Have Gun, Will Travel

The WORST episodes of Have Gun, Will Travel

Every episode of Have Gun, Will Travel ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Have Gun, Will Travel!

Professional gunfighter Paladin was a West Point graduate who, after the Civil War, settled into San Francisco's Hotel Carlton were he awaited responses to his business card: over the picture of a chess knight "Have Gun – Will Travel ... Wire Paladin San Francisco."

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Lady of the Fifth Moon
star
2.27
30 votes

#1 - Lady of the Fifth Moon

Season 6 - Episode 29 - Aired 3/30/1963

Paladin comes to pay his respects to the mother of a Chinese man who is killed. She asks Paladin to meet a ship bound for China and see that her granddaughter is brought safely aboard.

Directors: Richard Boone
Writer: Don Ingalls
The Silver Queen
star
5.63
35 votes

#2 - The Silver Queen

Season 1 - Episode 33 - Aired 5/3/1958

Lonely Leadhead Kane dies and leaves his half of a mine to an actress. Kane's partner wants to challenge the will. Someone wants to make sure Paladin never gets the woman to the courtroom.

Directors: Lamont Johnson
Writer: Albert Aley
Two Plus One
star
6.50
2 votes

#3 - Two Plus One

Season 6 - Episode 30 - Aired 4/6/1963

Paladin is riding to meet a lovely French lady in Los Angelos. On the way he encounters an Indian maiden being attacked. The girl, Taymanee, after being rescued, informs Paladin that she now belongs to him. His tryst takes a bad turn when Taymanee's attackers return. Rate it now! Air Date April 6, 1963 Production Code 31177 Top Episodes Genesis The Fifth Bullet Sweet Lady of the Moon The Hanging of Aaron Gibbs A Quiet Night in Town - Part I El Paso Stage The Predators Marshal of Sweetwater American Primitive A Quiet Night in Town - Part II Episode Summary Add/Edit On his way to an assignation with a lovely French lady in Los Angelos, Paladin encounters a Yosemite Indian maiden being attacked by two saddle tramps. Having rescued her, Paladin is nonplussed when the girl, Taymanee, informs him that she now belongs to him. This puts a serious crimp in his plans for a romantic interlude with his French lady, especially when Taymanee's attackers return.

Directors: Gary Nelson
Duke of Texas
star
6.60
5 votes

#4 - Duke of Texas

Season 4 - Episode 31 - Aired 4/22/1961

Franz, a young Austrian Duke, hires Paladin to guide him to meet with a general who has promised to help reclaim Mexico for the Austrian empire. Franz believes the people of Mexico will welcome him, but Padadin thinks that Franz's advisor has other reasons for making the trip.

Directors: Buzz Kulik
The Hanging Cross
star
6.60
40 votes

#5 - The Hanging Cross

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 12/21/1957

On Christmas Eve, an embittered rancher wants revenge on Pawnee Indians who he thinks kidnapped his son several years before.

Justice in Hell
star
7.00
4 votes

#6 - Justice in Hell

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired 1/13/1962

Paladin goes after a wagon-master who led the massacre of his own wagon train. Rusty Doggett hides out in a town entirely populated by wanted outlaws. Finding someone to betray Doggett in the Bide-a-Wee Saloon is no problem, but crossing the death-line with his prisoner is very tricky. How much justice can Paladin bargain for in Hell ?

Directors: Richard Boone
Writer: Jack Laird
Lazarus
star
7.00
4 votes

#7 - Lazarus

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/6/1962

After local boozing champ Big Fontana cheats Paladin in a drink-off, sickly Boise Peabody convinced he'll die by morning, challenges the sneaky fast draw to a shootout. Paladin helped Boise hide from fellow miners who are so lonely for female company they want Boise to dress up like a woman. The dying Boise realizes he's been afraid all his life, so decides he'll go out like a lion.

Directors: Albert Ruben
Writer: Jack Laird
The Prophet
star
7.09
34 votes

#8 - The Prophet

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/2/1960

The Army asks Paladin to find an Army colonel who disappeared with his Apache wife. There are rumors of an Army officer working with the Apaches and inciting them to war. Paladin is asked to find and stop him at all costs.

The Eve of St. Elmo
star
7.10
31 votes

#9 - The Eve of St. Elmo

Season 6 - Episode 28 - Aired 3/23/1963

Colonel Draco invites Paladin to investigate an "insurrection" over water rights. Paladin discovers that Draco was crippled eight months previously and wants revenge. Paladin has no intention of being Draco's executioner.

