57-“Lady on the Stagecoach”

Original Airdate:  (January 17, 1959)

 Paladin travels in a stagecoach with four others, including a daughter of an Apache chief, while carrying a load of gold that many have their eye on.

Director: Richard Whorf, Writers: Steve Fisher, Guy de Maupassant (story)

RICHARD BOONE as Paladin
JOHN DOUCETTE as Ed Rance
VITINA MARCUS as Della White Cloud (as Dolores Vitina)
RAYMOND BAILEY as Clyde Barnes
FAY BAKER as Mrs. Grayson
WARD WOOD as Hank Slade
MARK DANA as Mr. Grayson
JOHN CLOSE as Grady
WARREN PARKER as Ben – Stage Depot Clerk
HAL NEEDHAM as Little Horse
CRAIG DUNCAN as Man
TEX TERRY as Stage Driver

An old apache law says never ask of another that which you are not willing to give. You’re asking for a life. Are you willing to give yours?

EXT. STAGE DEPOT – DAY

PALADIN
Hank.

HANK SLADE
Paladin.

PALADIN
I swear I haven’t seen you since laramie.

HANK SLADE
And that was a poker game I’ll never forget.

PALADIN
What are you doing here in the territory?

HANK SLADE
I was wondering that myself. They offered me double pay to ride shotgun on this trip.

PALADIN
Oh, I see why they wanted you.
Had to be something.
Give you a hand up.
Thanks.
Got room for one more?
Sure do.

HANK SLADE
Good. I’ll throw your saddle up.

PALADIN
Thanks, hank.

PALADIN
I’ll need a one-way ticket to…San francisco.

CLERK
Yes, sir. One to san francisco.

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I’ll put these on the coach.

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Why, you clumsy heathen! Watch where you’re going.

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Little horse, stop it!
Stop it, I say.

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Little horse, stop it!

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That’s enough, that’s enough.
You made your point!

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Ignorant savages,
getting so mad.

PALADIN
Why don’t you finish your business?

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I’m sorry about that.

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Little horse usually don’t cause no trouble.

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But he works for a family here in town, the graysons,

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Who ain’t noted for their kind treatment of redskin…

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Uh, their help.

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Lucky there was royalty sitting by to come to the rescue.

PALADIN
Royalty?

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She’s the daughter of chief white cloud.

PALADIN
Well, an apache princess. Royalty, indeed. Thank you very much, princess.
I’m most grateful.
Very intelligent young woman. Just graduated from a ladies’ seminary in boston.

PALADIN
Is that where she’s coming from?

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Traveling straight through to arizona.

G
‘morning, ben. You have our tickets?

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Yes, mr. Grayson, and the luggage is right there.

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Very good.

G
Is that woman riding on the same coach with us?

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Yes, ma’am, and so’s this gentleman.

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Paladin.

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Uh, this is Mr. And Mrs. Grayson.

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How do you do?
How do you do?

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And this is
mr. Barnes.

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He’s a representative of the biggest feed store in St. Louis.

W
Can’t you arrange to have her stay over until the next coach?

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Why?

PALADIN
That’s a fair question.

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Well, you see, it’s not that we mind, But after all, we do have a lady riding with us.
I’m sure you understand.
But, mr. Barnes, you paid for your tickets yesterday.

PALADIN
Are we just about ready to roll?

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Right away.

PALADIN
Thank you. Excuse me. May I escort you to the coach?

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Thank you.

PALADIN
I like to be of service to a lady. The pleasure is always mine.

EXT. ON THE STAGE ROUTE -DAY

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Mind if I lower that curtain? It’ll keep some of the dust out.

PALADIN
Oh, I beg your pardon.

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Awfully sorry. Oh, that’s all right.

PALADIN
This was from paris, too, wasn’t it?

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Yes, it was.

PALADIN
‘fraid I spilled it all.

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Thank you.

