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“Helen of Abajinian”

 

Season:             1 episode 16
Series Episode: 16
Air Date:           December 26, 1957

 

Teaser

I rode out here to bring you back and that’s what I am going to do. Don’t reach for that weapon. Guns are my business.”

 

Employment Solicitation

Central Californian
Dancing Girl Missing
Simi Valley’s Armenian colony today sadly cancelled its annual wine festival. The reason – the festival’s principal dancer is reported to have eloped with a passing cowboy. Although the girl’s father, Samuel Abajinian has offered one thousand dollars for her return, local authorities point out that she is of age and they have no jurisdiction in the matter.

 

Fee

$1000

 

Quotes

There’s a woman at the start of all great things.”
Paladin quoting Lamartine

“There is a woman at the beginning of all great things.”
Alphonse de Lamartine

 

 

Heaven’s best gift. The most delightful of God’s creatures.”
Paladin quoting Shelley

 

“Win her and wear her if you can. She is the most delightful of God’s creatures, Heaven’s best gift, man’s joy and pride in prosperity, man’s support and comforter in affliction.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley

 

We are indebted to women first for life itself and then for making it worth living.”
Paladin

 

Next to God, we are indebted to women, first for life itself, and then for making it worth living.”
Mary McCloud Bethune

 

 

All men who avoid female society have gross tastes.”
Paladin quoting Thackeray

 

All men who avoid female society, have dull perceptions, and are stupid,
or who have gross tastes, and revolt against what is pure.”
William Makepeace Thackeray as quoted in The Ladies’ Repository, Volume 26, page 627

 

Cast & Crew Lists

Cast

CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
PaladinAn arbiterRichard Boone40Credited
Kim Chan "Hey Boy"Hotel Carlton porterKam Tong51Credited
Helen Abajinian
Lisa Gaye22Credited
Marga AbajinianNaomi Stevens31Credited
Samuel AbajinianHaroldJ. Stone44Credited
GourkenVladimir Sokoloff68Credited
Jimmy O'RileyWright King34Credited
JorgiNick Dennis53Credited
Elderly gentleman in Hotel CarltonMathew McCue62Uncredited
GypsyNick Borgani53Uncredited

 

 

Crew

Director
Andrew V. McLaglen
Assistant DirectorHoward Joslin
CreatorsHerb Meadow & Sam Rolfe
Writer
Gene Roddenberry
Script SupervisorRichard Chaffee
ProducerJulian Claman
Production ManagerGlenn Cook
Director of PhotographyWilliam Margulies
Art DirectorJames W. Sullivan
Opening Theme Music ComposerBernard Hermann (Herrmann)
(Uncredited)
"Ballad of Paladin" SingerJohnny Western
"Ballad of Paladin" written by Johnny Western, Richard Boone & Sam Rolfe
Supervising EditorFred W. Berger, A.C.E.
Film EditorMIchael Luciano, A.C.E.


Optical EffectsJack Rabin & Louis DeWitt
Sound EditorRoderick Sound, Inc.
Property MasterMike Gordon
Makeup ArtistWilliam Wood (Woods)

Hair Stylist
Madine Danks

WardrobeJoseph Dimmitt



Set DecoratorRaymond Boltz, Jr.

CastingLynn Stalmaster and Associates
Richard Boone's Stunt Double
Hal Needham (Uncredited)
Production CompaniesA CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) Television Network Production, Filmaster Productions

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

 

Awards

The Writers Guild of America (WGA), USA awarded Gene Roddenberry was awarded “Best Teleplay” by the Screen Writer’s Guild for this episode.

 

Filming Location

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 Reference

Menua

 

Geographic References

Armenia
Fresno, California, United States of America
Greece
Kotayk Lake, Armenia
Mount Ararat, Turkey
Persia
San Francisco, California, United States of America
Sonoma Valley, California, United States of America

 

Gastronomic References

Baklava
Dolma (Tolma)
Keskek
Reshmi kebab (Silken kebabs)
Rice pilaf
Shish kebab
Wine

 

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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