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Have Gun Will Travel - The First Three Seasons

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Professional gunfighter Paladin (Richard Boone) was a West Pointe graduate who, after the Civil War, settled into San Francisco's Hotel Carlton where he awaited responoses to his business card: over the picture of a chess knight "Have Gun - Will Travel...Wire Paladin, San Francisco."

Special Features

  • 117 episodes on 19 discs
  • Production notes
  • Cast biographies
  • Behind-the-scenes episodic information

Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Boone, Rafael Campos, Lisa Montell, Edward Colmans, Rico Alaniz
  • Directors: Alvin Ganzer, Andrew V. McLaglen, Buzz Kulik, Don Taylor, Fred Hartsook
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 19
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: January 3, 2006
  • Run Time: 2850 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,481 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Have Gun Will Travel - The First Three Seasons" on IMDb

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Ted Vodde on May 24, 2006
First, I love half-hour dramas. They are a holdover from radio where executives thought that a half hour was as long as they could hold an audience. When TV began they took what they learned on radio and transferred it. (Interestingly, HGWT was the only TV show to spawn a radio show - usually it was the reverse.) The format trims the fat and makes for taut story-telling. So you've got a great format and another key ingredient - Richard Boone, a terrific actor. He was Paladin "a soldier of fortune in a savage land" named by TV Guide as one of the all time 100 top tv characters. A refined gentleman in San Francisco who dons a black cowboy outfit to work as a troubleshooter to afford his refined tastes. Oh, and let's not forget the writing. Many of the episodes were written by none other than Gene Roddenberry, honing his skill that would be evident in Star Trek. His scripts are always clever and thoughtful - a must for trek fans especially the episode where three lovely mail-order brides arrive under suspicious circumstances for some lonely ranchers (shades of Mudd's Women!)The bottom line is this series will spoil you for real entertainment. And the transfers are top of the line quality. If you love westerns, you've got to have this series. If you don't love westerns, get this series anyway. You'll see the error of your ways.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By HughOlsen on August 8, 2006
The first three seasons of HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL was undoubtedly the better half of the series, though the fourth season and first half of the fifth season was excellent.

Buying all three in this box set isn't going to benefit you with a bonus disc of extras like some TV series, but you will save money if you don't want to buy each season separately - if you have not done so already. The box set only suggests they will do the same after seasons four, five and six are released, or if the studio doesn't want to be kind to consumers, release all six seasons in a big box set forcing you to buy dupliates just for the box set.

The behind-the-scenes trivia that is included with the episodes on each of the DVDs isn't worth a darn. Very little trivia at all. Telling me that Gene Roddenberry created Star Trek isn't trivia to me. I do recommend when you buy this set or future HGWT sets, you buy the HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL COMPANION book by Martin Grams and Les Rayburn. That book tells you who got shot accidentally on the set, who got drunk, which episodes were filmed in 1 day instead of 3, how to spot Hal Needham as a stuntman, where the episodes were filmed, which episodes have Richard Boone's son in the cast, lots of background material that is worth reading before or after each episode. [...]
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 10, 2006
" the man called Paladin."

Many times one has fond memories of the older TV programs. When they are finally distributed and bought, it is a shocker to find that they are sophomoric or just long cigarette commercials. Well this time you will not be disappointed.

Each episode must find a conflict and solve it in an extraordinarily short time. Each with a moral and still maintain the entertainment value. One of the ways this is accomplished is the use of a wide spectrum of writers; many of the stories are adoptions of classics or became classics of other programs and/or movies.

Each episode is accompanied by a synopses of the story, which by the way is very well done and points out the purpose of the story. Also each episode has a small but interesting biography of the main actors.

One of the finer points of this series is that there usually is no clear cut hero or villain as the characters and themes of the stories are as complete as many ancient myths. We can see virtues and faults in everyone and many times there is no such thing as a clear-cut winner or loser.

Paladin (Richard Boone), a well chosen name as on a chess board there are many moves available, lives in San Francisco and most people assumes he has investments all over the west as he is taking frequent trips to protect them. We know different as "Have Gun Will Travel" he makes his fortune on his many skills. Every once in a while we get a gimps of his past as we know he went to West Point and can quote many ancient writings and wars. He has an uncanny way of knowing what the meanings of names are. Yet who ever he really is many people are better off for knowing him. And so are we.

A side benefit is recognizing the list of star (actors) and stars in the making.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bruce E. Munck on August 30, 2006
I used to watch this series when I was a kid and it was in its original airing (guess I just dated myself!) and I loved it. Some things never change!!! I was hoping that all the seasons would be available, but I'm beginning to see that it won't happen. This was one of the best cowboy programs to ever grace a tv screen and that isn't only my view! The stories were well written and well executed...but the thing that really sets this series apart from the rest is the educational aspect: Paladin was constantly teaching the villains (and consequently the viewers) things of value. He often quoted Shakespeare and the Bible...both of which provide great lessons to be learned! That may not be politically correct, but it is true nonetheless. I am hoping the rest of the series is released, but do not expect it. Sadly, there is probably not enough of a market for it.
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