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Have Gun, Will Travel: A Drop of Blood

Paladin tries to keep an outlaw from ruining the wedding of an old friend's daughter.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x12
Production Number: 30973
Airdate: Saturday December 02nd, 1961

Guest Stars
Martin GabelMartin Gabel
As Nathan Shotness
Roxane BerardRoxane Berard
As Rivka (Rivka Shotness)
Milton SelzerMilton Selzer
As Reb Elya
Noah KeenNoah Keen
As Billy Buckstone
Regina GleasonRegina Gleason
As Viola
Boyd "Red" MorganBoyd "Red" Morgan
As Frank (as Red Morgan)
Kam TongKam Tong
As Hey Boy
Mike KellinMike Kellin
As Faivel Melamed
Ray HobackRay Hoback
As Fiddler

Bert MadridBert Madrid
As Wedding Guest
Frank Baker (1)Frank Baker (1)
As Diner Patron
Snub PollardSnub Pollard
As Messenger
Stewart EastStewart East
As Waiter
Shimon WincelbergShimon Wincelberg
voiced Reb Eyla
Main Cast
Richard BooneRichard Boone
As Paladin
Episode Notes
This episode is a sequel to Season Four's The Fatalist.

Episode Quotes
Paladin: "With the aid of the Lord, the twelfth day of Tammuz in the year 5639 from the creation of the world, to the beloved Mr. Paladin, beacon of learning, defender of the orphan, lover of peace and... hired killer. May his light shine for one hundred twenty years. In the first place, may I say that I am well, praise be the Almighty."
Viola: Is that a telegram, or one of the lost scrolls of Isaiah?
Paladin: With the aid of the Lord, the message will follow very shortly. Nathan Shotness is a man who likes to do things in a proper style.

Paladin: Nathan! What a way to greet a friend!
Nathan Shotness: Excuse me. My eyes are so bad. I can't tell a guest from a rustler.
Paladin: Hmmm, you carrying a gun, now am I that late for the wedding?
Nathan Shotness: Wedding--What wedding? I thought you were that low life, Billy Buckstone. You remember him?
Paladin: Buckstone? I thought your testimony got Billy Buckstone hung six months ago.
Nathan Shotness: Oh, yes. The judge was an honest man. He sentenced him. But there was a higher judge--and I don't mean the Almighty. He left Billy go free for insufficient evidence and five thousand dollars cash.

Paladin: What about the bridegroom?
Nathan Shotness: A young man of sense, but a golem, a fool. Anything Rivka wants is all right with him. Fine way to start a marriage.
Paladin: Sounds like an excellent way to me.
Nathan Shotness: Since when are you such an expert?

Nathan Shotness: Eat, eat your soup, the Law won't get cold.
Faivel Melamed: You've actually killed people with that?
Paladin: When I had to.
Faivel Melamed: How did you feel afterwards?
Paladin: Very bad, at first.
Faivel Melamed: Ah. But after that, it became easy, no?
Paladin: No, it's never easy.
Faivel Melamed: I'm glad to hear you say that.
Rivka: Mr. Paladin, will you teach him?
Paladin: No.
Rivka: Why not?
Paladin: Because I don't believe in a man having to imitate his neighbors in order to justify his existence. Especially when he has neighbors like you people have.
Faivel Melamed: Excuse me, please. (takes Paladin's gun) May I see this? (starts target-shooting) You use a lighter grade of oil on the trigger assembly than on the hammer stud. That is interesting.

Paladin: Any sign of Buckstone?
Nathan Shotness: They'll come all together from up there. A small bunch on high ground can dominate a whole company of infantry. Even in the Czar's army, may a black year take him, they taught us that much.
Paladin: Well, a dominating position's not much use without a covered line of retreat--even at West Point, they taught us that much.

Reb Elya: Perhaps you will take this off until after the ceremony.
Paladin: Reb Elya, you have a lot of faith.
Reb Elya: Not enough, not nearly enough. Faith seems to come only when we have no other choice.
Paladin: Well, they say that no choice is also a choice.
Reb Elya: You have a good head. If you gave up your unfortunate profession and grew a beard, who knows what great things you might yet achieve?
Paladin: Well, they also say that a head with no beard is better than a beard with no head.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorHerb Meadow  |  Sam Rolfe
ProducerFrank R. Pierson
Associate ProducerAlbert Ruben  |  Howard Joslin
EditorSamuel Gold
CastingPeggy Rea
Make-upDonald Roberson
Set DecoratorFay Babcock
Property MasterArthur Friedrich
Production Sound MixerFrederick A. Kessler
Script SupervisorRichard Chaffee
Re-Recording MixerJoel Moss
Director of PhotographyFrank Phillips
Art DirectorRichard Y. Haman
Main Title ThemeBernard Herrmann
Main Title Theme Written/performedJohnny Western
CostumerJoseph Dimmitt
Assistant DirectorGary Nelson
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