PALADIN
Well, perfume from Paris, and clothing from Boston.
I’d say that’s very fitting for a princess.
I’m told you just graduated from a school in Boston. You’re on your way home?

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Yes, I am. For a short stay. Then San Francisco.

PALADIN
Well, that’s my town. I’ll be very glad to show it to you. Arrange tickets for the opera.
Thank you, but you’d have to take both of us.
And I’m afraid you wouldn’t like to do that.

PALADIN
Both of you?
Yes, I’m getting married. He was a cadet at west point.
Now he’s a lieutenant in the army.

PALADIN
Well, you’ll make a lovely bride.

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Thank you.

DRIVER
Whoa, whoa, whoa.

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Gonna take a little fixin’. About twenty minutes or so.
Well, may as well stretch. Harness needs some repairing.
Whoo.

W
I have some sandwiches and roast chicken.
Shall we sit in the shade and eat them?
Thank you, that’s very thoughtful. Very thoughtful.

PALADIN
“you have many enemies who know not why they are so, but like the village curs,
bark when their fellows do.”

princess
“henry viii,” isn’t it?

PALADIN
That’s right.

p
“if you have no enemies, it is a sign fortune has forgotten you.”

PALADIN
So your education of shakespeare has not been neglected.
No, only my appetite.
Oh, why thank you. Here, darling.

PALADIN
Well, princess, come along. It’s time for lunch.
What’s that? A pie. There.

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No, no pie. Oh! Thank you.

PALADIN
Excuse me, I think I should warn you people
Not to wander too far from the stagecoach.
Hm, why not? Is there some danger?

PALADIN
Don’t you know we’re carrying a large shipment of gold?
Oh, that’s why we have a shotgun guard?

PALADIN
That’s hank slade. He’s being paid double to ride this trip with us.
This country is notorious for its bandits.

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Company must be expecting trouble.

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I’ll take you back, princess.

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Now, wait a minute.
Do you mean to say there might be some real danger for us here?

PALADIN
That depends on the mood of the outlaws.
I’ve seen stagecoach passengers not only harmed, but mutilated.
I saw one man with his ears cut off.
Why would outlaws want to do that?

PALADIN
Now, who can explain the thinking of wanton killers? Probably just for amusement.
However, in most cases, they simply kill the passengers.
Look, if the company was expecting trouble,
Why didn’t they tell us? We didn’t have to take that stage.
Indeed.

PALADIN
I don’t think you’ll be in any real danger, until late this afternoon.
We have to make a stop at a transfer station right in the middle of nowhere.
You know, that’s right. I don’t like this.

PALADIN
If you’re really worried, I offer you my services. I guarantee safe delivery at your destination, for $100 apiece, Plus a small retainer.
Let me see that.

W
Why, that’s terrible. You’re just as bad as those bandits.

PALADIN
Very well. You have it your way.
No, wait, now, wait. You’re hired. You get us there safely, and I’ll pay.

PALADIN
All right, I’ll take that small retainer I mentioned now. Excuse me. Small retainer is this basket of food, and I suggest you three go back to the stagecoach. Princess. Shall we dine?

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Do you see something?

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Transfer station is right up ahead.

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Tell us the truth, mr. Paladin. You don’t really expect any trouble, do you?

PALADIN
I didn’t.
But you’re going to take our money anyhow.
You didn’t expect…?
What do you mean?
Look, there’s nobody around.
Where is everybody?
Want me to barrel on through?
I don’t know yet.
Where are you going?!
Up top where I can do some good.
No, stay with us!
We’ll all be killed!
H’ya!

Paladin falls in a ditch only to be captured by one of the outlaws.

ED RANCE
Get up! You dropped these little things when you fell.
Get moving.

PALADIN
Wait a minute. There’s a
wounded man down that road.

ED RANCE
Hank slade,
he’s a good man.
I told the boys to get him right
away so we wouldn’t have no troubles.

PALADIN
You’ll let him die
out there?

ED RANCE
If he ain’t dead, I’ll have him brung in. Let’s go. Hurry up.

