Have Gun - Will Travel: Season 6, Episode 3

The Fifth Bullet (29 Sep. 1962)

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After eight years, Paladin tries to repay a convict for the lie he was told when he arrested him. "I promise you a fair trial" is what he said. The old man who turned that into a lie still ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
John Bartlett
Dorothy Dells ...
Emmy Bartlett
Shug Fisher ...
Harry Kessler - Hotel Clerk
Peter Boone ...
Johnny Tecumseh Bartlett


After eight years, Paladin tries to repay a convict for the lie he was told when he arrested him. "I promise you a fair trial" is what he said. The old man who turned that into a lie still wants him dead even from the grave. So he sends five to avenge him - or was it only four? Written by DrDOS

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1.33 : 1
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The second of two appearances of Peter Boone, Richard Boone's actual son, in Have Gun - Will Travel. These were his only two appearances ever in television or film. See more »


Paladin: Well, at the best there are Indians and wolves and snow over your head a good part of the time. Hunger, loneliness, danger of falling off your horse when you're alone. Flash floods in the spring, marauders and all the great unknowns of living and still Bartlett, it isn't as if you were alone.
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Ben Johnson and some Good Touches
31 August 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Considering Ben Johnson's standing among fans of Westerns, this is almost like a "guest star" episode. Of course, the series wisely avoided such embellishments, except for maybe this entry. And the gritty Johnson doesn't disappoint

It's a solid episode. You more or less have to fill in the plot as the story goes along. We know from the outset that Paladin owes a moral debt to Bartlett (Johnson), who's being released from prison. But the details aren't apparent. Turns out that a now deceased old man with a grudge has hired men to kill Bartlett. But the question is— how many men did he hire.

Good premise, but the really effective part are the many imaginative touches. The bullets, of course, are one—one bullet for each man, maybe! However, I also like Paladin's unexpectedly kicking a clod instead of being sympathetic to Bartlett's fretting. Then there's Bartlett's plain-faced wife (Dells) who doesn't just stand around while the bullets are flying. Unusual touches like these help make this a good solid episode that doesn't disappoint.

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