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“The Fatalist”


Season:             4 episode 1
Series Episode: 118
Air Date:          September 10, 1960



Smollet, where this man comes from your town would seem like a peaceful paradise. Now leave him alone, or take your chances with me.


Employment Solicitation

Personal request by Rivka Shotness, in part based upon her remarking that Paladin’s name, in the Holy Tongue, translates as “Pala” – Wonder and “Din” – Judgement






Pray for the welfare of the authorities. If not for the fear thereof, men would swallow each other alive.”
Nathan Shotness quoting the Mishnas


“Rabbi Chanina the deputy High Priest said,
‘Pray for the welfare of the government,
for without the fear of it,
man would swallow his fellow alive.”
Pirkei Avot, Ethics of the Fathers 3:2
as translated by My Jewish Learning


Where there is no law, there is no bread.”
Paladin quoting the Mishna


Where there is no bread, there is no law.”
Nathan Shotness quoting the Mishna


Rabbi Elazar ben Azaryah used to say: Where there is no Torah there is no culture; and where there is no culture there is no Torah. Where there is no wisdom there is no fear of God, and where there is no fear of God there is no wisdom. Where there is no knowledge there is no discernment; and where there is no discernment there is no knowledge. Where there is no food there is no Torah; and where there is no Torah there is no food.”
Pirkei Avot- Ethics of the Fathers
Chapter 3 as translated by My Jewish Learning


Where there’s no law, there’s no bread.”
Benjamin Franklin


“Don’t rely on miracles alone. Say a couple prayers, also.”
Nathan Shotness quoting his father


If everyone pulled in the same direction, the world would tip over.
Nathan Shotness



The hands are the hands of Essau, but the voice is the voice of Jacob.”


“And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father;
and he felt him, and said, ‘The voice is Jacob’s voice,
but the hands are the hands of Esau.”

Bible, Genesis 27:22 King James Version



Now if the rich could only hire people to die for them, the poor would make a nice living.”
Nathan Shotness


The good die young that they may not be corrupted.
And the wicked live on so that they may have a chance to repent.”

Paladin quoting the Zorah


The good die young that they may not degenerate;
the wicked live on that they may have a chance to repent,
or to produce a virtuous progeny.”
Tohar, Genesis 56b


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
PaladinAn arbiterRichard Boone43Credited
Kim Chan "Hey Boy"Hotel Carlton porterKam Tong53Credited
Violet NasbyPaladin's innamorata in the dining roomRegina Gleason31Credited
OldfieldJohn Close39Credited
Nathan ShotnessWitness / Official W. S. Mail Carrier Freight & Express Books Hardware Yard GoodsMartin Gabel48Credited
Rivka ShotnessNathan Shotness' daughterRoxane Berard27Credited
SmollettBilly Buckstone gang member
Robert Blake26Credited
Messenger for SmollettLee SandsCredited
Bettor at the couthouseHal Needham29Uncredited
HorsemanEmile Avery52Uncredited
Stage line clerkUncredited
TownsmanDuke Fishman54Uncredited
Billy BuckstoneLeader of a gang of outlaws / Accused murdererMentioned




DirectorBuzz Kulik
Assistant DirectorGordon McLean
CreatorsHerb Meadow & Sam Rolfe
WriterShimon Wincelberg

Script SupervisorRichard Chaffee
ProducerFrank R. Pierson
Associate ProducerHoward Joslin
Director of PhotographyFrank (V.) Phillips
Art DirectorWalter E. Keller
Opening Theme Music ComposerBernard Hermann (Herrmann)

Episode Music byJerry Goldsmith

"Ballad of Paladin" SingerJohnny Western
"Ballad of Paladin" written by Johnny Western, Richard Boone, Sam Rolfe
Music EditorGene Feldman
Production SupervisorDewey Starkey
Film EditorSamuel (Sam) Gold
Production Sound Mixer

John Muchmore
Recording CompanyWestrex Recording System
Re-recording byCharles Grenzbach
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
Recording Company'Westrex Recording System




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 References

Christopher Columbus


Geographic References

Calabasas, California, Unted States of America
San Francisco, California, United States of America


Gastronomic Delights

Roast Beef



The Bragging Song”



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