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

Blind Courage – Have Gun Will Travel (05-31-59)

Original Air Date: May 31, 1959Host: Andrew RhynesShow: Have Gun Will TravelPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• John Dehner (Paladin)• Ben Wright (Heyboy)Special Guests:• Jack Moyles• Tracy Roberts• Sam...

In An Evil Time – Have Gun Will Travel (05-24-59)

Original Air Date: May 24, 1959Host: Andrew RhynesShow: Have Gun Will TravelPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• John Dehner (Paladin)• Ben Wright (Heyboy)Special Guest:• Joseph Kearns• Harry BartellWriter:• Shimon...

Lady Kane the Silver Queen – Have Gun Will Travel (05-17-59)

Original Air Date: May 17, 1959Host: Andrew RhynesShow: Have Gun Will TravelPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• John Dehner (Paladin)• Ben Wright (Heyboy)Special Guests:• Lynn Allen• Joseph Kearns• Harry...

The Statue of San Sabastian – Have Gun Will Travel (05-10-59)

Original Air Date: May 10, 1959Host: Andrew RhynesShow: Have Gun Will TravelPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• John Dehner (Paladin)• Ben Wright (Heyboy)Special Guests:• Lawrence Dobkin• Don Diamond• James...

Gun Shy – Have Gun Will Travel (05-03-59)

Original Air Date: May 03, 1959Host: Andrew RhynesShow: Have Gun Will TravelPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• John Dehner (Paladin)• Ben Wright (Heyboy)Special Guests:• Jeanette Nolan• Richard Crenna• Barbara...

The Gunsmith – Have Gun Will Travel (04-26-59)

Original Air Date: April 26, 1959Host: Andrew RhynesShow: Have Gun Will TravelPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• John Dehner (Paladin)• Ben Wright (Heyboy)Special Guests:• Ralph Moody (The Sheriff)• Lawrence...

Birds of A Feather – Have Gun Will Travel (04-19-59)

Original Air Date: April 19, 1959Host: Andrew RhynesShow: Have Gun Will TravelPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• John Dehner (Paladin)• Ben Wright (Heyboy)Special Guests:• Vic Perrin• Joseph Kearns• James...

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

Original Air Date: April 12, 1959Host: Andrew RhynesShow: Have Gun Will TravelPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• John Dehner (Paladin)• Ben Wright (Heyboy)Special Guests:• Jack Moyles• Lawrence Dobkin• Virginia...

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

Original Air Date: April 05, 1959Host: Andrew RhynesShow: Have Gun Will TravelPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• John Dehner (Paladin)• Ben Wright (Heyboy)Special Guests:• Lynn Allen• Harry Bartell• Barney...

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