109-“Never Help the Devil”

Season 3, Episode 31 – Original Airdate: (April 16, 1960)

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen, Written by: Archie L. Tegland

JACK LAMBERT as Doggie Kramer
LEWIS MARTIN as Doctor
(Pandora’s Box, 1962) as Secretary – Client
(Homecoming, 1959) as Will Stanhope
DICK RICH as Sheriff Jim Toby
(Homecoming, 1959) as Sheriff Clyde
WILLIAM WELLMAN JR. as Terry Gallagher
(Coming of the Tiger, 1962) as Billy
(The Golden Toad, 1959) as Bob
(The Posse, 1959) as 2nd Posseman
STAR TREK (Of Gods and Men, 2007) as Charlie Evans
KELTON GARWOOD as Informer
(Charley Red Dog, 1959) as Joe Denver
JASON JOHNSON as Store Clerk
(The Marshal’s Boy, 1960) as Jake – Deputy

EXT. ON THE TRAIL – CRECENT CITY

PALADIN
I broke a curb strap.

STORE CLERK
They’re on the wall there. Hang on. I’ll be with ya.
Tom Gallagher’s havin’ a shootout with Kramer.

TOWNSMAN
Hey, he’s hurt. Kramer’s hurt.

DOGGIE KRAMER
Somebody’s finally showing some courage.

TOWNSMAN
He’s got a brother, Gallagher does. You know that?
I expect he’ll be sorry to hear about your arm.
Probably come himself to tell you how bad he feels.

DOGGIE KRAMER
You still haven’t got the kind of guts to finish the job. Come on, doc.

INT. GENERAL STORE

DOGGIE KRAMER
Give me a shotgun.

DOCTOR
Hold this in your arm before you bleed to death.

DOGGIE KRAMER
No. The short one. Some shells.

DOCTOR
Kramer, I’m not gonna beg you. If I didn’t have more medical ethics than good sense, I’d like to sit and watch the gangrene set in.

DOGGIE KRAMER
It ain’t gonna cure itself. Grab one of those straps. Strap that stock to my arm.
Come on. Tighter! Who are you, mister?

[Paladin shows card]

DOGGIE KRAMER
Gunfighter. You ever hear of Doggie Kramer?

PALADIN
Nope.

DOGGIE KRAMER
Well, that’s me. Gallagher send for you?

PALADIN
I never heard of Gallagher either… Till you shot him.
What happens to you doesn’t concern me.

DOGGIE KRAMER
Come on, doc.

DOCTOR
Sure. If you got no more shopping to do.

DOGGIE KRAMER
Gunfighter. Which way you ridin’ out?

PALADIN
My own way.

DOGGIE KRAMER
Put ’em on my bill.

PALADIN
How much do I owe you?

STORE CLERK
Four bits.

PALADIN
Jim Toby still the sheriff of this town?

STORE CLERK
Yeah.

PALADIN
Well, where was he?

STORE CLERK
Ask Kramer. He probably told him where to go till the shootin’ stopped.

PALADIN
That doesn’t sound much like Jim Toby.

STORE CLERK
Maybe yes. Maybe no.

DOGGIE KRAMER
Paladin. Come up here. I wanna talk to you.

PALADIN
You got nothin’ to say to me.

DOGGIE KRAMER
I got a job for you.

DOGGIE KRAMER
I got nothing to lose, paladin.

DOGGIE KRAMER
No. Hold off on that.

PALADIN
Go ahead, doctor. I’m not staying.

DOGGIE KRAMER
No? I’m offering you $200 just to ride with me. 60 miles. Santa Fe.
Take the cash while you can get it.

PALADIN
Doctor, your Hippocratic oath forces you to deal with him.
I’ve taken no oath and I don’t need his money.

DOGGIE KRAMER
Maybe so. But I need you. You’re the only man around here with any iron in his backbone. Besides, nobody else will do it.

PALADIN
What are you afraid of? Gallagher’s friends? Or the men you shot in the back for games.
I don’t care if this town’s crawling with guns looking for you.

DOGGIE KRAMER
Neither do I. They laid a wall.

PALADIN
Ride out. Odds are, you’ll be in Santa Fe by morning.

