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“Helen of Abajinian”


Season:             1 episode 16
Series Episode: 16
Air Date:           December 26, 1957



I rode out here to bring you back and that’s what I am going to do. Don’t reach for that weapon. Guns are my business.”


Employment Solicitation

Central Californian
Dancing Girl Missing
Simi Valley’s Armenian colony today sadly cancelled its annual wine festival. The reason – the festival’s principal dancer is reported to have eloped with a passing cowboy. Although the girl’s father, Samuel Abajinian has offered one thousand dollars for her return, local authorities point out that she is of age and they have no jurisdiction in the matter.






There’s a woman at the start of all great things.”
Paladin quoting Lamartine

“There is a woman at the beginning of all great things.”
Alphonse de Lamartine



Heaven’s best gift. The most delightful of God’s creatures.”
Paladin quoting Shelley


“Win her and wear her if you can. She is the most delightful of God’s creatures, Heaven’s best gift, man’s joy and pride in prosperity, man’s support and comforter in affliction.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley


We are indebted to women first for life itself and then for making it worth living.”


Next to God, we are indebted to women, first for life itself, and then for making it worth living.”
Mary McCloud Bethune



All men who avoid female society have gross tastes.”
Paladin quoting Thackeray


All men who avoid female society, have dull perceptions, and are stupid,
or who have gross tastes, and revolt against what is pure.”
William Makepeace Thackeray as quoted in The Ladies’ Repository, Volume 26, page 627


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
PaladinAn arbiterRichard Boone40Credited
Kim Chan "Hey Boy"Hotel Carlton porterKam Tong51Credited
Helen Abajinian
Lisa Gaye22Credited
Marga AbajinianNaomi Stevens31Credited
Samuel AbajinianHaroldJ. Stone44Credited
GourkenVladimir Sokoloff68Credited
Jimmy O'RileyWright King34Credited
JorgiNick Dennis53Credited
Elderly gentleman in Hotel CarltonMathew McCue62Uncredited
GypsyNick Borgani53Uncredited




Andrew V. McLaglen
Assistant DirectorHoward Joslin
CreatorsHerb Meadow & Sam Rolfe
Gene Roddenberry
Script SupervisorRichard Chaffee
ProducerJulian Claman
Production ManagerGlenn Cook
Director of PhotographyWilliam Margulies
Art DirectorJames W. Sullivan
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 EditorMIchael Luciano, A.C.E.

Optical EffectsJack Rabin & Louis DeWitt
Sound EditorRoderick Sound, Inc.
Property MasterMike Gordon
Makeup ArtistWilliam Wood (Woods)

Hair Stylist
Madine Danks

WardrobeJoseph Dimmitt

Set DecoratorRaymond Boltz, Jr.

CastingLynn Stalmaster and Associates
Richard Boone's Stunt Double
Hal Needham (Uncredited)
Production CompaniesA CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) Television Network Production, Filmaster Productions

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



The Writers Guild of America (WGA), USA awarded Gene Roddenberry was awarded “Best Teleplay” by the Screen Writer’s Guild for this episode.


Filming Location

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



Geographic References

Fresno, California, United States of America
Kotayk Lake, Armenia
Mount Ararat, Turkey
San Francisco, California, United States of America
Sonoma Valley, California, United States of America


Gastronomic References

Dolma (Tolma)
Reshmi kebab (Silken kebabs)
Rice pilaf
Shish kebab



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