42-“The Man Who Wouldn’t Talk”

Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, Written by Fanya Foss.

CHARLES BRONSON as Chris Sorenson
GRACE RAYNOR as Maria de Castro
CELIA LOVSKY as Aunt Anna
HARRY CAREY JR. as Bud Sorenson
EDMUND JOHNSTON as Jeff Brewer
JUNIUS MATTHEWS as Clem
ROBERT TETRICK as Wrangler
DYAN CANNON as Fifi (opera)
MARCIA DRAKE as Mimi (opera)
OLIVER CROSS as Party Guest (uncredited)
GEORGE FORD as Party Guest (uncredited)
MARILYN GLADSTONE as Party Guest (uncredited)
SAM HARRIS as Party Guest (uncredited)
FRED MCDOUGALL as Ranch Hand (uncredited)

The lady wants me to let you go, Jeff. You’d better take advantage of it and leave before someone comes up with a better idea.

INT. SAN FRANCISCO – OPERA HOUSE – EVENING

FIFI/MIMI
Poor Christian…He loves Roxanne and just can’t tell her.

FIFI/MIMI
Imagine Cyrano quitting a girl for another man, it’s laughable.

PALADIN
Laughable? At the Paris premier the tears of the ladies in the boxes
drenched the people sitting in the orchestra below them.

FIFI/MIMI
Darling, please tell us how it ends. Be a dear, Paladin.

PALADIN
It ends as all good plays should early enough to leave some of the evening for talk,
and some for wine…and some for one thing or another.

FIFI/MIMI
Why, Mr. Paladin…

CHRIS SORENSON
Excuse me. My name is Chris Sorenson, and I’m direct.

PALADIN
I noticed.

CHRIS SORENSON
I could use a man like you.

PALADIN
I’m direct too, what for?

CHRIS SORENSON
Look, you could teach me something…The way you talk to the ladies…As if they were…

PALADIN
How do you talk to the ladies?

CHRIS SORENSON
Oh, I don’t. I can talk with my fists and guns…But I can’t use either of those on Maria.

PALADIN
Women do inhibit a man.

CHRIS SORENSON
You see maria…She just came over from Spain, and inherited the ranch next to mine.
I followed her here tonight hoping, you know…I’m doing just as badly in the city as I did back at the ranch.

PALADIN
Your problem is not a unique one. I wish you luck.

CHRIS SORENSON
I’ll pay you a $1000 dollars you teach me how to talk to her and…Teach me how to…Well you know.

PALADIN
Is that Maria?

CHRIS SORENSON
Yeah.

PALADIN
I’m sorry, I’d like to help you, but it’s really not in my line, you see…

CARD

CHRIS SORENSON
I didn’t know you were a professional gunfighter. Well, doggone it, I’ve got to do something.

PALADIN
If your pain is that acute, I suppose the least I can do is get you started. Excuse me.

INT. SENORITA DE CASTRO

PALADIN
Señora…?

CHRIS SORENSON
I still can’t get over the way you waltzed right up to Señorita de Castro and invited her to dinner.

PALADIN
That was for you. You were supposed to take over at that point.

CHRIS SORENSON
I never know what to say to her. With you along, everything is going to be fine. Hey, where is everybody?! Clem, I want you to meet Mr. Paladin. Bud, this is Mr. Paladin. Bud.

B
It’s about time you’re back, Chris. Something happened on the roundup that…

CHRIS SORENSON
It can wait. We’ve got company for dinner tonight. The De Castro’s.
The larder is kind of low…

 

We drove past enough raw material to cook a banquet fit for a queen.

C
All I’ve got is beans and biscuits.

PALADIN
There’s a swamp back there that’s bursting with wild rice.
That stuff’s fit only for the Indians.

PALADIN
Indians are the only ones who can afford it. Bud, will you give this to your best shot, ask him to bring down some pheasant. Send somebody to pick the mushrooms that grow out at the foot of the mountain. Clem, we’re going to need flowers, lots of flowers.

CHRIS SORENSON
Well, you heard what he said, and from now on…Mr. Paladin is a ramrod around here.

PALADIN
And you start polishing up your manners the way I told you.

CHRIS SORENSON
Señorita de Castro…Well, come on…

B
Come off it, will ya, Chris?

CHRIS SORENSON
…Señorita, mi casa…

B
Chris! Chris, will you listen to me! I gotta talk to you.

CHRIS SORENSON
If it’s about business…

B
It is about business. While you were off chasing that girl, we ran into some trouble on our roundup.

