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“The Wager”



Season:             2 episode 16
Series Episode: 55
Air Date:          January 3, 1959



After a couple of days when you two really get thirsty, don’t look back to find me. Look up; above you. The buzzards will tell you how near the end is.”


Employment Solicitation

Verbal request by Sid Morgan






There’s a legend that when the world began there were 13 gods. Only 12 of them were acquainted with one another. So to learn the stranger’s identity, they invited him to a banquet. And to their everlasting sorrow he came. The thirteenth god was Death.”


Norse mythology reveals the origin of how bad luck is associated with the number 13.
Twelve Norse gods gathered for dinner in Valhalla. They did not invite the 13
th god,
a mischievious trickster called Loki. Loki took it upon himself to attend the dinner anyway.
One of the entertainments of the evening was for the gods to throw weapons at Baldr,
whose mother, Frigg, had made everything on earth, save one, vow not to harm Baldr.
The weapons simply bounced off him without causing harm. Loki proceeded to arrange for Hoor,
the god of darkness (who happened to be blind) , to shoot Baldr (“the white”, “the shining one”),
with a mistletoe-tipped arrow, the one thing on earth that had not taken the vow.
Boldar died and the earth, mourning her loss, was thrown into darkness.
Thus, the number 13 became associated with evil.
Norse mythology


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
PaladinAn arbiterRichard Boone41Credited
Kim Chan "Hey Boy"Hotel Carlton porterKam Tong52Credited
Howard GormanGunfighterSteve Gravers36Credited
Sid MorganBusinessmanDenver Pyle38Credited
Stacy NealSid Morgan's fianceeJacqueline Scott27Credited
ShawcrossSid Morgan's business bartner a.k.a. Danbury's agentKen Lynch48Credited
Rough N Ready Palace Hotel bartender
Bob Hopkins40Credited
Rough N Ready Palace Hotel desk clerk
William (Bill) Erwin44Credited
Horned Toaded ToadUncredited




Andrew V. McLaglen
Assistant DirectorHoward Joslin

CreatorsHerb Meadow & Sam Rolfe
WritersDenis Sanders & Terry Sanders
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 EditorHarry Coswick, A.C.E.
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


Dry lake bed scenes
Owens Lake, California, United States of America


Early outdoor scenes
Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, United States of America


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


Geographic References

Rough N Ready, California, United States of America
San Francisco, California, United States of America

Silver City, California, United States of America


Gastronomic Delights



Have Gun – Will Travel episodes (written, spoken and credits). Internet Movie Database (IMDb), authors (cited), philosophers (cited), poets (cited) and individual observation.


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