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« 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.



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.
 




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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2007, 11:19:35 PM »

I've seen most of the first season. The box sets separate and together are cheap...

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« Reply #2 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.

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« Reply #3 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.


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« Reply #4 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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« Reply #5 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.

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« Reply #6 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.

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« Reply #7 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.

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« Reply #8 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.

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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2007, 11:33:51 PM »

My dad turned me on

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« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2007, 07:35:19 AM »



Funny FC. You sneaky bastard.

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« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2007, 11:15:25 AM »

ROFLMAO! Grin

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« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2007, 01:17:20 PM »

The rest of the second disk was ok nothing stellar. Will post more later.

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« Reply #13 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.....

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« Reply #14 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.

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