111-“Black Sheep”

Season 3, Episode 33 – Original Airdate: (April 30, 1960)

Paladin is hired to bring back from Mexico an heir to a sizable fortune. One catch — the heir may have to spend several years in jail for crimes he committed. But is it jail Paladin is leading him to or something else?

Director: Richard Boone, Written by: Shimon Wincelberg

PATRICK WAYNE as Ben Huttner
STACY HARRIS as Major McNab
(First, Catch a Tiger, 1959) as Starrett – Gun Drummer
SUZANNE LLOYD as Chita Martinez
JUNE VINCENT as Mrs. Duvoisin / Mrs. McNabb
(Broken Image, 1961) as Jeanie Decker
(Everyman, 1961) as Mme. Destin
(The Colonel and the Lady, 1957) as Martha Lathrop
(Strange Vendetta, 1957) as Maria Rojas
KUNG FU (The Way of Violence Has No Mind, 1974) as Meg
EDWARD FAULKNER as Marshal
(Be Not Forgetful of Strangers, 1962) as Ben
(Memories of Monica, 1962) as Deputy Ed Buhl
(The Hunt, 1962) as Lieutenant Brager
(The Brothers, 1961) as Body Guard #1
(The Hanging of Aaron Gibbs, 1961) as Jim Harden
(Soledad Crossing, 1961) as Bud McPhater
(The Puppeteer, 1960) as Cavalry Sergeant
(Love of a Bad Woman, 1960) as Gunman
(The Black Handkerchief, 1959) as Dink
(Incident at Borrasca Bend, 1959) as Curly
(The Road to Wickenburg, 1958) as Jim Goodfellow
(The Hanging of Roy Carter, 1958) as 2nd Guard
HENRY WILLS as Bartender
ROSS STURLIN as Joaquin Jim
(Caravan, 1963) as Lakara
(Jonah and the Trout, 1962) as Angel
(The Princess and the Gunfighter, 1961) as Carl – Second Guide
(The Day of the Bad Man, 1960) as Townsman

Chita, you can make him kill me so he’ll never be able to walk his country like a free man. You think he’ll thank you for that?

INT. HOTEL CARLTON BILLIARDS ROOM – DAY

MAJOR MCNAB
Clear evidence of a misspent youth.

PALADIN
You care for a game, sir?

MAJOR MCNAB
No leisure.

PALADIN
Well, what makes your time so valuable?

MAJOR MCNAB
I’m trying to get rid of five million dollars.

PALADIN
Now, if I can be of any assistance to you…

MAJOR MCNAB
I seriously doubt that I could do it without you. My dear, will you come in, please? Mr. Paladin, May I present Mrs. Duvoisin?

PALADIN
Mrs. Duvoisin.

MRS. DUVOISIN
How do you do?

MAJOR MCNAB
I’m Major McNab.

PALADIN
Major.

MAJOR MCNAB
Before Colonel Duvoisin’s death, he wanted to make up for a certain amount of neglect to his…Oh, let us call him his stepson.

MRS. DUVOISIN
Why beat around the bush? Ben was his son, the only natural child he’s ever known.

PALADIN
And Mr. Duvoisin…

MRS. DUVOISIN
Colonel Duvoisin.

PALADIN
Never acknowledged his son.

MRS. DUVOISIN
Colonel Duvoisin was a gentleman.

PALADIN
Well, that explains everything.

MAJOR MCNAB
He left him his estate, close to $5 million. But more important than that, he left him a home, a name, A position in virginia society.

MRS. DUVOISIN
None of this is any compensation for the way the boy’s been wronged, but I thought perhaps that if I could persuade him to accept me, to be the son that I never had,
I might make it up to him.

PALADIN
Where’s the boy now?

MAJOR MCNAB
We believe he’s just across the border in Mexico. Below El Camino. I believe that’ll explain why.

PALADIN
How did this happen?

MAJOR MCNAB
He killed that man defending his mother’s good name.
I don’t know as you or I would’ve done any differently.

PALADIN
He has to stand trial before he can come into the inheritance.

MAJOR MCNAB
Of course. Of course.

PALADIN
Suppose he’s not interested?

