Have Gun - Will Travel: Season 3, Episode 23

The Lady on the Wall (20 Feb. 1960)

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Paladin is accused by Bonanza's citizenry of swiping the treasured painting behind the bar of the hamlet's last remaining saloon. The portrait of a vibrant and gorgeous former woman ... See full summary »

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Jevanita Felton
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Paladin is accused by Bonanza's citizenry of swiping the treasured painting behind the bar of the hamlet's last remaining saloon. The portrait of a vibrant and gorgeous former woman resident, sustains the spirits of elderly townsmen, remembering her and the area's halcyon Gold Rush days. Written by David Stevens

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Have Gun - Will Travel -- The Lady on the Wall
5 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another episode of Have Gun-Will Travel directed by famed actress Ida Lupino is a more lighthearted diversion than her intense "The Man Who Lost" with a particular painting of a woman named Annie (a work of a famous painter) adored and admired by a small genteel band of remaining aging miners in a ghost town named Bonanza (ha!) where a silver mine (drained of its wealth with those responsible soon fleeing to the point that only a handful of townsfolk remain) once thrived. Now Bonanza is a sad reminder of how a town can go from a booming success to a forgotten blight on a map that looks deserted and uninhabited. What makes this fun, right out of the gate, is how Paladin arrives and even though his walks into the saloon, trying to call attention to the men at the bar by fake-coughing, the miners are entrapped by the painting, and it is clearly the centerpiece of all the focus of the episode. The saloon bartender owns the painting and Ms. Felton (Lillian Bronson; who operates the vacant rooms that exist within the saloon) shows Paladin a room to stay in for the night…Paladin awakens the next morning to find the miners pilfering through his things! Befuddled by their actions, Paladin is soon accused of stealing the Painting of Annie. Saloon bartender, Mr. Foster (Howard Petrie) had actually, in fact, negotiated a selling of the painting to a city slicker named Boucher (Ralph Clanton), for $500 measly dollars, but Paladin, cultured and knowledgeable about art considering he's from San Francisco (a city with several museums), makes sure that all know how much Annie is really worth. But the painting will be stole from Boucher, with a lot of angst and anxiety as a result. Boone, on occasion, could be playful and let his guard down. Have Gun-Will Travel often dealt with serious, thought-provoking subjects, often dealing with crime, human nature, and death. But there are episodes, like "The Lady on the Wall", that took a nice break from the edgy, darker stories that commented on the consequences/mistakes of man in the untamed West. The old miners remaining so transfixed with the painting, only staying in Bonanza because of Annie (I kept thinking "Laura" (1944)), sore and unsettled by its disappearance, Paladin forcing his will into the painting's recovery (and becoming responsible for the revelation of the painting's muse, surprising all in town), and the conversation about purchasing the painting (its worth and history); this was all a nice change of pace. Good fun.


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