Have Gun - Will Travel: Season 3, Episode 38

The Trial (11 Jun. 1960)

TV Episode  -   -  Western
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Morgan Gibbs hires Paladin to bring his son in alive for the murder of his fiancee. He tries to but a bounty hunter is there first and shoots him in the back. Now Morgan wants Paladin to have a kangaroo style trial for his son's murder.

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Robert F. Simon ...
Morgan Gibbs
Raymond Hatton ...
Perce Weber - Bounty Hunter
Bud Slater ...
David Gibbs
James Bell ...
Charlie - Judge
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George - Desk Clerk
William Hunt ...
Freighter (as Bill Hunt)
Harry Antrim ...
Merchant
Rick Silver ...
Frank - Guard
Barry Brooks ...
G.L. Stevens - Drummer
Thomas E. Jackson ...
Doc Richardson (as Tom Jackson)
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Young Woman at Hotel Carlton
Kam Tong ...
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Morgan Gibbs hires Paladin to bring his son in alive for the murder of his fiancee. He tries to but a bounty hunter is there first and shoots him in the back. Now Morgan wants Paladin to have a kangaroo style trial for his son's murder.

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20 April 2010 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Our wine expert (opening scene) hero is hired to return half-breed son to vengeful father for killing his fiancée, but complications ensue.

Regrettably sloppy script undercuts some good acting from Simon (father) and Hatton (old guy) and a pretty good first half. Hatton's familiar from a thousand B-Westerns where he played variations on his crusty old character here. Also, Simon does these tyrannical parts very well.

The screenplay problems unfortunately go beyond what Zsenorsock rightly points out and had me shaking my head in wonderment. In short, how does Paladin know so much about Morgan's (Simon) private life, which he demonstrates during the questioning phase of the "trial". To that point, we're given no reason to think theirs is anything beyond a cursory relationship. It wouldn't have been hard for the screenwriter to cover this base.

This is one of those episodes that Boone carries with his strongly assured presence, but is more contrived than most. I understand that the typical series of the period held back their weakest entries for season's end. This one aired unsurprisingly next to 1961's last.


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