54-“The Moor’s Revenge”

Season 2, Episode 15 – Original Airdate: (December 27, 1958)

Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, Written by Melvin Levy.

VINCENT PRICE as Charles Matthews
PATRICIA MORISON as Victoria Vestris
MOREY AMSTERDAM as Lucien Bellingham
RICHARD SHANNON as Ben Jackson – Gunman
(Sweet Lady of the Moon, 1963) as Dr. Weiser
(Alice, 1962) as Morgan
(A Knight to Remember, 1961) as the Escort
(The Ledge, 1960) as Cass Richards
(Alaska, 1959) as Carl Grimes
(The Ballad of Oscar Wilde, 1958) as Jim Rook
(Bitter Wine, 1958) as Tim Gorman
JOSEPH V. PERRY as Drunk
(The Black Handkerchief, 1959) as Sheriff
(The Manhunter, 1958) as Clay Dawes

All you have to do is close your eyes and squeeze the trigger. In a crowd like this, you’re bound to get a few.

INT. SAN FRANCISCO OPERA HOUSE – EVENING

CHARLES MATTHEWS
So, this is the wild, wild west, hmm? Champagne and chamber music.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
You’ve made our stay in San Francisco so gay.

PALADIN
Small exchange for the wonderful pleasure You and Mr. Matthews have brought to San Francisco.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
No, I’d love to, But we must make a very early start tomorrow morning.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Strolling players once again.

PALADIN
Oh? Where do you play next?

CHARLES MATTHEWS
We go south to a little town called San Diego.

PALADIN
San Diego’s having its round-up now.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Yes, isn’t it thrilling?

CHARLES MATTHEWS
The rest of the company is returning east, But Victoria and I decided we just had to see that round-up. We’ve been invited to play some scenes from “Othello.”
Is anything wrong?

PALADIN
I urge you to change your minds.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
But, why?

PALADIN
A cattle town during a round-up can be an extremely dangerous place.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Nonsense.

PALADIN
And San Diego’s more dangerous than most. In addition to the usual drunks and cowboys, Men who haven’t seen a woman for a year, There are gunslingers, sailors, bandits from across the border, vaqueros.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
You make it sound irresistible.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
We were told that San Francisco was wild.

PALADIN
Believe me, they’re not looking for the kind of entertainment
You’re prepared to offer in San Diego.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
For your information, Mr. Paladin, Othello has moved audiences for 200 years.
I don’t think our audience in San Diego will be different.

PALADIN
I wasn’t referring to your abilities as actors, Miss Vestris.
But there are some things a particular audience won’t want to see.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
We have yet to find an audience, Mr. Paladin, that is not receptive to Shakespeare.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
I’m afraid we better go.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Yes, we must. Now, won’t you admit you were exaggerating just a little?

PALADIN
I was not exaggerating. And I do hope that you’ll change your minds about going.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Come see us in San Diego, Mr. Paladin.
Perhaps we can prove to you the power of the spoken word.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Yes, by all means, hmm?

PALADIN
Perhaps I shall. Perhaps I shall. Victoria.

INT. OFFICE OF

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Pretty smart of you to figure we’d be needing Some real gun talent around here this time of year. Last year at round-up week, we had two killings every afternoon, And a murder every night. Seems that every time the sheriff knows We’re gonna have a gang of charmers in to see the show, He finds urgent business out in the country. Kind of leaves us to protect ourselves. Sure, you can have the job if you don’t mind the grief that goes with it.

PALADIN
All right, I’ll stay ’til after round-up.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Might find it kind of warm around here for this time of year.
Come on, I want to show you something.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Oh, this ain’t what I was gonna show you.

PALADIN
That’s Ben Jackson.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Oh, you know him? That’ll make things easier.
Go ahead, then. Tell him you’re my private peace officer.

PALADIN
Hello, Ben.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
Paladin. Nobody gun you down yet?

PALADIN
They keep trying.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
Good luck to them.

PALADIN
Thank you, Ben. You here to soak up a little culture?

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
You wanna look at her, there’s other pictures. This one I got staked out.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
That’s right, he’s been sitting here for two days just looking at that picture up there.
I kinda think he’s smitten.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
You understand me?

PALADIN
You don’t want to share this poster with anyone. Is that it?

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
And that applies to the lady when she gets here in person.

PALADIN
Well, now, that depends on the lady, doesn’t it?

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
I don’t expect much trouble.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Now, that’s the way I like to hear you fellas talk. No trouble. We all just have a rip-roarin’ time and settle it kind of peace-able like. That’s Mr. Paladin’s job, here. Kind of a spreader of sweetness and peace.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
Uh-huh. Well, that’s a nice job, Paladin. Be educatin’ to see how you handle it.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Uh, how about a drink, mr. Paladin? Uh, right over here, the, uh…
Oh, yeah, the bar’s right over here. Uh, right over here.
Charlie, uh, two whiskeys, huh?

