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"Have Gun - Will Travel" The Fifth Bullet (1962)

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Ben Johnson and some Good Touches

Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA
31 August 2011

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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