CHRIS SORENSON
Whatever it is, you handle it.

B
I would if I knew how. Look, you know we had a pretty fair idea of how many head we’d find.

CHRIS SORENSON
What’s the trouble, we come up short?

No, that’s the trouble. There’s about 300 more steers than we figured on.

CHRIS SORENSON
You call that trouble?

B
It is! Because the De Castro outfit claims they’ve been missing about 300 head.

CHRIS SORENSON
Bud, forget it! For the first time in my life, I found me somebody I want. Everything else can go hang until she settles with me one way or another. So just forget it.

B
We gotta do something about him.

CHRIS SORENSON
Mi casa es suya. Bienvenidos.

PALADIN
Apparently he can’t worry about more than one problem at a time.

B
Well, this whole cattle problem is gonna blow up in his face. Jeff brewer tried inspecting our herd. If I hadn’t stepped in, there’d have been some shooting.

PALADIN
Chris.
Bud’s worried.

CHRIS SORENSON
He’s always worried. There’s one thing worrying me now though…When you decoy the aunt outside, and maria and I are alone, What do I do?

PALADIN
Talk about the play.

CHRIS SORENSON
What play?

PALADIN
Cyrano De Bergerac. The one you saw in San Francisco.

CHRIS SORENSON
Then what?

PALADIN
You sit back, relax, and listen. She’ll tell you everything. It works like magic. All you have to do is nod your head and smile… Uh-huh…And she’ll think you’re the smartest man in the whole world.

EXT. ON THE ROAD
Ho! It’s not too late to turn back.
Why are you so anxious for me not to attend this dinner party?
Sorenson’s ranch is a pigsty, not fit for ladies. Inviting you like this shows he’s got something up his sleeve. I’m sure he knows about our missing cattle.
Please Maria, let us take Mr. Brewer’s advice and go back. Aunt Anna, I am paying mr. Brewer to run my ranch, not my social life.

PALADIN
Well, go ahead! You can’t keep her waiting out there.
Bienvenidos.

MARIA
Buenos noches.

CHRIS SORENSON
Mi casa es suya.
May I assist you in removing your wraps?

Thank you. This is charming. But we were told… My aunt didn’t expect to see such
Exquisite taste on the prairie.

CHRIS SORENSON
Well, it’s a…
Ah, it’s…

PALADIN
Strange things grow in strange places, don’t they Chris?

CHRIS SORENSON
Yeah, that’s right. Orchids grow on swampy jungles.
How clever of you, mr. Sorenson. I never thought of orchids that way.
Oh! Oh, very amusing, Mr. Sorenson.

CHRIS SORENSON
Oh, wait a minute Clem…How many times have I got to tell you? Red wine is for beef, and the white wine is for foul. Now you go back to the kitchen and fetch the proper bottle.

PALADIN
Will you ladies excuse me for a moment, please? Jeff brewer and a couple of his boys are out in back talkin’ up trouble. I tell ya, Paladin, they’re just begging for it.

PALADIN
Well, Chris is busy.

MAN
It’s easy enough to get a job on the Sorenson spread. All you need is to get yourself a runnin’ iron and stick it in your hip pocket. Then if you’re the kind of man who don’t mind altering a brand, You cut the fence between your neighbor’s ranch…Sort of help a few cattle through to your side.

PALADIN
That’s enough. If you have any complaints, come back tomorrow and we’ll hear them.
Who are you?

PALADIN
My name is Paladin. We’re having a dinner party and we don’t want any trouble.
Well, that’s too bad, Mister. We didn’t make this trouble. But we don’t figure to back a way from it.

PALADIN
That’s fine, but come back in the morning. I don’t want to be put off again. This outfit’s been making free and easy with a running iron. I’m not polite to a crowd of rustlers.
Paladin, I’m not gonna take it…

PALADIN
Whoa. All right. Brewer. All right. All right, Bud, put them in the wagon and sit
on them until the ladies are ready to leave. I don’t want anything to disturb Mr. Sorenson’s party.
What’s the name of that darn play?

PALADIN
Cyrano, Cyrano De Bergerac.

CHRIS SORENSON
Cyrano De Bergerac.

PALADIN
That’s right. Just ask her what she thinks of it, that’s all. She’ll do the talking.
Breath of air? It’d go well after that dinner. And I’d like very much to hear the news of Spain. I haven’t been there for five years.
Not so far, thank you. I do have my charge.

PALADIN
And you’re not the kind to shirk your responsibility.
Still I would like to hear the news from Spain.

