A disgraced General summons Paladin to his deathbed to deliver a message to a personal enemy. Gen. Crommer tried to court-martial Paladin in the Civil War, so Paladin's a very reluctant ...
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A disgraced General summons Paladin to his deathbed to deliver a message to a personal enemy. Gen. Crommer tried to court-martial Paladin in the Civil War, so Paladin's a very reluctant messenger. Paladin returned the favor then and takes the assignment now, while back at the wealthy Crommer's mansion, his heirs celebrate the miser's impending demise. Written by
This is a terrific episode, full of twists and turns. Paladin's date with the lovely Reeva (listed as Janet Lake in the show credits, Linda Lawson on IMDb)is interrupted when he gets word his old Army commander. General Crommer (David White) is dying. When he gets there, we discover Paladin didn't really go as a sign of respect: Crommer had tried to have him court martial-led but paladin had turned the tables on him. Paladin dislikes and distrusts Crommer.
But for $5,000 he agrees to deliver a message for the General to Crandell, a man the General has been unable to contact. Before he can meet the man he is threatened by Ronson (Hank Patterson) who is known to blow men away with a short barreled shotgun full of buckshot. Paladin has no idea why Ronson and Crandell are gunning for him, but he aims to find out.
David White, known a sniveling worm Larry Tate on "Bewitched" really shows his range here as the dying General Crommer. He's really good. It may sound ridiculous, but aged Hank Patterson, who played Mr. Ziffle on "Green Acres" also pulls off the gunfighter character, despite the fact we know he'll soon adopt a pig and raise him as a little boy. The script is a solid tale of revenge and provides Boone with a great scene at the end as he confronts Crommer over what happened.
The only weak link to this is another forgettable appearance by Hampton Fancher. This time he plays the foppish nephew of the General. He's effectively annoying I guess, but I see no sign why anybody thought this guy would go anywhere. His skills appear to be quite limited. At least he's better than he was in his other "HGWT" episode as the psycho killer.
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