Have Gun Will Travel

Hosted ByAndrew Rhynes

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.

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.


All Episodes

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

Original Air Date: March 08, 1959Host: Andrew RhynesShow: Have Gun Will TravelPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• John Dehner (Paladin)• Ben Wright (Heyboy)Special Guests:• Lawrence Dobkin• Virginia Christine• Jess...

Heyboys Revenge – Have Gun Will Travel (03-01-59)

Original Air Date: March 01, 1959Host: Andrew RhynesShow: Have Gun Will TravelPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• John Dehner (Paladin)• Ben Wright (Heyboy)Special Guests:• Edgar Barrier• Paul Dubov• Lou...

Winchester Quarantine – Have Gun Will Travel (02-22-59)

Original Air Date: February 22, 1959Host: Andrew RhynesShow: Have Gun Will TravelPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• John Dehner (Paladin)• Ben Wright (Heyboy)Special Guests:• Lawrence Dobkin• Harry Bartell• Lillian...

Hanging Cross – Have Gun Will Travel (12-21-58)

Paladin tries to prevent a battle between Matt Beecher and the Pawnees Original Air Date: December 21, 1958Host: Andrew RhynesShow: Have Gun Will TravelPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:•...

Return Of Dr Thackery – Have Gun Will Travel (02-15-59)

Dr. Phyllis Thackeray is trying to control an outbreak of smallpox, the son of a rancher isn't much help.Original Air Date: February 15, 1959Host: Andrew RhynesShow: Have Gun Will...

Killers Widow – Have Gun Will Travel (02-08-59)

The loot from a bank robbery is missing and not even the widow of the robber knows where it is.Original Air Date: February 08, 1959Host: Andrew RhynesShow: Have Gun...

A Matter of Ethics – Have Gun Will Travel (02-01-59)

A killer hires Paladin to keep himself from being lynched until he can stand trial.Original Air Date: February 01, 1959Host: Andrew RhynesShow: Have Gun Will TravelPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW...

The Teacher – Have Gun Will Travel (01-25-59)

A school teacher insists on teaching the truth, which almost gets her school-house burned down!Original Air Date: January 25, 1959Host: Andrew RhynesShow: Have Gun Will TravelPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW...

The Bells of Perdido – Have Gun Will Travel (01-18-59)

Paladin is hired to ride into "Perdido" and bring back Dave Enderby…alive!Original Air Date: January 18, 1959Host: Andrew RhynesShow: Have Gun Will TravelPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• John...

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