CHRIS SORENSON
There was something
I wanted to say…
Chris? Oh… What did you think of the Cyrano De Bergerac play?

CHRIS SORENSON
Will you excuse me? We have nothing but trouble. Excuse me, Señora.

CHRIS SORENSON
She beat me to the punch, and asked me about the play first.

PALADIN
Take it easy.

CHRIS SORENSON
What am I going to talk about now?

PALADIN
Talk about your guns, how you shot all those trophies.

CHRIS SORENSON
Why couldn’t I think of that?

AUNT ANNA

I should be really inside with Maria.

PALADIN
Señora, you were speaking of trouble. Trouble on your ranch?

CHRIS SORENSON
…Hunting buffalo now. Well there ain’t much…There isn’t much danger in that. It’s a…See that big brown bear? When you hunt these, it’s very dangerous.

PALADIN
Señora, can you be more specific? What things go wrong?

AUNT ANNA
Everything. Fences breaking, cattle disappear into thin air.

CHRIS SORENSON
Here. You just feel the weight of this one.

MARIA
That is heavy.

AUNT ANNA
Every day brings another trouble.

Gunshot from inside the house.

AUNT ANNA
What did you do to her?

CHRIS SORENSON
The gun was loaded. He kicked back like a horse.

PALADIN
I’m sure chris can explain. It was an accident.

AUNT ANNA
Gentlemen do not hunt in houses! We never should have set foot in this terrible place.
We are going home at once!

man
Chris sorenson appears low, mr. Paladin. Maybe if you talked to that gal for chris.

PALADIN
No…I tried that once in Dodge City, Bud, and almost had to marry the girl myself.
Besides, Chris and Maria are proud. If I spoke for Chris, they’d end up hating me and each other. No, he’s gonna have to learn to talk for himself.

cook
The only time I ever hear Chris really sound off, is when he gets riled up.

PALADIN
Mornin’, chris.

CHRIS SORENSON
Mornin’.

PALADIN
It’s too bad about last night.

CHRIS SORENSON
Yeah, well, here’s your money, paladin. Thanks for the try.

PALADIN
Wait a minute. The job’s not done.

CHRIS SORENSON
No use trying to whip a dead horse.

PALADIN
First make sure the horse is dead. We gotta get you back in shape.
Bud, what needs doing?

BUD
Well, some fences need mending. Good.

P
Chris, take care of those fences.

C
What are you
going to be doing?

PALADIN
I’ll be over at the de castro ranch. Some fences over there need mending.

PALADIN
You ride beautifully. I could ride before I could walk. You must have heard of Castilian
horses?

PALADIN
Best in the world. Are those superb Castilian horses. So fiery, difficult to manage.

MARIA
I’ve never been thrown.

P
Now look over there.

MARIA
The vastness…
The quiet, the beauty.

PLADIN
I think everything is perfect.

PALADIN
Hold on, maria! Runaway!

PALADIN
Are you all right?

MARIA
That was wonderful, wild! Why did you stop me?

PALADIN
You looked pale.

MARIA
Do I?

PALADIN
You’re sure you’re all right?

MARIA
Of course.

PALADIN
Very well, let’s be on our way, shall we?

AUNT ANNA
Did you have a nice ride?

M
Of course, thanks to my escort.

AUNT ANNA
I’m glad you are back.
Mr. Brewer made us another offer to buy the ranch,
And I think you should sell it to him.

M
But I’m not sure
whether I want to sell or not.

BREWER
It’s a fair price, ma’am. Just you sign
at the bottom and the deal is closed.

AUNT ANNA
Please maria, this wilderness
is no place for you.

PALADIN
May I see
mr. Brewer’s offer?
If you have any objections,
mr. Brewer, speak up.

BREWER
No, got nothing to hide.
Suit yourself.
You got any doubts…

PALADIN
I don’t know the price of ranches in this area. Suppose I ask chris sorenson, he’d know.

MARIA
Well, perhaps that’s something
mr. Sorenson might be good for.

P
I’ll be back this evening
with his opinion.

BREW
I don’t mean to be pressing,
But you know, as well as I do, that
this ranch has been plagued by trouble.

MARIA
I’m sure everything you say
is correct, mr. Brewer.
But, I would not like to discuss it
anymore until mr. Paladin returns.
Aunt ana…

MAN
Start a fire. We’re seeding our neighbor’s herd with more stolen cattle tonight.
Tomorrow, we’re gonna find some cattle with fresh altered brands In the sorenson herd.