MAJOR MCNAB
He’s not wanted for murder. Not yet, at any rate.
The state’s attorney in waco is not a vindictive man.
We might get the boy off with, Say, two or three years.

PALADIN
And if he still prefers to be free?

MAJOR MCNAB
Well, in that case…There is a paper in there for him to sign. We want you to carry a copy of the will and the paper to the boy And explain the situation if necessary. If the boy refuses his inheritance, He is to sign the paper. And the money will then go to the colonel’s widow. We’ll meet you in el camino. You’ll get $5,000 when you deliver ben.
Or his signature.

PALADIN
Mrs. Duvoisin, Which would you prefer?

MRS. DUVOISIN
Mr. Paladin, I’ve had money all my life. I’ve never had a son.

EXT. TOWN OF

B
Maybe you come to the wrong place, eh?

PALADIN
Not if you know the Virginia Kid.

B
No hablo ingles.

PALADIN
Oh? Perhaps you’d pour me a drink until somebody shows up who does… Hablo ingles.

CHITA MARTINEZ
Sálgase. Who are you?

PALADIN
That concern you?

CHITA MARTINEZ
Senor, you are in the wrong place, not me.

PALADIN
Pour a drink for my friends here, too.
He doesn’t understand English, but he reads lips.

CHITA MARTINEZ
And why do you wanna see the kid?

[CARD]
“Pa-la-din. Wire San Francisco.” It is not hard. I read in two languages.

PALADIN
I have a document for the kid from his father.

CHITA MARTINEZ
The kid has no father.

PALADIN
His father denied him, but before he died, He left a will leaving the kid considerable money.

CHITA MARTINEZ
But to collect the money, he has to cross the border. Maybe the law is waiting right here with a rope.

PALADIN
Not a rope. A trial.

CHITA MARTINEZ
Why? If he’s rich, he’s no more outlaw.

PALADIN
His father wanted to buy a son, Not give his money to a hunted man. Will you take me to him?

CHITA MARTINEZ
What for? He does not want money.

PALADIN
Well, I do. And I won’t be paid until I deliver this document to the kid.

CHITA MARTINEZ
Maybe you have been hired to put a rope around the kid’s neck.
The kid will decide. But if he makes a mistake, I swear to you this one will not.

EXT. ON THE TRAIL

BEN HUTTNER
Who’s this walking around in my drinking water?

CHITA MARTINEZ
That’s the kid. Está tan grande, precioso.

BEN HUTTNER
Who’s that?

CHITA MARTINEZ
Ah, he has a paper.

PALADIN
Mr. Duvoisin.

BEN HUTTNER
Around here a man learns to be careful. So it was true, after all.
I wouldn’t believe her when she tried to tell me.
I just go shagging back with you and I collect all that?
If you’d have said yes, I’d have shot you for a liar.
I have to stand trial first, don’t I?

PALADIN
That’s right.

BEN HUTTNER
Where?

PALADIN
“wanted” posters say waco.

BEN HUTTNER
Waco? Reckon I’d get a decent enough trial in waco. Might even get out of jail still young enough to enjoy some of the old rascal’s loot. How do I know this is straight?

PALADIN
That second paper’s a waiver for you to sign In case you don’t want the inheritance.

BEN HUTTNER
I didn’t say I don’t want it, did I?

PALADIN
Shall we get started?

BEN HUTTNER
Don’t crowd me. I ain’t said I was going yet either.

CHITA MARTINEZ
Going?

BEN HUTTNER
Sit awhile in a jailhouse, then walk out a free man.
With $5 million u.S. Dollars in my pocket.
The old scoundrel had me on his conscience after all.
A fair bargain, ain’t it? For growing up without a name.
And with a mother who never got over it except by dying.

PALADIN
Value of a name’s in what you make it.

BEN HUTTNER
Mister, I’m a mite too old for Sunday school.

PALADIN
Are you?

CHITA MARTINEZ
He’s going to take you to jail. They’ll chain you up like a dog.

BEN HUTTNER
Honey, I ain’t wanted for no hanging crimes.
Are you willing to go to prison for years?

BEN HUTTNER
I’m still trying to think about it if you’d keep your mouth shut.
Know other ways I can live like a decent human being again?

