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"Have Gun - Will Travel" Brother's Keeper (1961)

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The Puma Died, or, A Bad Day at Prarie Orchard

Author: lexyladyjax from United States
29 August 2011

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This episode opened in the usual manner at the Hotel Carlton. Paladin needed only travel to another location and identify a suspect to connect him with a crime in order to collect a $2500 reward. Presumably this went off without a hitch until the return journey, when a puma (mountain lion) decided Paladin was on its dinner menu.

Pay attention to the horses. The use of stock footage never fails to amuse. There were three different mounts in the scenes leading up to Paladin's abandonment in the desert: a horse with one rear white leg, one with two white legs, and finally the horse stood by while Paladin is prone by the waterhole, had no white on its legs. In the days before colour and HD television, perhaps audiences were unable to distinguish one horse from another.

With Paladin injured two Naughty Samaritans happened upon him. Unfortunately they decided he wasn't long for the short a time had Paladin, in fact, that they helped themselves to his food, weapons and horse. Riding off, they left him in the desert to die alone without offering him so much as a cool sip of water. Paladin was unable to see their faces and could only identify them by their hands, voices and boot styles.

Our Hero whispered something while his supplies were being horsejacked, but this writer was unable to read his lips in the scenes. Water? Food? Help me? I'll kill you both? Knowing Paladin, it could be any combination of these, or none.

Fortunately, the thieves had let slip their destination, and Paladin (of course) survived his ordeal in the desert. On foot and in pain, he managed to find his way to Prarie Orchard (sic) where he investigated the crime and searched for his property.

Well worth watching, it's spiced here and there with sardonic bits of humour. Watch as Paladin gets a whiff of himself as he's about to have a bathe. His 'I'm trying not to' (kill you) line is dead funny. Unfortunately, dry wit lacks wide appeal, and not everyone gets the joke.

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Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA
8 June 2010

Paladin is robbed of $2,500 by two unknown men following a puma attack. Now he scours the nearest town for the culprits and his money.

Average episode, at best. The screenplay never generates needed suspense or tension, coming across instead as rather muddled in development. Perhaps the most interesting feature is the puma attack. It's not shown. Instead, we segue from Paladin on a horse to flat on his back and being robbed. So we wonder what happened and only find out later. Perhaps the producers lacked a stock shot of a big cat attack and staging one was too expensive. Anyway, our knight- without-armor goes through the rest of the entry with a shredded shirt and a load of mad. In the acting department, Moreland makes a rather poignant impression as the sympathetic saloon girl. Otherwise, it's a forgettable episode.

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