HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL was a Western series that ran on television between 1957 and 1963. The series was very popular and was always in the top ten of the television ratings. The series ran for a total of 225 episodes. Richard Boone headlines as "Paladin", a gun for hire, if the cause is right. Working out of San Francisco, Boone places ads in newspapers offering his services. $1,000 and he is your man. While handy with a gun or fists, he tries to settle the problem without violence. (Not very successfully as a general rule)
In this episode, the second of the series, Boone is hired by a man wanting him to capture a outlaw. The man had testified against the outlaw, Charles Bronson, in a trial in Wyoming. Bronson has since escaped and had sworn to kill the witness.
Boone is soon on Bronson's trail. He joins up with a posse who think they have Bronson cornered in a wooded box canyon. The posse is led by Grant Withers. Bronson manages to throw the posse off his track, but does not fool Boone, who soon gets the drop on him. He tells Bronson he is taking him in to Laramie and turning him into the law.
Bronson tells Boone that they are only a day's ride from the cabin where his wife, Peggy Stewart, and new born son are. Bronson agrees to behave himself if Boone will take him to the cabin. Bronson has never seen his son and wants to name him. Boone agrees to the deal.
Bronson finds it hard to keep his word about behaving, when Boone slips and take a tumble down a rock face. Bronson might be a killer, but he does keep his word. They arrive at the cabin where Sheriff Withers and a man are waiting. Boone has Bronson wait in hiding while he approaches the two men. He spins a tale of seeing Bronson some distance away being chased by other posse members. Withers and company are quickly mounted and off.
Bronson now rides in and quickly sweeps the wife, Stewart, into his arms. Boone waits outside while Bronson, Stewart and the new born spend time alone.
Bronson finally steps out of the cabin, but he is now packing iron. He has decided that he is staying. The two look at each other for a moment, then, agree to draw when the next drop of water drips from the water pump. Bronson loses. The posse now returns and Boone is told he is up for the reward. He looks at the woman, Stewart, standing over Bronson's body. The deputy agrees to see that the money makes it to her.
Bronson's performances can sometimes be a bit on the wooden side, not here though. He is quite animated as he plays the gunman with a code. Old pro, Grant Withers, handles his part with ease. The man had roles in over 200 diff films and television series.
The episode was again directed by long time western helmsman, Andrew V McLaglen.
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