Have Gun - Will Travel: Season 6, Episode 21

American Primitive (2 Feb. 1963)

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Paladin is joined by his friend Ernie Backwater, an aging sheriff who is out to capture Will Tybee, a wanted fugitive who has spent his life searching for the man who murdered his son. ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Sheriff Ernie Backwater (as 'Henry [Harry] Morgan')
Will Tybee
Pitt Herbert ...
Peggy Rea ...


Paladin is joined by his friend Ernie Backwater, an aging sheriff who is out to capture Will Tybee, a wanted fugitive who has spent his life searching for the man who murdered his son. Unfortunately, he's killed five innocent men while doing so, and is more than willing to kill Paladin and the sheriff if they get in his way. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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2 February 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Suicide By Gunfighter?
30 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

. HopperA fascinating relationship develops between Paladin and the outlaw while returning him for justice. Harry Morgan returns, this time as Sheriff Ernie Backwater. Harry Morgan looks exactly the same no matter what he appears in or when it was shot.

Paladin needs a holiday from the posh Hotel Carlton and busy crowded San Francisco. A note from Sheriff Backwater invites Paladin to join him in the mountains for fishing, hunting and general guy-type outdoor fun. This turns out to be a ruse. Paladin goes on an extended chase after an outlaw who turns out not so bad after all. Or not. A change is as good as a rest, they say.

Rare in this episode is a nod toward the slow recovery there would be from a gunshot injury. Two weeks later Paladin still can't raise the arm of his wounded shoulder. As true wounds usually come with nerve damage, it's nice to see pain and stiffness after a gun battle.

There are important philosophical questions raised: what would you be tempted to do in the position of the outlaw? Richard Boone flexes his massive acting muscles: no word is spoken but Paladin's complicated feelings toward Tyree are clearly communicated on screen. Interesting direction by Jerry Hopper. Hopper later directed Boone in the debacle the film debacle of 'Madron.'

A question remains: was a tiny part of Tyree's motivation at the end suicide by gunfighter?

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