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Title: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: cigar joe on August 26, 2007, 10:44:17 PM
Holy sheet, I forgot how great this show was. With the advent of Netflix everyone has a change to sample this great TV Western!

As a kid I actually had a Have Gun Will Travel western outfit, you got a Colt 45, a black holster with a silver knight on the side and a small stack of "Have Gun Will Travel" business cards, lol. It was the only "Western" themed toy I had, so it must have made an impression, know I know why.

I remember that the cards said "Have Gun Will Travel" and they had the line drawing of a knight chess piece and under that it said "Wire Paladin". I was a pretty naive kid as I was thought that was his name Wire Paladin, lol.

Richard Boone is the one person who can actually make a pencil thin moustache look cool.

(http://img250.imageshack.us/img250/5820/paladinjy3.jpg)

So I got in the mail season 1 disc 1, and yesterday settled in with Scarlett and watched the first three episodes.

The premise of the show is that Paladin is professional hired gun, but he lives separate dandified life in San Francisco in the ritzy Carleton Hotel dressed in white frock coat, top hat, ruffled shirt and appreciates fine women & cigars. He as a Chinese gofer named Hey Boy, who runs errands, and daily brings him a stack of news papers from cities through out the West. From these papers and from telegrams he gets his work as a troubleshooter  and hired gun.

Paladin is also a graduate of West Point and a man of letters, very knowledgeable, quotes Shakespeare, the Bible, the Koran, etc., etc.

The show usually began after the "gun in holster intro" at the Carleton but not always.

Anyway episode one was the series premier, but episode two immediately stood out, it starred Charles Bronson in a straggly beard as a desperado that had broken out of jail under a death sentence and was gunning down the witnesses from his trial. Its a good story involving a friendship developing between Paladin & Bronson, Paladin allows Bronson to visit his wife and newborn baby, but Bronson decides afterwards that he's not going back leading up to the final gunfight.

Now check this out...

This is like something out of a Spaghetti Western, Bronson and Paladin square off along side Bronson's shack in the hills. The next shot is the SW like shot, from a low almost on the ground camera angle we see on the left in the foreground an immense cast iron well faucet spout, beneath it stands Bronson, at the far right stands Paladin. Bronson points to the faucet spout where a drip is forming and says when the drip drops draw.  It was cool, now that few seconds was almost prescient.

The 3 episode involves the town of Mojave and an annual race across the Mojave Desert. Paladin reads about the upcoming challenge and decides to accept the challenge with a camel. I don't want to say anymore except if you've never seen "Have Gun Will Travel" now you can sample it with Netflix.
 





Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: Arizona Colt on August 26, 2007, 11:19:35 PM
I've seen most of the first season. The box sets separate and together are cheap...

http://search.deepdiscount.com/search?w=have%20gun%20will%20travel&


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: titoli on August 27, 2007, 02:12:16 AM
I might be wrong but I don't think this ever made it to Italy. I'll check it out, though.


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: cigar joe on August 27, 2007, 05:28:21 AM
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I might be wrong but I don't think this ever made it to Italy. I'll check it out, though.

It would be interesting to find out.

Another interseting angle is that it took a traditional American Western bad guy the hired gun and turned nim into a hero. I think this Western shows in part why Hollywood Westerns declined with the comming of TV, all the new & fresh talent were going to the new medium.

(http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/7900/knightdc2.jpg)


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: The Firecracker on August 28, 2007, 05:53:35 PM
Mark Damon modeled his character in Corbucci's "Johnny Oro" after Richard Boone's character in this show.


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Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: cigar joe on August 28, 2007, 09:01:00 PM

Now get this coincidence in episode 5 there is a situation right out of Two Mules For Sister Sara.  Paladin to disperse a lynch mob pulls a bundle of dynamite out of his satchel and lights the fuse and displays it to the mob, they all bolt and as the fuse is still burning Paladin pulls it out of the bundle

Another interesting factoid Paladin is a weapons expert, a la Mortimer, its proving very interesting revisiting these episodes.


