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Have Gun Will Travel: Season 4, Vol. 1

3.6 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

The show followed the adventures of Paladin (Richard Boone), a gentleman/gunfighter, who preferred to settle problems without violence, yet, when forced to fight, excelled. Paladin lived in the Carlton Hotel in San Francisco, where he dressed in formal attire, ate gourmet food, and attended the opera. In fact, many who met him initially mistook him for a dandy from the East. When working, he dressed in black, used calling cards, wore a holster that carried characteristic chess knight emblems, and carried a derringer under his belt.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Boone, Kam Tong, Hal Needham, Stewart East, Bert Madrid
  • Writers: Herb Meadow, Sam Rolfe
  • Format: Mono, Closed-captioned, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Box set
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 490 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030Y12BE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,798 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Have Gun Will Travel: Season 4, Vol. 1" on IMDb

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By R. G. Bright on January 1, 2010
Format: DVD
For anyone not aware, Season Four of HAVE GUN-WILL TRAVEL was the second best season of the series (following the superb Second Season). Frank Pierson was the producer, having recently replaced Sam Rolfe, the creator of the TV western. Rolfe came to blows with Richard Boone and conflict behind the camera led to Rolfe leaving the series and quitting on CBS. Pierson got along VERY well with Boone, allowing the actor to take control of the series (including directing a few episodes). Season Three was mildly weak as a result of Boone's insistence that each episode be filmed in two days instead of three, so he and actor Martin Gabel could play the starring leads in Norman Corwin's THE RIVALRY on Broadway. The season's filming had to conclude early in order for them to appear on schedule. With Season Four, there was no rush-job and each episode was made with care. In fact, at Boone's pleasure, the series became a text book example of how an actor can explore the character he played and you see a number of different sides of Paladin. "Love's Young Dream" is a sequel to a third-season episode, with a pre-Festus Ken Curtis as Monk, applying his real singing voice before the camera.Read more ›
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After a couple years of hesitation, CBS has finally released HGWT Season Four. In my honest opinion, Season Four is the best season of the series. Hey Girl replaces Hey Boy (the actor departed for a career opportunity that ultimately failed) and there is chemistry between Paladin and Hey Girl. I think it should be noted that the radio program of the same name had Missy Wong before the TV version premiered Hey Girl and I suspect the radio program influenced the decision to replace Hey Boy with a female.

Some of the best episodes of the series appear in Season Four. I noticed that CBS also decided to release only half of the season. True, they will make more money splitting the season in half, rather than package the entire season in one box set as they did with the three prior seasons. It comes down to economics. The second and third season failed to meet the studio's expectations so this was a compromise. And God bless CBS for continuing the release of HGWT Season Four. Here's hope Season Five and and Season Six come out on DVD.

Oh, yes, I co-wrote the HAVE GUN-WILL TRAVEL COMPANION for OTR Publishing with Les Rayburn. It was a labor of love. Yes, the book is still available on Amazon.com. No, this is not a shameless pitch, but rather full disclosure of my credentials as a fan and authority on the TV and radio series. If R.G. Bright had not done a thorough job with his Season Four review, I would have done the same thing. So please accept my review as a second motion vote for encouraging people to buy the DVD set. And Radio Spirits has released the radio program commercially on CD. If you have never heard the radio program, I recommend you check it out.
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Like many reviewers, I was not thrilled with CBS' decision to do a high-price split season with Season 4 of "Have Gun Will Travel". I did purchase the set, but it wasn't an automatic decision and I stalled on making the purchase for a few weeks to see if the price would be adjusted. However, once I received the set I did notice that the picture quality appeared to be superior to the quality of the first 3 seasons that were released. The picture and audio seem much crisper. And as far as I can tell, CBS did not mess with the original music, as they unfortunately have done with such a classic TV series as "The Fugitive". I was disappointed that they did not include the "Wire Paladin" feature that was a part of the first 3 seasons, which gave you background information on the episodes and the guest stars that appeared in a particular episode. Overall, I'm glad that the show is being released again and I hope that if sales for this half season are not as spectacular as CBS hopes for, that they recognize their own role in possibly discouraging sales by the split season treatment. However, the acting work of Richard Boone in this series, the excellent writing that dealt progressively with many social issues within the context of a Western still deserves to be seen and enjoyed by the public. Those are some of the reasons that motivated my 5-star rating. I hope this series continues to find a large, receptive audience.
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We have a 40-inch television screen and as soon as I viewed the first disc of the fourth season it was immediately clear that CBS finally took the time to clean up the video. Also, the audio sounds clearer and no longer varies in volume so much from show-to-show as it does in the previous seasons. However, no extras and no captioning for the hearing impaired. And this is a minor gripe, the discs no longer have pictures on them, only gray labels with print (I thought the pictures were a nice touch in seasons one through three). It's good to know that the rest of season four, as well as season five and six will look and sound this good. But, this means CBS needs to go back and clean up seasons 1-3 and re-release them (which they will no doubt do in separate expensive double volumes). I give the show five stars. Many of the episodes feature wonderful writing, terrific guest stars and I can't praise Richard Boone's performance enough. This is not the definitive DVD set. CBS hasn't gotten it right yet and from what I'm reading they are losing business by so clumsily managing this release of a series that deserves so much better.
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