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Have Gun, Will Travel: The Return of Dr. Thackeray

Dr. Phyllis Thackeray diagnoses a cook with smallpox and worries that all of the farmhands might come down with it as well. When the farmhands threaten to bolt, Thackeray calls in Paladin to help keep them at the ranch.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x35
Airdate: Saturday May 17th, 1958

Guest Stars
June LockhartJune Lockhart
As Dr. Phyllis Thackeray
Grant WithersGrant Withers
As Sam Barton
Charles AidmanCharles Aidman
As Tom Barton
John AndersonJohn Anderson
As Fred Cooley
Cy MalisCy Malis
As Nate
Johnny WesternJohnny Western
As Steve (Steve Pauley)

Fred McDougallFred McDougall
As Cowhand
Sam GilmanSam Gilman
As Mr. Laird
Main Cast
Richard BooneRichard Boone
As Paladin


At the Carlton, Paladin is meeting with Mr. Laird, who desperately offers him $2,000 to ship $500,000 in gold bullion from Phoenix. Paladin isn't interested and Laird increases the pay to $3,000, but Paladin refuses to accept less than $10,000. Laird says that he'll have to consult with his partners and will return the next day, but Paladin warns him that he might be negotiating with other parties by then...

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Episode Notes
Johnny Western, a fan of the series, appears as Steve Pauley. He was so happy to be on the show that he wrote a rough draft of "The Ballad of Paladin" and gave it to Richard Boone and creator Sam Rolfe. They decided to use it as the show's closing theme.

Episode Quotes
Mr. Laird: I'll give you $1,000 now if you promise to accept this job. $1,000 later when you complete it.
Paladin: I spent $2,000 a year on cigars, Mr. Laird.

Paladin: All right, I want to see Dr. Thackeray and I want to see her right now. If there's anything, wrong, if she's been harmed or impeded in any way, you two men can toss coins to see which one I take apart first!

Sam Barton: ...If he wasn't such a weakling.
Paladin: Is he such a weakling?
Sam Barton: You've seen him. He'll take it from anybody. He's always been that way and always will be. He gets it from his mother, rest her soul.
Paladin: No, I'd say he gets it from you. You're a loud-mouthed bully. Yes, you are. It's all talk. Vicious, cutting kind of talk that probably held that boy down. Gave him the idea that he never could win, so he never tried.
Sam Barton: All I ever tried to do was make a man out of him.
Paladin: No, you're scared to death he might really become a man. Then you'd become the little man around here.
Sam Barton: That's enough! I don't have to explain to you how I feel about my son.
Paladin: Oh, am I mistaken? Would you really like that boy to kick your teeth in?
Sam Barton: I'd crack his skull if he did. And I'd love him if he tried.

Fred Cooley: Uh, you, uh, you work here, Mr.--?
Paladin: Paladin. I'm just helping a friend.
Fred Cooley: Got a specialty?
Paladin: I use a little of everything.
Fred Cooley: (glancing at Paladin's holster) But in the end, it comes down to that.
Paladin: If there are no alternatives.

Dr. Phyllis Thackeray: Talk to me, keep me awake.
Paladin: Talk to you? Just like that? It's not that easy.
Dr. Phyllis Thackeray: Well, you've never had any trouble finding the right words.
Paladin: Oh, it's easy enough to talk. To find the "right" words, the common words that men exchange with women. But you and I have grown too close for that.
Dr. Phyllis Thackeray: That's a frightening thought.
Paladin: It is. Because we're the kind of people we are. We're neither of us ready for marriage, are we?
Dr. Phyllis Thackeray: Well, you're certainly keeping me awake.
Paladin: You have to go on with your work, it's important to you. And it's important to the people who need you.
Dr. Phyllis Thackeray: And you have to go on with your work, because, you're the kind of a man you are.
Paladin: I did hear a rumor once that people can change.
Dr. Phyllis Thackeray: You believe that?
Paladin: Yes, if they're ready to change. And we're not ready to change.
Dr. Phyllis Thackeray: I'm confused. Have you been proposing to me?
Paladin: No. No, I've been explaining why I haven't proposed.

Episode Goofs
When Paladin shoots Steve, he shoots him in the left arm. When Steve is helped up by his friends, he is holding his right arm.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorHerb Meadow  |  Sam Rolfe
ProducerJulian Claman
Associate ProducerSam Rolfe
CastingLynn Stalmaster
HairstylistPat Whiffing
Make-upGlen Alden
Set DesignerPaul Sylos
Set DecoratorRaymond Boltz, Jr.
Property MasterMike Gordon (1)
Script SupervisorMary Chaffee
Director of PhotographyFleet Southcott
Main Title ThemeBernard Herrmann
Main Title Theme Written/performedJohnny Western
WardrobeJoseph Dimmitt
Assistant DirectorNathan Barragar
Supervising EditorFred W. Berger
Optical EffectsJack Rabin  |  Louis Dewitt
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