Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, Written by Denis Sanders and Terry Sanders.
Denver Pyle as Sid Morgan
Jacqueline Scott as Stacy Neal
Ken Lynch as Shawcross
Steve Gravers as Howard Gorman
Bill Erwin as Clerk
Bob Hopkins as Bartender
After a couple of days, when you two really get thirsty,
Don’t look back to find me, look up above you.
The buzzards will tell you how near the end is.
INT. HOTEL CARLTON LOBBY – DAY
Paladin is reading a newspaper. A beautiful woman saunters by.
Then there is a gunshot and the sound of breaking window glass.
Get down! Get away from that window!
You are hurt?
I’m all right.
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Did you see anyone?
Must’ve come from those roofs
across the street.
I send for police?
Hey boy, by all means,
you send for police.
Thank you very much. My name is morgan. Sid morgan.
My name is paladin, And I may be able to be of some further service to you.
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Maybe we’d better have
a little talk.
All right, sir.
So you see,
Danbury and his combine want to buy my railroad interest at any cost.
And danbury is the kind of a man that
gets whatever he wants no matter how.
This is the third attempt
on my life.
Three misses and three attempts.
That’s not a very good average.
Perhaps they’re trying
to frighten you into selling.
I thought at first.
The first two times,
My fianc e and I are leaving
for silver city in the morning.
I’ll pay you whatever
you think it’s worth
To see that
I get there alive.
Well, I think $1,000
should cover it.
EXT. ON THE ROAD – DAY
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It’s all right.
Here, it’s harmless.
It’s a horn toad.
It won’t hurt you.
Here, take it.
Why don’t you refresh
yourself by the spring?
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He is kind of cute.
I think stacy likes you.
I’m not hard
to get along with.
Stacy likes to play games.
Thinks it makes me jealous.
That’s all it is,
At heart, stacy’s
a business woman.
That’s why I trust her
enough to marry.
Let’s get out of here.
What’s your hurry?
How long has he been here?
Not long. Never mind the horses. Stacy. Come on.
Rough and ready, straight
ahead, go on into town.
Where are you going?
I’ll see you there.
Paladin rides off
Something I can
do for you?
Yes, you can give me
Like who you are,
where you’re going and why.
That’s a lot of information
to give to a stranger.
My name is paladin.
a stranger to me,
But I don’t mind telling you.
I’m howard gorman.
Well, now I’ve heard of you.
Twelve men, isn’t it?
Yeah. Maybe I better start thinking about adding that lucky thirteenth.
why are you following us?
want to follow you?
the answer to that
When I have the answers
to my other questions.
About that lucky 13.
There’s a legend that when the
world began, there were 13 gods.
Only 12 of them were
aquatinted with one another.
So to learn the stranger’s identity,
they invited him to a banquet.
And, to their everlasting
sorrow, he came.
The thirteenth god
EXT. IN TOWN – EVENING
Our friend looks like He might know how to handle that gun he’s wearing.
I’m sure danbury hired him.
Otherwise, why would
he have followed us?
Don’t worry, mr. Morgan,
Do you know him?
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seen him before.
He probably works
for the combine.
Paladin. Stand up.
Morgan. Get her out of here.
Mr. Gorman, you’re
making a mistake.
You gonna stand up?
No, I think I’d rather
finish my dinner.
Very well, sir.
We’ll have it
Number 13, paladin.
Now what do you know about this?
I’m an agent
for mr. Danbury.
He’s changed his mind
about buying mr. Morgan out.
I tried to stop gorman.
I told him he’d get his money
anyway, but he wouldn’t listen to me.
Whoever you are, mister,
you did us all a great favor.
Gorman was a killer.
All of you saw it.
It was a fair fight.
That’s right. The dead man drew first.
You’ve been too modest about
your talents, mr. Paladin.
If we’d had any idea
that you were this good-
Stacy, go to your room. I have some business with mr. Paladin.
What are you gonna do? You gonna try to talk him out of his fee to help cover…
I can always throw you
right back where I got you.
It’s too bad, paladin. You’re quite a man. It’s too bad you can’t use your head as well as you do your gun.
Your fee, Mr. Paladin.
You’re a very generous man Mr. Morgan.
Not generous, rich.
It won’t be necessary for you
to go to silver city with us.
The danger’s over.
What about the shot in san francisco?
What about it?
