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HAVE GUN – WILL TRAVEL: THE COMPLETE SERIES
May 17, 2016  | By David Bianculli
 

Richard Boone starred in three major TV series in the 1950s and 1960s, and all of them were noteworthy and unusual. Medic (1954-56) was one of TV’s first medical series, and The Richard Boone Show (1963-64) was a bold experiment, a repertory company anthology show, decades ahead of the likes of American Horror Story. And in between those two series, from 1957-63, was CBS’s Have Gun – Will Travel, a moody, moral, menacing Western. Boone played Paladin, a gunslinger for hire in the post-Civil War West, dressed in black, and carrying beautifully hand-crafted guns,. Paladin  took only the cases that fit with his personal sense of justice and morality. He worked out of a San Francisco hotel, where he lived lavishly, with doting assistance from his Asian personal assistant, played by Kam Tong, whose character’s name – honest – was Hey Boy. But Paladin was no racist. Quite the contrary: Have Gun – Will Travel featured some of the most tolerant TV story lines of the era. (Gene Roddenberry, later to create Star Trek, wrote a few dozen episodes.) This new, complete collection includes all 225 episodes on 35 discs. Listing at $84.98, that’s about $14 per season, but Amazon is selling it right now for $60.37. Have credit card, will purchase.  – David Bianculli

 
 
 
 
 
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