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“Shot by Request”



Season:             3 episode 5
Series Episode: 83
Air Date:          October 10, 1959



“Don’t men die fast enough in this town? Ainslee’s worth a dozen of the best of you people and if I kill him I won’t be proud.”


Employment Solicitation


Please accept this book as a token of my sincerity in an unusual request.
Winston Ainslee



Not discussed




Woman I behold thee flippant, vain, inconstant, childish, proud, and full of fancies.”
Paladin, quoting John Keats, according to Kim Chan “Hey Boy”


WOMAN! when I behold thee flippant, vain,
Inconstant, childish, proud, and full of fancies;
Without that modest softening that enhances
he downcast eye, repentant of the pain
That its mild light creates to heal again:
E’en then, elate, my spirit leaps, and prances,
E’en then my soul with exultation dances
For that to love, so long, I’ve dormant lain:
But when I see thee meek, and kind, and tender,
Heavens! how desperately do I adore
Thy winning graces;—to be thy defender
I hotly burn—to be a Calidore—
A very Red Cross Knight—a stout Leander—
Might I be loved by thee like these of yore.
Light feet, dark violet eyes, and parted hair;
Soft dimpled hands, white neck, and creamy breast,
Are things on which the dazzled senses rest
Till the fond, fixed eyes, forget they stare.
From such fine pictures, heavens! I cannot dare
To turn my admiration, though unpossess’d
They be of what is worthy,—though not drest
In lovely modesty, and virtues rare.
Yet these I leave as thoughtless as a lark;
These lures I straight forget—e’en ere I dine,
Or thrice my palate moisten: but when I mark
Such charms with mild intelligences shine,
My ear is open like a greedy shark,
To catch the tunings of a voice divine.
Ah! who can e’er forget so fair a being?
Who can forget her half retiring sweets?
God! she is like a milk-white lamb that bleats
For man’s protection. Surely the All-seeing,
Who joys to see us with his gifts agreeing,
Will never give him pinions, who intreats
Such innocence to ruin,—who vilely cheats
A dove-like bosom. In truth there is no freeing
One’s thoughts from such a beauty; when I hear
A lay that once I saw her hand awake,
Her form seems floating palpable, and near;
Had I e’er seen her from an arbour take
A dewy flower, oft would that hand appear,
And o’er my eyes the trembling moisture shake.
John Keats, The Poetical Works of John Keats. 1884.


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
PaladinAn arbiterRichard Boone42Credited
Kim Chan "Hey Boy"Hotel Carlton porterKam Tong52Credited
Anna AinsleeWinston Ainslee's daughterSue RandallCredited
Winston AinsleeGunslingerJohn Abbott54Credited
Matt BakerDrunk / Andy Baker's brotherRobert Gist42Credited
CortwrightBook dealerJohn Holland51Credited
SamBartenderGeorge Dunn41Credited
TomStagecoach driver(C.) Lindsay Workman35Credited
Man with beer in saloonSam Edwards44Credited
SheriffMalcom Atterbury52Credited
Paladin's innamorataBarbara English26Credited
BarflyJohn George61Uncredited
BarflyRobert Robinson56Uncredited
BarflyPhil Schumacher49Uncredited
Stage office clerkUncredited
TownsmanWhitey Hughes38Uncredited
Andy BakerWinston Ainslee's challengerMentioned




Buzz Kulik
Assistant DirectorJack Voglin
CreatorsHerb Meadow & Sam Rolfe
TeleplayFrank R. Pierson
StoryHoward Seay
Script SupervisorRichard Chaffee
Story EditorFrank R. Pierson
ProducerSam Rolfe
Unit Production ManagerHoward Joslin
Director of PhotographyStuart Thompson, A.S.C.
Art DirectorWalter E. Keller
Opening Theme Music ComposerBernard Hermann (Herrmann)

"Ballad of Paladin" SingerJohnny Western
"Ballad of Paladin" written by Johnny Western, Richard Boone, Sam Rolfe
Music EditorGene Feldman
Film EditorEverett Sutherland
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-Leister 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


Carson City scenes
Melody Ranch – 24715 Oak Creek Avenue, Newhall, California, United States of America


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


Historical References

John Keats
Joseph Severn

Geographic References

Carson City, Nevada, United States of America
San Francisco, California, United States of America



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