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|Richard Boone||-||Paladin / - 225 episodes, 1957-1963|
|Kam Tong||-||Hey Boy / - 109 episodes, 1957-1963|
While many television series are taken from radio shows, the radio show "Have Gun - Will Travel" with John Dehner as Paladin appeared after the television show.
Parts of season one, episode eleven, "The Colonel and the Lady", was filmed on sets used for Gunsmoke (1955). The Long Branch Saloon was minimally redecorated to stand-in for a saloon Paladin visits in a Nevada mining town. Shots of people walking the streets of the town were also taken from Gunsmoke (1955).
Regarding the name "Paladin", it comes from early European "paladino", "palatine" referring to a knightly, heroic champion who fights for a noble cause. "Paladin" can also refer to a military leader, trusted and relied on by his King. Both the "knight" (a "warrior") and "military leader" speak to the character's (Paladin's) military background.
Paladin's real name was never revealed.
Paladin's horse was Rafter. Richard Boone selected that name. Throughout the six-year run, the horses were called Curley, Frisco, Rudy, Mexico, and Rafter.
In early episodes of the series, Paladin's trail clothes were a rich midnight blue. This nicely complimented Richard Boone's blue eyes, they registered as black on the black and white film of the day. There was a shirt redesign from a buttoned front to a V-neck, and the colors of both changed to black around that time. Whenever Paladin's clothes were referred to in dialogue, he was always called "the man in black", whether he dressed in blue or black.
Although the series' title had a hyphen, Paladin's business card did not.
Paladin always carried a Derringer, a pocket gun concealed under his belt. "Derringer" is the misspelled last name of Henry Deringer, a nineteenth century maker of small pistols.
The building across the street from the Carlton Hotel is the San Francisco Banker's Exchange.
Richard Boone later said he thought the series was "a ridiculous thing".
The show was originally meant to be a private investigator series, not a western.
In 1957, Gene Roddenberry received the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Script for season one, episode sixteen, "Helen of Abajinian".
Of the two hundred twenty-five episodes, twenty-four were written by Star Trek (1966) Creator Gene Roddenberry.
Paladin's name was never revealed in the television or radio series. There were three Have Gun - Will Travel novels. In one of them, Paladin was called Clay Alexander. "Wire Paladin" is a telegraph address, listed on the card just as businesses list their telephone numbers and e-mail addresses in the twenty-first century. Paladin's mailing address at the Hotel Carlton was also listed on the card. In the nineteenth century, there were only two means of long distance contact: mail and wire (telegraph). Some fans mistakenly believed that Wire was Paladin's first name. Source: "A Knight Without Armor, A Biography of Richard Boone" by David Rothel.
Paladin's suite at the Carlton Hotel is number 314.
Gene Roddenberry, of Star Trek fame, was a writer on this show, and is listed on season four, episode thirty, "El Paso Stage", amongst others.
The silhouette of a knight chess piece on Paladin's holster and business card, as well as his interest in playing chess, also demonstrate his self image as a knight errant seeking to right wrongs illustrated by his chosen assumed name. Even dressing all in black, like a black chess knight, adds to the image.
Paladin's business card reads, Have Gun, Will Travel. Wire Paladin. San Francisco". This is printed over the silhouette of a knight chess piece.
On the DVD covers, the season number corresponds to the number of rounds of ammunition shown, one through six, the same as the six shooter Paladin carried. Had the series gone more than six seasons, this would have proved to be problematic as Paladin carried a six shooter.