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Have Gun, Will Travel

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Zeabed, Oct 10, 2005.

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  1. Zeabed

    Zeabed Member

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    Only one DVD disc (out of six) away from viewing (in my case, re-viewing) the entire first season (1957-58) of the T.V. western classic, "Have Gun Will Travel", starring the late Richard Boone. For a great dramatic argument against gungrabbers, vintage 1958, watch the episode titled "The Five Books of Owen Deaver," about a hot shot young sheriff who is unwisely but passionately intent in imposing the "big city ordinances" that he learned in Philadelphia, where he studied law, in the small western town in which he has become sheriff. Paladin (Boone) reminds him that to impose a law against the will of the majority is tyranny. He also warns him that by disarming the town all he is doing is attracting the thieving and murdering scum that will naturally flock to a town they know is populated by defenseless citizens. Just one of many fine episodes in this DVD collecton,with realistic and old-fashioned (read non-PC) messages we don't hear any more on T.V. Another fine episode in this vein is "The Teacher," about bowdlerizing history to prevent offending people who don't like the truth, or can't handle it. I've just ordered the second season from Amazon.com.
     
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    virtues of bygone era

    I enjoyed that show very much. If you enjoyed those plots, do a search on "Cheyenne" Clint Walker, and find some interviews with him. His outlook in real life is inspirational. I believe he is still alive too.

    RIP: Richard Boone, Wm. Boyd, Lash LaRue, Tim Holt,Jock Mahoney, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Roy Rogers, and others. All actors, but with a portrayal of truth and fortitude we dearly need today!
     
  3. Zeabed

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    Amen to that! May they rest in peace and continue to remain in memory.
     
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    That was my #1 favorite show when I was a kid. I'll have to search for the DVD set.
     
  5. Zeabed

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    Get Season 2 also (I just ordered it), it's supposed to be even better than Season 1. But Season 1 has the episode that I mentioned in my original post, the five books of Owen whatever.
     
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    Haven't seen the show since it ran on TV, but I still remember the tune and "Wire Palladin, San Francisco" (I think that's what his card said - that was a long time ago). Kinda makes me feel old. :(

    Think I may just have to get those episodes on order - relive the old childhood. Bat Masterson was another good one back in the day.
     
  7. Byron Quick

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    I don't remember "Wire Paladin." I remember the chess knight and "Have Gun, Will Travel."
     
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    Yup, it said "Wire Paladin".

    People kept making those silly comments that Paladin was a stand-alone name and nobody ever knew who that mysterious stranger Was, but I knew they all just weren't alert like me and hadn't read the fine print on the card.
    I was so proud of myself!!!

    I always thought "Wire" was an interesting name, too. More interesting than "Bret" or "Bart" , and definitely more inventive and impressive than "Hoss".


    Good days.
    Miss them.
    Fud.
     
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    The Rebel

    Johnny Yuma gets my vote for non PC hero;Wire Pallidin was the equivelent of
    "call "or write Pallidin, as the Telegraph was around but no phone!
    Pallidin didn't shoot as many folk as he might have and restraint was tought.
    Ole Johny was meaner than rip!,and never failed o shoot those who needed it .
     
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    Uhhh, Old Fud, it's kinda hard reading humor into internet posts. You were joking about "Wire" being Paladin's fist name, right? :confused:

    Ya ought not confuse the young whippersnappers on the forum. For you kids' benefit, "Wire" was synonymous with "Telegraph." The card just instructed the reader how to communicate with Paladin. ;)
     
  11. HankB

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    Darn, I was beaten to the punch regarding "Wire" . . .
    Yeah, but today Hollywood has given us the likes of Leonardo Dicaprio, Johnny Depp, and a host of others to carry on the traditions of truth and fortitude, updated for the 21st century . . . :neener:
     
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    Kidding about "Wire" as a name?

    I was kidding in my post, but I honestly thought that was his first name for several years. I was a kid! What did I know about telegraphs and things?

    Trivia points about the ugly but honest Richard Boone:
    1) He was constantly in conflict with "management" because he didn't believe in stupiding down to the public --- he believed that if you said it once, they got it.
    2) After "Have Gun, Will Travel", he set up a drama showcase and did one year's series of different plays on TV. I often-times had trouble following the plot cuz he was too subtle for me. Evidently I wasn't alone -- it didn't last long.
    3) However, he was famous (AGAIN) for playing the lead part in "Medic".


    Fud.
     
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    Called the Richard Boone Theater, wasn't it?
     