Writer: Jay Simms
The Night the Town Died
star
7.11
35 votes

#10 - The Night the Town Died

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired 2/6/1960

Aaron Bell is on the warpath to bring his brother's lynchers to justice. Paladin is hired to protect a town from Bell.

Directors: Richard Boone
The Return of Roy Carter
star
7.14
35 votes

#11 - The Return of Roy Carter

Season 2 - Episode 32 - Aired 5/2/1959

Roy Carter returns to help Paladin search the snow-covered mountains for a missing chaplain and an escaped convict.

Marshal's Boy
star
7.14
7 votes

#12 - Marshal's Boy

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/26/1960

Paladin must track down a marshal's son accused of a shooting and persuade him to turn himself into the authorities.

Directors: Richard Boone
Writer: Robert James
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Hey Boy's Revenge
star
7.18
34 votes

#13 - Hey Boy's Revenge

Season 1 - Episode 31 - Aired 4/12/1958

When Hey Boy's brother is killed for protesting the working conditions on a Chinese railroad gang in Utah, Paladin must get the boy out of jail and bring the killer to justice.

Directors: Lewis Milestone
Writer: Albert Aley
Pancho
star
7.19
36 votes

#14 - Pancho

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/24/1959

Mexican rancher Don Luis Ortega hires Paladin to escort his daughter across the border into the United States. However a peon from her father's ranch is determined to stop them and take her for himself.

The Long Night
star
7.20
45 votes

#15 - The Long Night

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/16/1957

A wealthy cattleman holds Paladin and two other men hostage. They will all die at dawn unless one of them admits to the murder of the rancher's wife.

Writer: Sam Rolfe
Ella West
star
7.21
39 votes

#16 - Ella West

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/4/1958

The promoter of a wild west show asks Paladin for help taming down a very wild and famous female sharpshooter and show her how to act like a lady.

The Posse
star
7.22
37 votes

#17 - The Posse

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/3/1959

Paladin stops to ask a stranger for directions and is invited to share his campsite. Later, when a posse arrives, the man announces that Paladin is the murderer they have been looking for.

Fragile
star
7.22
36 votes

#18 - Fragile

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/31/1959

Paladin is hired by the owner of ""The Frenchman's"" restaurant to take a plate glass window to the town of Panamint, a wild gold-mining town.

The Singer
star
7.22
36 votes

#19 - The Singer

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 2/8/1958

A cowboy seeks help for his former girlfriend, a dancehall singer, who he says was forced into marriage and is now being held prisoner.

The Campaign of Billy Banjo
star
7.24
34 votes

#20 - The Campaign of Billy Banjo

Season 3 - Episode 36 - Aired 5/28/1960

Billy Banjo, a friend of Paladin, asks Paladin to help with a fair election.

Directors: Richard Boone
Three Bells to Perdido
star
7.24
70 votes

#21 - Three Bells to Perdido

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/14/1957

New Mexico rancher Jesse Reade hires Paladin for $1,000 to bring back outlaw Dave Enderly, who has run off to Perdido, Mexico with Reade's daughter Nancy.

Mark of Cain
star
7.25
4 votes

#22 - Mark of Cain

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired 1/20/1962

Dr. Avatar hires Paladin to guide him to Jack Trueblood, a notorious western badman who has killed many men. Avatar wants to measure Trueblood's head to confirm his research on cranial measurements.

The Poker Fiend
star
7.25
8 votes

#23 - The Poker Fiend

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/12/1960

A poker game takes a deadly turn and Paladin is caught in the middle.

Directors: Byron Paul
The Protege
star
7.28
40 votes

#24 - The Protege

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/18/1958

Paladin answers an ad in the paper by Kurt Sprague: ""Teach me to quick draw and shoot. Instruction desperately needed. Will pay one thousand dollars. Only experts need apply."" Kurt needs to learn in order to go back home. Paladin does a very good job. Only one problem: Kurt enjoys showing off his new found skill a little too much.

24 Hours at North Fork
star
7.29
35 votes

#25 - 24 Hours at North Fork

Season 1 - Episode 36 - Aired 5/24/1958

When a blight kills all the crops except for one farmer's, Paladin must protect him from a greedy storekeeper who wants his farm and his hired gun who has a personal grudge against Paladin.

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