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“Comanche”

 

Season:             2 episode 34
Series Episode: 73
Air Date:          May 16, 1959

 

Teaser

“By yourselves, maybe.  If you think you could have lived with yourself…”

 

Employment Solicitation

San Francisco Star
General’s Son Listed As Deserter.
General Joshua Carver, U.S. Army retired, and his wife Geraldine have just learned that their only son, Corporal Henry Carver, disappeared while on routine field duty with the 7th Cavalry in Montana two days ago. Corporal Carver’s name has been posted at Ft. Lincoln as a deserter General Carver insists that there must have been foul play.

 

Fee

Any man going into Indian coutry should never be paid in advance.

 

Quotes

“And when they fell before the thunder,
It was as when the lordly redwood,
green with boughs
goes down with a great shout upon the hills,
and leaves a lonesome place against the sky.”
Paladin

When the Norn Mother saw the Whirlwind Hour
Greatening and darkening as it hurried on,
She left the Heaven of Heroes and came down
To make a man to meet the mortal need.
She took the tried clay of the common road
Clay warm yet with the genial heat of Earth,
Dashed through it all a strain of prophecy;
Tempered the heap with thrill of human tears;
Then mixed a laughter with the serious stuff.
Into the shape she breathed a flame to light
That tender, tragic, ever-changing face.
Here was a man to hold against the world,
A man to match the mountains and the sea.

The color of the ground was in him, the red earth;
The smack and tang of elemental things;
The rectitude and patience of the cliff;
The good-will of the rain that loves all leaves;
The friendly welcome of the wayside well;
The courage of the bird that dares the sea;
The gladness of the wind that shakes the corn;
The pity of the snow that hides all scars;
The secrecy of streams that make their way
Beneath the mountain to the rifted rock;
The tolerance and equity of light
That gives as freely to the shrinking flower
As to the great oak flaring to the wind
To the grave’s low hill as to the Matterhorn
That shoulders out the sky.

Sprung from the West,
The strength of virgin forests braced his mind,
The hush of spacious prairies stilled his soul.
Up from log cabin to the Capitol,
One fire was on his spirit, one resolve
To send the keen ax to the root of wrong,
Clearing a free way for the feet of God.
And evermore he burned to do his deed
With the fine stroke and gesture of a king:
He built the rail-pile as he built the State,
Pouring his splendid strength through every blow,
The conscience of him testing every stroke,
To make his deed the measure of a man.

So came the Captain with the mighty heart
And when the judgment thunders split the house,
Wrenching the rafters from their ancient rest,
He held the ridgepole up, and spiked again
The rafters of the Home. He held his place
Held the long purpose like a growing tree
Held on through blame and faltered not at praise.
And when he fell in whirlwind, he went down
As when a lordly cedar, green with boughs,
Goes down with a great shout upon the hills,
And leaves a lonesome place against the sky.
Edwin Markham, “Liincoln, The Man of the People”

 

Cast & Crew Lists

Cast

CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
PaladinAn arbiterRichard Boone41Credited
Becky Gray CarverHenry Carver's wifeSusan Cabot31Credited
Mrs. Geraldine CarverHenry Carver's motherShirley O'Hara34Credited
Henry CarverU. S. Army Plains 7th Cavalry corporalLarry Pennell31Credited
Sam DolanBecky Gray's suitorRobert Anderson38Credited
BarskyPlains Cavalry sergeantRoy Barcroft56Credited
BradleyPlains Cavalry lieutenant / Chief of Scouts for Colonel GibbonsStewart East45Credited
8 members of the Plains Cavalry patroUncredited
GleefSam Dolan's employeeHal Needham28Uncredited
LopezSam Dolan's employeeUncredited
Man sleeping on Hotel Carlton loveseatUncredited
Joshua CarverGeneral, U. S. Army, retiredMentioned

 

 

Crew

Director
Andrew V. McLaglen
Assistant DirectorHoward Joslin

CreatorsHerb Meadow & Sam Rolfe
WriterIrving Wallace
Script SupervisorRichard Chaffee
Story EditorDon Ingalls
ProducerSam Rolfe
Production ManagerGlenn Cook
Director of PhotographyStuart Thompson, A.S.C.
Opening Theme Music ComposerBernard Hermann (Herrmann)

"Ballad of Paladin" SingerJohnny Western
"Ballad of Paladin" written by Johnny Western, Richard Boone, Sam Rolfe
Supervising EditorFred W. Berger, A.C.E.
Film EditorHarry Coswick, A.C.E.
Optical EffectsJack Rabin & Louis DeWitt
Sound EditorRoderick Sound, Inc.
Property MasterMike Gordon
Makeup Artist
Donald (W.) Roberson
Hair Stylist
Madine Danks, C.H.S.
WardrobeJoseph Dimmitt



Set DecoratorRaymond Boltz, Jr.

Set DesignPaul Sylos, Jr.
CastingStalmaster-Lister Co.
Richard Boone's Stunt Double
Hal Needham
Production CompaniesA CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) Television Network Production, Filmaster Productions

Recording Company'Westrex Recording System
ATFP (Alliance of TV Film Producers)

 

 

 

Filming Locations

Sets
Paramount Studios 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

 

Closing Credits background
Lone Pine, California, United States of America

 

Historical References

7th Cavalry
2nd Cavalry
Battle of the Little Big Horn
Comanche
Fort Lincoln
Captain Myles Keogh
Colonel John Gibbons
Colonel George Armstrong Custer

 

Geographic References

Bismark water hole
Canada
Fort Dodge, Kansas, United States of America
Little Big Horn, Montana Territory, United States of America
San Francisco, California, United States of America

 

Sources

Have Gun – Will Travel episodes (written, spoken and credits). Internet Movie Database (IMDb), authors (cited), philosophers (cited), poets (cited) and individual observation.

 

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