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Have Gun, Will Travel: The Misguided Father

An old friend of Paladin is shot and killed in Paladin's hotel room. After returning the body for burial, Paladin sets out to find the killer.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x24
Production Number: 155-108
Airdate: Saturday February 27th, 1960

Guest Stars
Hampton FancherHampton Fancher
As Keith (Keith Loring)
Harry Carey, Jr.Harry Carey, Jr.
As Stander (Sheriff Stander)
Lee SandsLee Sands
As Sims (Hal Sims)
Gregg PalmerGregg Palmer
As Brogan
Harry FleerHarry Fleer
As Logger
Kam TongKam Tong
As Hey Boy
Douglas KennedyDouglas Kennedy
As Loring (Win Loring)
Eugene BordenEugene Borden
As Chef (Andre)
Main Cast
Richard BooneRichard Boone
As Paladin


At the Carlton, Paladin is enjoying a luxurious material as the cook staff fawn over him. Hey Boy comes running up to tell Paladin that his friend Charlie Blackburn is sleeping on Paladin’s couch with his boots on. Paladin goes up and the chef, Andre, and waiters follow along to make sure their guest’s meal isn’t interrupted. Charlie doesn’t respond when Paladin tells him to get up, and they soon realize that he’s dead. ..

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Episode Quotes
Chef: Monsieur Paladin, my great masterpiece now will be garbage.
Paladin: Well, console yourself, Andre. The sun will rise again tomorrow morning, there will be more zucchini blossoms. But Charlie Blackburn won't see them.

Paladin: Sheriff, I brought Charlie Blackburn home.
Stander: He ain't got any home around here. Fact is, he ain't no more welcome dead than he was alive.
Paladin: Oh, I understand, Sheriff, that's one of mankind's finer instincts--respect for the dead.
Stander: Ah, where you takin' him?
Paladin: Well, if Charlie Blackburn's friends won't give him a decent burial, I'd better talk to his enemies.

Stander: You don't, uh, haul bodies as a regular thing?
Paladin: No, hardly ever.
Stander: But you haul this one over forty miles. Seems to me you got something else in mind besides having Charlie Blackburn buried in Alimo.
Paladin: And what would you think that'd be, Sheriff?
Stander: Well, I was hoping you'd tell me.
Paladin: No, the game's more exciting if you tell me.

Stander: You got to hand it to Win Loring. He ain't a man to shun his responsibility.
Paladin: Well, that's good news, Sheriff, 'cause I got some to throw his way.

Loring: Who are you? What are you doing here?
Paladin: I'm enjoying your tobacco and your wine, and I believe I've earned the privilege.

Loring: Paladin. Blackburn's man.
Paladin: My own man. Blackburn's friend.

Keith: Sorry, Father, I don't think we can count on Sims.
Loring: You!
Keith: It was almost an accident, Father. The coffin slipped.
Loring: Slipped?
Keith: Well, maybe I did push it just a little, at an unfortunate time for Sims.

Stander: Keith, I'm your friend!
Keith: Well, that makes you special! Anybody can kill an enemy!

Paladin: He's dead, Mr. Loring. Your mistakes, my bullet.
Loring: All right, Paladin. Use your gun again, this time on the right man. I had Charlie Blackburn killed, I admit it! Use the gun!
Paladin: "Murder shrieks out in the voice of the murderer." You'll be heard, Mr. Loring. If you shriek loud enough.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorHerb Meadow  |  Sam Rolfe
ProducerBen Brady
Associate ProducerFrank R. Pierson
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
Unit Production ManagerHoward Joslin
MusicWilliam Lava
Music EditorGene Feldman (2)
HairstylistMadine Danks
Make-upDonald Roberson
Set DecoratorHerman N. Schoenbrun  |  Charles Vassar
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 EditorSamuel Gold
CostumerJoseph Dimmitt
Assistant DirectorJack Voglin
Sound Effects EditorGene Eliot
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