Netflix "Have Gun – Will Travel"

One of my favorite things is Netflix Watch Instantly. Yes I’m easily amused. It’s a kind of strange admiration for me. I feel that of all the things I was lied to about what the future would be like, Netflix came through. Every time I use the service I have to chuckle a little. I’m sure you’ve heard of it, but if you haven’t Netflix offers on demand streaming movies and television shows to pretty much any device with an internet connection. You can get a free 1 month trial here.

A really great feature of this service is that they add tons of old movies and TV shows that you might have heard of, or meant to watch, but never really wanted to rent or buy the DVDs. Sometimes they add a really great one, like this month they added Have Gun – Will Travel. The show spans 225 half hour episodes starring Richard Boone as Paladin, the coolest, cleverest gunfighter you ever met. Paladin is so calm and confident he makes Clint Eastwood’s “man with no name” seem twitchy by comparison. I had seen a few episodes, and was impressed, but I’m too young to have watched it on TV and it really was never in syndication. Thanks to Netflix, this is an excellent opportunity to see the rest of this great series. If you want a little drama in your day check out one of the show’s openings. Intense eh? Each show opens that way, with a poignant piece of dialogue. The episodes are well written, some even by Gene Roddenberry and star a variety of actors you might recognize before they were famous. I spotted a very young Roscoe P. Coltrane of Dukes of Hazzard fame the other day. The characters vary from episode to episode except Paladin and Hey-boy the bell-hop at the hotel. Paladin’s gun, a SAA Colt Cavalry 7.5 inch model chambered in 44-40 plays prominently, as you can see from the opening, even though he only used it when his cleverness couldn’t get him out of a jam. One of the other great things about this series is that unlike a lot of old TV shows Have Gun – Will Travel was shot on location. Very few sets and soundstages were used and you can get a great sense of the wide open west watching the show.

I love westerns and my liking the show wasn’t a stretch, but Laura who only kinda likes westerns joined me for a few episodes I was watching and really likes it too. Do yourself a favor and check it out. Not only for the western theme, but to see quality television, the way it used to be

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