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

The Englishman – Have Gun Will Travel (01-11-59)

James Brunswick, the ninth Earl of Aylesbury, is determined to run his half of a Montana ranch Original Air Date: January 11, 1959 Host: Andrew Rhynes Show: Have Gun...

Helen of Abajinian – Have Gun Will Travel (01-04-59)

An Irish cowboy and an Armenian girl are to be married. Original Air Date: January 04, 1959Host: Andrew RhynesShow: Have Gun Will TravelPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• John...

No Visitors – Have Gun Will Travel (12-28-58)

Paladin comes upon a woman and child in the desert, possibly with Typhoid fever. Original Air Date: December 28, 1958Host: Andrew RhynesShow: Have Gun Will TravelPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW...

The Outlaw – Have Gun Will Travel (12-14-58)

Manfred Holt, a killer with nine notches on his gun, makes a deal with Paladin to see his son. Original Air Date: December 14, 1958Host: Andrew RhynesShow: Have Gun...

Ella West – Have Gun Will Travel (12-07-58)

Paladin travels to Abilene to help his friend Tom Carter make a lady out of Ella West, star of his Wild West Show. Original Air Date: December 07, 1958Host:...

Road To Wickenburg – Have Gun Will Travel (11-30-58)

Paladin's visit to Bluebell, he loses his money, gun, and horse… but wins a woman. Was it a fair exchange? Original Air Date: November 30, 1958Host: Andrew RhynesShow: Have...

Strange Vendetta – Have Gun Will Travel (11-23-58)

Senor Miguel Rojas has been knifed and is dying. Before passing on, he hires Paladin to deliver his body to Mexico. Original Air Date: November 23, 1958Host: Andrew RhynesShow:...

From Here To Boston | Have Gun Will Travel (11-27-60)

Original Air Date: November 27, 1960Host: Andrew RhynesShow: Have Gun Will TravelPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• John Dehner (Paladin)• Ben Wright (Heyboy)• Virginia Gregg (Miss. Wong) Special Guests:•...

Martha Neil | Have Gun Will Travel (11-20-60)

Original Air Date: November 20, 1960Host: Andrew RhynesShow: Have Gun Will TravelPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• John Dehner (Paladin)• Ben Wright (Heyboy)• Virginia Gregg (Miss. Wong) Special Guests:•...

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