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“Return to Fort Benjamin”


Season:             3 episode 20
Series Episode: 98
Air Date:          January 30, 1960



A father asks that his son’s body have whatever honor is left to it. I’ve seen him hounded to death with less dignity than cattle in a slaughter pen.”


Employment Solicitation

Request by Dark Leaf



Not discussed


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
PaladinAn arbiterRichard Boone42Credited
BlakePlains Cavalry majorRobert (J.) Wilke44Credited
Dark LeafSioux Chief / Yellow Star's fatherWhite HorseCredited
GrahamPlains Cavalry lieutenantCharles Aidman35Credited
HodgekinsPlains Cavalry corporalStewart East46Credited
KernPlains Cavalry sergeantHerbert Patterson38Credited
Plains Cavalry corporal holding horses by river
Harold (Hal) Needham28Credited
Yellow Star "Gimp"Convicted killer
Anthony Caruso43Credited
Dark Leaf's nephewFrank SentryCredited
PiersonPlains Cavalry lieutenantMentioned



Andrew V. McLaglen

Assistant DirectorJack Voglin
CreatorsHerb Meadow & Sam Rolfe
WriterRobert E. Thompson
Script SupervisorRichard Chaffee
ProducerSam Rolfe
Associate ProducerFrank R. Pierson
Production ManagerHoward Joslin
Director of PhotographyStuart Thompson, A.S.C.
Art DirectorWalter E. Keller
Opening Theme Music ComposerBernard Hermann (Herrmann)

Episode Music byRene Garriguenc
"Ballad of Paladin" SingerJohnny Western
"Ballad of Paladin" written by Johnny Western, Richard Boone, Sam Rolfe
Music EditorGene Feldman
Production SupervisorDewey Starkey
Film EditorSamuel (Sam) Gold
Sound EditorRoderick Sound, Inc.
Sound EffectsGene Eliot, M.P.S.E.
Property MasterArthur Friedrich
Makeup Artist
Donald (W.) Roberson
Hair Stylist
Madine Danks, C.H.S.
WardrobeJoseph Dimmitt

Set DecoratorHerman N. Schoenbrun & Charles Vassar

CastingStalmaster-Lister Co.
Richard Boone's Stunt Double
Hal Needham
Production CompaniesA CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) Television Network Production
Recording Company'Westrex Recording System



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


Geographic Reference

Le Trianon, Montmartre, Paris, France


Geographic References

Barbary Coast, San Francisco, California, United States of America
Fort Benjamin
Gables, San Francisco, California
Paris, France
Montemartre, Paris, France
San Francisco, California



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