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: cigar joe on August 30, 2007, 06:49:22 AM
Ok finnished Season 1 Disk 1, and the last episode was right out of a page The Hellbenders a coffin filled with money on its way to Mexico escorted by Paladin, with twists.

You guys & gals with Netflix put this on your Queue, you won't be disappointed its almost precient of what's to come in Spaghetti Westerns.


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: cigar joe on October 04, 2007, 12:50:17 PM
Recieved season 1 disk 2 watched the next two episodes, the second concerned a range war and a box of antique guns that Paladin won in a poker game that played a part. This one had Boone in San Francisco for a longer percentage than the previous episodes. The first episode had a young Strother Martin as a town clown/ ex-tight rope walker and John Denher as a town boss, both episodes were entertaining enough.

to be continued.


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: tucumcari bound on October 04, 2007, 12:54:17 PM
I love this show! My dad turned me on to it when I was a kid, being he was a fan of it when he was young. I loved it right away! I wish we had a TV western today on the level of this.


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: The Firecracker on October 05, 2007, 11:33:51 PM
My dad turned me on


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: tucumcari bound on October 06, 2007, 07:35:19 AM


Funny FC. You sneaky bastard.


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: moviesceleton on October 06, 2007, 11:15:25 AM
ROFLMAO! ;D

 :-[ Sorry... my geek friend taught me that today.


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: cigar joe on October 08, 2007, 01:17:20 PM
The rest of the second disk was ok nothing stellar. Will post more later.


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: cigar joe on October 20, 2007, 05:55:53 AM
Season 1 disk 3 at least the first three episodes so far were more for the ladies, one episode was  a Pygmalion clone and one was a Christmas story (Scarlet loved them), not as good as the first very strong episodes. Will continue.....


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: cigar joe on October 23, 2007, 02:54:30 PM
The rest of the Season 1 Disk 3 was just ok nothing outstanding, I'll continue when I can.


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: Franks Harmonica on November 24, 2007, 02:22:26 AM
I know Warren Oates was in a few episodes, but I dont think that it was season 1. I cant wait to watch them!


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: dave jenkins on November 24, 2007, 11:43:32 AM
He's in an episode of Wanted Dead or Alive (third season). I believe he also did at least one episode of Rawhide.

EDIT: a quick check of IMDB shows that he did four episodes on each show. He did 10 Gunsmokes, each time as a different character!


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: cigar joe on March 21, 2008, 04:47:13 AM
Ok been watching the Season 1 : Disc 6
The third episode has Warren Oates in it, I think it was called "Three Brothers", also on this disc I've seen episodes with June Lockhart, and Brad Dexter.


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: cigar joe on March 24, 2008, 03:53:46 PM
Rest of this disc was ok , nothing outstanding, last episode was good with a supporting actor role as a monk by John Carradine and  Simon Oakland as a very convincing a Mexican bandido.


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: The Firecracker on April 21, 2008, 10:51:39 PM


As a kid I actually had a Have Gun Will Travel western outfit, you got a Colt 45, a black holster with a silver knight on the side and a small stack of "Have Gun Will Travel" business cards, lol. It was the only "Western" themed toy I had, so it must have made an impression, know I know why.





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Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: titoli on April 22, 2008, 12:17:23 AM
The only costumes I wore as a child are a Davy Crockett one (my mother probably picked it for me. I was 2 or 3 years old a t the time) and I have pics of me in that outfit near my cousin sporting a Confederate Army official suit (incredible, isn't it?). Later I picked me up a regular cowboy outfit and I also have pictures of those. Don't be afraid, I won't post them.   :-X


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: cigar joe on April 22, 2008, 05:21:32 AM
Firecracker. It's got to be partly bogus, the pistol I had didn't have the orange end on it, isn't that requirement of a recent law that requires toy guns to be so marked?

