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Have Gun - Will Travel 

Approved | | Western | TV Series (1957–1963)
The adventures of a gentlemanly gunfighter for hire.

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Herb Meadow, Sam Rolfe
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Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Richard Boone ...  Paladin / ... 225 episodes, 1957-1963
Kam Tong ...  Hey Boy / ... 109 episodes, 1957-1963
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Storyline

Professional gunfighter Paladin was a West Point graduate who, after the Civil War, settled into San Francisco's Hotel Carlton were he awaited responses to his business card: over the picture of a chess knight "Have Gun, Will Travel ... Wire Paladin, San Francisco." Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Western

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Have Gun - Will Travel See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(225 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

A man named Victor da Costa sued C.B.S.; he'd been using the name Paladin, and been giving out card with "Have gun, will Travel" on them long before this show even aired for the first time. He sought redress from the show makers for appropriating his character without his consent. After thirty years of legal battles, he was able to block the rerelease of the show on T.V.! The final verdict came on April 28, 1991, and Da Costa won the case, but by then he was already dead, aged 83. See more »

Goofs

Paladin usually presents his business card by taking it from his waistline (usually under his gun belt or out of his pants). The card is, understandably, wrinkled or bent when presented, yet when it is shown on screen in the close-up it is always a new, flat card with no wrinkles or folds, but when they show the card in Paladin's, or others, hand, it is wrinkled again. See more »

Quotes

Paladin: I don't think you got a very good look at this gun while you had it. The balance is perfect. This trigger responds to a pressure of one ounce. If you look carefully in the barrel you'll see the lines of the rifling. It's a rarity in a hand weapon. This gun was handcrafted to my specifications and I rarely draw it unless I mean to use it. Would you care for a demonstration?
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Connections

Referenced in Mister Ed: Mister Ed's Blues (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballad of Paladin
By Johnny Western, Richard Boone, and Sam Rolfe
Sung by Johnny Western
Recorded by Johnny Western
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User Reviews

Have Gun - Have Fun
1 July 2004 | by Brax0rSee all my reviews

I recently bought season one of "Have Gun - Will Travel" on DVD. I'm only twenty years old, but I've always had an interest in the golden age of television and westerns. I've never seen this show before purchasing it... but I've heard my father talking about it before and it sparked an interest.

Unlike "Gunsmoke" and "Bonanza", "Have Gun - Will Travel" is a lot darker (for it's time, especially) and a lot more in-depth - story-wise and moral-wise -- but not too dark, mind you. It's tasteful and holds important morals. Richard Boone, who plays the jack-of-all- trades hero Paladin, does a terrific job playing the classy scholar gun-for-hire who often quotes Shakespeare. The show relies more on character interaction and story, as opposed to the cliché gun slingin' and horse riding (although they are included tastefully into the story lines).

Overall, this is an extremely fun show. If you like the '50s Disney "Zorro", starring Guy Williams, than you'll love this. Amazing for any Western and Drama fan, too.

4.5/5, quality entertainment, writing, production and acting.


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