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Have Gun, Will Travel (HGWT)

The most popular genres of early TV were Westerns and Private Eye shows, Have Gun – Will Travel managed to combine them flawlessly. These classic western stories revolved around gun-for-hire with principles, Paladin. Played on the radio by John Dehner, Paladin preferred to try to work out problems without violence if possible; he worked for people who he felt were wronged and could pay.

Have Gun Will Travel

69 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 27 hours, 33 min)
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Western Adventure (1958 - 1960)

"If the girl who's being held prisoner
has been harmed in any way, I'll flip a
coin to see which one of you I gun down first."

John Dehner

Cowboys and Western stories did not have the same impact on the Radio as they did in Hollywood Movies. Several factors made Westerns a staple of the Movies, chiefly that they were relatively cheap to make and audiences were sure to enjoy the action-packed stories and beautiful southwestern landscapes. On the Radio, Westerns were largely relegated to Kiddie Programming with shows like The Lone Ranger, Bobby Benson and the B-Bar-B Riders, Straight Arrow, Red Ryder, and others.

The first "grown-up Western" on the Radio was CBS's Gunsmoke, a much grittier and realistic telling of the Old West. Arguably one of the greatest programs of the OTR era, at the time the Network was desperate to find material for its growing TV presence. Despite the objections of the show's creators, CBS was sure Gunsmoke would be a hit on the Small Screen. Both sides were correct, and soon CBS was looking for more shows to complement their Western TV hit.

The most popular genres were Westerns (for largely the same reasons they were such a B-Movie staple) and Private Eye shows, another carry-over from Radio. Writers Sam Rolfe and Herb Meadow hit upon the idea of combining the two and came up with Have Gun – Will Travel. Earning the Saturday 9:30 pm time slot, just ahead of Gunsmoke, Have Gun – Will Travel soon earned a reputation as "the Thinking Man's Western" and would be one of the few shows to transition from TV to Radio rather than the other way.

Richard Boone starred in the TV version and was integral to the show's success. However, when CBS Radio floated the idea of bringing Have Gun – Will Travel to the radio, the part of Paladin was given to Radio Western regular, John Dehner. Paladin came from a wealthy family "back East" and had served as an officer in the Union Cavalry. After the Civil War, he made his way West, eventually settling into permanent residence at San Francisco's Carleton Hotel. Compared to other fictional Western Heroes, Paladin was very much a "dude" at home, he wore the finest clothes, supported the arts, spoke several languages, was president of the San Francisco Stock Exchange Club, was an expert chess (and poker) player, and always had an eye out for pretty ladies. When Paladin changed into his work clothes, any impressions of a "dude" fell away immediately.

The costume change was more visually effective in the visual medium of TV, of course. According to network mythology, when Richard Boone did his screen-test for the role, the only costume that fit him was the all-black gunslinger ensemble, which simply worked for the character. Dehner was more of a "dude" on the radio, and even more ruthless in the lawless lands that his job took him.

John DehnerLike the Knights of old and radio's Hard-boiled detectives, Paladin had a very strict code of personal honor. Presenting himself as a mercenary (his standard fee was $1,000 in 1870s money), he would not hesitate to take a "charity case" if he ran across a just cause. Paladin made it a point to inform his clients that he was not an assassin and preferred to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence (although it rarely went that way). He could more than hold his own in fisticuffs, and was absolutely deadly with the Marlin Rifle tied to his saddle and the Colt .45 Single Action Army revolver strapped to his hip.

Fans will debate endlessly whether the TV or Radio version of the show was better. There were 106 episodes made between 1958 and 1960, making it one of the last dramas with recurring characters of the OTR era. Most of the scripts were adapted for radio from TV, occasionally the same story would be presented in the same week on both mediums, although several original stories were created for the radio, including a series finale where Paladin inherits a fortune and moves back East. The TV program ran from 1957 through 1963 and had 225 episodes.

For more great Western Adventure, see also Frontier Gentleman, Six Shooter, and Gunsmoke.

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    The TV version of "Have Gun Will Travel" is my favorite Western, and the radio version is also fantastic. I love John Dehner's voice. Even though the radio version of the show is simplified versions of the TV show, it still carries the same brilliance and impact. I highly recommend this radio show.

