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Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series 1957–1963) Poster

(1957–1963)

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While many television series are taken from radio shows, the radio show "Have Gun Will Travel" with John Dehner as Paladin appeared after the television show.
Paladin's horse was Rafter. Richard Boone selected that name. Through the six-year run the horses were called Curley, Frisco, Rudy, Mexico and Rafter.
In early episodes of the series, Paladin's trail clothes were a rich midnight blue. This nicely complimented Richard Boone's blue eyes--they registered as black on the black-and-white film of the day. There was a shirt redesign from a buttoned front to a V-neck and the colors of both changed to black around that time. Whenever Paladin's clothes were referred to in dialogue, he was always called "the man in black", whether he dressed in blue or black.
The building across the street from the Carlton Hotel is the San Francisco Banker's Exchange.
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Regarding the name Paladin, it comes from early European "paladino", "palatine" referring to a knightly, heroic champion who fights for a noble cause. "Paladin" can also refer to a military leader; trusted and relied on by his king. Both the "knight" (a "warrior") and "military leader" speak to the character's--Paladin's--military background.
Parts of the first season-episode "The Colonel and the Lady" were filmed on sets used for the television series Gunsmoke (1955). The Long Branch Saloon is very minimally redecorated to stand in for a saloon Paladin visits in a Nevada mining town. Shots of people walking the streets of the town were also taken from "Gunsmoke".
The show was originally meant to be a private-eye series, not a western.
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Although the series' title had a hyphen, Paladin's business card did not.
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Paladin's real name is never revealed.
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Paladin always carries a derringer, a pocket gun concealed under his belt. Derringer is the misspelled last name of Henry Deringer, a 19th-century maker of small pistols.
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Paladin's suite at the Carlton Hotel is No. 314.
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Gene Roddenberry, of Star Trek fame was a writer on this show and is listed in the El Pass Stage episode among others.
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