Have Gun - Will Travel: Season 1, Episode 9

Show of Force (9 Nov. 1957)

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An all-night poker match's deceptive pot gives Paladin strategic inspiration for ending a range war.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Rodolfo Acosta ...
Pedro Valdez
Russ Conway ...
Jared Martin
Peter Coe ...
Carlos Valdez
Joe Bassett ...
Matt Garson
Vic Perrin ...
Arnold Haskins
Kam Tong ...
Andy Brennan ...
Cowboy (as Walter Brennan Jr.)


An all-night poker match's deceptive pot gives Paladin strategic inspiration for ending a range war.

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9 November 1957 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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As Martin approaches to attack, there is a road in the background (Santa Susanna Pass Rd) and in the upper left there are three vehicles moving on the road. See more »

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24 February 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Paladin wins worthless rifles in a card game and tries to unload them in a range war.

Early episode shows Paladin as unbeatable in contests and unerring in judgment. Frankly, I prefer the more humanized knight errant he sometimes is, especially in later entries after the series had established itself. Dragnet favorite Vic Perrin gets an extended and well-conceived role as an honest lawyer. This is also one of the few entries without a woman in either a major or minor role. That the camp Paladin sides with is Hispanic reflects, I believe, the rise of the civil rights movement than gaining momentum in the popular culture. Be that as it may, there's some suspense as a showdown between the rival camps draws near. All in all, it's a fairly routine episode, with Boone, nevertheless, looking and acting impressively.

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