56-“The Taffeta Mayor”

Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, Written by Albert Aley.
Norma Crane as Lucy Kellaway
Edward Platt as Arnold Oaklin
Robert Karnes as Clay Morrow
Bobby Hall as Ben Trask
Jeanne Bates as Harriet Morrow
Tom Steele as Bailey
William Shaw as Townsman
Paul Hahn as Townsman
Emile Avery as Townsman (uncredited)
Robert Robinson as Townsman (uncredited)

As far as I’m concerned, this town deserves what it’s getting.
But Kellaway paid me to do a job, and that’s what I intend to do.
With your help, if you’ll give it, alone if I must.

HEY BOY
Good morning, mr. Paladin.

PALADIN
Good morning, hey boy.

HEY BOY
Much mail today.

PALADIN
The jeweler…The caterer…The gunsmith…The hotel…The boot maker. Hey boy, I’d hoped in today’s mail, There would be something of profit for me. Those the latest editions?

HEY BOY
Yeah.

ARNOLD OAKLIN
I’m sorry. Send this wire out right away, will you boy?

HEY BOY
Yes, sir.

ARNOLD OAKLIN
And have the clerk make up my bill, I’m checking out.

HEY BOY
Your name, please?

ARNOLD OAKLIN
Oaklin, Arnold Oaklin. I’ll be leaving in ten minutes.

PALADIN (reading to himself)
“Oaklin-Trask connection charged. Colton, Wyoming. up for re-election as mayor of Colton, Ben Trask has been accused of merely being a figurehead controlled by Arnold Oaklin. the only opposing candidate, John Kellaway, has promised to prove this charge in his final campaign meeting at town hall, later this week.”

HEY BOY
Excuse me, mr. Paladin…Cannot read this gentleman handwriting. What’s this last word?

PALADIN
Hey boy, that wire is personal. Now take it to the telegraph office.

HEY BOY
But let me read anyway. Return immediately. Stop kill. It don’t make sense, ‘stop kill’. See?

PALADIN
Hey boy, that’s an ‘e’, not an ‘I’. Stop kell.

HEY BOY
Still, that make no sense.

PALADIN
Well, take it to the telegraph office. And hey boy, let me have an envelope.

HEY BOY
You find client?

PALADIN
Well, I’m not sure, but it does look promising.

EXT. TOWN OF COLTON, WYOMING – DAY

LUCY KELLAWAY
Thank you, Clay. Harriet.

HARRIET MORROW
You sure you don’t want me to stay with you, lucy?

LUCY KELLAWAY
I’ll be all right. I have a lot of personal things to attend to.

HARRIET MORROW
You know I’d be more than happy to…

CLAY MORROW
You heard her, Harriet. Keeping busy, that’s the secret.
Can I see you in, Lucy? Lucy, if you need any help…

LUCY KELLAWAY
No…Thank you, Clay. I’m quite capable of managing things myself.

LUCY KELLAWAY
This store is not open for business.

PALADIN
I’m looking for Mr. Kellaway.

LUCY KELLAWAY
I buried my husband this morning.

PALADIN
Oh…Please accept my deepest sympathy. Can you tell me sir, what happened here?

CLAY MORROW
Well…

LUCY KELLAWAY
Some citizen…Accidentally threw dynamite in the window. John kellaway was killed. Now may I ask, What business you had with my husband?

PALADIN
Well, mr. Kellaway hired me to help him. I’m terribly sorry I didn’t get here in time To prevent what happened.

CARD

LUCY KELLAWAY
You’re a liar. John wouldn’t have had anything to do with you. You represent everything he wanted to fight, Everything he hated most. A cheap gunman, and a killer. This town is full of men like you.

PALADIN
Mrs. Kellaway, your husband did send me a telegram.

LUCY KELLAWAY
I have heard all I care to, now get out of here.

PALADIN
Mrs. Kellaway, your husband…

LUCY KELLAWAY
I said get out, mr. Paladin! Or mr. Morrow will show you out.

PALADIN
Mrs. Kellaway, If I lived in a town like this, I’d be a little less proud, I’d ask for help. Like your husband did.

LUCY KELLAWAY
If I were going to live in this town, I would also. But I’m not. I’m going east tomorrow. On the stage. Good day, sir.