M2
You think they’ll fight this
time?

MAN

We’ll push them real hard.
Then lead them on to the de
castro ranch and shoot it out.
That’ll scare the ladies
into selling… Quick.

M2
You’re the boss.

M1
I will be. Get that wood.

CHRIS SORENSON
Just where do you get the gall to come back here, after what you did?

PALADIN
What did you say?

CHRIS SORENSON
I saw you today with Maria.

PALADIN
Did you?

CHRIS SORENSON
I trusted you, I thought you were my friend. That was some sneaky trick you pulled.

PALADIN
What are you going to do about it?

CHRIS SORENSON
Well, nothing! You’re the kind of man Maria wants? All right!

CHRIS SORENSON
I can’t be like you, so I quit. And you can get out of here anytime!

PALADIN
Chris! I thought that girl meant something to you.

CHRIS SORENSON
Don’t you say nothing now. It wouldn’t take much more. We got nothing more to say to each other.

PALADIN
I can’t afford to waste any time standing around here making conversation with you. I’ve got a date.

CHRIS SORENSON
You seein’ her tonight?

PALADIN
Well, I’m seeing somebody. Nine o’clock, and tonight, Aunt Anna won’t be there.

CHRIS SORENSON
Now hold on, just a minute now. Maria ‘s not the kind of a…Would you intend to marry her?

PALADIN
Marry? Well, she’s a very pretty girl, but…
Hmmph! Ha ha!

CHRIS SORENSON
Hey, what are you puttin’ my brand on your cattle for?

PALADIN
Thanks very much, chris, you saved me a lot of trouble.

CHRIS SORENSON
You knew what they were going to do?

PALADIN
Well, I knew they were trying to stir up enough trouble
For maria to sell the ranch.

CHRIS SORENSON
I spoiled it for ya, didn’t I? I followed you here…
And I was the one who caught them while
you lay off in the dark back there.
You didn’t…

PALADIN
Yes, he did. Yes you did, chris. Do you think maria will ever believe you?

CHRIS SORENSON
Well we’ll just see. Get on your horses!

CHRIS SORENSON
Maria, there’s something you gotta know.

MARIA
Chris! You’ve been hurt, what happened?

CHRIS SORENSON
Well, these fellas here…
Well… They a…
They were a…
Well, they were…
Paladin here…He…

PALADIN
Brewer’s the cause of your trouble,
maria.

MAN
Now that’s a black lie.

PALADIN
Here’s the branding iron
I caught them using.
They were putting sorenson’s brand on
your cattle hoping to provoke a gun fight.
And that would scare you
enough to leave the place.
Is that the truth, brewer, or would
you like to call me a liar again?

297
00:22:52,353 –> 00:22:53,787
No.

298
00:22:54,922 –> 00:22:56,322
No, it’s the truth.

PALADIN
I can turn them over to
the sheriff, if you’d like.

300
00:22:58,793 –> 00:23:02,062
No, just tell them to go.

PALADIN
The lady choses to be lenient, brewer.
I’d take advantage of that if I were you,
Before somebody comes up
with a better idea.
Now, is there anything else
I can do for you ladies?
Mr. Paladin, I cannot thank you
enough for what you’ve done already.

PALADIN
Oh, but you can, maria.
For since I first saw you, I’ve
been longing to say something to you.
Mr. Paladin!

PALADIN
Maria, since the first time I set
eyes on you I wanted to tell you
You’re the most beautiful
woman I’ve ever seen.
I’ve longed to take you in my arms
and say the gentle, tender things,
That a man should
say to a woman.

CHRIS SORENSON
You stay away from her.

PALADIN
Who’s gonna stop me?

CHRIS SORENSON
I am!

PALADIN
Oh? Excuse me.
I’ve got the whole
story, maria.
I could marry you, settle down,
spend the rest of my life…

CHRIS SORENSON
Don’t you believe him. He’s
just a professional gunfighter.
He’s trying to smooth-talk you.
I hired him in san francisco
To teach me how to tell
you how much I love you,
That I want you
to be my wife.

PALADIN
Chris!
Chris!
You’re talking!

325
00:24:28,549 –> 00:24:29,682
Chris!
Oh, chris…

CHRIS SORENSON
Oh maria, I love you.

328
00:24:36,056 –> 00:24:39,626
Oh chris, I love you too.

PALADIN
Tell him to send my fee
to san francisco.
He hired me to teach him
how to talk to her.
Now he’s started,
and if he stops,
You send for me.

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