CHITA MARTINEZ
And you did not feel decent with me?

BEN HUTTNER
Honey. We’ll live in style. In a big house with two dozen servants jumping with silk rags
every time you sneeze. Mr. Ben Duvoisin. We’ll break our necks on the trail now.
Might as well wait for daybreak.

PALADIN
You made up your mind.

BEN HUTTNER
For sure. This here jungle’s choking the life out of me.
Cut down one vine and ten more come shootin’ up.

PALADIN
Hmm. I’ll get my bedroll.

CHITA MARTINEZ
But I understand you. You’re tired of me. And to escape that,
You’ll put your life into the hands Of the man with the evil face.
Don’t pretend to be asleep! You are not asleep.

BEN HUTTNER
You’ll be right as rain, honey, If you just stay here until I get back And let your brother
look after you.

CHITA MARTINEZ
Oh. You are no more coming back. They will hang you and I will spit on your grave.

BEN HUTTNER
Now, what are you really worried about? That I won’t come back to you?
I love you. But can’t you see? This here ain’t no life for a born virginia gentleman.
Always on the jump for snakes and scorpions, Gila monsters and federales.
Living on wild rabbit and corn. When right yonder across the border,
We could both be eatin’ high on the hog.

CHITA MARTINEZ
Well, it was good enough for you until now.

BEN HUTTNER
Until I read this here thing, I didn’t know I was a gentleman.

W
I wish I had the courage to kill you. Maybe then you would belong to me forever.

BEN HUTTNER
We’re riding out at daybreak. Come here.

CHITA MARTINEZ
No!

EXT.

[Paladin’s sleeping on the ground with his bedroll]

CHITA MARTINEZ
No!

PALADIN
Turn it loose. Turn it loose!

CHITA MARTINEZ
No!

W
Kid!

BEN HUTTNER
Is this how you figure on holding on to your man?
No woman’s gonna tie me to her that way.
You’ve always been too quick with that knife to suit me.
I warned you before about that. I warned you, didn’t I?

PALADIN
Ah!

BEN HUTTNER
Mister, you might just wish I had beat the daylight out of her.

PALADIN
I’ll have to take my chances on that.

BEN HUTTNER
This ain’t one of your yankee milksop women.
This is one who’ll fight and kill to hold her man.
And I’m still her man. Just don’t you forget that.
Come dawn about a half hour. Let’s get started before
she gets it in her fool head To come tagging along.

J
Marshal, listen to me!

D
I wanna go home. I’m right over here, marshal.

D
Right here. All right.

D
It’s pretty cold in here.

M
Don’t let me find you drunk in the street no more.

D
Where’s my jug?

PALADIN
Sit down over here. I’ll get McNab. I’m looking for Major McNab.

C
Room 15.

PALADIN
Thank you.

MAJOR MCNAB
Mr. Paladin.

PALADIN
Major. Mrs. Duvoisin.

MAJOR MCNAB
Well, sir?

PALADIN
He’s waiting downstairs.

MAJOR MCNAB
You left him unguarded?

PALADIN
He came of
his own free will.

MAJOR MCNAB
Yes, of course. My dear, I think it’s best if you stay here.

PALADIN
Wouldn’t you at least like to see him?

MAJOR MCNAB
You think she could bear the thought of the boy going to jail once she had seen him?

MAJOR MCNAB
It’s best this way. Shall we go, Mr. Paladin?

PALADIN
Kid?

MAJOR MCNAB
I’m Major McNab, boy. I’ll be the defense lawyer at your trial. That is, if you want me.

BEN HUTTNER
I reckon with $5 million, I could probably just about afford you.

MAJOR MCNAB
I’m afraid you overestimate me. May I have your gun, please?

BEN HUTTNER
What for?

PALADIN
You’re in his custody now. I suppose that means he’s responsible for you.

MAJOR MCNAB
There is no stage to Waco until the morning. We’re gonna keep you in jail till then.

BEN HUTTNER
What’s wrong with the hotel?

