Have Gun - Will Travel: Season 3, Episode 7

Fragile (31 Oct. 1959)

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Paladin is hired by first class chef Etienne (Werner Klemperer) to transport a large piece of plate glass from San Francisco into mining country for his restaurant window. Promised a ... See full summary »

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Paladin is hired by first class chef Etienne (Werner Klemperer) to transport a large piece of plate glass from San Francisco into mining country for his restaurant window. Promised a first-class meal and $1000 for accomplishing this task successfully, Paladin agrees. Along the way there are various difficulties which include Indians, an envious rancher and a drunk who loves the sound of breaking glass. Written by Peridot

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The writer of this episode, Shimon Wincelberg later wrote for Boone on his "Hec Ramsey" series. See more »

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Have Glass, Will Break
9 May 2007 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Mild comedy episode with a predictably goofy ending has Paladin hired by Etiemie Ledoux ("Hogan's Heroes" star Werner Klemperer) a French chef. Ledux promises Paladin $1,000 and a meal "such as you have never eaten" if Paladin can help him get a plate-glass window from San Francisco to his restaurant in a small mining town.

Along the way they encounter hostile Indians, a rancher (William Boyett, the desk Sargent from "Adam-12") who wants the glass for his ranch house, a drunk who wants to break it because he likes breaking things, along with rough roads.

Once in town, Paladin finds more local drunks who want the joy of breaking the window, but who back off when they realize Roy (Alan Caillou) an over the top crazy wants to have the honor.

The humor is a bit obvious and cartoony in this episode (though I did enjoy hearing Boone described as "a hatchet faced gunslinger") but to me the greater problem is why a chef with such unbelievable skills (Paladin is very impressed) would want to open a french restaurant in some out of the way mining town where the rubes are entertained by breaking his glass. Surely a man that skilled would make more money and get a clientèle that would appreciate his talents better in New York or San Francisco. The locals in this town look like they find chili a delicacy.

If this was the only episode of "Have Gun, Will Travel" you ever saw, I don't think you'd want to seek out another one.


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