Monday, June 7, 2010


I'm thoroughly enjoying the iconic TV series HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL on Netflix streaming. Tonight's episode from the first season tackled the subject of religious phonies imposing their mindless views on medicine on cowed cowardly cowpokes. The great Richard Boone as Paladin, with guest star June Lockhart as one of the first lady doctors, try to save a baby from a lynch mob. The God-besotted wagon master has diagnosed typhoid and has left the mother and the baby in the desert to die. Paladin wants to bring them in town to the doctor's office, to the displeasure of the townfolk.

Especially striking is Paladin's attitude toward the idea of a lady doctor. His attitude, other than a comment that she looks like she should be perched on a divan instead of serving these miserable townfolk, is 100% acceptance. Fast forward to 2010 and crap like GRAY'S ANATOMY, where underwear models of both genders masquerade as brain surgeons while having office sex, and you see that television has been in decline since 1957, the broadcast year of this episode. 
 The lyrics of the show's theme song:

Have Gun Will Travel reads the card of a man.
A knight without armor in a savage land.
His fast gun for hire heeds the calling wind.
A soldier of fortune is the man called Paladin.

Paladin, Paladin
Where do you roam?
Paladin, Paladin,
Far, far from home.


Brigid said...

Good to see the blog up and running regularly again.


Anonymous said...

I try to never miss an episode! I can watch them over and over and still learn something new. I'm a huge fan!