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Have Gun - Will Travel 

Approved | | Western | TV Series (1957–1963)
The adventures of a gentlemanly gunfighter for hire.

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Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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...  Paladin / ... 225 episodes, 1957-1963
Kam Tong ...  Hey Boy / ... 108 episodes, 1957-1963
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Professional gunfighter Paladin was a West Point graduate who, after the Civil War, settled into San Francisco's Hotel Carlton were he awaited responses to his business card: over the picture of a chess knight "Have Gun, Will Travel ... Wire Paladin, San Francisco." Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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14 September 1957 (USA)  »

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Revólver a la orden  »

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(225 episodes)

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(Westrex Recording System)

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4:3
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Trivia

Paladin's real name was never revealed. See more »

Goofs

Paladin usually presents his business card by taking it from his waistline (usually under his gun belt or out of his pants). The card is, understandably, wrinkled or bent when presented, yet when it is shown on screen in the close-up it is always a new, flat card with no wrinkles or folds, but when they show the card in Paladin's, or others, hand, it is wrinkled again. See more »

Quotes

Paladin: I don't think you got a very good look at this gun while you had it. The balance is perfect. This trigger responds to a pressure of one ounce. If you look carefully in the barrel you'll see the lines of the rifling. It's a rarity in a hand weapon. This gun was handcrafted to my specifications and I rarely draw it unless I mean to use it. Would you care for a demonstration?
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Connections

Referenced in Mister Ed: Mister Ed's Blues (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballad of Paladin
By Johnny Western, Richard Boone, and Sam Rolfe
Sung by Johnny Western
Recorded by Johnny Western
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"A Knight Without Armor In A Savage Land"
27 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

Running for six years on television after many years on radio Have Gun Will Travel was one of the most popular westerns ever on television. Richard Boone never got a role quite the equal of it in his distinguished career.

We never learned his real name, he was simply Paladin and on his business card was the chess symbol of the knight. His services didn't come cheap, but if you had a problem he'd definitely take care of it. And he was particular about who he worked for.

He had to charge dear because Boone as Paladin liked to live high on the hog in San Francisco. I'm sure the education he had which he showed off when not on the job didn't come cheap and he was as comfortable in a Nob Hill drawing room as out on the trail.

On the job he was skilled with all kinds of weapons, a deadly rife shot, a fast draw with a colt, and in a pinch his derringer got him out of a few bad situations. And he could make his point with language that you didn't hear on Nob Hill.

I've always thought the modern day equivalent of Have Gun - Will Travel was Edward Woodward's famed Equalizer series from the Eighties. If Richard Boone had lived until then, I'll bet he would have seen the resemblance.

Boone was an incredible actor as good at playing the cowboy hero in Have Gun - Will Travel as playing some of the nastiest villains in film such as in Big Jake or Hombre. He was loquacious in San Francisco or laconic on the trail as the situation called for it.

Have Gun - Will Travel came over from radio where John Dehner starred as Paladin. But for me Richard Boone got his career role from this show. Would that we all could send a wire to Paladin and have all our problems solved.


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