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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.[1] The show was one of the most successful shows in television history. 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
Have Gun–Will Travel.jpg
Richard Boone as Paladin
Genre Western
Created by Sam Rolfe
Herb Meadow
Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen
Sam Peckinpah
Lamont Johnson
Ida Lupino
Richard Boone
William Conrad
Starring Richard Boone
Kam Tong
Narrated by Richard Boone
Opening theme composed by
Bernard Herrmann
Ending theme "The Ballad of Paladin" composed by
Johnny Western
Richard Boone
Sam Rolfe
performed by
Johnny Western
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 225 (list of episodes)
Producer(s) Julian Claman
Sam Rolfe
Running time 25 mins.
Production company(s) CBS Productions
Filmaster Productions
Distributor Viacom Enterprises
Paramount Domestic Television
CBS Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Picture format 4:3 black and white
Audio format Mono
Original release September 14, 1957 – April 20, 1963



Have Gun – Will Travel was created by Sam Rolfe and Herb Meadow and produced by Frank Pierson, Don Ingalls, Robert Sparks, and Julian Claman. Of the 225 episodes of the television series, 24 were written by Gene Roddenberry. Other major contributors included Bruce Geller, Harry Julian Fink, Don Brinkley, and Irving Wallace. Andrew V. McLaglen directed 101 episodes,[2][3] and 19 were directed by series star Richard Boone.[citation needed]


This series follows the adventures of a man calling himself "Paladin" (played by Richard Boone on television and voiced by John Dehner on radio), taking his name from that of the foremost knight warriors in Charlemagne's court. He is a gentleman gunfighter who travels around the Old West working as a mercenary gunfighter for people who hire him to solve their problems . Although Paladin charges steep fees to clients who can afford to hire him, typically US$1000 per job, he provides his services for free to poor people who need his help. Like many Westerns, the television show was set during a nebulous period after the Civil War. The radio show explicitly states the year in the opening of every episode with the introduction:

San Francisco, 1875. The Carlton Hotel, headquarters of the man called ... Paladin![4]

On TV, his home base was the Hotel Carlton.


The title was a variation ("snowclone") on a catchphrase used in personal advertisements in newspapers like The Times, indicating that the advertiser was ready for anything. It was used this way from the early 20th century.[5] A trope common in theatrical advertising was "Have tux, will travel", and CBS claimed this was the inspiration for the writer Herb Meadow. The television show popularized the phrase in the 1960s, and many variations were used as titles for other works, but was antedated by Have Space Suit—Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein.[6] (While the TV show title used a hyphen between "Gun" and "Will", Palladin's iconic business card actually contained neither a hyphen nor a comma.)



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

Paladin prefers to settle without violence the difficulties brought his way by clients when possible. When forced, he excels in fisticuffs, and under his real name, was a dueling champion of some renown. Paladin is a former Union cavalry officer, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and a veteran of the American Civil War. Paladin’s permanent place of residence is the Hotel Carlton, a luxury hotel in San Francisco, where he lives the life of a successful businessman and cultured bon vivant, wearing elegant custom-made suits, consuming fine wine, playing the piano, and attending the opera and other cultural events. He is an expert chess player, poker player, and swordsman. He is skilled in Chinese martial arts and is seen in several episodes receiving instruction and training with a Kung Fu master in San Francisco. He is highly educated, able to quote classic literature, philosophy, and case law, and speaks several languages. He is also president of the San Francisco Stock Exchange Club.[7] While at work on the frontier, Paladin changes into all-black Western-style clothing.

Paladin's primary weapon is a custom-made, first-generation .45 caliber Colt Single Action Army Cavalry Model revolver[8] with an unusual rifled barrel, carried in a black leather holster (with a platinum chess knight symbol facing the rear), hanging from a black leather gunbelt. He also carried a lever action Marlin rifle strapped to his saddle, and a Remington derringer concealed under his belt.

This calling card was the identifying graphic of the Have Gun – Will Travel series.

Paladin gives out a business card imprinted with "Have Gun Will Travel" and a drawing of a knight chess piece. A closeup of this card is used as a title card between scenes in the program.

