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"Have Gun - Will Travel" The Protégé (1958)

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Original Air Date:
18 October 1958 (Season 2, Episode 6)
The training Paladin gives a put-upon young man in the art of gunmanship seems to take quite well--all but the most important lesson of all. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Boone ... Paladin

Peter Breck ... Kurt Sprague
George Mitchell ... Joe Sprague
Mel Welles ... Red Harper
William Meigs ... Sheriff Hayes
Ken Mayer ... Gun Instructor
Cy Malis ... Bartender
Charles Tannen ... Floyd

Olan Soule ... Hotel Carlton Desk Clerk (as Olan Soulé)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ray Jones ... Man at Burial (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Andrew V. McLaglen 
Writing credits
Frank D. Gilroy (written by)

Herb Meadow (created by) and
Sam Rolfe (created by)

Produced by
Sam Rolfe .... producer
Cinematography by
Howard Schwartz (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sam Gold  (as Samuel Gold)
Set Decoration by
Raymond Boltz Jr. 
Makeup Department
Madine Danks .... hair stylist
Donald W. Roberson .... makeup artist (as Donald Roberson)
Production Management
Glenn Cook .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Howard Joslin .... assistant director
Art Department
Mike Gordon .... property master
Paul Sylos .... set designer (as Paul Sylos Jr.)
Special Effects by
Louis DeWitt .... special photographic effects
Jack Rabin .... special photographic effects
Hal Needham .... stunt double: Richard Boone (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joseph Dimmitt .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Fred W. Berger .... supervising editor
Music Department
Bernard Herrmann .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Other crew
Richard Chaffee .... script supervisor
Don Ingalls .... story editor
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

26 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

Gunsmoke is referenced in this installment. A character claims to have served as a deputy under Matt Dillon in Austin, Texas, and Paladin calls the character on it, by stating that Matt Dillon was never marshal in Austin.See more »


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Teacher, Mentor, Visionary, 13 June 2016
Author: roycevenuter from Kalamazoo, MI, USA

Of the 225 episodes of "Have Gun Will Travel," this one is my all- time favorite. My father, who was a Golden Gloves champion and a World War Two hero, always tried to teach me to solve my problems, conflicts and potential confrontations with patience, with wit, with diplomacy, restraint, reason and logic; and almost all of the films we viewed together illustrate the idea that there must be a better way, a peaceful way, for people to get along with each other. Paladin carries a gun he is an expert in the skilled use of, yet he always hopes he won't have to use it, that cooler heads will somehow prevail; and he always regrets having to use violence. In 2016, we are faced now, on a global scale, with the sort of shocking savagery, the brutality that migrating settlers faced trying to live in a community in which the gunman, sometimes in the form of a lawman, was the only force that could protect human life from other armed human life. In "The Protégé," Paladin first asks his budding protégé exactly what his objective is in terms of learning how to draw a gun from a holster swiftly, aim it quickly and kill. The sophisticated viewer might easily leap ahead and assume that violence, which formed the basis for almost every episode, would eventually form the most essential quality of this one, too. What makes "The Protégé" superior resides in (a) the quality of the tale (b) the quality of the writing and finally (c) the quality of the acting. Viewers forget very quickly that it is Peter Breck, in one of his first on-screen jobs as an actor, portraying Kurt Sprague, who comes to Paladin sick and tired of being bullied. That archetypal fear haunts many of us today in the world of sudden, senseless terrorism and wars seemingly without purpose. Richard Boone also reveals a multi-faced character, part philosopher, part very reluctant warrior, and part father figure. This episode imparts the reverberating power of an Aesop's fable as well as the lesson that the human tendency to make a fist indicates as H.G. Wells said, that that person has just run out of ideas.

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