    Albert Verified Purchase

    John Dehner was a terrific actor and although I think Frontier Gentleman was his best series (you can't beat the writing on that one), Have Gun Will Travel is so good I even went out and bought the TV series!

    Candace Verified Purchase

    Even though these radio broadcasts are not voiced by Richard Boone of the TV shows, John Dehner's voice is excellent. You've probably seen John in various TV mysteries such as "Murder She Wrote" and "Columbo." These broadcasts are clear and provides us a comfortable half-hour of Western adventure. Paladin, the "Have Gun Will Travel" business card guy is an educated hero--and practically never draws his gun or shoots anyone. These are just good stories, usually solved by intelligence and dialog instead of flying lead. Well-formed beginnings, middles, and ends to each story--amazing for 30 minutes. Look for the episodes written by Gene Roddenberry before he went to the stars. An inside joke: Paladin's business card says: "Have Gun Will Travel -- Wire Paladin -- San Francisco." This produced the invalid humerous claim that Paladin's first name was "Wire."

    Edwin Verified Purchase

    Having watched the "Have Gun, Will Travel" TV show, Richard Boone will always be my definitive "Paladin" because of his voice. But I have purchased the entire "HGWT" radio series from OTRcat.com, and John Dehner is TERRIFIC! in that role as well! (The Deciding Vote: The radio shows always have to be MUCH Better Written, because there is only the Audio Component (dialog, sound effects, etc.) with NO visual cues, as the TV shows exhibit...)

    David

    HGWT = A great show, whether on radio (with John Dehner) or on TV (with Richard Boone). But I have to think that the radio version was actually better - mainly because of better writing: radio had no visual cues, so every scene had to be described in utterly realistic detail to the audience, while TV could rely upon the visual format for important storytelling details...

    Dave

    Have Gun Will Travel was my favorite television series. Then when I heard the radio series years later, I loved it as well.

    Cynthia Verified Purchase

    Wasn't that one of the only programs to originate on TV and then transition to radio?

    Dave Verified Purchase

    Yes it was. Allegedly, John Dehner was selected for the television version but had to opt out.

    John

    the best

    Frank Verified Purchase

    Outstanding!

    Mike Verified Purchase

    A really good series, with some excellent stories. John Dehner, as always, is wonderful, as is Ben Wright as Hey Boy. Those two actors often featured together in programmes in other series - their acting styles certainly complemented each other.

    Frances Verified Purchase

    I'm a big fan of lead actor, John Dehner (also Frontier Gentleman, and myriad roles in e g Gunsmoke, plus appearance in tv greatest western series The Virginian).

