Have Gun - Will Travel: Season 2, Episode 31

The Man Who Lost (25 Apr. 1959)

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Palidin is hired by Joe Gage to bring in Ben Coey for the murder of Mrs. Bryson's husband -- $500 Dead or $1000 Alive. Everyone tells him to just collect the $500. But Ben says he didn't do... See full summary »

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Mort Mills ...
Ben Coey
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Joe Gage
Rodolfo Acosta ...
John Wildhorse
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Will Gage
Pat Silver ...
Mrs. James Bryson (as Barbara Hayden)
Jovon Monteid ...
Crokay (as Jovon Monteil)
Marilyn Hanold ...
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Palidin is hired by Joe Gage to bring in Ben Coey for the murder of Mrs. Bryson's husband -- $500 Dead or $1000 Alive. Everyone tells him to just collect the $500. But Ben says he didn't do it and the only witness is Mrs. Bryson who he says he never met. Written by DrDOS

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Sure Gets Dusty on the Trail
9 February 2010 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Good episode with a couple of twists. Paladin and Indian tracker (Acosta) capture wanted fugitive Coey (Mills). Question is whether Paladin can deliver Coey for trial before his employer (Elam) kills Coey for killing his brother. And complicating matters-- Coey claims persuasively that he's innocent.

Weather was always a neglected factor in these 50's Western series, probably because of budget constraints. Here, the wind adds atmosphere even if the sets are rather cheesy. Nice to see the familiar Rodolfo Acosta getting a sympathetic, speaking part after all those hostile Indian roles. Also, see if you agree—I always thought no one else on the screen looked like the distinctively homely Boone, but, by golly, I think Mort Mills does! Speaking of unusual looks, what a fine actor Jack Elam was. Here he's in a straight part, and from it, you'd never guess he was so good at comedy, e.g. Support Your Local Sheriff (1969).

In passing—note that opening encounter between Paladin and the jilted lady. It almost plays like a parody. Boone seldom came so close to breaking character. Could be the set-up was director Ida Lupino's idea. It's notable that she may be the only woman to direct a Western series in this pre-feminist era, and a smoothly directed effort this one is.


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