MAJOR MCNAB
Now, listen to me, boy. I am not unacquainted with your past. Some wild blood went into the making of you. One night alone in this town after all those months in the wilderness, you’d most likely be dead drunk. Probably get into a fight, most likely kill someone.
You’re about to face a jury, boy. I would like you to make the best impression you can.
May I have your gun, please?

BEN HUTTNER
Who’s that?

MAJOR MCNAB
That’s the marshal. I asked him to be here, just in case.

BEN HUTTNER
Mister, there’d better be $5 million at the end of this trail.

H
That ought to hold it.

PALADIN
Aren’t you being just a little premature?

H
All right, beat it, bub.

PALADIN
Not yet, sheriff.

BEN HUTTNER
Paladin, how much did you sell me for?

PALADIN
I wanna find out if there is any law in this town.

MAJOR MCNAB
We discussed this before, my dear, a hundred times.
This is no time for you to have foolish pangs about the boy.
Come in. Mr. Paladin. $5,000. For a job well done.

PALADIN
How soon do you expect him to be hung?

MAJOR MCNAB
A day or two.

PALADIN
There is obviously no morning stage to Waco. And you and mrs. Duvoisin
Are registered here as man and wife.

MAJOR MCNAB
All quite legal, I assure you, Mr. Paladin. We were married over a month ago.

PALADIN
That boy was to be tried in Waco, not here.

MAJOR MCNAB
Now, that’s what we lawyers call “change of venue.” The local judge here is much more reliable. The boy might’ve got off with two or three years in Waco and then come into full control of his father’s estate. Can you imagine leaving all that money to that murderous outlaw? And at the expense of this woman Who loyally and selflessly spent all of her adult years with his father.

PALADIN
You two used me to lure that boy into a trap.

MAJOR MCNAB
Oh, no. Rather let us say we used you to correct the possibility of a grave injustice.

PALADIN
That should be settled in a court, but not in this town.

MAJOR MCNAB
You should leave now, Mr. Paladin, before the marshal is prevailed upon to arrest you
as an accomplice.

[A fight ensues]

H
Fellow down at quito one year told me the knot was too tight. Give him a headache.
“well,” says I, I got the cure for that.” “yes,” I says, “this’ll sure cure that.”

PALADIN
Open it up. Come on.

CHITA MARTINEZ
All right.

CHITA MARTINEZ
Muerto. ¡vámanos!

PALADIN
Ben.

BEN HUTTNER
Where’s Chita Martinez and her brother?

PALADIN
Ben.

BEN HUTTNER
¡basta!

BEN HUTTNER
You think I’m gonna go back to waco to that crooked trial?
Get outta here. Where’s Chita?

PALADIN
I thought you made up your mind.

BEN HUTTNER
Made up my mind? I didn’t know whether to kill you or McNab first
Till you busted me out of that jail. Now, get out of here before I kill you anyway.

PALADIN
If that’s Mcnab and the marshal, You just threw away your life along with the $5 million.

CHITA MARTINEZ
How much did you sell him for?

PALADIN
The will is genuine.

CHITA MARTINEZ
And what about gringo justice? They come for you.

PALADIN
I can still get you to Waco.

BEN HUTTNER
I’ve changed my mind back. What I had before was good enough. Now, mister, get out.

CHITA MARTINEZ
Ben. Kill him now.

BEN HUTTNER
He busted me out when he learned what they aimed to do.

CHITA MARTINEZ
Too late.

PALADIN
Ben.

CHITA MARTINEZ
Muchacho, you kill him now or I do it for you.

PALADIN
You can cause him to kill me. You can fix it so he’ll never be able to go home.
He’ll never be able to walk that land like a free man again.
And there won’t be any house or any money or any servants.

CHITA MARTINEZ
And no woman!

BEN HUTTNER
Chita.

CHITA MARTINEZ
You want the money. One day ago, I prayed for the courage to kill you. I have it now!

BEN HUTTNER
Quit. I’m going back.

CHITA MARTINEZ
They’ll hang you.

PALADIN
Not without a trial.

CHITA MARTINEZ
No? They’ll hang you for the sheriff back there
With a knife in him. They won’t wait for a trial.

BEN HUTTNER
You’re getting a little too rich for my blood. I’m going back.

CHITA MARTINEZ
No!

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