Have Gun Will Travel - The Complete Second Season
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The "Wire Paladin" production notes provided with each episode are thoroughly researched, providing extensive guest-star credits and making wide-ranging connections between Have Gun and many other TV series, films, and serials of the '40s, '50s, and '60s, especially Roddenberry's Star Trek. Among the noteworthy guest stars are Lon Chaney Jr., Charles Bronson, Harry Morgan, Joseph Calleia, Harry Carey Jr., Suzanne Pleshette, Morey Amsterdam, Vincent Price, Edward Platt, and many stalwart character players from TV's golden age. The season starts well with "The Manhunter" (in which Paladin is forced to kill a young gunman and faces the wrath of his vengeful family), and Paladin's unique brand of frontier justice is memorably dispensed (along with generous quotes from Shakespeare, Milton, etc.) in such highlights as "The Man Who Wouldn't Talk" (with Bronson), "The Ballad of Oscar Wilde," "The Moor's Revenge" (with Price), "The Scorched Feather" (with Chaney) and several others. The opening credits are slightly modified as the season progresses, and Paladin's travels take him into the mountains (for some outdoor adventures late in the season) and even to Alaska, the series' most distant destination. Image quality suffers in later episodes (some mastered from vintage kinescopes or murky syndication prints), but the fact that all 39 episodes are fully intact is a blessing to anyone with fond recollections of this superior TV Western. --Jeff Shannon
- All 39 episodes from the 1958-1959 Season
- Behind-Scenes-Episodic Information
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First time on DVD with all 39 Original Episodes of Season Two...with guest stars noted:
Disc One (Episodes 40 - 45)
THE MANHUNTER (guest stars: Joseph Calleia, Martin Balsam, David Whorf & Stephen Colt )
IN AN EVIL TIME (guest star: Hank Patterson)
THE MAN WHO WOULDN'T TALK (guest stars: Charles Bronson & Harry Carey Jr.)
THE HANGING OF ROY CARTER (guest stars: Robert Armstrong, Francis McDonald, John Larch & Scott Marlowe)
(Screenplay: Gene Roddenberry)
DUEL AT FLORENCE (guest star: Dean Harens, Bonnie Bolding, Charles Gray, John Alderson & Hank Patterson)
THE PORTEGE (guest star: Peter Breck)
Disc Two (Episodes 46 - 51)
THE ROAD TO WICKENBURG (guest stars: Harry Carey Jr.Read more ›
If you've purchased season one, you'll definitely want this set. The picture quality is comparable here, i.e. most episodes have good to excellent contrast and appear reasonably fine-grained, though a few episodes (just like in season one) appear a bit worse for wear. One thing that consistently noticeable is that the outdoor scenes are generally sharper and more middle toned for contrast whereas interior shots are often grainier, featuring a somewhat higher level of contrast. This is moderate and does not detract from the viewing experience, given the vintage of this material.
Check out the [...] web site and you'll see that according to one erstwhile reviewer, approximately half of the 39 episodes in season two rate 3-4 stars, much like season one. Menu set up is the same for season 1, furnished with the usual and enlightening bits of trivia about the writers and guest stars. Fans of the show will note that the Johnny Western ballad appears in the closing credits for every show for this season (as well as all seasons subsequent), while die hard fans will be able to detact the lowered, more muted staccato used whenever the camera closes in on Palladin's business card. All in all, one of the best values available where classic TV on DVD is concerned.
I'll put it this way. Season 1 is almost exclusively 3, 4, and 5 star episodes, IMHO. Season 2 has more 5 star episodes. "In an Evil Time," "The Road to Wickenburg," "Treasure Trail," "The Protege," "Heritage of Anger," and "Maggie O'Bannion" come to mind. Unlike season 1, season 2 has some real clunkers, as well. "The Tafetta Mayor," "Juliet," and "The Long Hunt" don't even feel like they were originally written for "HGWT." Norma Crane, who may give the best "HGWT" performances by an actress in "Ella West" and "Episode in Laredo," can't save the unholy mess that is "The Tafetta Mayor."
Once again, Richard Boone IS Paladin. Boone eventually learned to stop resenting his eternal identification with this character. (Think how lucky he was compared to Clayton Moore, for cryin' out loud!) Honestly, watching seasons 1 and 2 consecutively over a month convinced me that Boone may be the most underrated actor of the 20th century. Don't believe me? Take the Pepsi challenge and buy seasons 1 and 2. (That said, even Boone and Crane can't stop the trainwreck that is "The Tafetta Mayor." 25 minutes of my life that I'll never get back...)
Technically, the DVDs themselves are little better than season 1. The volume levels within the episodes are more consistent, but otherwise, it's more of the same. For more details, see my review of season 1. The short version follows...
The external art is gorgeous. That is, the slipcover and the individual cases have a crisp and attractive layout.
Once again, the trouble starts when the disc is put in the player.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love Paladin and most of the story lines, esp. when they have humor in them.Published 4 months ago by Patricia L. Minogue
Stands the Test of Time. That is, even by today's standards, most episodes are very good. The stories are smart, unlike many old shows which look funny today.Published 4 months ago by CB
Paladin. Edge says don't mess with this guy; Civil War veteran, West Point Graduate, ladies man, fast with a gun and carries the coolest business card in the history of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Edge