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Have Gun, Will Travel: Silent Death, Secret Death

Tracking a misssing man, Paladin stumbles upon a man who's made himself dictator of an abandoned fort and is also suffering from typhoid.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x29
Production Number: 30964
Airdate: Saturday March 31st, 1962

Guest Stars
Robert EmhardtRobert Emhardt
As Hodges (Sam Hodges)
Michael PateMichael Pate
As Chief (Tamasun)
Shug FisherShug Fisher
As Wilhoit
John HollandJohn Holland
As Colonel
Regina GleasonRegina Gleason
As Beatrice
Russ BenderRuss Bender
As Arthur
Kam TongKam Tong
As Hey Boy
Main Cast
Richard BooneRichard Boone
As Paladin
Episode Notes
Filmed on location at Bend, Oregon.

Episode Quotes
Paladin: You suspect violence.
Arthur: Mmmph. With brother Courtney the victim? It's hardly likely.
Beatrice: How can you say that?
Arthur: Because I've encountered hundreds like him. This nation has produced a bumper crop. The Bad Check Fraternity. Brotherhood of the I.O.U.
Beatrice: That's not being fair...
Arthur: I'm being honest. That's what Mr. Paladin needs--honesty at this end, if not at the other. The quick smile, the empty promise, the moist handshake, that's what you look for. And when you feel the sudden thrust of a knife between your shoulders, that's when you know you've found Courtney Burgess.
Beatrice: My husband's merchant's mind fails to acknowledge that... some men are born special. Destined for more than keeping ledgers.

Hodges: You must be fond of that gun.
Paladin: I've grown attached to it.
Hodges: You gonna kill me?
Paladin: Should I?
Hodges: Well, if you're takin' a ballot, I vote no. It's the Colonel you've come for, I suppose.
Paladin: Now, how would you know that?
Hodges: Well, mister, everybody comes lookin' for the Colonel, it's a regional sport, like lacrosse.

Paladin: This man isn't drunk. He's ill!
Hodges: Typhoid.
Paladin: Typhoid? Well, that'd account for the empty water barrels, but what about those three in the orderly room, now typhoid didn't take them out.
Hodges: Oh, would you believe it, out of a company of twelve, all but those three defected? You know, once Nature turns on Man, it ain't but a hop, skip, and a jump 'til Man turns on himself.

Paladin: Well, this man's sick. He needs a doctor, he needs medicine.
Hodges: There're folks in Hell who need an ice water.

Hodges: As long as Tamasun doesn't attack, I, there's hope. I'm still alive.
Paladin: Well, he knows this fort is unprotected, what's holding him back?
Hodges: A healthy fear of typhoid. That's my little ace. I ain't played the big ace yet.
Paladin: No horses, no water, two hundred miles from nowhere, besieged by hostile Indians and fever--what are you saving it for?
Hodges: You play your hand. I'll play mine.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorHerb Meadow  |  Sam Rolfe
ProducerFrank R. Pierson
Associate ProducerAlbert Ruben  |  Howard Joslin
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
Film EditorSamuel Gold
CostumerJoseph Dimmitt
Assistant DirectorGary Nelson
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