46-“The Road to Wickenburg”

Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, Written by Gene Roddenberry.
CHRISTINE WHITE as Susan Evans
HARRY CAREY JR. as Sheriff Jack Goodfellow
DON ‘RED’ BARRY as Tom Goodfellow
RAYFORD BARNES as Sol Goodfellow
MICHAEL FOREST as Peter Keystone
EDWARD FAULKNER as Jim Goodfellow
MICKEY FINN as Ed Goodfellow
BUDDY ROOSEVELT as Townsman (uncredited)

Gentlemen, the symbol on my holster is a chess knight.
An attack piece, the most versatile on the board.
It can move eight ways over barriers, always unexpected.

INT. STOREROOM – DAY

SUSAN EVANS
My floor’s a bit dirty for wrestlin’. Now you’ll probably ask me something stupid,Like, “where am I?”

PALADIN
The question had occurred to me.

SUSAN EVANS
Don’t you remember riding into town? Going to the saloon? He slipped enough drugs in your drink to kill a horse. Gosh. You flashing that thick roll of bills around. That was stupid.

PALADIN
Thank you.

SUSAN EVANS
What did you do that for?

PALADIN
Old…

SUSAN EVANS
What did you do it for?

PALADIN
No excuses. Just careless, I guess.

SUSAN EVANS
Men, they’re always making excuses. They think they’re so handsome and so clever. They’ve been everywhere. All around the world. Break a hundred hearts and they still have the same high opinion of themselves. Did you know he tried to finish you off with his boot?

PALADIN
Oh? I’d…I’d very much appreciate the name of the man who did this.

SUSAN EVANS
Saul goodfellow.

PALADIN
Oh? Thank you.

SUSAN EVANS
Uh, you’ll need this. I found it hidden under your belt.

PALADIN
Thank you again.

SUSAN EVANS
And, uh…I think saul missed something more important when he searched you.

CARD

SUSAN EVANS
“have gun will travel.” I like the sound of that. Will you kill him?

PALADIN
He took $1,000 from my pocket.

SUSAN EVANS
But will you kill him?

PALADIN
Would you care?

SUSAN EVANS
I’ve felt saul’s boot, too. Just take a look around here. I’ve got a lot to thank him for, haven’t I? Hey. Take me with you, will you? I mean, it’s the only way I can get out of this town.

PALADIN
All right. You pack your things and I’ll take you as far as wickenburg.

SHERIFF JACK GOODFELLOW
The next town is that way. 32 miles. Maybe you’d better start walkin’.

PALADIN
I came into this town this morning. I had $1,000, a horse and a gun. I intend to leave blue-belle the same way.

SHERIFF JACK GOODFELLOW
Someone stole your money, you say? What’s his name?

PALADIN
Saul goodfellow.

SHERIFF JACK GOODFELLOW
Yeah? I just can’t buy that.

PALADIN
Don’t buy it, sheriff. Just tell me where he is.

SHERIFF JACK GOODFELLOW
That shouldn’t be too hard to do. You just called my brother a thief. I’m Jack Goodfellow.Next thing you’ll be saying is that cousin Jim there doctored your drink. That uncle Ed has your horse. Or brother Tom got your saddlebags.

PALADIN
This seems to be your town.

SHERIFF JACK GOODFELLOW
Sort of a family affair. We all got a business. Saul! Saul?

SAUL
Yeah?

SHERIFF JACK GOODFELLOW
There’s a fellow here makin’ a claim against you.

SAUL
Is that right? It’s a nice gun you had, fella. Got about the best balance I’ve ever felt.I should have taken that holster, too. You’ve got a silver horse on it, haven’t you? Does that horse mean anything?

PALADIN
It’s a symbol of a chess knight. It’s an attack piece. Most versatile on the board. Can move eight different ways. Over barriers and always unexpected.
But you’re just going one way, mister. And that’s out of town, right now.

PALADIN
I’ll trouble you for my money and the gun.

