When a simple theater invitation turns into a case of assassination, Paladin takes an expensive contract that may prove even more irregular than he realizes.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Maria Rojas
Miguel Rojas
Gerald Milton ...
Onslow Stevens ...
Dr. Mayhew
Kam Tong ...
Abel Fernandez ...
Roberto Contreras ...
Ramon Hernandez
Rocky Shahan ...
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When a simple theater invitation turns into a case of assassination, Paladin takes an expensive contract that may prove even more irregular than he realizes.

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26 October 1957 (USA)  »

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Wardrobe furnished Michael Pate with a size 7 3/8 hat for his last scene. The large numbers are visible inside the hat. See more »

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Weak Episode
20 February 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

HAVE GUN - WILL TRAVEL "Strange Vendetta" 1957

HAVE GUN – WILL TRAVEL was a Western series that ran on television between 1957 and 1963. The series was very popular and was always in the top ten of the television ratings. The series ran for a total of 225 episodes. Richard Boone headlines as "Paladin", a gun for hire, if the cause is right. Working out of San Francisco, Boone places ads in newspapers offering his services. $1,000 and he is your man. While handy with a gun or fists, he tries to settle the problem without violence. (Not very successfully as a general rule) In this episode, the seventh of the series, Boone is attending the opera in San Francisco with a visiting Mexican statesman, Michael Pate and his wife, June Vincent. During the performance, there is an attempt on Pate's life. The would be assassin is killed but not before stabbing Pate.

Travelling with Pate and Vincent is a doctor, Onslow Stevens. He tends to Pate while Boone deals with the local Police. Later on Boone is called to Pate's bedside and told he is dying. Boone is offered 1000 dollars plus expenses to take his body back to Mexico when Pate dies. Money is money, so Boone agrees.

Several days later Boone is called to the undertakers to pick up Pate's boxed up corpse. The coffin is tied to the roof of a rented stage and the journey to Mexico begins.

Strange things start to happen as the stage is assaulted by a group of Mexican bandits. The attack is beaten off but the stage driver is killed. Why would bandits want a coffin? Boone soon finds after a look in the coffin that there is no body. There is, however, 200,000 in cash inside, cash taken from a massive payroll robbery back in the States.

Soon the not so dead Pate puts in an appearance. It was all part of a plan to smuggle the cash into Mexico. Needless to say Pate overplays his hand and is soon added to the coffin for real. Then the poor "widow' is corralled for a trip back to the States. Back in San Fran the doc, Stevens and the undertaker are also grabbed.

Not one of the better episodes in my humble opinion.

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