guardian in "24 Hours at North Fork" he now skips out of San Francisco largely to avoid tangling with an annoyed blonde and brunette. (What, no redhead?)

  • Season 1 Episode 37: Silver Convoy

  • Paladin claims that bandits stole his saddle and canteen, leaving him to travel the desert two days without water. It seems clear that this was a ploy to gain entrance to the house--after all, why would bandits only take the saddle? Why not the horse, Paladin's weapons, Paladin's life....?

  • (goof) When Carlos holds a knife on Paladin, in the shots facing Carlos the knife point is at Paladin's neck but in the shots facing Paladin it is at his chin.

  • Season 1 Episode 36: 24 Hours at North Fork

  • An interesting point: Paladin has not been summoned to North Fork, nor is he simply passing by on his way to or from a job. To put it baldly, he is fleeing the wrath of the outraged guardian of a young lady with whom he has apparently been having an affair. (Although the lady seems confident of persuading said guardian that it was purely platonic.)

  • (nitpick) When Paladin knocks Jud Polk through a door near the end of the episode, you can see that the pins were removed from the hinges. Had he really been knocked through, the entire hinge (pins and all) would remain with either the door or the frame (wood being softer than metal).

  • Season 1 Episode 35: The Return of Dr. Thackeray

  • We learn that Paladin spends $2000 a year...just on cigars.

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