SAUL
Say, that was close. First thing you know, you’ll have to hop out of town on one leg.
This gun’s a shootin’ fool, ain’t it? That’s three gone, mister. There’s three more to go.
Saul here is getting better than me. I wouldn’t wait for shot number six, mister.
That’s nice. That’s real nice, jack. I really like that horse’s head. Now let’s have that holster, mister.

PALADIN
You already have a horse’s head. It’s on your shoulders.

SHERIFF JACK GOODFELLOW

Well, you’ve waited too long now! Jack!

PALADIN
It holds two shots, gentlemen. Who wants the other one? Two hundred dollars? Each of you took a share, eh? We got the rest. Why don’t you come take it?

PALADIN
Drop your gun belts. Hold it! He’s too close. He won’t miss. There’s only four guns here. He’s only got one shot left.

PALADIN
One shot is better than none. As a matter of fact, Bullets and horses have a great deal in common. What’s he talking about?

PALADIN
For example, gentlemen, at the battle of bull run, The foot soldier attacked the enemy using his firepower. This enabled the cavalry to circle around behind And attack the enemy from the rear.

SHERIFF JACK GOODFELLOW
That’s enough! When I say “three,” we all draw. One!
Yah! Look out! Ha! Ha! Yah!

PALADIN
Take ’em downstream and hide ’em in the willows.
Come on. We got him now. Yah! Ha!

PALADIN
Camp here. I’ll take care of that.

SUSAN EVANS
I can take care of my half.

PALADIN
So I noticed. By the time they backtrack it’ll be dark.

SUSAN EVANS
You might think this is a bit foolish, But could I see your derringer?
I’m gonna go take a bath. I got about three years of blue-belle to wash out of my skin. And if you so much as look my way, I’ll kill you. All right, what’s so funny? You think you’re different from other men?

PALADIN
No. You pull that trigger and you’ll show four rifles Where our hiding place is. There’s an old saying, “trust no one with your life “that you cannot trust with your virtue.”

SUSAN EVANS
“…That you could not trust with your virtue as well.” Montaigne’s essay written in 1572. You ain’t the only one around here who’s read a book.

PALADIN
Well, I’ll try and find some supper.

SUSAN EVANS
All right. You come on back now. Aren’t you afraid of showing smoke?

PALADIN
No, this dry mesquite won’t smoke.

SUSAN EVANS
I would help you, only I just washed my clothes. They’re drying.

PALADIN
I see. I think I understand.

SUSAN EVANS
So I put this blanket around me while I let my clothes dry.

PALADIN
Oh, that’s fine. You can clean the rabbit while I wash up.

SUSAN EVANS
You think you’re so blasted smart!

PALADIN
And cut some green twigs for a roof.

SUSAN EVANS
Ohh!

PALADIN
That’s a very nice sewing box you have.

SUSAN EVANS
I keep it to remind me of home. My mother gave it to me when I left philadelphia.

PALADIN
And you came west as a schoolteacher.

SUSAN EVANS
Yeah. Ain’t that a laugh.

PALADIN
“isn’t it,” or “is it not.” You know correct english, why don’t you use it?

SUSAN EVANS
Grammar’s the same as pride. You can have them both beat out of you. There was a fellow in prescott. Men.

PALADIN
Treacherous breed.

SUSAN EVANS
Oh, yes. I don’t know, though come to think of it, What’s happened to me might be half my fault. We all have our weaknesses. Here you are.

PALADIN
Thank you. no.

PALADIN
No?

SUSAN EVANS
You’re doing it all wrong. Where did you go after wickenburg?

PALADIN
San francisco.

SUSAN EVANS
Do you have a wife or anything? It’s kind of a silly way of putting it, I guess.

PALADIN
That’s a broad way of phrasing it.

SUSAN EVANS
Paladin. Do you think it’s possible for a person to change?

PALADIN
It’s possible.

SUSAN EVANS
Take me with you. Let me have my say first. I’m pretty, aren’t I? When I’m dressed up, no man would be ashamed of me. And I’m strong and I’m healthy. I’m not one of those lily-handed ladies Who expects more than she’s willing to give. And there’s something more important. I’ve seen the worst there is…And I’m no longer asking for the center-cut of life. You can go as you please and do as you please. Just be nice to me once in a while. That’s all I’d ask. Will you think about it? When we get to wickenburg? I mean, if we get to wickenburg?

