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Have Gun Will Travel was a popular American Western television series that aired on CBS from 1957 through 1963. It was the #4 show in the Nielsen ratings in its first year, and #3 for the next three years. It was one of the few television shows to spawn a successful radio version. The radio series debuted on November 23, 1958. The show followed the adventures of Paladin, a gentleman-turned-gunfighter played by John Dehner on radio, who preferred to settle problems without violence, yet, when forced to fight, excelled. Paladin lived in the Carlton Hotel in San Francisco, where he dressed in semi-formal wear, ate gourmet food, and attended opera. In fact, many who initially met him mistook him for a dandy from the East. When working, he dressed in black, used calling cards and wore a holster which carried characteristic chess knight emblems, and carried a derringer under his belt. The knight symbol is of course in reference to his name — possibly a nickname or working name — and his occupation as a champion-for-hire. The theme song of the series refers to him as “a knight without armor.” In addition, Paladin drew a parallel between his methods and the chess piece’s movement: “It’s a chess piece, the most versatile on the board. It can move in eight different directions, over obstacles, and it’s always unexpected.” Paladin was a former Army officer and a graduate of West Point. He was a polyglot, capable of speaking any foreign tongue required by the plot. He also had a thorough knowledge of ancient history and classical literature, and he exhibited a strong passion for legal principles and the rule of law.

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Have Gun Will Travel was a popular American Western television series that aired on CBS from 1957 through 1963. It was the #4 show in the Nielsen ratings in its first year, and #3 for the next three years. It was one of the few television shows to spawn a successful radio version. The radio series debuted on November 23, 1958. The show followed the adventures of Paladin, a gentleman-turned-gunfighter played by John Dehner on radio, who preferred to settle problems without violence, yet, when forced to fight, excelled. Paladin lived in the Carlton Hotel in San Francisco, where he dressed in semi-formal wear, ate gourmet food, and attended opera. In fact, many who initially met him mistook him for a dandy from the East. When working, he dressed in black, used calling cards and wore a holster which carried characteristic chess knight emblems, and carried a derringer under his belt. The knight symbol is of course in reference to his name — possibly a nickname or working name — and his occupation as a champion-for-hire. The theme song of the series refers to him as “a knight without armor.” In addition, Paladin drew a parallel between his methods and the chess piece’s movement: “It’s a chess piece, the most versatile on the board. It can move in eight different directions, over obstacles, and it’s always unexpected.” Paladin was a former Army officer and a graduate of West Point. He was a polyglot, capable of speaking any foreign tongue required by the plot. He also had a thorough knowledge of ancient history and classical literature, and he exhibited a strong passion for legal principles and the rule of law.

    The Colonel And The Lady – Have Gun Will Travel (04-12-59)

    The Colonel And The Lady – Have Gun Will Travel (04-12-59)

    The Colonel And The Lady Original Air Date: April 12, 1959 Host: Andrew Rhynes Show: Have Gun Will Travel Phone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars: John Dehner (Paladin) Ben Wright (Heyboy) Special Guests: Jack Moyles Lawrence Dobkin Virginia Gregg Eve McVeagh Lillian Buyeff Frank Gerstle Writer: Michael Fessier Producer: Norman Macdonnell

    • 26 min
    Maggie Obanyon – Have Gun Will Travel (04-05-59)

    Maggie Obanyon – Have Gun Will Travel (04-05-59)

    Maggie Obanyon Original Air Date: April 05, 1959 Host: Andrew Rhynes Show: Have Gun Will Travel Phone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars: John Dehner (Paladin) Ben Wright (Heyboy) Special Guests: Lynn Allen Harry Bartell Barney Phillips Virginia Gregg Writer: Gene Roddenberry Producer: Norman Macdonnell

    • 27 min
    Sense Of Justice – Have Gun Will Travel (03-29-59)

    Sense Of Justice – Have Gun Will Travel (03-29-59)

    Sense Of Justice Original Air Date: March 29, 1959 Host: Andrew Rhynes Show: Have Gun Will Travel Phone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars: John Dehner (Paladin) Ben Wright (Heyboy) Special Guests: Lynn Allen Harry Bartell Virginia Gregg Barney Phillips Richard Perkins Writer: John Kneubuhl Producer: Norman Macdonnell

    • 22 min
    The Five Books Of Owen Deaver – Have Gun Will Travel (03-22-59)

    The Five Books Of Owen Deaver – Have Gun Will Travel (03-22-59)

    The Five Books Of Owen Deaver Original Air Date: March 22, 1959 Host: Andrew Rhynes Show: Have Gun Will Travel Phone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars: John Dehner (Paladin) Ben Wright (Heyboy) Special Guests: Paul Dubov Helen Kleeb Ken Lynch Jess Kirkpatrick Sam Edwards Writer: Sam Rolfe Producer: Norman Macdonnell

    • 25 min
    Death Of A Young Gunfighter – Have Gun Will Travel (03-15-59)

    Death Of A Young Gunfighter – Have Gun Will Travel (03-15-59)

    Death Of A Young Gunfighter Original Air Date: March 15, 1959 Host: Andrew Rhynes Show: Have Gun Will Travel Phone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars: John Dehner (Paladin) Ben Wright (Heyboy) Special Guests: Harry Bartell Lillian Buyeff Clarke Gordon Lawrence Dobkin Barney Phillips Writer: Julian Fink Producer: Norman Macdonnell

    • 26 min
    Monster On Moon Ridge – Have Gun Will Travel (03-08-59)

    Monster On Moon Ridge – Have Gun Will Travel (03-08-59)

    Monster On Moon Ridge Original Air Date: March 08, 1959 Host: Andrew Rhynes Show: Have Gun Will Travel Phone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars: John Dehner (Paladin) Ben Wright (Heyboy) Special Guests: Lawrence Dobkin Virginia Christine Jess Kirkpatrick Jeanne Bates Writer: Gene Roddenberry Producer: Norman Macdonnell

    • 26 min

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