    Robert Verified Purchase

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    69 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00. Total playtime 27 hours, 33 min
    69 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 27 hours, 33 min
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    Volume 1 - 14 shows - total playtime 5 hours 29 minutes
    MP3 CD
    Volume 1: 5.00
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    1. HGWT 590104 e007 Helen Abjinian.mp3
    2. HGWT 590111 e008 The Englishman.mp3
    3. HGWT 590201 e011 A Matter of Ethics.mp3
    4. HGWT 590208 e012 Killer's Widow.mp3
    5. HGWT 590329 e019 Sense of Justice.mp3
    6. HGWT 590419 e022 Birds of a Feather.mp3
    7. HGWT 590726 e036 The Wager.mp3
    8. HGWT 590809 e038 Finn Alley.mp3
    9. HGWT 590816 e039 The Lady.mp3
    10. HGWT 590830 e041 Love Birds.mp3
    11. HGWT 590920 e044 Stardust.mp3
    12. HGWT 591011 e047 Stopover in Tombstone.mp3
    13. HGWT 591018 e048 Brothers Lost.mp3
    14. HGWT 591108 e051 Assignment in Stone's Crossing.mp3
    Volume 2 - 55 shows - total playtime 22 hours 3 minutes
    MP3 CD
    Volume 2: 5.00
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    1. HGWT 591115 e052 Landfall.mp3
    2. HGWT 591122 e053 Fair Fugitive.mp3
    3. HGWT 591129 e054 Bitter Vengeance.mp3
    4. HGWT 591206 e055 anything i want (incomplete).mp3
    5. HGWT 591213 e056 Out of Evil.mp3
    6. HGWT 591220 e057 Ranch Carnival.mp3
    7. HGWT 591227 e058 About Face.mp3
    8. HGWT 600103 e059 Return Engagement.mp3
    9. HGWT 600110 e060 The Lonely One.mp3
    10. HGWT 600117 e061 French Leave.mp3
    11. HGWT 600124 e062 Nataehon.mp3
    12. HGWT 600131 e063 Bad Bert.mp3
    13. HGWT 600207 e064 The Boss.mp3
    14. HGWT 600214 e065 Bring 'Em Back Alive.mp3
    15. HGWT 600221 e066 That Was No Lady.mp3
    16. HGWT 600228 e067 Doll House in Diamond Springs.mp3
    17. HGWT 600306 e068 Somebody Out There Hates Me.mp3
    18. HGWT 600313 e069 Montana Vendetta.mp3
    19. HGWT 600320 e070 Caesar's Wife.mp3
    20. HGWT 600327 e071 They Told Me You Were Dead.mp3
    21. HGWT 600403 e072 Shanghai is a Verb.mp3
    22. HGWT 600410 e073 So True, Mr Barnum.mp3
    23. HGWT 600417 e074 Prunella's Fellow.mp3
    24. HGWT 600424 e075 Irish Luck.mp3
    25. HGWT 600501 e076 Dressed to Kill.mp3
    26. HGWT 600508 e077 Pat Murphy.mp3
    27. HGWT 600515 e078 Lena Countryman.mp3
    28. HGWT 600522 e079 The Lucky Penny Mine.mp3
    29. HGWT 600529 e080 Dusty and His Uncle Muncie.mp3
    30. HGWT 600605 e081 Apache Concerto.mp3
    31. HGWT 600612 e082 The Search for Willie Dawson.mp3
    32. HGWT 600619 e083 Too, Too Solid Town.mp3
    33. HGWT 600626 e084 Doctor from Vienna.mp3
    34. HGWT 600703 e085 Dad Blamed Luck.mp3
    35. HGWT 600710 e086 Five Days to Yuma.mp3
    36. HGWT 600717 e087 Little Guns.mp3
    37. HGWT 600724 e088 Delta Queen.mp3
    38. HGWT 600731 e089 My Son Must Die.mp3
    39. HGWT 600807 e090 Viva.mp3
    40. HGWT 600814 e091 Extended Viva.mp3
    41. HGWT 600821 e092 The Warrent.mp3
    42. HGWT 600828 e093 For the Birds.mp3
    43. HGWT 600904 e094 Eat Crow.mp3
    44. HGWT 600911 e095 Dead Line.mp3
    45. HGWT 600918 e096 Nellie Watson's Son.mp3
    46. HGWT 600925 e097 Bringing Up Ollie.mp3
    47. HGWT 601002 e098 Telinka.mp3
    48. HGWT 601009 e099 Sam Crow.mp3
    49. HGWT 601016 e100 Stardust.mp3
    50. HGWT 601023 e101 Hell Knows No Fury.mp3
    51. HGWT 601030 e102 Oil.mp3
    52. HGWT 601106 e103 The Odds.mp3
    53. HGWT 601113 e104 The Map.mp3
    54. HGWT 601120 e105 Martha Nell.mp3
    55. HGWT 601127 e106 From Here to Boston.mp3