If gorman fired it, he wouldn’t have missed.
Unless he had some reason for missing.
This finishes it.
Good night, mr. Paladin.
INT. LATER ON IN THE SALOON
Give me a whiskey.
Oft times the fruit of the vine will lend surcease to the pain of the mind.
Or the pain of a punched-in face. You know, he’s quite a man with his fists around women. I’m leavin’ him. Just as soon as I can get some place so I can.
Then I’ll start lookin’ again. I’d like to find somebody else rich enough to marry.
How’s pickings in san francisco?
Well, I don’t think you’ll have any trouble.
It’s never any trouble at first. It’s too bad that you’re not rich. I like you.
Let me get you something for that
No! It’s all right. The things that he does, and he gets away with it. Tellin’ you that he’d never seen Shawcross before. That’s pretty funny.
He’s his business partner. He has been for years. He still is.
What about Gorman?
Hired gun. Just like you. Shawcross paid him to kill you. It was a bet.
A bet? That’s insane.
I won’t argue with you, but I knew about it. I thought it would be exciting. It was.
And two men shot it out. And one of them was killed. And for what? For an evening’s entertainment.
You can’t stop them. It’s over. They didn’t do anything wrong. They didn’t break the law. They’ve been doing things like this for years, and you can’t do anything.
Stacy! Get up to your room.
I was very interested in what she had to say.
You’ve got no complaint Mr. Paladin, you’re well paid.
For what? For killing a man in a sideshow?
You get up to your room.
Mr. Morgan, you’ve got a gun. Draw it!
No! I’ve got no reason to draw on you, mr. Paladin.
You’ve got an excuse now! Draw the gun!
I’m not gonna draw on you, paladin, Give you an excuse to kill me. You’re gonna have to shoot me in cold blood. Commit a real murder. Come on, stacy.
Stacy. You don’t have to go with him.
He’d find me again, sooner or later. It’s no use, paladin. He’ll go on and on. People will be hurt and will die, But nothing can stop him.
INT. HOTEL LOBBY
Miss neal come down yet?
Come down? I guess she has. All of them did. Left in a buckboard two or three hours ago.
All of them?
Well, it was that lady, like I said. Then mr. Morgan and that mr. Shawcross.
I see. This will cover what I owe you.
EXT. ON THE TRAIL – DAY
Stacy. Stacy. Come here. Here, stacy. Come on now, take some more. Come on.
Stacy, they’re just going around this point. Bring this horse on in slowly.
Hold it! Right where you are, both of you!
Now don’t be hasty,
Just you give you me one slight excuse, Either one of you.
Now, morgan, you hand her your billfold. Give it to her.
Stacy, take my horse
into rough and ready.
Use whatever’s in that billfold and
take a stage wherever you want to go.
it’s a long hot trip.
Goodbye, and good luck.
Now move out.
Paladin, you’re a smart man, if it’s money you want-Giddyup.
Hold it there.
You two gentlemen have been
untouched by any law for so long
That you’ve become dangerous
fugitives from justice.
I wonder if you really are
beyond any retribution.
What do you mean?
You’re 30 miles due west of silver city. It’s about a three-day walk, and you’d better get started.
I’ll take your gun, mr. Morgan. Now yours, mr. Shawcross.
You were willing to let a lone woman without any water
Try to walk 30 miles across the desert.
I’ve made myself a bet that two men carrying water could make it.
Now get down.
Why are you doing this?
Because it’s necessary.
It s the same as murder.
I’m sure you are much better qualified to define murder than I am. Now get down. Get out of there! And good day to you, too.
What do you suppose
he’s up to?
I don’t know. Well, may as well get going. He’s following.
First chance we get, we’ll figure some way to jump him.
Every time I look back, he’s taking another drink. I’ve got to have water. Just one swallow.
All right. Just one swallow. Now I can wait. You owe me one swallow. You drank it all!
Buzzards flying overhead.
Gentlemen, you should’ve nursed your water better. But you had to indulge yourselves.
Well, there’s no sense in both of you dying. Here.
Just water. Not much, but some.
I’m owed one swallow. One swallow’s mine.
You’ll get it. I get a swallow.
All right, morgan. Now carry shawcross back over here to the buckboard.
That’s too bad. We’ll need the body anyway. This time you’re not beyond the law. I’m taking you back to stand trial for murder.
You come near me and I’ll kill you.