The Have Gun – Will Travel radio show broadcast 106 episodes between November 23, 1958, and November 22, 1960. It was one of the last radio dramas featuring continuing characters and the only significant American radio adaptation of a television series. John Dehner (a regular on the radio series version of Gunsmoke) played Paladin, and Ben Wright usually (but not always) played Hey Boy. Virginia Gregg played the role of Miss Wong, Hey Boy’s girlfriend, before the television series began featuring the character of Hey Girl.
Unlike the small-screen version, in this medium, there was usually a tag scene back at the Carlton at both the beginning and the end of the episode. Initially, the episodes were adaptations of the television program as broadcast earlier the same week, but eventually, original stories were produced, including a finale (“Goodbye, Paladin”) in which Paladin left San Francisco, apparently forever, to claim an inheritance back East. The radio version of the show was written by producer/writer Roy Winsor.
Have gun will travel ★★★★★ – Lots of memories listening to episodes. Brings me back to my childhood. Good listening.
Review of Paladin ★★★★★ – Just great; I remember the tv series but I’m not old enough to have heard the radio show. I find myself missing Richard Boone’s voice but otherwise , kudos.