HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL

It was either late 1957 or early 1958 when we got a call from my aunt who worked at Allied Artists, telling us that Have Gun Will Travel would be shooting on the AA back lot Western Street the next day, and if we wanted to drive into Hollywood, my aunt would arrange for us to visit the set. Well, guess what, the next day, my mother allowed me to skip school, and we drove to the AA studios, arriving just as the HGWT cast and crew were breaking for lunch. Spotting Richard Boone, I immediately stopped him and asked him if he would pose for a picture. He did; the evidence can be seen to the left. Then, to my amazement, he asked me if I wanted a HGWT business card (the one he had made famous on the show). I nodded yes, and he excused himself from his lunch friends, then took me to his dressing room where he hunted high and low for one of those silly cards. Not able to find one, he apologized profusely, then walked me back to the gate (and my mother), signed a nice autograph, smiled, then drove off to lunch with his friends. Later, I would work with Richard Boone and he was still one of the nicest actors I have ever met.

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