Other recurring charactersEdit

The one other major semiregular character in the show was the Chinese bellhop at the Carlton Hotel, known as Hey Boy (real name Kim Chan or Kim Chang: in the first season in the episode called "Hey Boy's Revenge", the character Hey Boy is sought by Paladin under the name Kim Chan which is written on a piece of paper and shown on screen. As the episode continues, Hey Boy is referred to (verbally) five times as Kim Chan and then on the sixth incident Paladin states Hey Boy's name as Kim Chang and thereafter he is referred to as Kim Chang every time. No explanation is given for the name change). Hey Boy was played by Kam Tong. According to author and historian Martin Grams, Jr., Hey Boy was featured in all but the fourth of the show's six seasons, with the character of Hey Girl, played by Lisa Lu, replacing Hey Boy for season four while Kam Tong worked on the Mr. Garlund television series.[2]

Olan Soule (famed on radio as Mr. First Nighter), had a long career in movies, radio and television. He appeared in 11 episodes as Mitchell, or McGinnis, or Matthews (depending on the episode), the Hotel Carlton's manager/front desk clerk. He is also called Mr. Cartwright, the assistant manager, in the episode "Hobson's Choice". He was spelled a few times by Peter Brocco, another oft-seen character actor. He also appeared in "The Cream of the Jest" in another role, the scientist employed to make Paladin's custom-made cartridges using Paladin's own formulation for smokeless gunpowder.[9]

Notable guest starsEdit

Richard Boone and Christine White in a 1958 episode

Jack Lord, of Hawaii Five-O fame, played the villain in the first episode, "Three Bells to Perdido".[10]

Charles Bronson appeared in five different roles, from the second episode ("The Outlaw"[11]) to the last season ("Brotherhood"[12]).

Victor McLaglen appeared in the first season as Mike O'Hare, an Irish architect trying to build a dam in the wilderness against the wishes of a nearby town in "The O'Hare Story". McLaglen was billed in the opening credits after Richard Boone. He was the father of the show's original and main director Andrew V. McLaglen.[13]

Vincent Price appeared in "The Moor's Revenge".[14] Also a guest in that episode was Morey Amsterdam[15] of The Dick Van Dyke Show.

James Coburn[16] played the feared gunman Bill Sledge in "The Gladiators".[17] Coburn also played Jack Harvey in the episode "One Came Back" (season three, episode 15).

Ben Johnson[18] appeared in three episodes between 1960 and 1962: "A Head of Hair",[19] "The Race",[20] and "The Fifth Bullet".[21]

George Kennedy appeared in eight segments.[22]

John Carradine appeared in "The Statue of San Sebastian".[23]

Angie Dickinson portrayed the angry Amy Bender in the fifth episode of the first season.[24]

Buddy Ebsen (The Beverly Hillbillies, Davy Crockett) played a ruthless marshal in "El Paso Stage", and Bram Holden in "The Brothers".[25]

Vivi Janiss and Jay Novello were cast as a couple, Count and Countess Casares, in the 1962 episode, "The Exiles", in which Paladin is retained to recover $16 million in French bonds.[26]

Lee Van Cleef appeared in "The Treasure"[27] and "Face of A Shadow",[28] both in season six.

Harry Carey, Jr., who also appeared in Spin and Marty as Bill Burnett, was a regular in many film and television Westerns, and appeared 12 times on Have Gun – Will Travel.[29]

Denver Pyle, best known as Uncle Jesse on The Dukes of Hazzard, appeared eight times. ("The Singer",[30] "The Wager"[31])

Harry Morgan, famous for Dragnet and M*A*S*H, appeared in "A Snare For Murder" as a cranky, paranoid prospector and in "American Primitive" as an aging but determined sheriff.[32][33]

June Lockhart of Lassie (1954 tv series) and Lost In Space was cast twice in the role of Dr. Phyllis Thackeray, first in the episode "No Visitors",[34] and again in "The Return of Dr. Thackeray."[35]

Dan Blocker appeared in "Gun Shy"[36] episode 29 of Season 1.[37]

