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“The Vigil


Season:             5 episode 1
Series Episode: 156
Air Date:          September 16, 1961



Start unpiling those rocks, Deke. And when you’ve uncovered the dead man there’d better be an arrow in his back, for your sake.”


Employment Solicitation

The Weekly Nugget
Goldfield, Nevada, Mourns Passing of Only Doctor Within 100 Miles.

Doctor desperately needed. Mine accident with 30 injured; some may be dying. Find us a doctor, not a nurse.”







“Only in bread cast upon the water and sometimes that comes back soggy.”
Adella Liggett

Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.”
Bible, Ecclesiastes 11:1 King James Version


Distrust yourself, sleep before you fight.
‘Tis not too late tomorrow to be brave.”


Distrust yourself, and sleep before you fight.
‘Tis not too late to morrow to be brave ;
If honour bids, to morrow kill or die.
But calm advice against a raging fit
Avails to little ; and it braves the power
Of all that ever taught in prose or song,
To take the fiend, that sleeps a gentle lamb,
And wakes a lion. Unprovok’d and calm,
You reason well ; see as you ought to see,’
And wonder at the madness of mankind :
Seiz’d with the common rage, you soon forget
The speculations of your wise hours.
Beset with furies of all deadly shapes,
Fierce and insidious, violent and slow ;
With all that urge or lure us on to fate ;
What refuge shall we seek ? what arms prepare ?
Where reason proves tloo weak, or void of wiles
To cope with subtle or impetuous powers,
I would invoke new passions to your aid ;
With indignation would extinguish fear ;
With fear, or generous pity, vanquish rage ;
And love with pride ; and force to force oppose.”
John Armstrong, M.D. “The Art of Preseving Health” Book IV The Passions, 1744



Is that your idea of ‘those who live by the sword’?
Adella Liggett

“Live by the sword, die by the sword”


Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place:
for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.”
Bible, Matthew 25;52 King James Version



Evil to him what evil thinks”

Honi soit qui mal y pense”
“May he be shamed who thinks badly of it.”
“Shame be to him who thinks evil of it.”
Evil (or shame) be to him that evil thinks”
“Shame on anyone who thinks ill of it.”
Anglo-Norman maxim



‘Tis not to late tomorrow to be brave”

See above
John Armstrong, M.D. “The Art of Preseving Health” Book IV The Passions, 1744


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
PaladinAn arbiterRichard Boone44Credited
Kim Chan "Hey Boy"Hotel Carlton porterKam Tong54Credited
Adella ForsytheMary Fickett33Credited
ReamerDan StaffordCredited
DekeGeorge Kennedy36Credited
Hotel Carlton desk clerkTony Reagan (Regan)53Uncredited
Hotel guestHerschel Graham57Uncredited
Hotel guestHans Moebus58Uncredited
Hotel guestWilliam (H.) O'Brien89Uncredited
Hotel guestTerry Terrill38Uncredited
Poker playerGeorge Ford56Uncredited
Paladin's inamorataUncredited




DirectorAndrew V. McLaglen
Assistant DirectorGary Nelson
CreatorsHerb Meadow & Sam Rolfe
WriterShimon Wincelberg

Story EditorAlbert Ruben
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
Production SupervisorDewey Starkey
Film EditorEverett Sutherland
Sound Mixer

Frederick (Fred) A. Kessler

Recording CompanyWestrex Recording System
Property MasterArthur Friedrich
Makeup Artist
Donald (W.) Roberson
WardrobeJoseph Dimmitt

Set DecoratorFay Babcock

CastingPeggy Rae
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


Exterior scenes
Bend, Oregon, United States of America


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


Geographic References

Arkansas, United States of America
Goldfield, Nevada, United States of America
San Francisco, California, United States of America



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