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Have Gun, Will Travel: Day of the Badman

A woman in the town of Cedar Wells hires Paladin to get a gang out of town. Paladin ends up joining forces with a dude from back east to save the town.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x17
Production Number: 155-100
Airdate: Saturday January 09th, 1960

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Guest Stars
Sue Randall
As Ruth
Eleanor Audley
As Cynthia (Cynthia Palmer)
Harry Fleer
As Bart (Bart Reynolds)
Don Kelly (1)
As Amos (Amos Saint, as Don O'Kelly)
Tony Haig
As Ted (Ted Thomas)
Barry Brooks
As Agent
Ollie O'Toole
As Clerk
Hal Needham
As Gandy Dancer
Pamela Raymond
As Girl
Stewart East
As Townsman
Ross Sturlin
As Townsman
William Joyce
As Laredo (Travis Perkins)
Norman Shelly
As Heath (Ezra Heath)
Joe Norden
As Mayor
Main Cast
Richard Boone
As Paladin


Paladin rides out to the ranch belonging to C. Palmer, who has wired for him. When Paladin rides up to the house, a man threatens him with a gun and orders him off his horse and into the house. Once he's inside, an older woman comes out and tells Paladin's opponent, Travis Perkins, to put his gun down. Travis insists that his aunt, Cynthia, calls him Laredo, and accidentally shoots out a lantern. Paladin takes the gun away from Laredo while Ruth reminds him that his name is Travis. ..

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Episode Quotes
Cynthia: Oh, one other little thing. I want you to take Travis along with you and board him on a train goin' East.
Paladin: Oh, now, what did...
Cynthia: Now, don't say no. I'm perfectly willin' to up the ante. The thousand we agreed on, and...and two hundred more.
Paladin: Well, Miz Perkins, if I take Travis along, it won't be for the money--it'll be for humanitarian reasons.

Paladin: Why don't you (teach), then?
Travis: Well, because I want something. Something else. I want just one day, d'you know, when, when people listen to me as though they believed I was somebody. Whatever happened, I'd never let go of that day. I'd make it last a lifetime.
Travis: Well, I suppose every man needs a day like that.

Travis: Well, you see, here's what I mean. King Henry, before the battle. And everything stands against him, but he's not afraid. He gambles, he dares everything. Not just memorizing. "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother."
Ruth: Oh, it's terrible.
Travis: Oh, I'm sorry, Miss Ruth. My voice is a little...
Ruth: Oh no no no. I mean that you should be so vicious and depraved. You would have made a wonderful teacher.

Travis: You can't do that! It's the only set of Shakespeare north of Santa Fe!

Episode Goofs
:Paladin calls Cynthia Palmer "Miz Perkins" (see Quotes). However, her last name is Palmer. Her nephew's last name is Perkins.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorHerb Meadow  |  Sam Rolfe
ProducerSam Rolfe
Associate ProducerFrank R. Pierson
CastingLynn Stalmaster  |  James Lister (2)
Unit Production ManagerHoward Joslin
MusicLyn Murray
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
CostumerJoseph Dimmitt
Assistant DirectorJack Voglin
Sound Effects EditorGene Eliot
Warning: Have Gun, Will Travel season 3 episode 17 guide may contain spoilers
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