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Have Gun, Will Travel: Brother's Keeper

After being attacked by a mountain lion in the wild, things go from bad to worse for Paladin when he's robbed and left for dead by two men.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x33
Production Number: 30279 [155-146]
Airdate: Saturday May 06th, 1961

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Writer: Jay Simms

Guest Stars
Wright KingWright King
As Cull
Betsy Jones-MorelandBetsy Jones-Moreland
As Topaz
Ed NelsonEd Nelson
As Rack
Karl SwensonKarl Swenson
As Sheriff
Ben WrightBen Wright
As Boggs
Lisa LuLisa Lu
As Hey Girl
Otto WaldisOtto Waldis
As Kress
Allen WoodAllen Wood
As Forbes

Cosmo SardoCosmo Sardo
As Man in Hotel Carleton Lobby
Bert StevensBert Stevens
As Man in Hotel Carleton Lobby
Main Cast
Richard BooneRichard Boone
As Paladin


Paladin is playing games of chess against himself, mapping out strategies that Napoleon and Hannibal would use, when Hey Girl arrives with a telegram for him. Sheriff Wilson in Santa Fe wants him to identify a prisoner as a murderer so that Paladin can collect the $2,500 reward. Paladin rides toward Santa Fe, collects his money, and rides back...

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Episode Quotes
Hey Girl: Mr. Paladin? Hmmmh. Mr. Paladin? What are you doing? All alone?
Paladin: This is a hypothetical chess game between Napoleon and Hannibal. I've studied the two men, and apply the strategies they'd probably use in opposing one another.
Hey Girl: How do you keep from cheating?
Paladin: Well, that is the difficult part. To block out the opposition plan once the move has been made. They've played thirty-eight games so far.
Hey Girl: Who wins?
Paladin: Hannibal's ahead, twenty-four to fourteen.

Boggs: I never saw a man die before.
Cull: Well, it's like watchin' a big stag, or three coyotes, or...a hundred rabbits, all about the same amount of meat.

Sheriff: So, you're one of them. You won't pin on a badge, and stick around to do the hard part of the work. You just hang around on the fringes, top off the cream.
Paladin: I have made a legal claim with you.
Sheriff: Well, I don't like your legal claim. Y'know, this wouldn't be the first time that a man met someone on the trail, gambled away his money and then hollered for the law.
Paladin: Well, in that case, I would know their names, wouldn't I? I'd have some idea of their description, they look like. And I certainly wouldn't fight any mountain lion just to build up my case!
Sheriff: I'll see what I can do.
Paladin: So will I, Sheriff. I want to look in the eyes of a man who'd stand over me and write my epitaph like I was a skinned buffalo.
Sheriff: There's a law for the trail and a law for the town.
Paladin: And a common law of decency that covers both.
Sheriff: Now you're confusing law with the story of the Good Samaritan.
Paladin: Well, Sheriff, does the Bible ever say what happened to the bad Samaritans?
Sheriff: Not one word!
Paladin: Well, before we're through here, we may just write some added verses.

Topaz: Paladin?
Paladin: Now. I am Paladin. I am aware of that. How does it happen that you also are aware of it?
Topaz: Two men from here left you on the trail to die. You've come here to kill them. Been quite a bit of speculation as to which of our neighbors wouldn't be with us very long.
Paladin: How do you know I'm going to kill them?
Topaz: Are you?
Paladin: I don't know.
Topaz: You told the sheriff...
Paladin: How do you know what I told the sheriff?
Topaz: Since you hit town, every word you've said--probably a few you haven't--have been common rumor.
Paladin: As this conversation will be.

Topaz: Tell me, would it make a grave any warmer if you shared it?
Paladin: Well, they could have left me my horse and my food.
Topaz: They probably didn't think you needed the food. And would you leave a horse tied to a tree to starve to death?
Paladin: My horse was saddled and free.
Topaz: Free--to trip on the reins and break its neck!
Paladin: Well, I was particularly impressed with their concern for the welfare of my money. I'm sure they took that to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.
Topaz: Oh, you survived. Leave it alone!
Paladin: I surviv...! Topaz. I survived because the cat that clawed me I shot, and fortunately it died near enough so I had the meat to eat, and a skin to wrap myself up in at night. That's why I survived.

Sheriff: You leavin' now, Paladin?
Paladin: Still a matter of eighteen hundred dollars, my handgun, and a score to settle.
Sheriff: Score to settle? You hadn't had to gotten so mad at those two men out there, you'd be lying dead right now.
Paladin: I got some cash on the way. I owe a few debts around this town.
Sheriff: I'll settle your debts...
Paladin: I'll settle my own debts. Now what are you doing here? What do you know about this?
Sheriff: Why, I walked down when I saw a crowd gathering.
Paladin: All right, why did they gather?
(Sheriff indicates the knight on Paladin's rifle)
Sheriff: Uh, horse's head. Same as the one on the card you left at the bathhouse.
Paladin: Is there anything this town doesn't know about me?
Sheriff: Yeah, one thing. When you leavin'?

Sheriff: You call that a fair fight? (Paladin shows him his intended gun wasn't loaded) Ain't loaded!
Paladin: That's right. You rob a corpse, leave it. Corpse gets up, walks into town. And you try to get it to lie down again, by giving it an empty gun, challenging it to a shootout. That is just about as worthless a man as I've seen in a long time, and yet this town was willing to hide him, protect him. Why?
Sheriff: Now, Cull was no darn good, but he was awful slick. He owed almost everybody. Then when he showed up with that money, said he won in a card game, we all descended on him and he paid off. There's an old sayin', "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth".
Paladin: There's also an old saying, that none is so blind as he who will not see. Now do I get my money, or do you get me?

Other Episode Crew

CreatorHerb Meadow  |  Sam Rolfe
ProducerFrank R. Pierson
Associate ProducerHoward Joslin
CastingJames Lister (2)  |  Lynn Stalmaster
MusicLucien Moraweck
Music EditorGene Feldman (2)
HairstylistMadine Danks
Make-upDonald Roberson
Set DecoratorHerman N. Schoenbrun
Property MasterArthur Friedrich
Production Sound MixerFrederick A. Kessler
Director of PhotographyFrank Phillips
Story EditorAlbert Ruben
Production SupervisorDewey Starkey
Art DirectorWalter E. Keller
Main Title ThemeBernard Herrmann
Main Title Theme Written/performedJohnny Western
Film EditorSamuel Gold
CostumerJoseph Dimmitt
Assistant DirectorGordon McLean
ConductorLud Gluskin
Sound Effects EditorGene Eliot
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