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Have Gun, Will Travel: The Hatchet Man

The San Francisco Police Department hires Paladin to protect Joe Hsin, a Chinese officer who has angered the Tongs. Unfortunately, Joe would rather die than lose face by accepting Paladin's protection.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x25
Production Number: 155-110
Airdate: Saturday March 05th, 1960

Guest Stars
Lisa LuLisa Lu
As Li Hwa
Philip AhnPhilip Ahn
As Hoo Yee
Kam TongKam Tong
As Hey Boy
As Sing Chuck
Beal WongBeal Wong
As 1st Hatchet Man
Benson FongBenson Fong
As Joe Tsin
Nolan LearyNolan Leary
As Magruder (Clarence Magruder)
Allen JungAllen Jung
As Loo Sam
James LeongJames Leong
As 2nd Hatchet Man
Main Cast
Richard BooneRichard Boone
As Paladin


At the Hotel Carlton, Paladin receives a proclamation written in Chinese and calls Hey Boy over to translate it. Hey Boy says that the gunslinger doesn't want to get mixed up in Tong trouble but Paladin insists. He can read all of it and confirms that it's a reward of $1,000 for someone's death, but he can't translate the last bit...

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Episode Quotes
Magruder: You know much about Orientals?
Paladin: A little.
Magruder: Well, then, you know they ain't like you and me.
Paladin: I'm not at all sure that I know that.

Magruder: Now, all the police department can pay you is twenty dollars a day. And, of course, a grand civic funeral if one of them highbinders parts your hair with a hatchet.

Hey Boy: But I think you are--please forgive--a fool to get mixed up in such fatal business.
Paladin: Hey Boy, you know what Lao Chai says. "The man who knows he is a fool is not a great fool."

Paladin: Will you take me to Joe Tshin's father?
Hey Boy: Now? In the dark of night?
Paladin: Now. In the dark of night.
Hey Boy: I'm part Oriental. Rather lose face than die. But for you... all right.
Paladin: Hey Boy, I thank you for your sacrifice. I'll join you here.

Paladin: Well, it's difficult enough to protect a coward or a fool. But a proud man...

Li Hwa: But what if these people had killed you?
Joe Tsin: I would have died with honor.
Paladin: There is no honor in a wasted death.
Joe Tsin: Perhaps two thousand years from now, your civilization will have learned to understand ours.

Hey Boy: I don't have to wait?
Paladin: No. Send a bottle of Chablis up to my room. If I don't come out of there, use it to toast my memory.
Hey Boy: I send for rice wine. French wine make me ill.

Loo Sam: You are in the wrong place, perhaps?
Paladin: The wrong place for you.
Loo Sam: And what is the right place for me?
Paladin: San Quentin Prison.

Paladin: Joe, you've been trying so hard to be a two hundred percent American, that you haven't understood what really makes this country. What makes this country is not its great men standing alone trying to do the impossible. It's men of all kinds, large and small, trying to do a job together. Not for their personal honor, but for the honor of their country.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorHerb Meadow  |  Sam Rolfe
ProducerBen Brady
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
Film EditorSamuel Gold
CostumerJoseph Dimmitt
Assistant DirectorJack Voglin
Sound Effects EditorGene Eliot
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