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    69 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00. Total playtime 27 hours, 33 min
    69 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 27 hours, 33 min
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    Volume 1 - 14 shows - total playtime 5 hours 29 minutes
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    1. HGWT 590104 e007 Helen Abjinian.mp3
    2. HGWT 590111 e008 The Englishman.mp3
    3. HGWT 590201 e011 A Matter of Ethics.mp3
    4. HGWT 590208 e012 Killer's Widow.mp3
    5. HGWT 590329 e019 Sense of Justice.mp3
    6. HGWT 590419 e022 Birds of a Feather.mp3
    7. HGWT 590726 e036 The Wager.mp3
    8. HGWT 590809 e038 Finn Alley.mp3
    9. HGWT 590816 e039 The Lady.mp3
    10. HGWT 590830 e041 Love Birds.mp3
    11. HGWT 590920 e044 Stardust.mp3
    12. HGWT 591011 e047 Stopover in Tombstone.mp3
    13. HGWT 591018 e048 Brothers Lost.mp3
    14. HGWT 591108 e051 Assignment in Stone's Crossing.mp3
    Volume 2 - 55 shows - total playtime 22 hours 3 minutes
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    1. HGWT 591115 e052 Landfall.mp3
    2. HGWT 591122 e053 Fair Fugitive.mp3
    3. HGWT 591129 e054 Bitter Vengeance.mp3
    4. HGWT 591206 e055 anything i want (incomplete).mp3
    5. HGWT 591213 e056 Out of Evil.mp3
    6. HGWT 591220 e057 Ranch Carnival.mp3
    7. HGWT 591227 e058 About Face.mp3
    8. HGWT 600103 e059 Return Engagement.mp3
    9. HGWT 600110 e060 The Lonely One.mp3
    10. HGWT 600117 e061 French Leave.mp3
    11. HGWT 600124 e062 Nataehon.mp3
    12. HGWT 600131 e063 Bad Bert.mp3
    13. HGWT 600207 e064 The Boss.mp3
    14. HGWT 600214 e065 Bring 'Em Back Alive.mp3
    15. HGWT 600221 e066 That Was No Lady.mp3
    16. HGWT 600228 e067 Doll House in Diamond Springs.mp3
    17. HGWT 600306 e068 Somebody Out There Hates Me.mp3
    18. HGWT 600313 e069 Montana Vendetta.mp3
    19. HGWT 600320 e070 Caesar's Wife.mp3
    20. HGWT 600327 e071 They Told Me You Were Dead.mp3
    21. HGWT 600403 e072 Shanghai is a Verb.mp3
    22. HGWT 600410 e073 So True, Mr Barnum.mp3
    23. HGWT 600417 e074 Prunella's Fellow.mp3
    24. HGWT 600424 e075 Irish Luck.mp3
    25. HGWT 600501 e076 Dressed to Kill.mp3
    26. HGWT 600508 e077 Pat Murphy.mp3
    27. HGWT 600515 e078 Lena Countryman.mp3
    28. HGWT 600522 e079 The Lucky Penny Mine.mp3
    29. HGWT 600529 e080 Dusty and His Uncle Muncie.mp3
    30. HGWT 600605 e081 Apache Concerto.mp3
    31. HGWT 600612 e082 The Search for Willie Dawson.mp3
    32. HGWT 600619 e083 Too, Too Solid Town.mp3
    33. HGWT 600626 e084 Doctor from Vienna.mp3
    34. HGWT 600703 e085 Dad Blamed Luck.mp3
    35. HGWT 600710 e086 Five Days to Yuma.mp3
    36. HGWT 600717 e087 Little Guns.mp3
    37. HGWT 600724 e088 Delta Queen.mp3
    38. HGWT 600731 e089 My Son Must Die.mp3
    39. HGWT 600807 e090 Viva.mp3
    40. HGWT 600814 e091 Extended Viva.mp3
    41. HGWT 600821 e092 The Warrent.mp3
    42. HGWT 600828 e093 For the Birds.mp3
    43. HGWT 600904 e094 Eat Crow.mp3
    44. HGWT 600911 e095 Dead Line.mp3
    45. HGWT 600918 e096 Nellie Watson's Son.mp3
    46. HGWT 600925 e097 Bringing Up Ollie.mp3
    47. HGWT 601002 e098 Telinka.mp3
    48. HGWT 601009 e099 Sam Crow.mp3
    49. HGWT 601016 e100 Stardust.mp3
    50. HGWT 601023 e101 Hell Knows No Fury.mp3
    51. HGWT 601030 e102 Oil.mp3
    52. HGWT 601106 e103 The Odds.mp3
    53. HGWT 601113 e104 The Map.mp3
    54. HGWT 601120 e105 Martha Nell.mp3
    55. HGWT 601127 e106 From Here to Boston.mp3
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    69 recordings on 33 Audio CDs. Total playtime 27 hours, 33 min
    69 recordings on 33 Audio CDs
    total playtime 27 hours, 33 min

