Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)
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The Piano 

The famous pianist, Franz Lister, has been hired to give a concert. However, his much beloved piano has been kidnapped. For $1000 Paladin must recover it or pay a $20,000 ransom instead.


Richard Donner


Barry Trivers, Frank Pierson (based on an idea by) (as Frank R. Pierson) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Richard Boone ... Paladin
Keith Andes ... Franz Lister
Antoinette Bower ... Sybil Lansing
Gertrude Flynn ... Mona Lansing
Arny Freeman Arny Freeman ... Freddie - Lister's Manager
Richard Reeves ... Jerris
Chuck Couch Chuck Couch ... Riggs
Erin Leigh Erin Leigh ... Girl
Kam Tong ... Hey Boy


The famous pianist, Franz Lister, has been hired to give a concert. However, his much beloved piano has been kidnapped. For $1000 Paladin must recover it or pay a $20,000 ransom instead.

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Release Date:

11 November 1961 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character name, "Franz Lister", is a slight variation of the name of the famed 19th century Hungarian composer, Franz Liszt. Both the character and composer specialized in the piano. See more »


Sybil Lansing: I'm Sybil Lansing. My mother is Mrs. Bosley Lansing.
Paladin: Oh, the woman, who at one time operated the most elaborate uh
[hesitates and looks at Hey Boy for help]
Paladin: *saloon* in the Oklahoma Territory.
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A Night At The Concert Hall
26 January 2016 | by cougarannieSee all my reviews

Mix a nouveau-riche former saloon keeper anxious to be recognized as a Patron of the Arts, an internationally-famed maestro more temperamental than any Milanese Diva, a harried manager perpetually on the verge of nervous collapse, -- then add in a stolen concert Piano, and watch the fun!

And it's not just any Piano: it was given to Franz Lister when, at the age of seven, he impressed the King of Austria with his musical virtuosity. Franz Lister will not stoop to ransoming his cherished instrument --he insist on "taking" it back, as any man worthy of the name would "take back" a deeply-loved woman abducted by ruffians.

Using some highly unorthodox "recruiting methods", Paladin assembles a quartet of tavern-crawlers to accompany him, along with Herr Lister and his entourage, as they search for Lister's stolen instrument. (And there's one lovely member of that entourage whose feelings towards Lister's precious piano can hardly be described as "afffectionate"!)

The piano is located, the ransom presented, but once again Lister's impetuousness puts everything --and everyone in peril!

The great Victor Borge, whose mastery of the classical piano never compromised his gift for making audiences laugh, said "There is more logic in humour than in anything else. Because, you see, humour is truth." This episode salutes his wisdom.

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