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Have Gun, Will Travel: Deliver the Body

Paladin is hired to bring the killer of a sheriff to justice.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x38
Airdate: Saturday June 07th, 1958

Guest Stars
R.G. ArmstrongR.G. Armstrong
As Lovett (S.J. Lovett)
Robert GistRobert Gist
As Ben Tyler
Madlyn RhueMadlyn Rhue
As Jean Nelson (as Madeline Rhue)
Kam TongKam Tong
As Hey Boy
James FranciscusJames Franciscus
As Tom Nelson
Len LesserLen Lesser
As Boldt
James MurdockJames Murdock
As Henchman
Main Cast
Richard BooneRichard Boone
As Paladin


At the Carlton, Hey Boy notices two women irritably waiting in the lobby. He goes to the door and intercepts Paladin as he arrives, and warns him that the two ladies are waiting for him. Hey Boy warns his friend that the ladies have compared to notes, and offers Paladin a telegram. It's from S.J. Lovett, mayor of Silver Flat, NV, inviting him to come and try finding the killer of the town's sheriff, Daley. Paladin looks again at the women and decides to take the job...

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Episode Quotes
(seeing two women angrily waiting for him)
Paladin: Oooh. So early in the evening?
Hey Boy: I look for you all over.
Paladin: Well, I took the brunette out two nights ago, and the blonde the night before that, but I made no further engagements with either one of them. There are other things in life--poker, for instance.

Boldt: What do you want here?
Paladin: Well, I'm sure I don't want to talk to you. I may have some business with the man who tells you what to fetch and when to carry.
Boldt: You got a roundabout way of asking for trouble.

Paladin: I don't sell men. I sell a job of work, and that's all you pay for.
Lovett: All right, you got a deal. I'll pay you when you deliver. From here on you're a deputy sheriff.
Paladin: Just like that? Shouldn't I be sworn in by the proper authority?
Lovett: Consider yourself sworn in by a proper authority. Here's a badge in case you need it.
Paladin: Well, now, anything I acquire that easily can't have much value.

Paladin: Tyler's got to be brought back. If he's innocent, he should be cleared. If he's a murderer, he's got to be stopped. You know where he is. If you shield him now, and he is a murderer, then every man he kills from here on in will sit on your shoulders and scream in your ears.

Paladin: Well, you're a puzzle. You wouldn't be the first killer I've met who worried about elderly ladies and helpless animals, but still, you're a puzzle.

Paladin: Will you take the case for five hundred dollars?
Tom Nelson: Certainly not, this hasn't anything to do with money, it's a matter of principle.
Paladin: Oh. Well, Nelson, why did you study law at all if you don't have the stomach for it? You'd like it if only nice people were arrested. If trials were dainty and sweet-smelling and polite. But you're asked to defend thieves and cutthroats, find yourself in court in the middle of a war, no holds barred, at stake a man's freedom or his life. Well, it's too bad it's so dirty. You really should give up the profession entirely--as a matter of principle.

Tom Nelson: I don't know how you got in here, but--
Paladin: Nelson, you've got to do something. I will buy you or beat you or torment you, but you will act!

Episode Goofs
During the bar fight, Paladin hits Ben as two men walks down the stairs in the background.

In the next shot, they're standing at the bottom of the stairs, watching.

But then in the next shot, they're walking down the stairs again.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorHerb Meadow  |  Sam Rolfe
ProducerSam Rolfe
EditorSamuel Gold
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
Production ManagerGlenn Cook
Main Title ThemeBernard Herrmann
WardrobeJoseph Dimmitt
Assistant DirectorNathan Barragar
Supervising EditorFred W. Berger
Special Photographic EffectsLouis Dewitt  |  Jack Rabin
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