Pernell Roberts, before starring as Adam Cartwright on Bonanza and Trapper John McIntyre on Trapper John, M.D., was a scheming railroad employee in "Hey Boy's Revenge", which was episode 31 of the first season.[38]

DeForest Kelley, best known as Dr. Leonard McCoy on Star Trek, appeared in season six, episode 16 "The Treasure".[39]

Lon Chaney, Jr., appeared twice, in "The Scorched Feather"[40] and "Cage at McNaab".[41]

Warren Oates appeared in two episodes, "Three Sons"[42] and "The Poker Fiend".[43]

Martin Balsam appeared in "Saturday Night", season four, episode five, as Marshal Jim Brock.[44]

Sydney Pollack, later a famed director (Tootsie et al.), appeared in "A Quiet Night in Town: Part 1" and "A Quiet Night in Town: Part 2", both from season four.

William Conrad appeared in "Man Who Struck Moonshine" from season five and "Genesis" from season six.

Robert J. Wilke appeared five times, as Casey Bryan in "The High Graders", Walt DeVries in "Hunt The Man Down", Rook in "The Naked Gun", Major Blake in "Return To Fort Benjamin", and Will Tybee in "American Primitive".[45]

Dyan Cannon appeared in "Twenty-Four Hours at North Fork" from season one and "The Man Who Wouldn't Talk" from season two.

Norma Crane (Goldie, Tevye's wife in the film Fiddler on the Roof) appeared in four episodes, most notably in "The Cure", a Pygmalianesque episode in which Paladin attempts to make a lady of Calamity Jane, season four, episode 35.[46]

Michael Pate appeared three times ("Strange Vendetta" 1957, "The Race" 1961, "Silent Death, Secret Death" 1962).[47]

Ken Curtis appeared in "The Naked Gun", episode 14 of season three.

Robert Blake appeared in "The Fatalist" and "The Shooting of Jessie May", both from season four and "Place for Abel Hix" from season six.

Harry Dean Stanton appeared in "The Waiting Room", episode 24 of season five.

Albert Salmi appeared in "The Sanctuary", episode 16 of season four.

Suzanne Pleshette appeared in "Death of a Gunfighter", episode 26 of season two.

Jack Elam[48] appeared in "The Man Who Lost",[49] as did Mort Mills[50] and Ed Nelson.[51]

Werner Klemperer, famous for his portrayal of Colonel Klink in Hogan's Heroes, appeared in "Fragile".[52]

Jena Engstrom appeared in three episodes, and her mother, Jean Engstrom, appeared in two episodes, in 1961 and 1962. Jena first appeared in the 1961 episode, "The Fatal Flaw", with guest stars Royal Dano and Allyn Joslyn. Her second appearance was with guest star Duane Eddy in the episode "The Education of Sarah Jane". Her third appearance was in "Alice" with (Jeanette Nolan. J Jean Engstrom first appeared along with John Fiedler in "The Gold Bar", and then in "Place for Abel Hix" with Robert Blake.[53][54]

Kevin Hagen, who later portrayed Dr. Baker on Little House on the Prairie, appeared five times.[55]

Roy Barcroft, featured in villainous roles in numerous serials of the 1930s and '40s, who portrayed Colonel Logan in the Spin and Marty segments of The Mickey Mouse Club, appeared in 11 episodes in various roles.[56]

Hal Needham, stuntman and character actor, who later directed several successful films, appeared in all 225 episodes as stunt double (uncredited, 224 episodes) for Richard Boone. He also appeared as a stunt double for Crahan Denton (one episode, again uncredited), "The Puppeteer" (season four, episode 15).[57]

English actor Ben Wright appeared in six episodes. Wright regularly played Hey Boy in the radio version.[58]

Fintan Meyler appeared in four episodes (twice appearing as Pegeen Shannon, in the 1959 episode "Charlie Red Dog" and the 1960 episode "An International Affair").[59]

Carol Thurston appeared twice, as Martha Whitehorse in "Winchester Quarantine" (1957) and as Nita in "Heritage of Anger" (1959).[60]

Johnny Crawford appeared in the first season's Christmas episode "The Hanging Cross" (1958).[61]

James Mitchum, the eldest son of actor Robert Mitchum, appeared in "Genesis" from season six.

