Paladin is hired by Henry Ritchie, the leading citizen of the town of Ashley to stop a dam building project financed by Central City and an engineer named Mike O'Hare. The dam will cost Ashley its water supply. Other less sophisticated gunslingers are also vying for the job. Paladin's first attempt to stop the project is a simple act of sabotage that is not direct enough for Ritchie who wants O'Hare stopped by any means necessary. Paladin soon comes to realize that O'Hare is not the unreasonable man he was led to believe he is and that he could be working for the wrong side. Written by
This was perhaps one of my favorite episodes for several reasons. I was intrigued when I saw that Victor McLaglen was the guest star. I have been a fan of Victor for most of my adult life. Although this was one of his last appearances, it was done with loving care by both his son, Andrew, as Director, and Richard Boone as the star. The other commentator mentions that there is no reason for Boone to take such a quick liking to McLaglen, but apparently he failed to comprehend what Boone tells him in the dialog, Boone, as an educated man, has Hadrian as one of his idols because Hadrian was a builder as is McLaglen. As both a builder, an older man, and someone who comes off as polite as Boone is, it was only natural that Boone would be immediately drawn to McLaglen's character. It must have been wonderful (and a bit scary) for Andrew to direct his father in this episode. You have Boone and McLaglen who worked with John Wayne and Andrew who directed the Duke so many times. Like a big family.
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