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Have Gun, Will Travel: The O'Hare Story

Paladin is hired to stop a dam from being built, but ends up siding with the dam engineer instead.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x25
Airdate: Saturday March 01st, 1958

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Starring Roles
Victor McLaglen
As Mike O'Hare

Guest Stars
Christine White
As Myra Ritchie
John Doucette
As Joe Marsh
Ken Mayer
As Eli Gardner
Rick Vallin
As Cal
Alex Sharp
As First Guard
Paul Hahn
As Carson
Herbert Rudley
As Henry Ritchie
Main Cast
Richard Boone
As Paladin


At Ritchie's General Store in Ashley, CA, Myra Ritchie watches from the window as four men ride into town. She goes into the real estate office and tells her father Henry that his gunmen are there, and that he can still reconsider. Henry refuses and says if they can't do the job, he's hired another one. He shows her the other gunman's business card and Myra admits she's ashamed of him. The lead gunman, Joe Marsh, comes in and leers at Myra. She sends Marsh in and then looks at the business card… for Paladin...

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Episode Notes
Victor McLaglen (O'Hare) is the father of series director Andrew McLaglen.

Episode Quotes
Paladin: The greatest calamities in history were made by words said in anger. If you can't back it up, don't speak in anger.

Myra Ritchie: Oh, thank you.
Paladin: It's entirely my pleasure. A pretty girl completes a beautiful morning.
Myra Ritchie: You sound as though you've said that before.
Paladin: I have, and I'm just as sure you've heard it before.

Paladin: Was that Joe Marsh who just left here?
Henry Ritchie: That's who it was; you know him?
Paladin: Not very well, but as well as I'd care to. Is your town doing business with him?
Henry Ritchie: We'll do business with the Devil if he's the man we need.
Paladin: You were just interviewing one of his assistants.

Paladin: Mr. Ritchie, I never use this gun unless I have to. That's why you'll find my fee somewhat high.

Paladin: Never make a threat you don't mean to carry out, Mr. Ritchie. Embarrassment could be the least result.
Henry Ritchie: It was just said in anger.
Paladin: The greatest calamities in history were the result of words just said in anger.

Mike O'Hare: A gunfighter?
Paladin: I don't care for that term.
Mike O'Hare: Well, what do you know? A sensitive gunfighter.

Eli Gardner: He's a gunfighter. What's he gonna use in case of trouble?
Paladin: Brains, Mr. Gardner.
Eli Gardner: That can have kind of temporary effects.
Paladin: But it does leave people alive and that's an advantage when the dust settles.

Mike O'Hare: You could've mopped the streets with me. Now why didn't you?
Paladin: I've always liked men who build. One of my great idols was the Emperor Hadrian.
Mike O'Hare: Hadrian? What do you know about Hadrian?
Paladin: Well, he was an emperor, great builder. Is that what you think you are, Mr. O'Hare? You seem to be making all the demands of an emperor.

Mike O'Hare: Hey, what made you change sides?
Paladin: Education.
Mike O'Hare: Didn't that same education warn you to get out, when you know Marsh and his gang will arrive?
Paladin: You know, I must've skipped that class.

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
Main Title ThemeBernard Herrmann
Film EditorMichael Luciano (2)
WardrobeFrank V. Tauss
Assistant DirectorHoward Joslin
Supervising EditorFred W. Berger
Optical EffectsJack Rabin  |  Louis Dewitt
Warning: Have Gun, Will Travel season 1 episode 25 guide may contain spoilers
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