Have Gun - Will Travel: Season 1, Episode 1

Three Bells to Perdido (14 Sep. 1957)

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Paladin seeks the job of seizing a rancher's son-in-law at Perdido, an isolated Mexican city of outlaws run by outlaws for outlaws.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Judson Pratt ...
Mayor O'Brien
Harry Shannon ...
Jesse Reed
Francis McDonald ...
Gotch (as Francis MacDonald)
Kam Tong ...
Chris Drake ...
Dark Youth (as Christian Drake)
Theodore Marcuse ...
Bartender (as Ted Marcuse)
Martin Garralaga ...
Gene Roth ...
Cheating Gambler


Paladin seeks the job of seizing a rancher's son-in-law at Perdido, an isolated Mexican city of outlaws run by outlaws for outlaws.

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Paladin states that his revolver has a trigger pull weight of 1 oz. Most trigger pull is classified in pounds with anything under 2 lbs being classified as too light and dangerous, this would mean that just barely touching the trigger on his gun would cause it to fire. See more »

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First, but Far from the Best
4 November 2010 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Apparently (IMDB) this is the first episode of the series, though not necessarily the first produced. Nonetheless, many defining hallmarks are already present—the refined ladies man in San Francisco contrasted with the black-clad gun for hire.

This initial entry is average, at best. Old man Reed hires Paladin to bring back his back- shooting son-in-law Dave who's fled to a Mexican town with old man's daughter. As the cowardly boisterous Dave, Jack Lord is nothing like Hawaii Five-O's sane and sober Steve McGarrett. In fact, Lord does very well in a bad guy part. Too bad, the fine actress Janice Rule is largely wasted in a one-dimensional role as the daughter.

Note the backlot scenes with their phony boulders. Happily, the producers would use more locations as the series became successful. Probably the most memorable part of this initial entry is Jack Lord as he's seldom seen.

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