Coleen Gray appeared as the wife of Ben Jalisco (Bronson), season five, episode 10, 1961.[62]

Opening sequenceEdit

Originally, each show opened with the same 45-second visual. Over a slow four-note-repeat backbeat score, a tight shot of Paladin's chess knight emblem centered in a black background is seen, before the view widens to show the emblem affixed to Paladin's holster, with Paladin in his trademark costume seen from waist level in profile. Then as he draws his revolver from the holster, the four-note-repeat backbeat fades to a light, almost harp-like strumming. He cocks the hammer, and then rotates the gun to point the barrel at the viewer for 10 seconds, while delivering a line of dialogue from the coming episode, after which the pistol is uncocked and holstered briskly. As the weapon is reholstered and the view tightens to show only the chess knight, again, the four-note-repeat backbeat returns. As only the chess knight emblem in a black background is back, the name "RICHARD BOONE" appears across the screen for about 5 seconds. The name fades out and immediately the words "in HAVE GUN – WILL TRAVEL" fade in, again for about 5 seconds. Boone's name and the show's title is accompanied by a four-note "stinger" that overshadows the four-note-repeat. The "stinger" is roughly the same as that heard when Paladin's business card is flashed on screen (in almost every episode). The words fade away after those 5 seconds leaving only the chess knight emblem against the black background, and the four-note-repeat fades out. This opening then fades out and the show fades in on its opening scene.

In a later version of the opening sequence, there is a long-range shot, with Paladin in a full-body profile silhouette, and he fast-draws the revolver, dropping into a slight crouch as he turns, pointing at the camera. After the dubbed-over line, he straightens as he shoves the firearm into his holster. This silhouette visual remained for the run of the series. In later episodes, the teaser line was dropped; as seen in many of the episodes of the final two seasons' opening titles, when Paladin crouches and points his gun at the camera, first "RICHARD BOONE", and then "HAVE GUN – WILL TRAVEL" would appear as before, and Boone would reholster his gun as the words faded out. (Due to the networks not always airing episodes in the order they were filmed, the omission of the voice-over dialogue was inconsistent for some of the episodes, as seen in the opening titles. Season 6 did have the most opening titles without the voice-over dialogue, especially as the season progressed, again as seen when the episodes opened.)

Filming locationsEdit

Unlike many westerns, entire episodes were filmed outdoors and away from the Old West street set on Irving Street just below Melrose Avenue, the home of Filmaster television production company. Filmaster was located across the street from, later becoming part of, Paramount Studios' backlot. The area is now enclosed in the independent Kingsley Productions studio lot encompassing a city block.[citation needed]

Beginning in season four, filming locations were often given in the closing credits. Locations included Bishop and Lone Pine, California; an area now known as Paladin Estates between Bend and Sisters, Oregon; and the Abbott Ranch near Prineville, Oregon.[citation needed]


The program's opening was a four-note motif composed and conducted by Bernard Herrmann.

For the opening theme, Herrmann reused a short sequence he had previously composed for the 1951 movie On Dangerous Ground, starring Robert Ryan and Ida Lupino. The "Have Gun – Will Travel" theme (and fragments of incidental music also used in the television series) are featured in a chase scene across snowy fields; at the 35:25 mark of the film, the actual "Have Gun – Will Travel" opening theme is played in recognizable form, although the scoring is slightly different than that heard in the better-known television version.[citation needed]

The show's closing song, "The Ballad of Paladin", was written by Johnny Western, Richard Boone, and program creator Sam Rolfe, and was performed by Western.[citation needed]

In the first season the closing song was a reprise of the opening theme. In syndication, the first (premise) episode concludes with the Johnny Western ballad. The rest of the run of the first-season episodes play a reprise of the opening theme.[citation needed]

In the second season the song was the only closing music. In the third season a new lyric was added to the five line "The Ballad of Paladin" making it six lines long. In 1962–1963, the final season, the song's lyrics were cut to four lines, the original fourth and added sixth being dropped. This occurred because the production credits for writer, producer and director were pulled from the closing credits to appear over the opening sequences. However, in the episode "Sweet Lady in the Moon" (1963), the ballad was played complete over the closing credits.[citation needed]

Johnny Western has sung a fully recorded version, opening with the refrain and including a second verse never heard on the television series.[63]

Broadcast history and ratingsEdit

September 1957 – April 1963: Saturdays at 9:30 p.m.

