Have Gun - Will Travel: Season 3, Episode 24

The Misguided Father (27 Feb. 1960)

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Paladin finds his friend Charlie Blackburn dead on his davenport. When he returns him to his hometown of Alimo for burial, he finds that neither he nor Charlie is very welcome.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Douglas Kennedy ...
Wynn Loring
Keith Loring
Sheriff Stander
Lee Sands ...
Hal Sims
Gregg Palmer ...
Harry Fleer ...
Eugene Borden ...
Andre - Hotel Carlton Chef
Kam Tong ...


Paladin finds his friend Charlie Blackburn dead on his davenport. When he returns him to his hometown of Alimo for burial, he finds that neither he nor Charlie is very welcome.

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The Loring estate seen in this episode was later reused as the Haskell estate in "Love of a Bad Woman" later in the season. See more »


Andre - Hotel Carlton Chef: Monsieur Paladin. My great masterpiece now will be garbage.
Paladin: Console yourself Andre. Your sun will rise again tomorrow morning - there will be more zucchini blossoms. But Charlie Blackburn won't see them.
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Have Psycho, Will Handle
28 March 2007 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

When Paldin finds the dead body of his friend Charlie Blackburn, he returns it to Blackburn's home town, where he is met with a cold reception. He discovers Blackburn had run up against the will of the powerful timber baron Mr. Loring (Douglas Kennedy). He also discovers Loring's secret: that his son Keith (Hampton Fancher) is a psycho killer who guns innocent people down without reason or remorse, and the whole town has been helping Loring cover it up.

There's lots of mystery and action in this show, including a big fight between Paladin and the older Loring where Paldin gets as good as he gives. It's surprising to see the older guy give Paladin such a battle. It's also surprising to see such an obvious stunt man in for Boone on the fight. Usually they do a much better job of disguising the fact its NOT Boone in the scene.

Harry Carey Jr. does well playing the town sheriff who's decided to sit this whole thing out until he finds himself staring down the barrel of a gun, but Hampton Fancher is less than memorable as the psycho killer. It's really too bad. The role is one an actor really could have sunk his teeth into and really ran with. But Fancher is mostly forgettable, wasting a fine opportunity to make a mark and stop people saying: "Who's Hampton Fancher?"

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