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Have Gun, Will Travel: Never Help the Devil

After winning a gunfight, Doggie Kramer must find a safe way out of town, which is where Paladin comes in.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x31
Production Number: 155-103
Airdate: Saturday April 16th, 1960

Guest Stars
Lewis MartinLewis Martin
As Doctor
Dick RichDick Rich
As Sheriff Toby (Jim Toby)
William Wellman, Jr.William Wellman, Jr.
As Terry (Terry Gallagher, as Bill Wellman, Jr.)
Kelton GarwoodKelton Garwood
As Informer
Jason JohnsonJason Johnson
As Clerk
Jack Lambert (1)Jack Lambert (1)
As Doggie Kramer
Main Cast
Richard BooneRichard Boone
As Paladin


Paladin is riding back to San Francisco and spots a sign for Crescent City ahead. He rides into town just as several townspeople scream and run as a man, Doggie Kramer, steps out. Kramer steps out onto the street and faces off against another man. Paladin ties up his horse and notices that the curb strap is broken. He goes into the local store, and the clerk tells him that Tom Gallagher is having a shootout with Kramer...

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Episode Quotes
Doctor: Kramer, I'm not going to beg you. If I didn't have more medical ethics than good sense, I'd like to sit and watch the gangrene set in.
Doggie Kramer: Yeah, well, don't stampede, Doc. It ain't going to cure itself before you get to it.

Doggie Kramer: Gunfighter. Which way're you riding out?
Paladin: My own way.

Paladin: What're you going to do about Kramer?
Sheriff Toby: It all depends on what happens.
Paladin: He still here tomorrow, they'll tear him apart and you'll be right in the middle.
Sheriff Toby: That's where the law belongs, right smack in the middle. It gives people to shoot at. Bullets, words, depends on the man doing the shooting.

Paladin: You be ready to leave at 4:30 in the morning.
Doggie Kramer: But I need ya tonight.
Paladin: Four thirty, take it or leave it.
Doggie Kramer: It's a deal. You don't get the two hundred till we reach Santa Fe.
Paladin: Keep your money, Kramer, you're not buying anything from me.
Doggie Kramer: I don't figure.
Paladin: I do this for myself and for the man Jim Toby used to be. What happens to you later is not important.

Paladin: Well, from the look on his face, I'd say you're probably a little faster than he is.
Terry: I should be. I've had good reason to practice.
Doggie Kramer: Ropin' a fence post ain't the same as ropin' a steer. A lot of difference between a tree limb and a man with a gun.
Terry: Not you, Kramer, not you. To me, it'll be like shooting a rotten stump.

Episode Goofs
When Paladin rides into town, the sign says "Crescent City."

Later, when he goes to a hotel in the same city, it says "Junction City."

When the camera is behind Kramer as he prepares for the shootout, his hands are at his side.

But when a camera cuts to a face-on shot, his hands are instantly held out from his sides.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorHerb Meadow  |  Sam Rolfe
ProducerBen Brady
Associate ProducerFrank R. Pierson
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
Unit Production ManagerHoward Joslin
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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