EXT. STREET

PALADIN
Afternoon.

HARRIET MORROW
Afternoon.

PALADIN
Mr. Morrow, I’d like answers to some questions, If you don’t mind.

CLAY MORROW
Well, yes. Certainly.

HARRIET MORROW
Clay, are you gonna drive me home or not?

CLAY MORROW
In a moment, dear. I’m busy.

HARRIET MORROW

All right, you can walk.

PALADIN
Mr. Morrow, I’m very sorry about that. Now, just what did John Kellaway know about
Oaklin and Trask, that he was gonna tell at this meeting tonight?

CLAY MORROW
Oh, I know what John was going to tell everybody. It wasn’t as serious as he tried to make out. Trask was…Trask was practically in Oaklin’s pocket, You know, on his payroll.

PALADIN
Why?

CLAY MORROW
Well, oaklin owns the harness store And a couple of other businesses. He’s got his hand in every shady deal in town. He needs help. You know, the official kind of help. Can’t do better than the mayor.

PALADIN
You don’t think that’s a serious charge?

CLAY MORROW
Oh, of course. But what can we do? Oaklin owns the mayor and the sheriff…Well, the rest of us just stay out of trouble, That way, nobody gets hurt.

PALADIN
That’s right, they just get killed out right, Like John Kellaway. I think I’d like to meet Mr. Oaklin.

CLAY MORROW
Oh, well…

PALADIN
Will you do the honors?

CLAY MORROW
You see, mr. Paladin…

PALADIN
Now!

CLAY MORROW
All right.

INT.

ARNOLD OAKLIN
Gentlemen, what can I do for you?

PALADIN
Mr. Oaklin, my name is paladin. John kellaway hired me to help him with his campaign.

ARNOLD OAKLIN
Terrible thing, the way john died.

ARNOLD OAKLIN
This is Mr. Trask. The honorable Ben Trask, Mayor of Colton.
I’ve seen you somewhere before, haven’t I?

PALADIN
We bumped into each other in the Carlton, In San Francisco.

ARNOLD OAKLIN
Carlton? San francisco…You’re a long way from home.

PALADIN
Your campaigns are rather noisy up here. Especially when you campaign with dynamite.

ARNOLD OAKLIN
When I…? You’re confused, Mr. Paladin. I’m not a candidate.

PALADIN
Aren’t you?

ARNOLD OAKLIN
I’m not sure what you mean. But kellaway’s death was an accident, Everybody knows that. Right, ben?

BEN TRASK
Oh yeah, sure. Everybody knows that.

PALADIN
Well, I’m sure not everybody knows that. Mrs. Kellaway has a different opinion. And I have a different opinion.

ARNOLD OAKLIN
What’s your opinion?

PALADIN
I think he was murdered.

ARNOLD OAKLIN
We have a peaceful little town here. No trouble, no troublemakers. I must warn you, Mr. Paladin…The Sheriff here doesn’t like troublemakers. Especially strangers.

PALADIN
I’m sure he doesn’t.

ARNOLD OAKLIN
Kellaway’s dead. Why don’t you ride out of town and forget the whole business.

PALADIN
No, mr. Oaklin, I’m not leaving. I was paid in advance to do a certain job, And when that job is done to my satisfaction, Then I’ll ride out of town.

ARNOLD OAKLIN
We’re gentle people here in colton, mr. Paladin. We just don’t like hired gunmen. Now take my advice and get out of town, Before you get in serious trouble.

BEN TRASK
I’ll put it on the line a lot cleaner than that. You try using that gun around here, and you’ll end up in jail, or danglin’ from a rope. All the sheriff needs is an excuse, or us to say the word.

ARNOLD OAKLIN
You brought him here, now take him out.

CLAY MORROW
It wasn’t my fault, Oaklin. He made me.

INT. CLAY MORROW’S HOUSE – DAY

CLAY MORROW
I suppose you know that oaklin will probably Hold it against me for taking you over there.

PALADIN
Mr. Morrow…You and the others in this town, Deserve whatever you’re getting. When an honest, courageous man like John Kellaway gives his life for you, you haven’t the courage to…

CLAY MORROW
All right, mr. Paladin. I admit I’m afraid. But look what he did to you…What do you expect me to do?

PALADIN
Well, you could run for mayor. You could put trask out of business.

