Forgive me for having a one track mind.
I watched Have Gun Will Travel - Season Two's first episode - called The Manhunter
because it starred Joseph Calleia. It was a great episode, as usual, giving Calleia a wide range of emotions to play. He was so good, I wanted to write about it here.
Paladin sees in the SF newspaper that a fugitive killer is on the loose. He goes after him, thinking that he will bring him to justice and earn the reward. The killer ends up trying to shoot Paladin on the outskirts of town, and Paladin has no other choice but to fire back in self defense.
The writers pull a super switch in the plot in this one. He brings the body back, only to find that the townspeople all knew the boy, and that they consider Paladin a villain for killing the young man, even though Paladin was following the letter of the law. Paladin is disturbed at being thought of as a criminal, and is incensed that they are treating him as if he did something wrong. The crowd becomes dangerously close to a mob. Thank goodness for Paladin's strength and common sense. I couldn't stand up to that kind of pressure.
Calleia plays the sheriff, a man who personally knew the boy and his family. One feels his disgust with Paladin, it's almost a physical thing. The townspeople are angry, and want to lynch Paladin, but Calleia, being a fair man, takes his gun and tells him to get out of town by nightfall. Unfortunately, the killer shot Paladin's horse out from under him, so he has no way to escape from the seething townspeople. How it plays out between the two men, and the rest of the town is really interesting.
Calleia and Boone are tremendously good, of course. It was a very, very sad tale, another of those older-man-at-the-end-of-the-trail stories that made me feel there was more to it than just a TV show. Calleia would retire from acting in a couple of years to live in Malta, and this felt like a swansong in many ways. A very emotional, deeply felt show.
It's available at Netflix for instant streaming.