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Have Gun, Will Travel: A Matter of Ethics

A man accused of murder hires Paladin to protect him, fearing that he will be lynched before he can receive a fair trial in Bender, Wyoming.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x5
Airdate: Saturday October 12th, 1957

Writer: Sam Rolfe


 
Guest Stars
Harold StoneHarold Stone
As Holgate (Bart Holgate, as Harold J. Stone)
Recurring
Harold StoneHarold Stone
As Holgate (Bart Holgate, as Harold J. Stone)
Recurring
Strother MartinStrother Martin
As Fred Coombs
Recurring
Strother MartinStrother Martin
As Fred Coombs
Recurring
Roy BarcroftRoy Barcroft
As Sheriff Swink
Recurring
Roy BarcroftRoy Barcroft
As Sheriff Swink
Recurring
Ken MayerKen Mayer
As Willy
Recurring
Ken MayerKen Mayer
As Willy
Recurring
Kam TongKam Tong
As Hey Boy
Recurring
Theodore MarcuseTheodore Marcuse
As Folger
Recurring
Peter BroccoPeter Brocco
As Clerk
Recurring
Peter BroccoPeter Brocco
As Clerk
Recurring
Steven TerrellSteven Terrell
As Harry Dill (as Steven Terrell)
Steven TerrellSteven Terrell
As Harry Dill (as Steven Terrell)
Willis BoucheyWillis Bouchey
As Max Bender
Willis BoucheyWillis Bouchey
As Max Bender
Burt NelsonBurt Nelson
As Farmer
Main Cast
Richard BooneRichard Boone
As Paladin
Richard BooneRichard Boone
As Paladin

Recap

At the Carlton, Paladin is buying a solid-platinum horse fob and tells the metalworker, Folger, to leave the bill at the desk. Folger goes to the desk and talks to Hey Boy, who assures him that Paladin is good for it. The clerk confirms that Paladin’s credit is good but has no idea what he really does. Meanwhile, Paladin goes through his daily newspapers and reads an article about how accused murderer Bart Holgate was captured and returned to the town of Bender, Wyoming. Holgate asked the authorities not to take him back, fearing a lynch mob, but they returned him anyway. Folger comes over and assures Paladin that he left the bill, and Paladin sends a wire to Holgate along with his card...

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Episode Quotes
Farmer: A double-blast to the belly outta cut a man in half.
Paladin: That man wouldn't be any deader than one with a .45 slug between his eyes.
Farmer: Yeah, you're a big man with a gun, ain't ya?
Paladin: And you're a big man with a crowd.

Paladin: Stay away from that jail.
Amy Bender: Don't try and stop us, gunfighter. There's room for another noose out there.
Paladin: So there is. And earth enough to bury every man who comes to me with a rope.

Amy Bender: I don't want anyone hurt. Except Holgate.
Paladin: That's the trouble with a lynching, Miss Bender. You can't have it ordered up all neat and dainty like a yard of Flemish lace. It's something that cowards get whiskey'd up and mumble over--winding up with screams in the gutters of a dark night.

Max Bender: Well, I hope this is a just verdict.
Paladin: It will be. After the trial, Holgate will climb on a horse. He'll fall off that horse while riding under a tree. His feet won't touch the ground but the fall will break his neck all the same.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorHerb Meadow  |  Sam Rolfe
EditorSamuel Gold
CastingLynn Stalmaster
Make-upWilliam Wood (1)
Set DecoratorRaymond Boltz, Jr.
Director of PhotographyWilliam Margulies
Art DirectorJames W. Sullivan
Production ManagerGlenn Cook
WardrobeFrank V. Tauss
Casting AssociateClaire Koonce
Supervising EditorFred W. Berger
Optical EffectsLouis Dewitt
 
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