Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)
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The Man Who Lost 

Not Rated | | Western | Episode aired 25 April 1959
Palidin is hired by Joe Gage to bring in Ben Coey for the murder of Mrs. Bryson's husband -- $500 Dead or $1000 Alive. Everyone tells him to just collect the $500. But Ben says he didn't do... See full summary »


Ida Lupino


Harry Julian Fink, Herb Meadow (created by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Boone ... Paladin
Mort Mills ... Ben Coey
Jack Elam ... Joe Gage
Rodolfo Acosta ... John Wildhorse
Ed Nelson ... Will Gage
Pat Silver Pat Silver ... Mrs. James Bryson (as Barbara Hayden)
Karen Welch Karen Welch ... Crokay (as Jovon Monteil)
Marilyn Hanold ... Woman at Hotel Carlton


Palidin is hired by Joe Gage to bring in Ben Coey for the murder of Mrs. Bryson's husband -- $500 Dead or $1000 Alive. Everyone tells him to just collect the $500. But Ben says he didn't do it and the only witness is Mrs. Bryson who he says he never met. Written by DrDOS

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Release Date:

25 April 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name of the newspaper Paladin reads in the opening scene is not named, but in the masthead above the headlines on the first page is the paper's motto "The People's Voice". It also says a subscription only costs "$3 a year". See more »

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Sure Gets Dusty on the Trail
9 February 2010 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Good episode with a couple of twists. Paladin and Indian tracker (Acosta) capture wanted fugitive Coey (Mills). Question is whether Paladin can deliver Coey for trial before his employer (Elam) kills Coey for killing his brother. And complicating matters-- Coey claims persuasively that he's innocent.

Weather was always a neglected factor in these 50's Western series, probably because of budget constraints. Here, the wind adds atmosphere even if the sets are rather cheesy. Nice to see the familiar Rodolfo Acosta getting a sympathetic, speaking part after all those hostile Indian roles. Also, see if you agree—I always thought no one else on the screen looked like the distinctively homely Boone, but, by golly, I think Mort Mills does! Speaking of unusual looks, what a fine actor Jack Elam was. Here he's in a straight part, and from it, you'd never guess he was so good at comedy, e.g. Support Your Local Sheriff (1969).

In passing—note that opening encounter between Paladin and the jilted lady. It almost plays like a parody. Boone seldom came so close to breaking character. Could be the set-up was director Ida Lupino's idea. It's notable that she may be the only woman to direct a Western series in this pre-feminist era, and a smoothly directed effort this one is.

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