Titoli, in 1957, I was 5 and I was walking around Rome in a cowboy hat & shorts, all those pics are on slides though, if I can somedayfigure out how I'll see if I can post a few, lol.


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: titoli on April 22, 2008, 06:40:06 AM
OK: if you'll post yours, I'll post mine...  :D


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: cigar joe on April 22, 2008, 07:39:10 AM
Yea I was thinking of doing it the latter way.  O0


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: cigar joe on April 24, 2008, 01:59:58 PM
Ok was over at my mother's today and had a few minutes to randomly flip through some slides I came across one with the cowboy hat, I then went to a Sam's Club photo center and they charged 20 cents to scan it and make a 4x6 print sweet! So I'll go through them and find some from Rome.

So anyway here is cigar joe on his way to a shootout some place in Paris, Frenchmen on here can tell me where I think its one of the palaces.

(http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/5461/pariscowboyjg8.jpg)


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: Noodles_SlowStir on April 24, 2008, 09:02:13 PM
So anyway here is cigar joe on his way to a shootout some place in Paris, Frenchmen on here can tell me where I think its one of the palaces.

That's a great pic.  Definitely need to frame that one....


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: tucumcari bound on April 24, 2008, 09:03:34 PM
That's a great pic.  Definitely need to frame that one....

I agree. That's a great shot.


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: The Firecracker on April 25, 2008, 02:20:14 PM
Awesome photo! O0


Now it's your turn Titoli!


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: titoli on April 25, 2008, 03:43:19 PM
Well, I'm embarassed as my pics are not as brilliant. :-[ Anyway, I'll try to scoop them up from the heap and back at you.


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: titoli on April 26, 2008, 01:16:37 AM
Give back my gun , you lousy thieves! >:(


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Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: titoli on April 26, 2008, 01:21:11 AM
Let me put an end to Jenkins..Dave Jenkins' miserable life


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Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: titoli on April 26, 2008, 01:28:02 AM
Not a bad chap though, that Jenkins boy:

(http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/9418/cow2dz6.jpg)


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: titoli on April 26, 2008, 01:35:40 AM
They also call me Deadly Smirk Bob

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Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: cigar joe on April 26, 2008, 04:09:06 AM
Great photos! I'll see if I can find a few more.


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: moviesceleton on April 26, 2008, 04:19:53 AM
Guys these photos give you so much more SLWB-credibility! ;)


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: titoli on April 26, 2008, 09:56:14 AM
We could change the name of the topic to The Paedophile Corner.


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: moviesceleton on April 26, 2008, 01:57:55 PM
We could change the name of the topic to The Paedophile Corner.
= The Rrpower Corner


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: dave jenkins on April 26, 2008, 02:23:07 PM
You were a cute kid, titoli. How did it all go so horribly wrong?


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: Noodles_SlowStir on April 26, 2008, 03:29:08 PM
titoli, your pics are great as well.  The Confederate and Crockett costumes were awesome.  O0


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: titoli on April 26, 2008, 03:44:30 PM
You were a cute kid, titoli. How did it all go so horribly wrong?

De gals and de booze.


Title: Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
Post by: cigar joe on May 23, 2008, 08:35:45 AM
Found some new slides of cigar joe.

Here is cj as a true cowboy (on the right) in the original sense of the term this is near Roccamurata & Goro in Parma:

(http://img359.imageshack.us/img359/1825/roccamuratagorosj6.jpg)

And in classic cowboy action sequence:

(http://img381.imageshack.us/img381/6568/roccamuratagoro2sk6.jpg)

"Ok Sergio I'm ready I'll take a bullet up here and fall off the hay stack"

(http://img394.imageshack.us/img394/553/roccamuratagoro3yx7.jpg)

This one is along the Italian Riviera I think at Rappalo.

"Now you guys better appologize to my donkey"

(http://img359.imageshack.us/img359/6523/rappalogu0.jpg)