After posting about The Rifleman twice this month, I promised one of my loyal subscribers that I’d also do one for Have Gun Will Travel, starring Richard Boone as gunslinger-for-hire Paladin. It is cheating, since this episode guest stars Johnny Crawford from The Rifleman, and he’s the focus of the screencaps I made. Still, it’s a interesting Christmas episode called The Hanging Cross, written by Gene Roddenberry, and it’s available on DVD (season 1, disc 3).
Paladin helps a bitter father communicate with his young son who was abducted by Indians years before, and he helps to keep peace between the father and the tribe of Pawnees who consider the boy their own. All this and Christmas, too!