Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)
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The Gospel Singer 

"The Gospel Singer" is an episode of Have Gun - Will Travel starring Richard Boone, Suzi Carnell, and John McLiam. Bugbear wants to change its image. When Paladin is hired, his idea of disarmament is working fine. Until a missionary rides to town with her own methods for doing the same thing.



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Episode cast overview:
... Paladin
Suzi Carnell ... Melissa
... Mayor Harper
... Sims
... Barber
Brad Weston ... Will Durbin
... Harry Durbin
Kam Tong ... Hey Boy


Bugbear wants to change its image. When Paladin is hired, his idea of disarmament is working fine. Until a missionary rides to town with her own methods for doing the same thing.

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21 October 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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In the scene where Paladin and the sister ask the townspeople to give up their guns, a boom microphone reflection can be seen in the stores window. See more »


Mayor Harper: Well, here it is. Some of us feel by rights you should split it.
Barber: You couldn't have done it alone.
Paladin: I didn't say I could. But since Melisssa has your guns and your pledges and that's all she asked for, I will accept your money since that's all I asked for.
Melissa Griffin: That's fair I suppose but of course I don't have your pledge.
Barber: Ain't you going her way?
Paladin: Heraclitus says that all ways are the same way. And it could be that he's right.
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Mutually Assured Survival?
15 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

Many will never forget when the Earth was threatened with a "Global Warming" that could have seen its temperature spike at over a million degrees. And precisely what to do about the threat was the subject of intense debate.

This episode captures the spirit of that era.

Paladin attempts to aid an attractive young lady named Melissa, only to have her lecture him on the need for "Unilateral Disarmament" - meaning she wants him to hand over his gun. No dice. But Melissa (a newly-minted missionary) and Paladin are both headed for the rowdy town of Bugbear, whose name the Free Dictionary defines as "A difficult or persistent problem".

The Town Council of Bugbear wants to change its name to Elysium, after that mythical kingdom of happiness and peace. Melissa is determined to help bring about the transformation.

At a town hall meeting Paladin points out that the local "hooligans" who wear guns do so in self defense, fearing what might happen if they themselves went about unarmed. The citizens who want the said hooligans' weapons confiscated are not entirely comfortable with the notion if giving up their own, and certainly not with the thought of being the first to do so.

Paladin, hired to make the town "gun-free", has some initial success thanks to his Colt 45. Then Melissa arrives, horrified to find Paladin still plying his trade. She makes an impassioned speech extolling the joy of living in mutual harmony and brotherly love. She actually collects the rest of the guns from the townsmen, though Paladin's presence in the background may have had something to do with that!

But "Peace" is short-lived as a vengeful trio arrives to take retribution for the death of a kinsman. Melissa finds her faith and her principles tested as never before.

Does "BugBear" truly become, and remain, "Elysium"? Only Time must tell, since the writers most certainly won't!

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