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“The Taxgatherer”


Season:             4 episode 22
Series Episode: 139
Air Date:          February 11, 1961



Mr. Cutter, I didn’t come here to collect your taxes. I came here to make you a proposition.


Employment Solicitation

Mayor offers one third of all monies collected.
Mayor Trevor, of the municipality of Bad Dog, in the state of Oregon, has offered to meet his city’s fiscal crisis by offering a share of tax money to any person who collects tax money from its citizens; a population who takes their priviledges lightly, while scorning the the idea of paying money that would only go for civic improvements, like roads, schools, or an efficient sheriff.



One half of all tax monies collected



Sharper than a serpant’s tooth”
Jess Turner

William Shakespeare, “King Lear” Act I Scene 4


Sin abounded in the temple of the law.”
Jess Turner


“Moreover the law entered, taht the offece might abound.  But where sin abounded, grace did much more abount.”
Bible, Romans 5:20 King James Version



Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
PaladinAn arbiterRichard Boone43Credited
Kim Li "Hey Girl"Hotel Carlton porterLisa Lu34Credited
Lewt CutterMost important rancher in the Bad Dog territoryRoy Barcroft58Credited
MortonStewart East47Credited
TrevorMayor of Bad DogRaymond Hatton73Credited
Ham TurnerOrphan taken in by Jess TurnerHal Needham30Credited
Jess TurnerHarry Carey, Jr.40Credited
AbeCutter ranch handJohn HopkinsCredited
JerryBob Woodward51Credited
Hotel Carlton desk clerkOlan Soule51Credited
Ben TurnerOrphan taken in by Jess TurnerUncredited
Sam TurnerOrphan taken in by Jess TurnerUncredited
JockeyU ncredited
DiegoCutter ranch hand
Hotel Carlton housemanRay Jones62Uncredited
CartersHide scroungersMentioned
EmersonsHide scroungerMentioned
Ed HallHide scroungerMentioned
SeaversHide scroungerMentioned
BertHide scroungerMentioned
3 tax collectorsMentioned




DirectorRichard Boone
Assistant DirectorGordon McLean
CreatorsHerb Meadow & Sam Rolfe
WriterRobert E. Thompson
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)

"Ballad of Paladin" SingerJohnny Western
"Ballad of Paladin" written by Johnny Western, Richard Boone, Sam Rolfe
Music EditorGene Feldman
Production SupervisorDewey Starkey
Film EditorEverett Sutherland
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 Co.
Titles and OpticalsPacific Title
Richard Boone's Stunt Double
Hal Needham (Uncredited)
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



Geographic References

Bad Dog, Oregon
San Francisco, California, United States of America



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