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Have Gun, Will Travel: Charley Red Dog

The town of Santa Maria, New Mexico is in need of a new town marshal, and one man, Charley Red Dog, is out to get the job. However, Charley is unaware that he received his marshal's diploma from a crooked correspondence school, and he may not survive unless Paladin lends a hand.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x13
Production Number: 155-91
Airdate: Saturday December 12th, 1959

Director: Ida Lupino
Writer: Gene Roddenberry

Guest Stars
Scott MarloweScott Marlowe
As Charley Red Dog
Raymond BaileyRaymond Bailey
As John Staffer
Cyril DelevantiCyril Delevanti
As Cornish
K.L. SmithK.L. Smith
As Cowboy
Kelton GarwoodKelton Garwood
As Joe Denver
William BryantWilliam Bryant
As Ed
Warren ParkerWarren Parker
As Clerk
Fintan MeylerFintan Meyler
As Pegeen (Pegeen Shannon)
Main Cast
Richard BooneRichard Boone
As Paladin


At the Hotel Carlton, Miss Pegeen Shannon comes down to the desk and drops off some correspondence. Paladin, standing nearby, assumes that she's a prostitute and she invites him up to her suite. Once she leaves, the clerk informs Paladin that Miss Shannon is the new hotel stenographer. Paladin goes up anyway and has Pegeen address a letter to John Staffer in Santa Maria, New Mexico. The letter acknowledges Staffer's advance payment for Paladin's services, but warns that he won't provoke a gunfight. Paladin has Pegeen include his card in the letter and send it off. As she leaves, Pegeen asks what made him change his mind, and warns him that she isn't as "friendly" as some of the women he meets in the lobby. Paladin assures her that he's willing to wait upon his return to discuss it...

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Episode Quotes
Pegeen: What made you change your mind, Mr. Paladin?
Paladin: About what, Miss Shannon?
Pegeen: Me.
Paladin: Oh, Miss Shannon, some friendships are like good wine; a wise man lets them age before sampling.
Pegeen: I've seen a few of your "friendships" passing through the lobby. You'll find any relationship of ours slightly cooler.
Paladin: Perhaps. But then, some good wines are much better slightly chilled.

Charley Red Dog: I know "Marshal Charley Red Dog" may sound like a foolish name to some whites, but senor, I have promised that it will stand for justice and honesty and fairness, as it is written in the thick law books. Or I will die in this attempt.
Paladin: You wear that badge into Santa Maria, you probably will.

John Staffer: Oh, Paladin, we'll just end up with one dead Indian kid.
Paladin: He's going to try whether we like it or not.
John Staffer: Are you saying you couldn't stop him?
Paladin: Staffer, if I were Charley Red Dog, if I were an Indian boy and this was my one chance to stand as tall as any man, I'd rather die than be stopped.

Paladin: Respect can be as contagious as measles if it's properly spread around. And I'll be standing very close to him.

(Charley tears up his "diploma")
Paladin: How long have you known about that?
Charley Red Dog: Oh, perhaps always. But it gave me a direction. A simple Indian boy needs direction, Mr. Paladin. Almost as much as he needs respect.
Paladin: Respect is important to all men. Some will even risk death for it.
Charley Red Dog: And some just give it to others. I thank you for that.

John Staffer: Seems to me you ought to split that thousand with the marshal.
Lem: That ought to be fair, Mr. Paladin.
Cornish: Yeah, he did all the work.
Paladin: Well, I think we came out just about even. Marshal has your gratitude and I have your money.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorHerb Meadow  |  Sam Rolfe
ProducerSam Rolfe
Associate ProducerFrank R. Pierson
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
Unit Production ManagerHoward Joslin
MusicPaul Dunlap
Music EditorGene Feldman (2)
HairstylistMadine Danks
Make-upDonald Roberson
Set DecoratorCharles Vassar  |  Herman N. Schoenbrun
Property MasterArthur Friedrich
Script SupervisorRichard Chaffee
Director of PhotographyStuart Thompson
Production SupervisorDewey Starkey
Art DirectorWalter E. Keller
Main Title ThemeBernard Herrmann
Main Title Theme Written/performedJohnny Western
Film EditorEverett Sutherland
CostumerJoseph Dimmitt
Assistant DirectorJack Voglin
Sound Effects EditorGene Eliot
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