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“The Taffeta Mayor”



Season:             2 episode 17
Series Episode: 56
Air Date:          January 10, 1959



As far as I’m concerned this town deserves what it’s getting. But Kellaway paid me to do a job and that’s what I intend to do. With your help if you’ll give it, alone if I must.”


Employment Solicitation

Colton, Wyoming – Up for re-election as Mayor of Colton, Ben Trask has been accused of merely being a figurehead, controlled by Arnold Oaklin. The only oppposing candidate, John Kellaway, has promised to prove this charge in his final campaign meeting at Town Hall later this week.


Personal telegram sent to Colton,Wyoming by Arnold Oaklin:
Return immediately. Stop Kell.



Paladin was “Paid in advance.”


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
PaladinAn arbiterRichard Boone41Credited
Kim Chan "Hey Boy"Hotel Carlton porterKam Tong52Credited
BaileyColton townsmanTom Steele40Credited
Lucy KellawayJohn Kellawya's widowNorma Crane30Credited
Clay MorrowColton townsmanRobert Karnes41Credited
Harriet MorrowClay Morrow's wifeJeanne Bates40Credited
Arnold OaklinColton businessmanEdward Platt42Credited
Ben TraskMayor of Colton, Wyoming TerrioryBobby HallCredited
Colton townsman
Paul Hahn39Credited
Colton townsmanWilliam Shaw40Credited
Colton townsmanEmile Avery50Mentioned
Colton townsmanRobert Robinson55Mentioned
John KellawayMayor candidate
Colton sheriffMentioned
Hotel Carlton accounting departmentMentioned




Andrew V. McLaglen
Assistant DirectorHoward Joslin

CreatorsHerb Meadow & Sam Rolfe
WriterAlbert Aley
Script SupervisorRichard Chaffee
Story EditorDon Ingalls
ProducerSam Rolfe
Production ManagerGlenn Cook
Director of PhotographyStuart Thompson, A.S.C.
Opening Theme Music ComposerBernard Hermann (Herrmann)

"Ballad of Paladin" SingerJohnny Western
"Ballad of Paladin" written by Johnny Western, Richard Boone, Sam Rolfe
Supervising EditorFred W. Berger, A.C.E.
Film EditorSamuel (Sam) Gold
Optical EffectsJack Rabin & Louis DeWitt
Sound EditorRoderick Sound, Inc.
Property MasterMike Gordon
Makeup Artist
Donald (W.) Roberson
Hair Stylist
Madine Danks, C.H.S.
WardrobeJoseph Dimmitt

Set DecoratorRaymond Boltz, Jr.

Set DesignPaul Sylos, Jr.
CastingStalmaster-Lister Company
Richard Boone's Stunt Double
Hal Needham
Production CompaniesA CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) Television Network Production, Filmaster Productions

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




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 Reference

Women’s right to vote in Wyoming Territory


Geographic References

Colton, Wyoming
San Francisco, California, Unted States of America



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