Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)
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Cream of the Jest 

Approved | | Western | Episode aired 5 May 1962
Paladin travels to Santa Fe on a personal errand - to purchase one of the last authentic pieces of early Santa Clara pottery. On his return, he rides into a town that has a resident ... See full summary »


Richard Donner


Shimon Wincelberg, Herb Meadow (creator) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Richard Boone ... Paladin
Stanley Adams ... Caleb Musgrove
Catherine McLeod ... Nora Musgrove
Jeff Davis Jeff Davis ... Abner Blessington
Naomi Stevens ... Ma Kafka
Shawn Michaels Shawn Michaels ... Crony
Peter Brocco ... Younghusband - Gunsmith
Kam Tong ... Hey Boy


Paladin travels to Santa Fe on a personal errand - to purchase one of the last authentic pieces of early Santa Clara pottery. On his return, he rides into a town that has a resident practical joker whose wife enlists/hires him to stop her husband from playing one too many jokes on a local gambler. Written by DrDOS

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Release Date:

5 May 1962 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paladin (Richard Boone), after looking at the ammunition being made, tells his armorer (Peter Brocco) he always uses a Berdan primer. The primer is the part of the round that ignites after the firing pin/hammer of the weapon strikes it, causing a spark to ignite the gunpowder in the round. Berdan primers are named after their American inventor, Hiram Berdan of New York who invented his first variation of the Berdan primer and patented it on March 20, 1866. See more »


Paladin: Blessington, do you think a stupid practical joke is worth a man's life?
Abner Blessington: Come on. I'll be in Denver tomorrow.
Paladin: Well lucky people of Denver.
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Boy! That was a real Knee-Slapper
17 November 2010 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Caleb (Adams) is such a crass practical joker, you know he's going to get a comeuppance, especially after he tricks an unamused Paladin. But what will it be.

It's a really good set-up where Caleb fools Paladin and then grinds it in in the saloon. You know the man in black is doing a slow burn. But who is this mysterious Blessington guy. He looks like a gunfighter and talks the same literary lingo as Paladin. But foolish Caleb doesn't care, playing another nasty trick on him too. The fool is really asking for it.

I just wish the payoff equaled the set-up. There's no way I'm going to believe the piggish Caleb is married to the beauteous and refined Nora (McLeod) or that she would even wait dinner on him. Also, I'm not sure what lesson we're supposed to get from the climax, which unfortunately lacks the clarity of the set-up. I don't think the writers knew exactly where to go with the premise.

(In passing— in the entry's first few minutes, catch Boone's nuanced expressions as he reconsiders his smokeless gun-powder decision. What a fine actor.)

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