Origin of PALADIN name not introduced until 6th season with episode GENESIS See more »
I'd like you to take a look at this gun. The balance is excellent; this trigger responds to a pressure of one ounce. This gun was handcrafted to my specifications and I rarely draw it unless I mean to use it.
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If Have Gun, Will Travel had subsequently remained at the modest level of this opening episode, no doubt the series would not be remembered that well today.
The script is not bad, but its main interest is to introduce the character of Paladin, a hired gun who is a reluctant shootist generally as a last resort, and when in Old Frisco a refined ladies' man of culture.
Aside from him, directing and acting are only average, including Janice Rule playing a not very remarkable character.
The best idea of the episode is rather wasted, as in spite of the title it is not central to the plot - the small border town of El Perdido, which has carved itself out a strong market niche as a proclaimed haven for outlaws fleeing US law.
Such places might of course have actually existed, in a less self-conscious way.
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