PALADIN
Mr. Bellingham, you have one other problem.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Yeah?

P
When Miss Vestris sees those posters, she may take after you with a shotgun.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Well, that’s your department strictly. You take care of that. And, uh, tell you the truth. I wouldn’t mind a little gun-shooting around here If I could make some money at it. You know, you and Ben Jackson there. Anybody could see you ain’t exactly friends. And, you know, it’d be real good if you could… You’d see who’s the fastest. You could settle it, you know.

PALADIN
Mr. Bellingham, you are a showman.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
It’d be an attraction folks’d talk about here for years.

PALADIN
And only one performance.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
That’s right. Only one… That would be kind of a drawback, wouldn’t it? Geez, a shame. You and Ben Jackson. Well, think about it.

PALADIN
I will.

EXT. STAGE COACH ARRIVES

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Ah.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Oh, take our luggage into the hotel, will you, boy?

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Oh, and take particular care with that one, please.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Yes, please be very careful. They’re filled with costumes and properties,
And indispensable items. Here you are.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
It’s much quieter than Mr. Paladin said it would be.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Yes, I’m afraid our friend was over-anxious.
Well, let’s find Mr. Bellingham and arrange…Victoria.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Charles!

CHARLES MATTHEWS
“with comical Charley Matthews!”

VICTORIA VESTRIS
“Watch the little lady shake!” That’s me as Cleopatra! And she doesn’t even look like Cleopatra!

CHARLES MATTHEWS
“charley mathews, king of the comics!”

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Rosalind! Rosalind! Oh, disgrace! Oh, what have they done to me?!

CHARLES MATTHEWS
“king of the comics!”

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Charles, we’ll be playing in a saloon! This isn’t a theatre, it’s a saloon.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Paladin, do something, will ya? Do something about that.

PALADIN
I don’t know, mathews seems to be doing alright by himself.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
No, he ain’t, look at the look on jackson’s face!

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Bellingham. Which one of you is lucien bellingham?
Point out that scum to me and with these hands I’ll…

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
Shut up! Look at that filth…!

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
The next one I’ll put between your teeth.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Please, don’t shoot, please.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
Well, all right, if you say so. But don’t let that give you any ideas!

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Victoria, come…

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
And take your hand off of her!

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Oh, Mr. Paladin.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Oh, so you came, after all.

PALADIN
Keep moving, go to the hotel.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Go to the hotel, are you mad? Victoria and I are leaving this Sodom and Gomorrah forthwith.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
And our advice to you is…Well, what in the world? Charles, he’s carrying a pistol.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Yes.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
And those clothes. Oh, I know, You’re in costume for the round-up?

PALADIN
Get her out of here. Go to the hotel, move!

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Well…

CHARLES MATTHEWS
I’ve never been so…Really! Victoria, let’s go. “Charley Mathews, king of the comics!”

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
She makes one move to leave town, you won’t live long enough to mourn at their funerals.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
But, Mr. Jackson, that’s not my fault.
That’s none of my doing. They don’t know what they’re saying.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
Come on, we’re clearing out of here. Everybody!

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Uh, Ben, my business. How about my business?

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
We’ll be back for the show tonight and there better be no monkeyshines.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Gee, you heard what they said. Them actors got to be on that stage tonight.
Or you know what’ll happen, don’t ya?

PALADIN
Ben jackson’ll tear this place to pieces and there won’t be enough left of you to tar and feather.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Them actors, either. They gotta be here tonight!

PALADIN
Doing Shakespeare?

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
I don’t care if they’re reciting mother goose, You gotta get ’em here, that’s all. Now, look, you’re into me $500. I’ll make it $1,000 if they stay in town and do the show tonight.

PALADIN
I can try.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
And remember my establishment has to remain in one piece.

PALADIN
Well, that could happen.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
And I gotta be here, too. And alive, besides.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
It wasn’t just his being here that surprised me.
He didn’t even speak like the cultivated man we met in San Francisco.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
When he began issuing orders in that tone of voice,
I came close to striking him, if you hadn’t held my arm.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
I did?

PALADIN
Yes.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Oh. Oh, we were just talking about you.

PALADIN
Oh?

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Yes, we have decided to stay. We refuse to be intimidated by Mr. Bellingham, his associates, or you.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Charles has written a statement to be printed in the paper here.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Yes, I think you’ll like it. In fact, you inspired it.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Yes, when you said in that decisive, man-of-affairs tone-of-voice, “go to the hotel!”