ED RANCE
Light the other lamp. It’s getting dark in here.
See, that’s all they wanted. I’m glad I told them where it was. It’s bought us all our lives.

PALADIN
It’s bought us all a common grave if this man is Ed Rance.

ED RANCE
You know me?

PALADIN
I know you. By reputation.

ED RANCE
Where you going?

PALADIN
Up to the mantle. You worried?

ED RANCE
So…Let’s see what else we’ve got here besides the gold.
Who’s this?

PALADIN
That’s Della White Cloud. She’s the daughter of an Apache chief.
And bad totem for you, Rance.

ED RANCE
Well. You’re just about the prettiest thing I ever did see. Prettiest thing ever.
Now, ma’am, you ain’t got no cause to be scared of me. None at all.

PALADIN
Rance, did you ever see what happens to a man who touches an apache girl
against her wishes? It takes him a week to die, and him praying for death every minute.

MAN
Nonsense, she’s just an indian. Take her and the gold, let the rest of us go!

ED RANCE
You sit down.
Ain’t you ever learned proper respect for a lady?
Red, help me out with the gold.
Ah, red, you better stay here and see that nobody does nothing.
Grady, give me a hand.
We’re gonna have to blow this open outside.
Why outside?

ED RANCE
I don’t want to frighten the lady.
If you ever lay a hand on that girl again, so help me, I’ll kill you.

PALADIN
Hank, let’s have a look at the arm. Princess. Excuse us, please.
Driver, get some of the sheets off that bunk.

ED RANCE
Pack the gold in six bags And weigh them evenly across the saddles.
That’ll take time.

ED RANCE
I know. I want a little time.
For what?

ED RANCE
For the indian girl.
Now, look, you kidnapped a woman once before.

ED RANCE
Yes, but this girl’s different. She’s got something that makes me respect her.
Ha! She does that, she sure ain’t your type.

ED RANCE
Why not? What am I? A freak? She’s the kind of girl, that if she gives her word,
She keeps it. An indian always keeps a promise.
Well, just what is it you want her to promise you?

ED RANCE
You just keep your fat mouth shut and pack the gold.

MAN
Talk to them. You talk their language.

PALADIN
You talk to them, they understand you better.

ED RANCE
The gold’s being packed up so it won’t be much longer now. I said it won’t be much longer, So if anybody’d like to make a few choice last words, Now’s the time.
Last words? You’re not saying you intend to…

ED RANCE
Oh, yes, everybody. Except her.

PALADIN
Perhaps very few men have the stomach for a full-scale massacre.
Do you? Or do you have something else in mind?

ED RANCE
You’re real smart.

PALADIN
There hasn’t been any killing, and
you don’t really want to kill us.

ED RANCE
Maybe I do and maybe I don’t, But if thing don’t work out the way I want them to, I’m going to.

PALADIN
What things?

ED RANCE
Ma’am, there’s something I want to talk to you about.

PALADIN
You’re wasting your time.

ED RANCE
Stay out of this.

PALADIN
You want the whole apache nation after you?

ED RANCE
I ain’t gonna tell you again to keep your mouth shut.

ED RANCE
Ma’am? Things ain’t as bad as they look. And they ain’t gonna be as bad as it sounds.
It’s just that, When I saw you tonight, When I saw your face, I knew then…
What did he say your name was?

p
It’s della.

ED RANCE
You know, you talk real pretty.

PALADIN
If you’re just interested in talking to a woman, There’s another one here.
Paladin!

PALADIN
I’m sure mrs. Grayson will be very happy To pass the time of day with you.

ED RANCE
I’m talking to miss della. Now, you all better listen real careful to what I have to say.
Because miss della here’s going to have to decide something.
It’s gonna be up to her whether the rest of you people live or die.

MAN
Rance, what are you proposing?

