Have Gun - Will Travel Genesis (1957–1963) HD online
Category: TV Episode
Herb Meadow,Sam Rolfe
Paladin is assaulted in his room at the Hotel Carlton. In a furious fight, he beats down his attacker, Roderick Jefferson. The young man, it turns out, had gambling debts he couldn't repay; the holder of his gambling IOUs wanted Jefferson to kill Paladin. This spurs Paladin to tell Jefferson of a similar occurrence -- involving himself 10 years earlier. As that story unfolds, we learn that Paladin (whose real name we're never told) owed $15,000 to Norge. Paladin's only way out was to go to a valley, entirely owned by Norge, to challenge the mysterious Smoke to a duel. Smoke, a dying gunman, had been nursed to health by the residents of Norge's valley. Paladin is to challenge Smoke to a duel. Smoke's dress is familiar: all black with a symbol of a knight's chess piece on the holster. In short, we're told how Paladin became Paladin.
|Episode cast overview:|
| Richard Boone || - || Paladin / Smoke |
| William Conrad || - || Norge - Gambler |
| Parley Baer || - || Reston - Townsman |
| Nestor Paiva || - || Burton Townsman |
| Ann Morrison || - || Mrs. Burton (as Ann Merrison) |
| James Mitchum || - || Roderick Jefferson |
Parley Baer, the actor who gives the eulogy at Smoke's funeral, was the voice of Chester opposite director/guest star William Conrad's Matt Dillon on the Gunsmoke radio series.
The title comes from the first book of the Bible, which describes the creation of the earth, or it can apply to the beginning of any process or system. In this case, it's an origins story of Paladin's character.