CLAY MORROW
I’m no politician…Look, mr. Paladin, I don’t want to get mixed up in things. I just want to stay out of trouble.

PALADIN
You’re gonna have trouble as long as you live. Everything you do begs for it.

INT. KELLAWAY’S STORE

LUCY KELLAWAY
I told you once…

PALADIN

I know what you told me, Mrs. Kellaway. Now I’m gonna tell you a few things. This is the telegram your husband sent me in San Francisco. He also deposited a draft in a bank in my name, in San Francisco. Now I don’t know whether you’re like the rest of the people in this town, I hope you’re not.

LUCY KELLAWAY
What do you mean?

PALADIN
I think this town is getting exactly what it deserves. But your husband hoped for something better. He hired me for a specific job, To stop trask and oaklin. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Alone if I must, With your help if you’ll give it.

LUCY KELLAWAY
And what do you expect me to do? Get a gun and help you shoot it out with them?

PALADIN
If it were that simple, I wouldn’t need any help. The only way to beat those men, is to get that office. Now the Wyoming territorial legislature granted woman suffrage several years ago. There is no reason why you shouldn’t replace your husband on that ballot. I can’t run for mayor, I’m not a resident here. Someone who is a resident, and who has the courage must oppose Trask on that ballot.

LUCY KELLAWAY
But… It’s absurd. A woman mayor.

PALADIN
It’s not as absurd or as tragic as a man giving his life for a cause no one else is willing to fight for.

LUCY KELLAWAY
But I don’t know anything about politics. That’s a man’s game.

PALADIN
A game, Mrs. Kellaway? That what you call it? You think Oaklin was playing a game when he had me beaten up to run me out of town? Well, I’ll tell you he wasn’t playing any game when he killed your husband.

LUCY KELLAWAY
All right, mr. Paladin…Tell me what to do.

EXT. SALOON

TOWNSMAN
Hey fellas! Come on out here! Come on! There! A lady mayor!

PALADIN
Come on over here! All of you! Are you people really interested In having an honest mayor in this town? If you are, you’re gonna have a chance to get one tomorrow. Just mark your ballots for lucy kellaway. Now her husband, john kellaway, Has already given his life for you. Tomorrow you’ll have a chance to do your part.

CLAY MORROW
Mr. Paladin, what’s the meaning of this? It’s not fit and proper for a woman… A widow…

PALADIN
I’m sure lucy kellaway would be very happy to take her name off this ballot in exchange for yours. Mr. Morrow, you step right up here and tell these people what you’d do if you were mayor. Right up here, sir.

(HE WALKS AWAY
There’s gonna be a meeting in that town hall tonight. Just like john kellaway said there’d be. Only his wife lucy is going to be doing the talking. You wanna find out what’s wrong with oaklin? What’s wrong with trask, what’s wrong with your town? You be in that meeting hall tonight.

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He sure did anything but take your advice About getting out of town.

ARNOLD OAKLIN
I didn’t think he would.
What’s so funny? He gets everybody riled up enough, Not telling what may happen.

ARNOLD OAKLIN
If need be, we’ll take care Of mr. Paladin and his mrs. Kellaway.

EXT. TOWN HALL – EVENING

TOWNSMAN
The gals are louder and funnier over at the saloon. Paladin, come over to the wagon wheel, We’ll listen to her over there. We’ll put it to music.

CLAY MORROW
You should have known, lucy. They won’t listen to a woman.

LUCY KELLAWAY
Not one, not even one.

CLAY MORROW
Well, perhaps it’s just as well. Come, I’ll see you home.

ARNOLD OAKLIN
Pretty rough on a woman. Wanting to talk, and nobody listening to her.

INT. KELLAWAY STORE

PALADIN
That certainly didn’t work out very well, did it? We’ll have to figure out what to do now.

LUCY KELLAWAY
It’s no use, paladin. I can’t fight them, it’s just no use.

PALADIN
You wanna quit? All right, you quit. You go out to the cemetery, take fresh flowers. Go out there everyday. Put those fresh flowers on your husband’s grave, But don’t you do anything about the men that killed him.