ED RANCE
Miss della? We’re gonna be out in the hills hunting and fishing for 30 days.
After that time, if you don’t like me, I’ll let you go.
I won’t hurt you. I’ll be good to you. See, miss della,
I respect you. You ask my man grady if I didn’t tell him that.
30 days.
All I want is your word
that you won’t run out on me.

PALADIN
Rance, she’s not
going with you.

ED RANCE
If she don’t, Nobody’s gonna get out of here alive. Except red, grady and me.
Nobody. If you think I’m bluffin’, I’m gonna start right now.

p
No.

ED RANCE
I’ll kill them all, slow and easy, One by one. You want to stand here and watch,
I’ll give you a show like you’ve never seen! Starting now with him.

p
Please, give me time to think. A few minutes.

ED RANCE
Remember, miss della, I’m not gonna hurt you. It’s just that a man can go crazy
holed up in a canyon at night. Stars flashing in the sky and nobody to talk to.
It’s just that a man can get lonely. Aching lonely. They think I’m some kind of an animal, but I’m not.

p
Please.

ED RANCE
All right. I’ll give you a little time to think it over. I guess it’s only fair.
Red, you keep your eye out. I’ll give grady a hand.

PALADIN
Princess. Are you cold?

p
Yes.

PALADIN
Well, this should keep you warm. While rance and grady are filling their boots with this share of the gold,

PALADIN
Get the gun!

ED RANCE
You two get out of here and get the horses ready. All right, get up.

PALADIN
Barnes, as a man you leave a little to be desired.

ED RANCE
You keep your mouth shut. Miss della, I want my answer now.

MAN
You have no choice. We’ll all be killed. Now, listen, I was wrong. I know that now.
We’re all equal in the eyes of god.
Yes, yes, go with him. It will only be for a little while. He said so. You can’t let us all die!

WOMAN
I know what a sacrifice it is, my dear. I do know, but you have no choice.

PALADIN
Della, before you make your decision, One last reminder of your days at school.
One quotation from shakespeare.

ED RANCE
What is this?

PALADIN
That’s not too much to ask.
Please?

ED RANCE
Keep it short.

PALADIN
You’re familiar
with “romeo and juliet”?
The friar’s speech at the end of the play.
Where the friar instructs juliet about the use of the vial she dropped.
“the roses in thy lips and cheeks shall fade to paly ashes, thy eyes’ windows fall, like death.”
I’ve made my decision.

ED RANCE
What is that?

PALADIN
You have your answer, rance.
She’s dying.
Rance, it’s too bad you’re not
familiar with “romeo and juliet.”
The friar instructs juliet
to feign death,
And by pretending to regain
everything that seemed lost.
Now, get up.

ED RANCE
I could’ve let you fall. But I trusted you and you played me for a fool.

PALADIN
Just to set the record straight, I played the trick.
Now, would you like to call your friends in here?

ED RANCE
I guess I have no choice. Red, grady, get in here.

PALADIN
Guns on the floor. Put ’em out there!

ED RANCE
I could’ve killed everybody here. But because of you, I didn’t.
Because I saw something in you that…
He’s right, he could’ve killed us. And he said one thing that I believe.
He said he had respect for me. That’s more than others had.
Give him a chance to run for it. It’s the only way I can thank him.

PALADIN
Rance.

ED RANCE
Thank you, miss della. I’ll never forget you as long as I live.

PALADIN
There is the small matter of relieving you of the gold.

EXT. ON THE STAGE ROAD – DAY

PALADIN
95, 290, 300. Exactly right, thank you very much. Well, the gold’s intact, and so are we.
Something seems to be missing. What do you suppose it could be?
There was some food in the kitchen. I made sandwiches.
That’s fine, princess.

WOMAN
No, thank you, I’m not hungry.

PALADIN
What’s missing, huh? Oh, yes. That glorious vision you had. How did it go again?
“we’re all equal in the eyes of the lord.” Hm? It’s gone.
Shall we dine, mr. Paladin?

PALADIN
Princess, it would be a great pleasure.

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