Have Gun Will Travel (1957-63)

One of TV’s best western series. Richard Boone is the gunfighter with the business cards, Paladin. He hangs out at the Hotel Carlton in San Francisco waiting for responses to his card. He’s all decked out enjoying the finer things of life until he’s hired to put on his black outfit and his gun.

Unusual comedy episode: “Fragile” w/Werner “Col.Klink” Klemperer with a French accent and mystery-action adventure writer Alan Caillou.

Paladin is hired by Etienne (Werner Klemperer) to help him take a large pane of glass back to his French restaurant in a small mining town. He pays him a thousand dollars and the promise of a gourmet meal. This will be the third attempt to get one back there since something always happens. His wife thinks they’re both crazy.

On the way a band of Indians shoot some arrows but then ride off yelling about capturing the sun. The reflection in the glass scared them off. Then they run into a rancher and his pal on a bridge over a creek. He wants the glass for his house. Etienne refuses to sell it. His pal goes to break it. Paladin tosses him in the water.

Now Etienne spots his friend Roy Cooney (Alan Caillou) drunk as usual lying by his tent. He’s broken Etienne’s glass before. Paladin has a plan to fool him and it works. They finally get to town and install the window. One problem. It’s a mining town and it’s Saturday night.

Paladin is having a blast chowing down on one dish after another when the miners come out of the saloon determined to put a rock through the window. A man on a ladder is painting “The Frenchman’s” on it. The miner’s stop when they realize that Roy is coming to town and he’s obsessed with breaking it. They don’t want to get in his way.

Here comes Roy. Can the window be saved? Will Paladin be able to finish his meal? Whatever you do, do not judge this series by this show. This was just a change of pace and not a typical episode.

Typical episode: “Gold And Brimstone” w/Eduardo Ciannelli, Philip Pine and Alan Reed. – Paladin comes across a father and son involved in a standoff with three men. They keep shooting at each other over a gold mine. Father and son say they discovered the abandoned mine. Dirks (Alan Reed) doesn’t care.

It’s known as Lucifer’s Pit. The father (Eduardo Ciannelli) thinks Paladin is the devil especially when he smells brimstone. The son (Philip Pine) doesn’t want Paladin around and thinks his father’s crazy.

Paladin gets some powder and blows up the entrance to the mine preventing anyone from working it while they ride to town to file a claim. Dirks and his gang have the father and son’s horses. Since he’s sickly, the father rides draped across Paladin’s horse while he and the son walk.

Paladin has a plan to get water from Dirks. It works but Dirks shoots and wounds the father and rides off. Paladin puts the father in the buckboard and they hightail it to town. He turns Dirks’ boys over to the sheriff and drops the father off at the doctor’s office.

Dirks got there before them and filed a claim. Paladin sees him celebrating. He informs him that the mine is no good. For good measure he decks him.

Back at the mine with the father and son Paladin tells them they could make a lot of money from the mine in spite of the fact that there’s no gold. How could that be?

Alan Reed’s claim to fame was doing the voice of Fred Flintstone.


About vintage45

I'm a big fan of vintage books,movies,TV shows and music. I encourage everyone to patronize your local used book/record store and pick up some of the good stuff. My posts are capsule reviews of some favorites that you may want to investigate. The albums posted aren't really reviews but items from my collection that are still available. I try and point out highlights of each one and let the music speak for itself. Thanks to all for checking out the blog.
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