  • October 1957 – April 1958: #4 – 33.7
  • October 1958 – April 1959: #3 – 34.3
  • October 1959 – April 1960: #3 – 34.7
  • October 1960 – April 1961: #3 – 30.9
  • October 1961 – April 1962: #29 – 22.2
  • October 1962 – April 1963: #29 – 20.8


The television show was nominated for three Emmy Awards. These were for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series, for Richard Boone (1959); Best Western Series (1959); and Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Series (Lead or Support), for Richard Boone (1960).[3]

In 1957, Gene Roddenberry received the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Script for the episode "Helen of Abajinian".[64]


Many of the writers who worked on Have Gun – Will Travel went on to gain fame elsewhere. Gene Roddenberry created Star Trek, Bruce Geller created Mission: Impossible, Samuel A. Peeples created The Tall Man, Custer, and Lancer, and Harold Jack Bloom created Boone's later series Hec Ramsey and the 1970s medical-adventure series Emergency! Harry Julian Fink is one of the writers who created Dirty Harry (the opening title and theme scene of the 1973 Dirty Harry sequel Magnum Force features s Paladin-like sequence of a handgun being slowly cocked and then finally pointed toward the camera, with a potent line of dialogue). Celebrated film writer and director Sam Peckinpah wrote one episode, "The Singer," which aired in 1958. Other notable writers who contributed an episode include Gene L. Coon, Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont, Laurence Heath, and Fred Freiberger. Both Star Trek and Mission: Impossible were produced by Desilu Productions and later Paramount Television, which also now owns the rights to Have Gun – Will Travel through its successor company, CBS Television Distribution.[65]

Franchise in other mediaEdit

Radio showEdit

The Have Gun – Will Travel radio show broadcast 106 episodes on the CBS Radio Network between November 23, 1958, and November 27, 1960. It was one of the last radio dramas featuring continuing characters and the only significant American radio adaptation of a television series. John Dehner (a regular on the radio series version of Gunsmoke) played Paladin, and Ben Wright usually (but not always) played Hey Boy. Virginia Gregg played Miss Wong, Hey Boy's girlfriend, before the television series featured the character of Hey Girl. Unlike the small-screen version, in this medium there was usually a tag scene at the Carlton at both the beginning and the end of the episode. Initially, the episodes were adaptations of the television program as broadcast earlier the same week, but eventually original stories were produced, including a finale ("Goodbye, Paladin") in which Paladin leaves San Francisco, apparently forever, to claim an inheritance back east. The radio version was written by producer/writer Roy Winsor.[66]


Dell Comics' Have Gun – Will Travel.

There were three novels based on the television show, all with the title of the show. The first was a hardback written for children, published by Whitman in 1959 in a series of novelizations of television shows. It was written by Barlow Meyers and illustrated by Nichols S. Firfires. The second was a 1960 paperback original, written for adults by Noel Lomis. The last book, A Man Called Paladin, written by Frank C. Robertson and published in 1963 by Collier-Macmillan in hardback and paperback, is based on the television episode "Genesis" by Frank Rolfe. This novel is the only source wherein a name is given to the Paladin character, Clay Alexander, but fans of the series do not consider this name canonical. Dell Comics published a number of comic books with original stories based on the television series.[citation needed]

In 2001, a trade paperback book titled The Have Gun – Will Travel Companion was published, documenting the history of the radio and television series. The 500-page book was authored by Martin Grams, Jr. and Les Rayburn.[citation needed]


In 1997, it was announced that a movie version of the television series would be made. John Travolta was named as a possible star in the Warner Bros. production, which was scripted by Larry Ferguson and to be directed by The Fugitive director Andrew Davis.[67] The film was not made.[clarification needed][citation needed]