    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A001

    1. HGWT 590104 e007 Helen Abjinian
    2. HGWT 590111 e008 The Englishman

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A002

    1. HGWT 590201 e011 A Matter of Ethics
    2. HGWT 590208 e012 Killer's Widow
    3. HGWT 590329 e019 Sense of Justice

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A003

    1. HGWT 590419 e022 Birds of a Feather
    2. HGWT 590726 e036 The Wager
    3. HGWT 590809 e038 Finn Alley

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A004

    1. HGWT 590816 e039 The Lady
    2. HGWT 590830 e041 Love Birds

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A005

    1. HGWT 590920 e044 Stardust
    2. HGWT 591011 e047 Stopover in Tombstone

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A006

    1. HGWT 591018 e048 Brothers Lost
    2. HGWT 591108 e051 Assignment in Stone's Crossing

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A007

    1. HGWT 591115 e052 Landfall
    2. HGWT 591122 e053 Fair Fugitive

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A008

    1. HGWT 591129 e054 Bitter Vengeance
    2. HGWT 591206 e055 anything i want (incomplete)
    3. HGWT 591213 e056 Out of Evil

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A009

    1. HGWT 591220 e057 Ranch Carnival
    2. HGWT 591227 e058 About Face

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A010

    1. HGWT 600103 e059 Return Engagement
    2. HGWT 600110 e060 The Lonely One

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A011

    1. HGWT 600117 e061 French Leave
    2. HGWT 600124 e062 Nataehon

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A012

    1. HGWT 600131 e063 Bad Bert
    2. HGWT 600207 e064 The Boss

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A013

    1. HGWT 600214 e065 Bring 'Em Back Alive
    2. HGWT 600221 e066 That Was No Lady

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A014

    1. HGWT 600228 e067 Doll House in Diamond Springs
    2. HGWT 600306 e068 Somebody Out There Hates Me

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A015

    1. HGWT 600313 e069 Montana Vendetta
    2. HGWT 600320 e070 Caesar's Wife

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A016

    1. HGWT 600327 e071 They Told Me You Were Dead
    2. HGWT 600403 e072 Shanghai is a Verb

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A017

    1. HGWT 600410 e073 So True, Mr Barnum
    2. HGWT 600417 e074 Prunella's Fellow

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A018

    1. HGWT 600424 e075 Irish Luck
    2. HGWT 600501 e076 Dressed to Kill

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A019

    1. HGWT 600508 e077 Pat Murphy
    2. HGWT 600515 e078 Lena Countryman

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A020

    1. HGWT 600522 e079 The Lucky Penny Mine
    2. HGWT 600529 e080 Dusty and His Uncle Muncie

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A021

    1. HGWT 600605 e081 Apache Concerto
    2. HGWT 600612 e082 The Search for Willie Dawson

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A022

    1. HGWT 600619 e083 Too, Too Solid Town
    2. HGWT 600626 e084 Doctor from Vienna

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A023

    1. HGWT 600703 e085 Dad Blamed Luck
    2. HGWT 600710 e086 Five Days to Yuma

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A024

    1. HGWT 600717 e087 Little Guns
    2. HGWT 600724 e088 Delta Queen

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A025

    1. HGWT 600731 e089 My Son Must Die
    2. HGWT 600807 e090 Viva

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A026

    1. HGWT 600814 e091 Extended Viva
    2. HGWT 600821 e092 The Warrent

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A027

    1. HGWT 600828 e093 For the Birds
    2. HGWT 600904 e094 Eat Crow

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A028

    1. HGWT 600911 e095 Dead Line
    2. HGWT 600918 e096 Nellie Watson's Son

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A029

    1. HGWT 600925 e097 Bringing Up Ollie
    2. HGWT 601002 e098 Telinka

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A030

    1. HGWT 601009 e099 Sam Crow
    2. HGWT 601016 e100 Stardust

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A031

    1. HGWT 601023 e101 Hell Knows No Fury
    2. HGWT 601030 e102 Oil

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A032

    1. HGWT 601106 e103 The Odds
    2. HGWT 601113 e104 The Map

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    Have Gun Will Travel Disc A033

    1. HGWT 601120 e105 Martha Nell
    2. HGWT 601127 e106 From Here to Boston

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