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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

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Writer: Sam Rolfe

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


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
Amy Bender: So, the gunfighters are all for law and order, if the price is right?
Paladin: You don't buy law and order, Miss Bender, you fight for it.
Max Bender: Once you have it, you don't throw it away.

Paladin: Meanness, Mr. Coombs? Hardly. Amy Bender hates, and with good cause. It's frustrating for a woman to hate like this. She can't strap on a gun and settle this affair with her own two hands.

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.

Paladin: That crowd won't collect again. Mob courage is a momentary thing; once it's gone, it's gone for good.

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
ProducerJulian Claman
EditorSamuel Gold
CastingLynn Stalmaster
HairstylistMadine Danks
Make-upWilliam Wood (1)
Set DecoratorRaymond Boltz, Jr.
Property MasterMike Gordon (1)
Script SupervisorRichard Chaffee
Director of PhotographyWilliam Margulies
Art DirectorJames W. Sullivan
Production ManagerGlenn Cook
Main Title ThemeBernard Herrmann
WardrobeFrank V. Tauss
Assistant DirectorHoward Joslin
Supervising EditorFred W. Berger
Optical EffectsLouis Dewitt  |  Jack Rabin
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