Apparently (IMDB) this is the first episode of the series, though not necessarily the first produced. Nonetheless, many defining hallmarks are already presentthe 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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