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“The Mountebank”
“The Puppeteer”


Season:             4 episode 15
Series Episode: 132
Air Date:          December 24, 1960



“Burnaby, what are you gonna do without your puppets?


Employment Solicitation

Personal decision






I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.”
Jack Burnaby


William Shakespeare. “Julius Caesar”, Act III Scene 2, Line 74



A man indulge himself in murder soon cares little for robbing and …”
Jack Burnaby quotes DeQuincy and Paladin finishes it
…and from robbing he comes to Sabbath-breaking and drinking and from there to procrastination and incivility.”


If once a man indulges himself in murder,
very soon he comes to think little of robbing;
and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking,
and from that to incivility and procrastination.
Once begun upon this downward path, you never know where you are to stop.
Many a man has dated his ruin from some murder or other that perhaps he thought little of at the time.”
Thomas De Quincey, Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts (1827).



I have heard
That guilty creatures, sitting at a play,
Have by the very cunning of the scene
Been so struck to the soul that
They have proclaim’d their malefactions;
For murder, though it hath no tongue, speaks
With most miraculous organ, the play’s the thing
Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.”
Jack burnaby quoting William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare,
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” Act II Scene 2



He who loses a sixpence and his wife, loses a sixpence.”
Jack Burnaby quoting a saying from Scotland


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
PaladinAn arbiterRichard Boone43Credited
Jack Burnaby "Dr. Humbug"Puppeteer / Owner of Dr. Humbug's Articulated Marionettes in The Tragickal Comedy "Punch and Judy" showCrahan Denton46Credited
George "Pawnee" CroftPlains Cavalry general / Commander of Fort Pawnee / Hero of the Pawnee Creek Raid / Presidential candidateDenver Pyle40Credited
Maryanne CroftGeorge Croft's wifeNatalie Norwick37Credited
Plains Cavalry sergeantEdward (Ed) Faulkner28Credited
Young boyPeter Boone7Credited
HessieAdolescent girlUncredited




DiretorRichard Boone
Assistant DirectorGordon McLean
CreatorsHerb Meadow & Sam Rolfe
WriterShimon Wincelberg
Story EditorAlbert Ruben
Script SupervisorRichard Chaffee
ProducerFrank R. Pierson
Associate ProducerHoward Joslin
Director of PhotographyFrank (V.) Phillips
Art DirectorWalter E. Keller
Opening Theme Music ComposerBernard Hermann (Herrmann)

Episode Music byRene Garriguenc
ConductorLud Gluskin
"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 Mixer

Frederick (Fred) A. Kessler

Recording CompanyWestrex Recording System
Re-recording byJoel Moss
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

CastingStalmaster-Lister Company
Titles and OpticalsPacific Title
Richard Boone's Stunt Double
Hal Needham (Uncredited)
PuppetryWalker Edmiston
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

Daniel Boone
George Armstrong Custer
Andrew Jackson
George Washington


Geographic Reference

Fort Pawnee




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