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    "The Richard Boone Show" won a Golden Globe for Best TV Show in '63 and got 5 other nominations.

    Back to Paladin, which I never missed as a kid. Where the heck did Hey Boy work? Was the hotel the Carlton something or other...?

    John
     
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    "Wire Paladin, San Francisco" - usta work like GPO, espcially when there was only one Western Union office. But I digress -

    The fundamental point with the bliss-ninnies is that they project their vaules on the population at large, assuming that any rational human bean (sic) must think like they do, and embrace the same values "I mean, if we just , like, explain it to them, they'll come around and cooperate . . ." :rolleyes: . The problem is, criminals don't think like they do, nor do they have the same (if any) values. The reason we call them "criminals", afterall, is because they don't obey the law (which is sorta based on commonly held values? :rolleyes: )

    Laws only works when they're enforced; enforcement costs money.
     
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    Quote: Haven't seen the show since it ran on TV, but I still remember the tune.

    The title tune lyrics were sung by Johnny Western, who had a cameo in "The Return of Dr. Thackeray" episode as a hotheaded young character named Steve who is shot down by Paladin.

    Have Gun will Travel reads the card of a man;
    A knight without armor in a savage land.
    His fast gun for hire heeds the calling wind,
    A soldier of fortune is the man called Paladin.
    Paladin, Paladin where do you roam? (trails off...)
     
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    I'm too young to have seen the show the first time around (born in '73), but my local library has the first season on DVD. Great show. It didn't follow the standard western formula. The characters had good depth. I also got "The Rifleman" from the library and thought it was terrible.

    One of the neatest things about the show is seeing all of the guest stars who went on to pretty big careers like Denver Pyle (Uncle Jesse) and Charles Bronson.
     
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    <sigh> It's called acting.

    No doubt, Boone was great. I admired him as an actor and as a person. Sadly, he died of cancer in St. Augustine, Florida. I've tried to find a reference to his contributions, monetary and otherwise, to the local university. I believe he taught there for a while. I'll keep looking. Meanwhile there's this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Boone
     
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    ah yes, Have Gun Will Travel. having been around a long time (i refuse to call myself old) i used to watch the show when it first came on. haven't seen it since. you would think someone would re-run it on TV. Richard was also in a sci-fi movie where he had gotten stranded in time with a T-Rex if i remember right, and had to kill it. cool flick. anyone know the name?

    also, someone mentioned Bat Masterson and i got a chuckle. we used to watch that show when it came out and liked it much. we (my brothers and I) used to say the name reversing the B and the M. LOLOL.
     
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    Richard Boone was pretty good (not surprising, is it?) in the Paul Newman flick "Hombre." Great story with a memorable but sad climax.

    Tim
     
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    Most excellent. Now I'm singing the lyrics, instead of humming the tune, which I've been doing all day since reading this silly thread. :)

    Wife is totally convinced I've lost it.
     
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    T-Rex movie...The Last Dinosaur

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  23. Zeabed

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    Yes, I've got the DVD so I've singing that tune even at work, so they probably put me on looney alert by now, LOL. I used to watch Gene Barry as Bat Masterson too, when it came out. For some reason, I still seem to remember some of the lyrics to that themse song too:

    Back when the West was very young
    There lived a man named Masterson
    he wore a cane and derby hat
    they called him Bat, Bat Masterson

    Now in the legends of the West
    One name stands out from all the rest
    The man who had the fastest gun
    his name was Bat, Bat Masterson

    Someone in the thread wondered why these series are no longer re-run on T.V. Who in modern T.V. management wants to run something that carries such PolInc content as self defense and personal honor? They would relegate them to complete oblivion if they could. Within the next 15 or 20 years every trace of non-PC history will probably disappear from all media sources normally available to the younger public. Remember Orwell's observation: Hitler burned history books, but Stalin was a smarter tyrant: he changed them.
     
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    Have Gun Will Travel reads the card of a man.
    A knight without armor in a savage land.
    His fast gun for hire head's the calling wind.
    A soldier of fotune is the man called Paladin.

    Paladin, Paladin Where do you roam?
    Paladin, Paladin, Far, far from home.

    He travels on to wherever he must;
    A chess knight of silver is his badge of trust.
    There are campfire legends that the plainsmen spin
    Of the man with the gun,
    of the man called Pa-l-l-l-l-a-din


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    More info at http://www.fiftiesweb.com/tv/have-gun.htm
     
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    Thank you for the legendary missing lyrics! Now I can really drive people nuts at work!
     
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