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“Cream of the Jest”


Season:             5 episode 34
Series Episode: 189
Air Date:          May 5, 1962



Do you think there’s something disgraceful about a man backing down when he doesn’t have a chance? Stay and watch a man die, Nora, and learn something.”


Employment Solicitation

Request by Nora Musgrove and the following letter:

Dear Handsome Stranger,

I’ve been much taken by your manly demeanor at the little altercation this evening and since my husband will be away at the ranch overnight, I wonder if you will do me the honor of paying a visit to your admiring and anxioulsy awaiting

Nora Musgrove








A jest that gives no pain is no jest.”
Paladin quoting Cervantes

The name of Don Quixote’s present host was Don Antonio Moreno;
he was rich, sensible, and good-humoured; and being cheerfully disposed,
with such an inmate he soon began to consider how he might extract amusement

from his whimsical infirmity, but without offence to his guest; for the
jest that gives pain is no jest, nor is that lawful pastime which inflicts an injury.”
Miguel De Cervantes, The Ingenious Nobleman Mister Quixote of La Mancha, 1605, 1615, Chapter XCI


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
PaladinAn arbiterRichard Boone44Credited
Kim Chan "Hey Boy"Hotel Carlton porterKam Tong55Credited
Abner BlessingonGamblerJeff Davis28Credited
"Ma" KafkaOwner of Ma Kafka's Oyster House Saloon - Ales and SpiritsNaomi Stevens35Credited
Caleb MusgrovePrankster
Stanley Adams47Credited
Nora MusgroveCaleb Musgrove's wifeCatherine McLeod40Credited
Member of the jest audienceShawn MichaelsCredited
ArmorerPeter Brocco59Credited
Walter B. JonasPhysician / SurgeonRaymond Bailey57Uncredited
Member of the jest audience
"Snub" Pollard72Uncredited
Member of the jest audience
Jack Stoney64Uncredited
Member of the jest audience
Sid Troy54Uncredited
Member of the jest audience




DirectorRichard Donner
Assistant DirectorGary Nelson
CreatorsHerb Meadow & Sam Rolfe
WriterShimon Wincelberg
Script SupervisorRichard Chaffee
ProducerFrank R. Pierson
Associate ProducersHoward Joslin & Albert Ruben
Director of PhotographyFrank (V.) Phillips
Art DirectorRichard (Y.) Haman
Opening Theme MusicBernard Hermann (Herrmann)

"Ballad of Paladin" SingerJohnny Western
"Ballad of Paladin" written by Johnny Western, Richard Boone, Sam Rolfe
Film EditorFred Maguire
Sound Mixer

Frederick (Fred) A. Kessler

Recording CompanyWestrex Recording System
Re-recording byJoel Moss
Property MasterArthur Friedrich
Makeup Artist
Donald (W.) Roberson
WardrobeJoseph Dimmitt

Set DecoratorFay Babcock

CastingPeggy Rae
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



Historical Reference

Santa Clara pottery



Geographic References

Denver, Colorado Territory, United States of America
Rock of Gibraltar
San Francisco, California, United States of America
Santa Fe, New Mexico Territory, United States of America
Yonkers, New York, United States of America



Gastronomic Delights

Mrs. Kafka’s Stuffed Cabbage



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