Have Gun - Will Travel

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  • Season 1 Episode 34: Three Sons

  • The use of stock footage causes a small continuity error. While en route to the farm, Paladin is seen wearing his narrow white tie, with his shirt buttoned completely up. When he comes walking up alongside the house, the tie is nowhere to be seen, and the shirt is open at the throat.

  • Season 1 Episode 31: Hey Boy's Revenge

  • Columbia House's Volume 1 VHS release contains an error in its liner notes for this episode. It claims that Kam Tong's character of Hey Boy is named Kim Chang and that it is also the name of Tong's character from the series "Mr. Garlund." Hey Boy's name was Kim Chan and Tong's character on "Mr. Garlund" was called Kam Chang.

  • Season 1 Episode 30: The Prize Fight Story

  • When Paladin orders a drink at the saloon, part of his change is a counterfeit dollar. Webber tries to shrug it off, but Paladin demands--and gets--the genuine article. He then proceeds to walk away--leaving all of his change lying on the counter.

  • Season 1 Episode 29: Gun Shy

  • There is no record of when either episode was produced, but it seems a reasonable assumption that this one was made after Hey Boy's Revenge. Hey Boy shows no surprise that Mr. Paladin would track down robbers. Also, in agreeing to do so, Paladin openly states that he has a "job". Previously Hey Boy thought that he sold insurance or some such.

  • For the first time in the series, we hear a voice-over narration by Paladin, explaining that it took him three days to reach Big Pine--which consists solely of the boarding house.

  • (goof) As they show Paladin riding in, he is wearing a white tie. A moment later when they shown him arriving, he no longer has the tie on.

  • Season 1 Episode 27: The Teacher

  • (goof) When Paladin is sitting on the ground he reaches for his hat and picks it up. Then it switches to a closer shot and he again reaches for and picks up his hat.

  • Season 1 Episode 26: Birds of a Feather

  • (nitpick) At the beginning of the episode, Paladin stops two thugs from assaulting a lady and throws them into the street. When the two thugs are shown standing in the dirt road, you can clearly see tire tracks in the dust beside them.

  • Season 1 Episode 25: The O'Hare Story

  • We learn that one of Paladin's heroes is the Roman Emperor Hadrian--well known for the fortifications he had built to help keep the peace and prosperity of his regions.

  • Season 1 Episode 24: Girl from Piccadilly

  • (SPOILER) Westrope asks Paladin why his nephew Gordon Dawes should have assisted Catherine's fraud, given that Dawes would be his sole heir if his daughter-in-law was not found. Paladin simply states that Dawes is trying to palm Catherine off on Westrope as his daughter-in-law--which does not answer Westrope's question. Presumably Dawes plans to marry Catherine, but this is not brought out, and if he'd succeeded in killing Isobel, he could marry whom he pleased. Note that the whole plot seemed to have been arranged before Paladin got involved.

  • Season 1 Episode 23: Bitter Wine

  • (Continuity error) When Paladin borrows a horse to ride into town, we see him on what looks like (in black and white) a brown horse with a black tail. When he returns, he is riding an all-black horse.

  • (Nitpick) Gorman claims later to have shot the scaloppine after one taste, but the pan that Paladin picks up is empty, and, in fact, looks clean.

  • Season 1 Episode 22: The Singer

  • Two "firsts" for this series. We learn that Paladin speaks Chinese, at least enough to communicate with Hey Boy. We also find him, rather scandalously, entertaining a young woman in his suite (although he promptly escorts her out for a evening at the Barbary Coast, leaving the rest of their activities to the viewer's imagination).

  • (goof) After Paladin comes busting out of the barn with the wagon, there's a blanket in the back of the wagon. In the next shot he's got a different wagon and there's a box where the blanket is supposed to be. In the next shot, he's back to the first wagon with the blanket in the back.

  • Season 1 Episode 21: The Bostonian

  • Although Luis Gomez's character is credited as "Jose" at the end, all of the characters call him "Guillermo."

  • (nitpick) The Princes' one ranchhand, a Mexican, is dumped on their doorstep, tarred and feathered, and shows up the next day perfectly fine (and ready to be shot). Tarring and feathering, which sounds like a light-hearted (albeit humiliating) prank, was actually a savage and potentially lethal act. The tar had to be heated before it could be poured on a victim. Being coated in clinging hot tar resulted in second- and third-degree burns, which, if extensive enough, could kill.

  • (goof) As Paladin turns the cattle stampede backwards, you can see a rather large truck in the background.

  • Season 1 Episode 20: The Last Laugh

  • When Paladin hands Gil his card, the close-up has Gil holding the card parallel with the ground. The camera then cuts to a medium shot, and Gil is instantly holding it at a 45 degree angle to the ground and tilted away from him.

  • 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