PALADIN
We’ll talk about it in wickenburg. Good night, sue.

GOODFELLOW GANG
They must be heading
for higher ground.
If they’re on the mountain
road to wickenburg,
That buckboard will never make it.
We’d better water our horses first.
Hiya!
Ha!

PETER KEYSTONE
How about a ride to wickenburg? I’ve been rustled, or whatever you call it. Just because one of their horses lost a shoe they took both my animals.

PALADIN
Four men?

PETER KEYSTONE
Why, yes!

PALADIN
I need a gun. Do you have one?

PETER KEYSTONE
That’s one on your hip, isn’t it?

PALADIN
This gun is empty. I need a gun or ammunition. Do you have one?

PETER KEYSTONE
What’s going on? Those four asked the same question.

PALADIN
Do you have a gun?

PETER KEYSTONE
Why?

SUSAN EVANS
They’re after us,
that’s why!

SHOOTING STARTS

P
Just a minute…

PETER KEYSTONE
What’s going on? Is he your husband?

SUSAN EVANS
No.

PETER KEYSTONE
Fiance or something like that?

SUSAN EVANS
You ask a lot of questions. Who are you?
Peter keystone, hide and tallow buyer.

SUSAN EVANS
Oh.

PETER KEYSTONE
I’m just on the road
temporarily.
For experience.
My father owns the plant.
It happens to be
the largest in new york.

SUSAN EVANS
That sounds like
a fascinating business.

PETER KEYSTONE
He must mean
something to you.

SUSAN EVANS
He’s just a gunfighter.
I don’t know, he has
some quarrel with those men.

PETER KEYSTONE
He doesn’t mean
anything to you?

SUSAN EVANS
He’s practically a stranger.

GOODFELLOW CAMP

BH
I thought you said this was gonna be easy.

SHERIFF JACK GOODFELLOW
Shut up!

CIGAR
He fights like an indian!

SHERIFF JACK GOODFELLOW
I said shut up!
You let him and the girl get away with this,
The idea’s liable to spread all over town.

BH
There goes the girl!

PALADIN SHOOTS HIM.

BH
Let’s go home, jack.

SHERIFF JACK GOODFELLOW
There’s no reason. This way there’s just more town to divide between us.

BH
I’m going home, jack.

SHERIFF JACK GOODFELLOW
Wait a minute!

BH
Wait for what?
You’re such a crack shot. You haven’t even fired your gun yet.

SHERIFF JACK GOODFELLOW
Did I ever need any more than one shot?
He’ll run out of cover pretty soon.

SHERIFF JACK GOODFELLOW
Nice shootin’. He’s 50 feet the other way.

BH
I’m going home.

SHERIFF JACK GOODFELLOW
You win. Here’s the rest of your money.
What’s left of it.
They’re all dead except me.
Just to prove to you that I got good intentions..

EXT. IN TOWN SHOPPING

SUSAN EVANS
Oh, sweetie. You are wonderful!

PETER KEYSTONE
Mister, I didn’t mean to run. I was thinking of sue here.

PALADIN
Of course. Gentlemen always think of the lady first.

PETER KEYSTONE
I’m glad
you got out all right.

SUSAN EVANS
Well what are you
staring at?
I ain’t done
nothing wrong.

PALADIN
Of course not,
but this is wickenburg
And I promised you an answer
to something, dear.

SUSAN EVANS
If you wanna go around spreading lies about me Just go right ahead. Men are always lying. Most of them.

PALADIN
Miss evans, all I have for you Is a message of gratitude. For the fifth and last time
in our casual relationship, Thank you. And mr. Keystone, thank you.

SUSAN EVANS
He pretends to be such a gentleman. I could see right through him all the time.

PETER KEYSTONE
That’s odd. I had the feeling he was looking right through you.