In 2006, it was announced that a Have Gun – Will Travel movie starring rapper Eminem is in production. However, the film currently[when?] does not hold an official confirmed release date. Paramount Pictures extended an 18-month option on the television series and planned to transform the character of Paladin into a modern-day bounty hunter. Eminem was expected to work on the soundtrack.[68]

Television rebootEdit

In August 2012, it was announced in several venues that David Mamet was developing a reboot of the television series for CBS.[69][70]

In other television seriesEdit

In the television series Maverick, season 2, episode 16, "Gun Shy," Marshal Mort Dooley, the marshal of Elwood, Kansas, comments that a lot of strange people have been passing through his town lately, specifically referring to "that gunslinger who handed out business cards." This could be no one other than Paladin, and obviously was a gentle dig at another TV Western.

Home video and DVDEdit

All of the episodes were released on VHS by Columbia House.[citation needed]

CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount) has released all six seasons of Have Gun – Will Travel on DVD in Region 1. Season 6, Volumes 1 & 2 were first released on May 7, 2013.[71]

On May 10, 2016, CBS DVD was to release Have Gun, Will Travel — The Complete series on DVD in Region 1.[72]

In the second-season DVD, two episodes are mislabeled. On disk three, the episode titled "Treasure Trail" is actually "Hunt the Man Down", and on disk four, "Hunt the Man Down" is "Treasure Trail"; the "Wire Paladin" in each case refers to the other episode.[citation needed]

DVD name Ep # Release date
Season 1 39 May 11, 2004
Season 2 39 May 10, 2005
Season 3 39 January 3, 2006
Season 4- Volume 1 19 March 2, 2010
Season 4- Volume 2 19 July 6, 2010
Season 5- Volume 1 19 November 30, 2010
Season 5- Volume 2 19 February 22, 2011
Season 6- Volume 1 16 May 7, 2013
Season 6- Volume 2 16 May 7, 2013
Complete Series 225 May 10, 2016

Cultural influencesEdit

  • Boon was a hit British Drama series and was heavily influenced by Have Gun – Will Travel. The series followed the adventures an ex-fireman who was invalided out of the service and became a 'modern-day hero'. Of Have Gun – Will Travel's influence, co-creator Jim Hill said: "Boon had been derived from an American TV series from the 1950s that Bill Stair and I both watched and liked. It was called Have Gun – Will Travel — a troubleshooting cowboy answered distress calls. He was called Paladin and was played by the actor Richard Boone. We dropped the E and we had BOON — a modern-day trouble shooter on a motorbike instead of a steed." Boon ran from 1986 to 1992, with a special one-off episode in 1995.
  • Have Space Suit—Will Travel (1958) is a "space opera" novel by Robert A. Heinlein. The narrator is called to space to do the typical hero's job of defending humanity and saving the earth.
  • Have 'Twangy' Guitar Will Travel (1958) is an album by guitarist Duane Eddy.
  • Have Guitar Will Travel (1960) is an album by guitarist and vocalist Bo Diddley.
  • Have Guitar, Will Travel (2009) is an album by guitarist Joe Perry. The accompanying tour also used the name.
  • "Have Love, Will Travel" is a song written and recorded in 1959 by Richard Berry.
  • In a scene in Stand By Me, the main characters sing the show's closing theme song as a way of evoking that film's era (it is set in late 1959); songwriter Johnny Western successfully sued the producers for not securing his permission beforehand. This scene is spoofed in the "Stand by Me" segment of the Family Guy episode "Three Kings".
  • The Tom and Jerry cartoon Tall in the Trap (1962, directed by Gene Deitch) was a parody of Have Gun – Will Travel.
  • A feature of Frank Zappa's 1970 tour's performances was the "Paladin Routine," a brief improvised comedy sketch based on the Have Gun – Will Travel characters, culminating in a vocalization of the music from the series' opening-credit sequence. One such performance is documented on the bootleg album Freaks & Motherfu*#@%! (later released as part of Beat the Boots).
  • In the third season, episode 3 of Downton Abbey, aired January 6, 2013, in what appears to be an anachronism, the character Lady Cora tells her husband, "I'm American: have gun, will travel."
  • "Have Time, Will Travel", an episode of The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald.
  • Got Dust, Will Travel, a mission from Saints Row 2
  • Have Mask, Will Travel, the title of the second part of the Mask/Ace Ventura crossover and the final episode of the latter's second season.
  • In the 1972–74 series Hec Ramsey, set in New Prospect, Oklahoma in 1901, Boone is an older former gunfighter turned early forensic criminologist. At one point Ramsey denies that, in his younger days as a gunfighter, he worked under the name Paladin. The origin of this myth is Boone's remark in an interview, "Hec Ramsey is Paladin—only fatter." Naturally, he merely meant the characters had certain similarities: Ramsey, for his part, was practically buffoonish, imparting a measure of humor to Hec Ramsey missing from the sterner, more erudite Paladin.
  • In the two-part 1991 TV mini-series The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw, a poker game is played by the rules of "the late Mr. Paladin" in the Carlton Hotel where Paladin usually stayed.
  • In the 1985 Star Trek novel Ishmael by Barbara Hambly, in which the Enterprise travels back in time, Spock plays chess against Paladin during a visit to San Francisco.
  • In the 2013 fan created series Star Trek Continues episode "Pilgrim of Eternity", Visual Effects Artist Doug Drexler played the part of Paladin in a Holodeck creation. Drexler cited the special specifications of Paladin's revolver to an impressed Captain Kirk.

