Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)
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An all-night poker match's deceptive pot gives Paladin strategic inspiration for ending a range war.


Andrew V. McLaglen


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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Boone ... Paladin
Rodolfo Acosta ... Pedro Valdez
Russ Conway ... Jared Martin
Peter Coe ... Carlos Valdez
Joe Bassett Joe Bassett ... Matt Garson
Vic Perrin Vic Perrin ... Arnold Haskins
Ned Glass ... Gambler Bernard
Kam Tong ... Hey Boy
Andy Brennan Andy Brennan ... Cowboy (as Walter Brennan Jr.)


An all-night poker match's deceptive pot gives Paladin strategic inspiration for ending a range war.

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Release Date:

9 November 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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During wagon/horse shootout chase scene, high tension wires can be seen up on the hills when camera is on Paladin. See more »

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24 February 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Paladin wins worthless rifles in a card game and tries to unload them in a range war.

Early episode shows Paladin as unbeatable in contests and unerring in judgment. Frankly, I prefer the more humanized knight errant he sometimes is, especially in later entries after the series had established itself. Dragnet favorite Vic Perrin gets an extended and well-conceived role as an honest lawyer. This is also one of the few entries without a woman in either a major or minor role. That the camp Paladin sides with is Hispanic reflects, I believe, the rise of the civil rights movement than gaining momentum in the popular culture. Be that as it may, there's some suspense as a showdown between the rival camps draws near. All in all, it's a fairly routine episode, with Boone, nevertheless, looking and acting impressively.

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