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At a bar, a hobo wages a bet that he can walk across a tightrope down the length of a saloon. But when Paladin notices that the hobo's opponent plans on cheating to win the bet, he makes sure the odds are even.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x8
Airdate: Saturday November 02nd, 1957

Guest Stars
Strother MartinStrother Martin
As Dooley Delaware
Jack AlbertsonJack Albertson
As Bookie
Theodore MarcuseTheodore Marcuse
As Wally
Duane GreyDuane Grey
As Driver
John DehnerJohn Dehner
As Ben Marquette
Fay SpainFay Spain
As Rena
Buddy BaerBuddy Baer
As Bolo
Main Cast
Richard BooneRichard Boone
As Paladin


Paladin's stage stops at Salamander City to get fresh horses and the gunslinger gets out to stretch his legs. A hobo, Dooley Delaware, comes up and asks for a ride. The driver refuses to give him credit and Dooley doesn't have the money. Dooley then approaches Paladin and asks for money, but the driver tells him to stop annoying the passengers. As he goes to raise some money, Paladin asks the driver who the man is. The driver explains that Dooley claims he used to be a big-time acrobat but now he just wanders from town to town...

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Episode Notes
Paladin meet Paladin. John Dehner (Marquette) played Paladin in the radio drama.

Episode Quotes
Ben Marquette: All right. I'll boost the ante as far as Dooley can go. One hundred and two dollars and twelve cents. Can you afford that, Mister?
Paladin: Make it a thousand.
Ben Marquette: His life isn't worth that much.
Paladin: Your reputation?
Ben Marquette: I'll see your thousand, make it a thousand more.
Paladin: Why stop there? Three thousand dollars says Dooley can do the stunt.
Ben Marquette: You are on. My reputation, now. Hold the stakes, Bolo.
Paladin: Wait a minute! Six thousand dollars, that's too big a load for such a small character.

Paladin: I was boosting the bet to get you out of it. I was trying to make Marquette call it off! You must have been crazy to let them laugh you into a suicide stunt like that!
Dooley Delaware: It's... all set up. Three o'clock, tomorrow afternoon.
Paladin: I've been told that canyon is a hundred feet across and three hundred feet straight down, and a wind like the breath of the devil.
Dooley Delaware: Mr. Paladin? You heard what they call me. A monkey on a string? That's all I've ever been. Ever since the circuses quit hiring me.
Paladin: What circuses?
Dooley Delaware: A monkey on a string, doing nip-ups for nickels and dimes. I'm a man. Not a monkey.

Ben Marquette: Put it in a sack, Wally.
Wally: Mr. Marquette, I'd rather not...
Ben Marquette: Wally's got a wife and two kids. He's got to be honest.

Rena: From Marquette? He's too big. He's bigger than you, he's bigger than Dooley, he's bigger than the whole town. And Bolo's just standing on his shoulders.
Paladin: Well they ought to make quite a thump when they fall.

Paladin: Double-cross is a very ambiguous sign. It points in eight different directions all at once.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorHerb Meadow  |  Sam Rolfe
ProducerJulian Claman
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
Film EditorHarry Coswick
WardrobeJoseph Dimmitt
Assistant DirectorHoward Joslin
Supervising EditorFred W. Berger
Special Photographic EffectsLouis Dewitt  |  Jack Rabin
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