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Have Gun - Will Travel



Have Gun - Will Travel is an American Western television series that aired on CBS from 1957 through 1963. It was rated number three or number four in the Nielsen ratings every year of its first four seasons. It was one of the few television shows to spawn a successful radio version. The radio series debuted November 23, 1958.

Have Gun - Will Travel was created by Sam Rolfe and Herb Meadow and produced by Frank Pierson, Don Ingalls, Robert Sparks, and Julian Claman. There were 225 episodes of the television series, 24 written by Gene Roddenberry. Other contributors included Bruce Geller, Harry Julian Fink, Don Brinkley and Irving Wallace. Andrew McLaglen directed 101 episodes and 19 were directed by series star Richard Boone.


Richard Boone in the 1962 episode, "Genesis," before becoming the famed "knight without armor," Paladin.

This series follows the adventures of a man calling himself "Paladin," a gentleman gunfighter (played by Richard Boone on television and voiced by John Dehner on radio). He prefers to settle without violence the difficulties brought his way by clients who pay him. When forced, he excels in fisticuffs and, under his real name, was a duelling champion of some renown.

A hard-headed businessman, Paladin claims to be president of the San Francisco branch of the Stock Exchange Club ("The Bostonian"). He resides at the posh Hotel Carlton in San Francisco, in suite 205 as related in "The Singer" (or 314 depending on the episode). His attire is stylish, his manner is elegant; so much so that, on their initial meeting, many clients take him for an Eastern dandy. Paladin is a fine pianist and enjoys the opera, the theatre, recitals and other refined entertainments.

Paladin is a recognized San Francisco wine authority and epicure—so much of both that he is called upon to judge wines in competition. He happily partakes in and appreciates gourmet meals, often served in his rooms at the Carlton. Paladin receives a yearly crate of award-winning Riesling from the California winery of Renato Donatello (Eduardo Ciannelli) in return for the aid he gave Signore Donatello in a land dispute ("Bitter Wine").

Paladin enjoys fine cigars (he often carries a few in a boot top when on the trail) and the company of beautiful ladies. Often found playing in the lobby of the Carlton, he treats chess as a blood sport. He is known for his prowess at poker as well as being an expert swordsman, as mentioned earlier.

Posted by George Freund on January 5, 2015 at 4:41 PM 1917 Views