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Let me read it to him, my dear. “I came here with the distinguished actress, Victoria Vestris, to present for your favor a selection of scenes from Shakespeare. We have been made the victims of a cruel and tasteless hoax. However, we do not believe that the people of San Diego should suffer because of the venal Mr. Lucien Bellingham, and his contemptible associate, Mr. Ben Jackson.”

PALADIN
Mr. Mathews, have you given that to the newspaper yet?

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Oh, yes, the editor was delighted.

PALADIN
I’m sure he was.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
To tell the truth, I owe him credit For the contemptible mr. Ben Jackson.” He, uh, he thought it added fire.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Oh, I agree. Don’t you?

PALADIN
Yes, that’s exactly what it does. It adds fire.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
The curtain will rise at 8:00 as scheduled, On a bedchamber in a palace in Venice. We will present for your pleasure and enlargement, The death scene from William Shakespeare’s “Othello.”

PALADIN
That should set a proper note for the evening. Now, listen to me, both of you.
Listen carefully. Otherwise, you may be hurt.
Ben Jackson thinks no more about killing a man than…

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Oh, there he goes again. Warning us.

PALADIN
Now, listen to me! This is not a theatrical costume I’m wearing. This isn’t a toy,
it’s a gun. There are six bullets in it. Possibly six lives. And it’s part of my working gear.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Oh.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
You know, victoria, I think I’m beginning to believe him.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Oh, how utterly wonderful! How utterly romantic. I know, you rob from the rich and give to the poor. How utterly beautiful. I don’t believe a word of it.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Mr. Paladin being the true westerner he is Is determined to send us home with a story of blazing guns and dying men. Perhaps the next chapter will be about skulking Indians. We met you in San Francisco, Mr. Paladin, And we know this costume is only for the cattle run. We do not intend to be frightened And we do intend to introduce the Bard of Avon to San Diego.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Without the dance of the 7 veils.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Or charley mathews, king of the comics.
And if that contemptible mr. Jackson
creates a disturbance, you must…

CHARLES MATTHEWS
I shall step from the stage
and knock him down.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Ah! Darling.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Bravo, my darling.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Ho! Mr. Jackson. What a coincidence. I was just walking by, And I got to thinking about you, and here you are.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
Thinking what?

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Well, it was kind of a private conversation.
I don’t think we can talk about it here in the street. Come to my office.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
I can talk here.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Oh, yeah. Well, you know, I don’t know if you know this, But I always had a lot of respect for you. Did you know that? Well, I have. I figure the man who’s pretty near the fastest draw in the west, You gotta have respect for him.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
Pretty near?

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Well, I wouldn’t want to be the man to argue the matter.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
Paladin’s fast, I’m faster. What about it?

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Well, I just hope he never puts you to the test, that’s all. For his sake. You see, I…
Uh, this paladin, he kind of slipped himself in as my private peace officer,
And I was wondering if you’d like the same kind of job?

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
You’re pretty smart under that big hat.
You hire him to watch me, hire me to watch everybody else.
Nobody left to make trouble in your place.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Gee, whatever gave you that idea?

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
How much you paying him?

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Oh, roughly $100. Uh, roughly. Smooth it out, it’s more like $500.
That’s it, $500. Uh… $1,000.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
Then that’s what I’m getting.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Now, wait a minute, mr. Jackson.
You gotta let a man put by a little money for old age.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
Maybe you won’t need it. I’ll take the job.

PALADIN
Nice crowd.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Ha, ha, ha, “nice crowd.”
Some sense of humor you got. You see this?

PALADIN
I saw it.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Well, he saw it, too.
I think it’s your job to go over
and guess what he’s gonna do.

PALADIN
Why should I guess?
I’ll ask him.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Good thought.

PALADIN
Ben, you expecting
to enjoy the show?

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
Real show comes later.

PALADIN
Now, ben, you wouldn’t want to deprive
a lovely lady of her partner, would you?

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
I’ll see she don’t miss you.

PALADIN
I’ll have to take after you
if you cause trouble.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
How could I do a thing like that?
Your runt friend hired me to keep order.
Sure. Just like you. I’m one of his private peace officers.

PALADIN
I hope you keep that in mind.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
I sure will. Now, this actor fella, Already broke the peace, making
remarks about me in this paper. Causing a dangerous situation.
I better bring him back in line if I’m to earn my pay.

PALADIN
I could take over that part of your work.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
You wouldn’t enjoy it as much.

PALADIN
Uh-huh.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
What’d he say?

PALADIN
Well, it’s more the way he said it.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Oh, how did I ever get mixed up with fellas like you?
Oh, my goodness. Ah, gentlemen!
Gentlemen, I’ll have your attention, please.
About the show, we’re about to present one of the finest shows of its kind…
Curtain, curtain. Curtain.

