Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)
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Maggie O'Bannion 

Not Rated | | Western | Episode aired 4 April 1959
Paladin's bushwhacked by an arrogant ranch foreman, so he signs on as a cook in the ranch owner's house, to serve revenge up warm. The fact that the owner's a gorgeous dish figures in ... See full summary »


Andrew V. McLaglen


Gene Roddenberry, Herb Meadow (created by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Boone ... Paladin
Marion Marshall ... Margaret O'Bannion
Peggy Rea ... Cookie the Cook
Don Haggerty ... Cyrus - Foreman
Mickey Simpson ... Jake - Ranch Hand
George Cisar ... Matt Perk
John Close John Close ... Bushwhacker
Paul Sorensen Paul Sorensen ... Pete - Ranch Hand


Paladin's bushwhacked by an arrogant ranch foreman, so he signs on as a cook in the ranch owner's house, to serve revenge up warm. The fact that the owner's a gorgeous dish figures in Paladin's recipe, plus the BBW servant, Cookie warms up to Paladin quickly. Written by David Stevens

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4 April 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Paladin estimates the O'Bannion Ranch size at 20,000 acres. This would be approximately 31.25 square miles in size. See more »


Around the 19-minute mark, Paladin is having a romantic moment with character Maggie O'Bannion, as the false eyelash on her left eye begins to fall off! She manages to keep it on until the end of the scene, but just barely. See more »

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Gentleman, Scholar, Lover and Renaissance Man in the Wild West
14 June 2016 | by roycevenuterSee all my reviews

"Maggie O'Bannion" is another gem from the second season of the very dark Western Series called "Have Gun-Will Travel," which proceeded from 1857-1963. In this Episode, Paladin displays many of his most sophisticated sensitivities and aptitudes impressively. But the episode begins as many other episodes do, with the black knight being duped, ambushed, knocked unconscious and forcibly deprived of his possessions. Most of the dramatic action in this episode occurs in the kitchen and dining room of Maggie O'Bannion's ranch. Here, Paladin displays his skill in the kitchen, his artistry in the living room, and,in general, his versatile array of skills that mark him as a man's man and a lady's man par excellence. "Have Gun-Will Travel" deviated sharply from the other competing Western television shows of that time period, particularly in its audience, said to be around 60% female; and women playing roles were honored as leaders, as thinkers, as human beings who nether let society's impediments stop them nor detract from their success and happiness. This episode is no exception. "Have Gun-Will Travel" is also noteworthy for its stellar, state of the art cinematography, emulating many of the film noir techniques pioneered by such cinematic luminaries as Alfred Hitchcock. Like many of the highest quality stories, "Maggie O'Bannion" scarcely needs any allusion to guns to make it work. You can almost always detect the television programs with the highest qualities: Great actors and actresses are drawn to the lode stone of great story and great writing. This episode is one of 24 penned by Gene Roddenberry, who demonstrates here again, that simply because this episode might be classified as a Western, does not mean that it cannot be measured by the same standards as those applied to Guy de Maupassant, Chekhov or Bernard Shaw.

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