PALADIN, PALADIN, WHERE DO YOU ROAM? – Garry Armstrong

Marilyn and I took a day off from the news with all its angst, sound, and fury. Instead, we hit the trail with some of our favorite movie and tv westerns where justice is crisply set in black and white, with nary a shade of gray. None of the confusion and conflicts of reality.

These days, simple sounds like a really good idea.

Even though the truth is never like that, but it was always like that for Paladin.

He was honorable and good. He knew The Truth. Also, he enjoyed getting paid to “deal” with the truth — and its consequences. Considering his lavish lifestyle, getting paid for work accomplished must have been a significant part of his black and white world, but oddly, I never saw anyone hand him money. Did anyone ever see him get paid?

Yet he certainly did live richly.

HAVE GUN-WILL TRAVEL, Richard Boone 1957-63

Oh Paladin, where are you when we most need you?

Author: Garry Armstrong

As a reporter for Channel 7 in Boston for 31 years, I was witness to most of the major events affecting the region. I met a lot of people ... politicians, actors, moguls, criminals and many regular folks caught up in extraordinary situations. Sometimes, I write about the people I've met and places I've been. Sometimes, I write about life, my family, my dogs and me. Or what might otherwise be called Life.

22 thoughts on “PALADIN, PALADIN, WHERE DO YOU ROAM? – Garry Armstrong”

    1. I still watch reruns on one of the oldies TV stations. Paladin’s monologues about truth and ethics resound more loudly than ever.

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      1. Boone had a “say” in the scripts. It’s obvious. It carried over into his short-lived “The Richard Boone Show”, a weekly ensemble effort with the same cast members playing different roles. Like a Rep company. I loved the show but it didn’t have enough support.

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  1. I remember watching “Have Gun Will Travel” followed by “Gunsmoke” when it was still a half hour show. I loved both westerns and I was sorry to see the former canceled, perhaps because they wanted to make Gunsmoke an hour show. The TV westerns back then were great. And you could always tell the good guys from the bad guys, unlike today where they’re just about all bad guys.

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    1. I think that was the last “good guy” role Richard Boone ever played. After that, he was entirely villainous. I think he wanted to move on, back to theater and movies. I think he had fun on Have Gun, but he was a pretty serious actor and TV wasn’t serious money in those olden days. I think I watched Gunsmoke for almost its entire run.

      There was that period where there were so MANY westerns on TV — all the Channel 7 ones — Sugarfoot and Cheyenne. And of course Wagon Train (Clint Eastwood!) … so many stars in the making!

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    2. Fandango, Saturday nights, “Gunsmoke”, 8 or 9pm, followed by “Have Gun”. An hour later, the syndicated “Sea Hunt” with Lloyd Bridges as Mike Nelson –glub, glub, glub.

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        1. Fandango, Paladin followed Marshall Dillon. I always wanted Paladin to ride into Dodge on a job and face off with Matt Dillon.

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    1. Covert, as Marilyn noted, there were a lot of philosphicaL dissertations offered by Paladin as he bested the bad guys. The villains were always confused by what Paladin was saying.

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    2. Covert, ABC had a great lineup of westerns in the era when westerns ruled the TV roost.

      One of my favorites was “Lawman” with John Russell as Marshall Dan Troop, Peter Brown as Deputy Johnny McKay and Peggy Castle as Lilly who ran “The Bird Cage”. Russell was aged to play a mature ..lawman.

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  2. I adored that show. Never saw it until later in my life (late 40s) but what a guy! Yes, I’d echo your question “Where are you Paladin?” We do sorely need a hero. I think part of the charm and appeal of the character was that the actor looked like a ‘bad’ guy…black hat, jaded features…and he was in reality (in the character of Paladin) a knight on a shining white steed. Where have all those good old values and men of honor gone to? We need ’em back.

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    1. Melanie, Richard Boone’s TV career began with the “Medic” series where he was the host and sometimes star. It took a serious look at medical issues that are still hot button issues. Then, “Have Gun” and “Hec Ramsey” in which Boone played a turn of the century lawman, dabbling in new age science stuff to solve crimes. Boone was quite serious about quality scripts even as he parlayed his dark roles into a long and prosperous career. If you haven’t seen it, check out “Halls of Montezuma”, an early 50’s WW2 movie. Richard Widmark is the star but Boone is memorable as an officer battling a stubborn and nasty flu bug while directing troops in an underground cave.

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        1. Thanks, Melanie. I’ve been a movies/TV buff since I was a kid. I’ve been lucky, in my professional life, to meet many of those legends.

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