Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)
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Trial at Tablerock 

Adams, the prosecutor, wants to hire Paladin to rid the town of someone he says is getting away with murder. When this person is tried for a killing Paladin witnesses, he offers his services as defense when no one else wants the job.

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William Mims ...
Adams
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Sheriff Matthew Tyler
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Virge Beech
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Bartender
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David Potter ...
Elmo Haskins
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Adams, the prosecutor, wants to hire Paladin to rid the town of someone he says is getting away with murder. When this person is tried for a killing Paladin witnesses, he offers his services as defense when no one else wants the job.

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pistol | gunfight | shootout | trial | judge | See All (7) »

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15 December 1962 (USA)  »

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Paladin: Now, on the contempt charge against the prosecutor, I'd appreciate it if you'd fine him exactly one thousand dollars.
Judge Bryant: Are you charging us for killing Beech?
Paladin: No sir, for defending him.
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One of My Favorite Episodes
12 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

Although not without some flaws, "Trial at Tablerock," written by Gene Roddenberry, is definitely in my top dozen in this series. In Tablerock, Arizona territory, Paladin is required to assume the role of defense attorney for a particularly sullen and deadly gunfighter who is, nonetheless railroaded; and since Paladin stands for truth and justice, he manages to finagle an infuriated, and rather immature court official into actually requesting that Paladin defend a killer, one who killed, in this instance, purely in self defense, which makes this episode unique, in that sense, among the other 224 episodes stretching over six seasons.

Barry Kelley, who played the sheriff in "The Prisoner," an earlier episode, again portrays a seemingly weak court official who rises to the occasion motivated by Paladin's intense drive for fairness. The entire court proceedings will remind the reader of this review a bit of "Anatomy of a Murder" perhaps in the sense that nothing is as it seems.

Women, however, do not play a central dramatic role -only one docile bar girl who, mysteriously, hangs on Paladin's arm in the beginning of the episode, an action that has no particular motivation, nor does it serve any specialized dramatic function.

As in a couple of other "Have Gun-Will Travel" stories, Paladin's encyclopedic knowledge of law coupled with his skill at thinking adroitly on his feet turn the tumblers of the plot. The shift in tone, mid-way through the trial elicits strange legal bedfellows.

Roddenberry wrote 24 of these episodes for the series; and if you are a big fan of "Star Trek" (the original sixties series), you will note that he is very talented at questioning authority here, too, as well as pushing controversy out into the open.

For an actor's actor, like Richard Boone, who desperately craved some dramatic stimulation as a form of relief from 225 episodes in which the camera was on homed in on him in almost every frame, the chance to wield different kinds of acting chops was what the man was living for.


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