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Have Gun Will Travel – western TV show – page seven.
After cancellation of his weekly Richard Boone show Boone and his family moved to Honolulu, Hawaii. While living on Oahu, Boone helped persuade Leonard Freeman to film Hawaii Five-O exclusively in Hawaii. Prior to that, Freeman had planned to do “establishing” location shots in Hawaii but principal production in southern California. Boone and others convinced Freeman that the islands could offer all necessary support for a major TV series and would provide an authenticity otherwise unobtainable. Freeman, impressed by Boone’s love of Hawaii, offered him the role of Steve McGarrett; Boone turned it down, however, and the role went to Jack Lord, who shared Boone’s enthusiasm, which Freeman considered vital. Coincidentally, Jack Lord had appeared with Boone in the first episode of Have Gun – Will Travel, entitled “Three Bells to Perdido.” Boone at that time had shot a pilot for CBS called Kona Coast, that he hoped CBS would adopt as a series, but they went instead with Hawaii Five-0.