Have Gun - Will Travel

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Television series
Original title Have Gun - Will Travel
Country of production United States
original language English
Year (s) 1957-1963
length 25 minutes
Episodes 226 in 6 seasons
genre Western film
Theme music Johnny Western - Ballad of Paladin
idea Sam Rolfe,
Herb Meadow
production Julian Claman
Sam Rolfe
music Bernard Herrmann
First broadcast September 14, 1957 (USA) on CBS

Have Gun - Will Travel is an American western series that was produced between 1957 and 1963 with Richard Boone in the lead role and aired on CBS on September 14, 1957 .


The series follows the adventures of Paladin , a graduate of the West Point military academy , who after the Civil War incognito in a hotel in San Francisco a dandy life alive. Flashbacks tell how he came to his second identity as a gunslinger : In order to pay off betting debts, he was supposed to track down and kill a mysterious criminal named Smoke . After completing his assignment, it turns out that he was lied to - Smoke was not a criminal, but protected the citizens of a small town from his employer, the real criminal. Paladin then took over the black western outfit worn by Smoke and killed his client.

It is inserted in newspapers and there offers its services as a gunslinger with the statement Have Gun - Will Travel ( Have a weapon - am willing to travel ) that he usually thousands of dollars calculated. Paladin is superior to his opponents not only because of his weapon, a Colt Single Action Army , but also because of his sophisticated demeanor. He only kills his opponents in self-defense.

In addition to Richard Boone as a paladin, there is only one regular actor in the series, the Chinese bellboy Hey Boy , who is at his service at the Carlton Hotel .


Unlike most other television series of the time, the majority of the films were not shot in the studio, but on locations in California and Oregon . The later Star Trek inventor Gene Roddenberry wrote the script for 24 episodes. The television series was so successful in the late 1950s that it was adapted into a radio series. Between 1958 and 1960, 106 episodes of the series were broadcast on CBS Radio . In addition, three novels based on the television series were published.

DVD release

As of 2004, Paramount released all seasons of the series on DVD . Before that, the series was also completely available on VHS .


Emmy award
  • 1958 - Nomination for Best Cinematography for Television for William Margulies
  • 1959 - Nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series for Richard Boone
  • 1959 - Nomination for Best Cinematography for Television for William Margulies
  • 1959 - Nomination in the Best Western Series category
  • 1960 - Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Series nomination for Richard Boone

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