CHARLES MATTHEWS as Othello
Oh, curse of marriage, That we can call these delicate creatures ours, and not their appetites. Her name is now begrimed in black. Oh, now forever, farewell, the tranquil mind. Farewell content, Pride, pomp, and circumstance.
Farewell. Burnish me with some swift means of death.

MAN
Sure, I’ll finish ya!

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Please, everybody…Calm down, let’s have some peace!

PALADIN
Gentlemen, I’m willing to accomodate you.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
Here, here, here.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
You put that away, I’ll show you I’m not done.

PALADIN
We might just as well settle this and get on with the show. Mr. Mathews.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
Hey, watch out.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
What do I do with it? I’m not familiar with a gun.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
He’s very good with a sword.

PALADIN
There’s nothing to it. Just close your eyes and squeeze.
In a crowd like this, you’re bound to hit a few.

LUCIEN BELLINGHAM
No, gentlemen, don’t get him excited. Just stand quietly. Ben.
Now, wait, fellas, you’re ruining me.
My mirror is my glassware. I won’t stand for it, just…Oh my goodness!

PALADIN
What about it, ben?
Let mr. Mathews put on his show and afterwards,
You and I’ll step outside and settle things?

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
I’ll have my gun before I make any deals.
All right. I’ll settle my business with you later.
Put on your show. But down here where
I can keep an eye on you.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
What?

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Why not? Look, Charles, we can put some chairs together
And you bring a cushion. And everything will be arranged, you see?

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Of course. Desdemona’s bed. Yes! All the world’s a stage. Why not?

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
What happened to you hand?

PALADIN
You’ve got a hard head.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
I don’t mean for us to go outside and get bunged up some more.
Let’s finally see who’s faster.

PALADIN
Whatever you want, Ben.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
One more. Be thus when thou art dead, and I will kill thee and love thee after. One more, and this the last. Oh, I must weep at these a-cruel tears.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Who’s there? Othello.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Aye, Desdemona.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Will you come to bed, my Lord?

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Why, what art thou?

W
Your wife, my Lord. Your true and loyal wife.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Heaven truly knows that thou art false as hell.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
By heaven, you do me wrong!

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Is’t possible I took thee for that cunning woman of Venice That did marry with Othello?
You, mistress, lend me thy handkerchief.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Here, my lord.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
The one I gave thee, that handkerchief, did an Egyptian to my mother give.
She, dying, gave it me. And bid me when my fate would have me wife, to give it her.
To give it ‘way or lose it were perdition.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
And would to god that I had never seen it!

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Have you prayed tonight, Desdemona?

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Alas, my lord. What do you mean by that?

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Heaven forefend I would not kill thy soul.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Talk you of killing?

CHARLES MATTHEWS
That handkerchief which I so loved and gave to thee, thou gave’st to Cassio.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
No, by my life and soul!

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Take heed of perjury. Thou are’t to die!

VICTORIA VESTRIS
May god have mercy on me, and you have mercy, too!

CHARLES MATTHEWS
It’s too late.

VICTORIA VESTRIS
A kinless death I die! Farewell! Oh! farewell.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Soft you, soft you. A word or two before you go. When thou shalt these unlucky deeds relate, speak of me as I am. Nothing extenuate nor set down aught in malice. Then you must speak of one Who loved not wisely, but too well. Say this besides, that in Aleppo once, Where a malignant and turbaned turk beat a venetian and traduc’d the state, I took by the throat the dog and smote him thus!

CHARLES MATTHEWS
I kiss’d thee ‘ere I kill’d thee. No way but this, killing myself, To die upon a kiss.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
Well, it’s settling up time, Paladin.

PALADIN
I said before, Ben, whatever you want, if you’re sure you want it.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
It’s what I got to do. And you know, everybody heard me say so.

PALADIN
You’ve got to keep up your reputation in this town.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
We better get outside. This’ll take but a minute, Miss. I’ll be back for ya.

PALADIN
You’d better ask the lady’s husband about this. Husband?

VICTORIA VESTRIS
Of course he’s my husband. What sort of woman did you take me for?

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
How come you got different names?

VICTORIA VESTRIS
We’re actors, not people.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
You coulda’ said something.

DRUNK
You coulda’ asked.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
Oh, she’s a married lady. I wouldn’t want to try a fast draw with a hand like that.

PALADIN
I don’t know, ben. Still works.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
But I figure I don’t need an edge. If I did outdraw you, and I would, they’d all say it’s ’cause your hands swoll.

PALADIN
I’m waiting, Ben.

BEN JACKSON – GUNMAN
There’ll be another time, Paladin.

PALADIN
Yeah. Won’t you please continue? Your audience is waiting.

CHARLES MATTHEWS
Thank you. And now a scene on the lighter side.

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