DOGGIE KRAMER
Tell him, doc.

DOCTOR
There’s bad initial reaction with a wound like this. Probably last six, maybe twelve hours. If he rides before then, he’ll fall out of the saddle within five miles. That’s the gospel.

DOGGIE KRAMER
I’m already beginning to feel like the day after judgment.

DOCTOR
Of course you are. This town would be grateful to any man who did get him out of here.

PALADIN
Even by means of a little expedient back-shooting, hmm?

DOGGIE KRAMER
Gunfighter. Gallagher’s got a brother. Just a kid. He’ll be after me. I’ll have to kill him.

DOCTOR
The boy’s hardheaded. He will.

PALADIN
By the time he finds you, you’ll be helpless. You want protection?
Get the sheriff to put you in jail. That’s where you belong.

DOGGIE KRAMER
Finish it up, doc.

INT. SALOON

TOWNSMAN 1
9:00. 9:00 for, uh…For tompkins. Who’s next? Let’s see your dollars.
Nobody else gets kramer before noon tomorrow. The gallagher kid’ll be back by then.

T2
Put a dollar on…12:30. And another one at 1:00. And, uh, one at 1:30.

TOWNSMAN 1
All right. Put perkins down for 1:00, 12:30, and, uh, 1:30. You gonna blanket the board?

T2
Sure!

PALADIN
Sinful, you think it’d be possible to get a drink?

T1
All right. Put daly down there for 4:00. All right. Who’s next? You got one here?

T2
Put up a dollar and guess what time kramer’s gonna get shot.

T2
“time” is what time he dies, not when he gets hit.

PALADIN
Hey, toby!

T2
6:30. All right. Down for 6:30. Let’s see some more of these dollars, men. Come on.

JIM TOBY – SHERIFF
Hello, Paladin. Was it about Kramer or Gallagher?

PALADIN
I don’t know either. Just on my way to Santa Fe.

JIM TOBY – SHERIFF
Got here for the excitement.

PALADIN
In time for the first act anyway. Toby, what’s wrong?

JIM TOBY – SHERIFF
Wrong?

PALADIN
What are you gonna do about Kramer?

JIM TOBY – SHERIFF
It all depends on what happens.

PALADIN
He’s still here tomorrow, they’ll tear him apart. You’ll be right in the middle.

JIM TOBY – SHERIFF
That’s where the law belongs-right smack in the middle.
It gives people somethin’ to shoot at.
Bullets. Words. Depends on the man doing the shootin’.
Confounded new cigarette papers.
Nothing’s as good as it used to be.
I’d step down in a minute If I could get somebody to take my place, but…
Look at this town. Dirt-poor. We can’t afford to import a top gun.
In spite of everything, for 364 days out of the year, I’m still the best man available.

PALADIN
Time was, that was 365 days.

JIM TOBY – SHERIFF
I know. I know. I still got those 364 days. And I got something else.
I got the right to choose the man I die for, and it ain’t kramer.

PALADIN
Toby, that mob will tear him
to pieces like a pack of dogs.

JIM TOBY – SHERIFF
He deserves it, don’t he? I can’t stop ’em. Why should I die tryin’?

INT. HOTEL

PALADIN
Put it down.

DOGGIE KRAMER
Near blew your head off.

PALADIN
You be ready to leave at 4:30 in the morning.

DOGGIE KRAMER
What if I need you tonight?

PALADIN
4:30. Take it or leave it.

DOGGIE KRAMER
It’s a deal.
You don’t get the 200 till we reach Santa Fe.

PALADIN
Keep your money. You’re not buying anything from me.

DOGGIE KRAMER
I don’t figure.

PALADIN
I do this for myself and for the man jim toby used to be.
What happens to you later is not important.

DOGGIE KRAMER
I still got the 200 if you want it.

INT. PALADIN’S HOTEL ROOM

DOGGIE KRAMER
That you, jimmy johnson?

JJ
Save your powder, kramer.

DOGGIE KRAMER
Try again!

PALADIN
Come in.

JIM TOBY – SHERIFF
Gettin’ time to take him out.

PALADIN
Well, toby,
You gonna do anything about your
friends out there in the street?

JIM TOBY – SHERIFF
Do you want this?
You take it.
See how it feels to risk
your life for a man like kramer.