Legal battleEdit

In 1974, a rodeo performer named Victor De Costa won a federal court judgment against CBS for trademark infringement, successfully arguing that he had created the Paladin character and the ideas used in the show, and that CBS had used them without permission. For example, at his rodeo appearances he always dressed in black, he called himself the "Paladin", he handed out hundreds of business cards with a chess piece logo and the phrase "Have gun will travel", and he carried a concealed derringer. A year later, an appellate court overturned the lower court ruling on the basis that the plaintiff had failed to prove that there had been likelihood of confusion in the minds of the public—a necessary requirement for a suit over trademark infringement. However, De Costa kept pursuing his legal options, and in 1991—more than 30 years after his first lawsuit was originally filed—he was awarded more than US$3 million. Mr. De Costa died at the age of 83 before he could receive the award.[73]

In 1991, on the basis of De Costa's established claims, a Rhode Island federal judge blocked the redistribution of the Paladin show by Viacom.[74]

See alsoEdit


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  6. ^ J. Daniel Gifford (2000), Robert A. Heinlein: a reader's companion, p. 98 
  7. ^ Gould, Berni; Pascal, Milton; & Kolb, Ken. Have Gun - Will Travel, Episode 1/21, "The Bostonian." First aired February 1, 1958. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  8. ^ TV Acres — Weapons at a Glance
  9. ^ Winceberg, Shimon. Have Gun - Will Travel, Episode 5/32, "The Cream of the Jest." First aired May 5, 1962. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
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  12. ^ "Brotherhood". IMDb. 
  13. ^ Retrieved November 6, 2017.
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  15. ^ "Morey Amsterdam". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  16. ^ "James Coburn". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  17. ^ Ganzer, Alvin (1960-03-19), The Gladiators, retrieved 2016-04-14 
  18. ^ "Ben Johnson". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-06-13. 
  19. ^ Have Gun - Will Travel, season 4, episode 3. Fink, Harry Julian. "A Head of Hair." First aired September 24, 1960. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  20. ^ Have Gun - Will Travel, season 5, episode 7. Shaw, Lou & O'Shea, Peggy. "The Race." First aired October 28, 1961. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  21. ^ Have Gun - Will Travel, Season 6, episode 3. Fink, Harry Julian. "The Fifth Bullet." First aired September 29, 1962. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  22. ^ [ George Kennedy, IMBD
  23. ^ Have Gun - Will Travel, Season 1, Episode 39. Aley, Albert, "The Statue of San Sebastian." First aired June 14, 1958. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  24. ^ A Matter Of Ethics.
  25. ^ The Brothers.
  26. ^ "The Exiles on Have Gun - Will Travel". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
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  28. ^ Have Gun - Will Travel, season 6 episode 32. Dennis, Robert C. "Face of a Shadow." First aired April 20, 1963. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
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