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“Don’t Shoot the Piano Player”


Season:             5 episode 26
Series Episode: 181
Air Date:          March 10, 1962



As long as we’re betting Jim, let’s make it worthwhiile. The piano player and the $8000 he lost… against the girl.”


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Since San Francisco police fear to to walk their own streets to search for my fiance, I am forced to appeal for help, to anyone with courage enough to venture south of Pacific street.






Would I not, sweet Orpheus,
follow thee down to that livid
chamber of eternal light,
where melody plucked
from a broken heart, drew
iron tears down Pluto’s cheeks.”
Paladin quoting a poem by Emily Eubanks


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
PaladinAn arbiterRichard Boone44Credited
Albert Piano player / Emily Eubank's fianceJames (T.) Callahan31Credited
Emily EubanksPoetessFintan Meyler32Credited
"Big" Nellie HarperSaloon girlVirginia Gregg46Credited
"Big" Jim Barbary Coast saloon ownerGeorge Kennedy36Credited
Jo JoBouncerMike Mazurki54Credited
BarflyDanny Borzage64Uncredited
BarflyBud Cokes45Uncredited
BarflyDuke Fishman65Uncredited
BarflyEthan Laidlaw62Uncredited
BarflyMike Morelli52Uncredited
BarflyBert Madrid46Uncredited
BarflySailor Vincent60Uncredited
DealerWilliam Meader57Uncredited




DirectorWilliam Conrad
Assistant DirectorGary Nelson
CreatorsHerb Meadow & Sam Rolfe
WriterShimon Wincelberg
Script SupervisorRichard Chaffee
ProducerFrank R. Pierson
Associate ProducerHoward Joslin & Albert Ruben
Director of PhotographyFrank (V.) Phillips
Art DirectorRichard (Y.) Haman
Opening Theme MusicBernard Hermann (Herrmann)

Episode Music byWilbur Hatch
ConductorWilbur Hatch
"Ballad of Paladin" SingerJohnny Western
"Ballad of Paladin" written by Johnny Western, Richard Boone, Sam Rolfe
Film EditorEverett Sutherland, A. C. E.
Sound Mixer

Frederick (Fred) A. Kessler

Recording CompanyWestrex Recording System
Re-recording byJoel Moss
Property MasterArthur Friedrich
Makeup Artist
Donald (W.) Roberson
WardrobeJoseph Dimmitt

Set DecoratorFay Babcock

CastingPeggy Rae
Titles and Opticals Pacific Title
Richard Boone's Stunt Double
Hal Needham
Production CompaniesA CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) Television Network Production




Filming Locations

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



Geographic References

Barbary Coast, San Francisco, California, United States of America
Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Pacific Street, San Francisco, California, United States of America
Shanghai, China 



In the Sweet-Byand-By
Wedding March” by Felix Mendelssohn


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