LUCY KELLAWAY
Now what else do you expect me to do? We tried your little scheme and it didn’t work. You saw what happened. There’s not a man In this town who’d vote for me. Now I just don’t care, do you understand that? I just don’t care. I don’t want to be a mayor, I don’t want to be elected to anything. I…I just…

PALADIN
What time are the polls open?

LUCY KELLAWAY
They open at noon, and they close at three.

PALADIN
Get a good night’s sleep. I’ll pick you up at six o’clock in the morning, And be ready to do some traveling.

EXT. SALOON

TOWNSMAN
Hey billy! Come here and have a drink on the house, come on.

PALADIN
Good afternoon, Mr. Morrow.

LUCY KELLAWAY
I trust you voted, clay.

CLAY MORROW
I might have saved myself the trouble. There aren’t many voting, but you can bet they’re all trask votes. He’s been feeding them free whiskey. By the way, where have you been? That’s my wife and…Mrs. Ford, mrs…What are they doing here?

LUCY KELLAWAY
Exercising their rights as American citizens.

CLAY MORROW
You mean they’re gonna vote?

PALADIN

Certainly. They’ve had that privilege for several years now.

LUCY KELLAWAY
We’ve been out all morning reminding them of that fact.

CLAY MORROW
All right, but whoever heard of them doing it?

MAYOR TRASK
Mr. Oaklin!

PALADIN
Obviously not mayor trask.

LUCY KELLAWAY
Now if you’ll excuse me gentlemen, I think I’ll join the ladies and vote.

PALADIN
Evening, Mr. Oaklin. I was wondering where I might find Mayor Trask.

ARNOLD OAKLIN
I haven’t seen him all night.

TOWNSMAN
They did it! We got us a lady mayor!

PALADIN
Would you like to go and congratulate her?

ARNOLD OAKLIN
Congratulate her?

PALADIN
It’s the polite thing to do. So Oaklin…This way.

ARNOLD OAKLIN
Paladin…

PALADIN
Inside!

INT. STORE

CLAY MORROW
What’s he doing here?

PALADIN
He wanted to congratulate Mrs. Kellaway first, didn’t you?

CLAY MORROW
Congratulate?

ARNOLD OAKLIN
I know we’ve had our differences, but…I’m sure they can be resolved. I’m sure you’ll…Do an excellent job, … And congratulations.

ARNOLD OAKLIN
Paladin, I can’t…

PALADIN
Now…Yesterday, I spent some time In your harness shop, against my will. Let’s just say I’m gonna repay you for that, huh?

ARNOLD OAKLIN
I’m sorry about that, truly sorry. If you just let me go…

PALADIN
When trask gets here.

CLAY MORROW
Trask?

PALADIN
That’s right, he’ll be here, won’t he?

ARNOLD OAKLIN
No, he left town.

PALADIN
How do you know? You said you hadn’t seen him all night.

ARNOLD OAKLIN
He told me…

PALADIN
You know…you don’t look well. Well…Morrow, put that chair over there by the door, Under that open transom, and lock the door. We’ll put you over there for some fresh air, And you’ll feel better.

ARNOLD OAKLIN
I feel perfectly fine, just let me go…

PALADIN
By the door!

ARNOLD OAKLIN
No, I won’t!

PALADIN
Get out of there, morrow! Come on!

CLAY MORROW
No, trask! Wait! I’m in here!

EXPLOSION

PALADIN
Too bad Trask didn’t leave town.

INT. STORE – MORNING

CLAY MORROW
Lucy, where are you going?

LUCY KELLAWAY
Clay, I want you to sell this store. I’ll wire you my address in philadelphia, when I get settled.

CLAY MORROW
What are you talking about? Why lucy, you can’t leave now. You’re gonna be sworn in as mayor day after tomorrow.

LUCY KELLAWAY

No, I’m not. I’m leaving. I’m leaving for good.

CLAY MORROW
But lucy, you were elected…Don’t you owe a debt to the people who voted for you?

LUCY KELLAWAY
I owed a sacred debt to my husband, And every woman who voted for me knows that. This town let oaklin kill my husband, And then they did nothing about it.

The only help I received, was from a total stranger. I ran for office for one reason, And that was to tear down the men who murdered John Kellaway. And that’s done now. I can’t do anymore.

CLAY MORROW
But colton needs a mayor.

LUCY KELLAWAY
Well, clay…How about you?

PALADIN
Good luck, morrow.