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El pistolero de San Francisco The High Graders (1957–1963) HD online
Language: English
Category: TV Episode / Western
Original Title: The High Graders
Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Writers: Ken Kolb,Wilton Schiller
Released: 1957–1963
Duration: 26min
Video type: TV Episode
Paladin's suspicions are aroused after his tailor dies inside his own goldmine.
Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Boone Richard Boone - Paladin
Susan Cabot Susan Cabot - Angela DeMarco
Robert J. Wilke Robert J. Wilke - Casey Bryan (as Robert Wilke)
Bob Steele Bob Steele - Jockey (as Robert Steele)
Nico Minardos Nico Minardos - Gino
Carlyle Mitchell Carlyle Mitchell - Governor Irwin
Chris Alcaide Chris Alcaide - Morgan - Mine Manager

The music that introduces this episode's second act would later be used as the theme for the "Have Gun - Will Travel" radio series. It concluded each audio episode in addition to being played during the opening narration that came just after Paladin's dramatic introductory quote. (The quotation itself was accompanied by the equally dramatic trademark music used at the beginning of each TV show.)

In this episode, Paladin, played by Richard Boone, is compelled to gun down the character named Jockey, played by Bob Steele. Steele played the character Lash Canino in the original El sueño eterno (1946) and Boone played the same character in the 1978 remake: Detective privado (1978).

Reviews: [3]

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    When Paldin's tailor is killed and his daughter Angela (Susan Cabot) inherits his mine, Paldin goes undercover as a miner to investigate the claim. There he discovers the guy running the mine (Robert Wilke) is allowing his miners to steal the best ore so it looks like the mine isn't as rich as it is. And he has a fast gun in Jockey (Bob Steele) to enforce his rule.

    Certainly one of the best Bob Steele performances I can remember. He's a little guy but projects danger and a real threat even when facing the much bigger Boone. Susan Cabot does a fine job in this. She only made two more appearances before retiring from the business for ten years (I guess after filming "Wasp Woman" she'd had enough!) There's a bit of a casting mystery early in this episode as Paldin meets a stunning young blonde he refers to as "Hannah". Unfortunately she is not given billing. However, she sure looks like "Beverly Hillbillies" star Donna Douglas!
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    As a gesture of respect, Paladin goes undercover to find out why an operating gold mine is going broke. Producers of this early episode were wise to hire a bunch of extras and outfit Bronson Canyon cave (beloved by 50's sci-fi fans) with the trappings of a working mine, all of which lend an air of authenticity. It's an average episode but with an unusual theme—miners stealing precious ore from their employer ("high-grading"). As reviewer zsenorsock notes, it's good to see bantam-weight Bob Steele pick up a payday, and prove again that you don't have to be big to be a convincing tough guy. He and Boone play off one another well. All in all, it's a well-produced half-hour, with the ore car rattling down the rails at episode's end.

    Actually my real reason for commenting is personal. Growing up in an historic Colorado mining town (Cripple Creek), I heard tales of high-grading during boom times, and how high-graders could easily disappear, supposedly to the bottom of one of the thousand-foot or more mine shafts that dotted the area. So, the theme of this HGWT deals with a very real problem with the old-style pick-and-shovel gold mines, and is the only Western I know to do so.
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    Above par episode, which follows the lines of a classic Western movie.

    Its originality is to imagine that a top-notch Italian tailor has been been seized late in life by gold fever - his mine being called The Grail... It enables the story to straddle two almost opposite worlds, the refined San Francisco society, and the rough mining town where the gun rules. Actually, nobody straddles these two worlds more than Paladin himself... The world of the tailor shop is chiefly there, at the beginning and the end, for the sake of contrast : it suggests how inexperienced the heiress to the mine with the striking good looks is likely to be in the other world, as her cheated and now strangely deceased father has been before her. Paladin is there not only to protect her but to open her beautiful credulous eyes. When he tries, however, to convince her of the duplicity of the foreman, Bryan, in his presence, he strangely does not use all the proofs he has in his sleeves - namely, that he saw with his own eyes a number of miners "high-grade" - conceal ore, while Bryan was conveniently looking away from the practice with obviously inefficient controls. Why does not he mention that to Angela? Obviously, for the interest of the show, because if she was convinced then, it would forestall the final showdown in the mine. More sensibly, Paladin guesses that whatever his proofs Angela will keep doubts, the only way to dispel them being to oblige Bryan to throw the mask and show his true murdering self.