Note: Photo above is of John Dehner as Paladin!
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First Episode: November 23, 1958 (Plus one earlier audition episode on November 11, 1958)
Last Episode: November 27, 1960
Number of Episodes: 107
Network: CBS Radio Network (Sydicated)
Cast Members: John Dehner (Paladin), Ben Wright (Heyboy), Virginia Gregg (Miss Wong), Lynn Allen, Russell Arms, Jack Moyles, Olan Soule, and others
Producer: Frank Paris
Directors: Norman Macdonnell, Frank Paris
Announcers: Hugh Douglas
Sound Effects: Tom Hanley, Ray Kemper
Theme Music: “The Ballad of Paladin”, written by Richard Boone &Sam Rolfe (Became a hit single in the 1960s!)
Writers: Albert Aley, Marian Clark, John Dawson, Ken Kobe, Herb Meadow (& Co-Creator), Frank Michael, William N. Robson, Gene Roddenberry, Sam Rolfe (& Co-Creator), and others
Sponsors: Camel Cigarettes, Columbia Phonographs, Dristan, Ex-Lax, Fitch Shampoo, Fritos, Kellogg’s Cereals, Pepsi-Cola, Winston Cigarettes
Typical Episode Length: 25 Minutes
The Have Gun Will Travel radio show has the distinction of being one of the very few series that started on television and then came to radio! Yes, the Have Gun Will Travel TV Show aired for the first time on September 14, 1957, 14 months before the first appearance on the radio! The story is about a man in the old west named Paladin who is a “gun for hire” with ethics. He even did some jobs for free when he felt that someone who couldn’t afford his fee was being overtly oppressed by evildoers of the west! Paladin collected plenty for his services though, as he lived in the upscale Carlton Hotel in San Francisco.
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