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The Man in Black
On September 14th, 1957, a new western debuted on the CBS television network. Richard Boone played the man called "Paladin" in Have Gun -- Will Travel. The unique title survives today, in countless incarnations in advertising and other media -- or have you never heard the phrase "Have ______, Will Travel"? Well, now you know whence it came. The half-hour show aired Saturday, at 9:30 p.m., just before another popular western, Gunsmoke, and ran for six successful seasons. (It opened as the #4 rated show for the year, then followed up with three years ranked #3.) Its dramatic opening had Paladin aiming his gun and his words directly at the audience, and the series always featured a no-nonsense approach and intelligence rarely evident on the small screen. HGWT has seldom been seen in syndication over the last 25 years, apparently because it was filmed in black-and-white, and because it's "tainted" by violent content. The latter rationale seems especially ludicrous, considering the graphic mayhem depicted in today's programming. Paladin killed many men, true enough -- but his victims were always deserving -- and almost none of the violence in the show was gratuitous. In any event, CBS, which owns the rights to the series, has empowered Columbia House to sell episodes to the public via direct mail. (Try their 800 number.)

Richard Boone
The Card of a Man
20th Century Hero in the 1870's
A Man and His Tools
Great Episodes
Quotes from a Renaissance Man
Birth of a Legend
The Controversy
Episode Guide
Themes, Links, Books, etc.
The Lost Episode

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