PALADIN
Toby, I am risking
my life for him.

JIM TOBY – SHERIFF
That’s your business. Like you said, They’re my friends and I don’t want ’em killed either.

PALADIN
All right, toby. You go on back out there with your friends.

JIM TOBY – SHERIFF
Watch that weasel-faced one
that kicked kramer’s gun.

PALADIN
Toby. You saw that gunfight?

JIM TOBY – SHERIFF
I was right here in this room.

[]

DOGGIE KRAMER
Yeah?

PALADIN
Put the shotgun down. Kramer, that mob out there is looking for just any excuse at all to blow you to pieces. I’m gonna let you keep that shotgun till we get past them.
Don’t you use it unless you have to. And once we get out of this town, you’re a prisoner and don’t you forget it. Go ahead.

M
Kramer.

DOGGIE KRAMER
He tried to draw.

PALADIN
He did?

DOGGIE KRAMER
Ask him. Ask Toby.

JIM TOBY – SHERIFF
I guess maybe he did.

PALADIN
Well, Toby, when you’re ready, you come and get him.
He’ll be with the Sheriff in Santa Fe. Help him on the horse.

DOGGIE KRAMER
You will remember to come get me, Toby.

PALADIN
All right, Kramer.

DOGGIE KRAMER
You know you got one of the meanest snapshots I ever saw?
The way you cross your body that way.

PALADIN
Go ahead. No?

DOGGIE KRAMER
You ain’t gonna take me to no sheriff, Paladin.
Minute I don’t need you, you’re dead.

TERRY GALLAGHER
Wait a minute! What’s wrong with your arm?

PALADIN
That any of your business?

TERRY GALLAGHER
It is, if his name’s Kramer. It is Kramer, ain’t it?

DOGGIE KRAMER
Ah.

TERRY GALLAGHER
He murdered my brother.
Tom was no gunfighter.

PALADIN
You’re gallagher.

TERRY GALLAGHER
I’m gallagher. I got to kill him. He’s like a headache. I can’t think of nothin’ else.

DOGGIE KRAMER
Sounds like a chick who’s grown a rooster tail.

TERRY GALLAGHER
That sheriff and a town full of yellow scum let you shoot tom.
If I got to live like you, then I will. You’re dead, kramer.

PALADIN
Gallagher, get on the horse.

TERRY GALLAGHER
What are you protecting him for?

PALADIN
I’m protecting you from him.
And at the moment,
You don’t look much better
to me than he does.
You get on that horse
and get out of here.

TERRY GALLAGHER
Can I have that back?

PALADIN
Well, from the look on his face, I’d say you’re a little faster than he is.

TERRY GALLAGHER
I should be. I’ve had
good reason to practice.

DOGGIE KRAMER
Ropin’ a fence post ain’t the same as ropin’ a steer.
A lot of difference between a tree limb and a man with a gun.

TERRY GALLAGHER
Not you, kramer. Not you.
To me, it’ll be like
shootin’ a rotten stump.
Where you takin’ him, mister?

PALADIN
You’ll find him with the sheriff in santa fe.

TERRY GALLAGHER
I’ll find him.

PALADIN
You wanna be known as the man who shot kramer.
Maybe you ought
to find out
How a thing like him
happened to get started.

DOGGIE KRAMER
I shot the man that killed my father in a barroom brawl.
You and me are just the same, kid.

TERRY GALLAGHER
No, we’re not. I’ll push till you’ve got to fight.
You won’t get away. Not after what you’ve done.

[]

PALADIN
You heard what he said.

TERRY GALLAGHER
I heard. But we’re not the same.

PALADIN
He would’ve been right.

TERRY GALLAGHER
Want me to take him back? It’s out of your way.

PALADIN
That the reason? Or you still wanna be known as the man who brought doggie kramer back wrapped in a poncho?

TERRY GALLAGHER
I didn’t kill him. I didn’t even get my gun out of my holster.

PALADIN
Three or four tellings
wouldn’t make any difference.
Gallagher and kramer.
You’d be tied together
for the rest of your life.
Just like brothers.

TERRY GALLAGHER
Thanks.

PALADIN
Yeah.

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