112-“Full Circle”

Have Gun – Will Travel: Season 3, Episode 34

Full Circle (14 May 1960)

Paladin receives word from someone out of his past that he needs help. Only issue — this is not a friend but someone he trusted who ran out leaving him to face a vengeful brother’s bullet.

Director: Fred Hartsook, Writers: David Lang, Herb Meadow (creator)

BARBARA BAXLEY as Lily Leighton, ADAM WILLIAMS as Simon Quill,
STEWART BRADLEY as Roy Cabell, RAYMOND HATTON as Eph Trager,
HAL NEEDHAM as Emmet Trager, HOWARD DAYTON as Clemmie Trager,
BOB ROSE as Bartender, CAROL KENT as Lady in Hotel Carlton Lobby.

Yeah.

Ah.

Oh?

Mmm.

LADY IN HOTEL CARLTON LOBBY
What’s he doing?

PALADIN
He is knitting.

LADY IN HOTEL CARLTON LOBBY
He is not.

PALADIN
He’s knitting.

HEY BOY
Mr. Paladin.

PALADIN
Mm-hmm? Hey Boy, this lady says you are not knitting.

HEY BOY
Sure. I’m knitting up the raveled sleeve of care.

PALADIN
Macbeth. Pay me.

LADY IN HOTEL CARLTON LOBBY
Well, whatever his name is, he’s sweet.

HEY BOY
Mr. Paladin.

PALADIN
Mm-hmm?

HEY BOY
I stay alert and awake to give you this urgent message.

PALADIN
Oh? Hold this, hey boy. You stay awake and alert to give me this, hmm? Excuse me. “will you help me in my hour of need…Quill” He left me to die, and he wants help? Where did this come from?

HEY BOY
Trouble. Please, you not go.

PALADIN
Hey boy, where did this come from?

HEY BOY
You go?

PALADIN
I go. Is there any more to this?

HEY BOY
Wait. Uh, I got the paper story. I save for you.

PALADIN
“Simon Quill, confidence man, wanted for the murder of a woman in Elko, Nevada, September 14, 1872.”

HEY BOY
How you find him?

PALADIN
The letter says, “find Lily.” “find Lily.”

LADY IN HOTEL CARLTON LOBBY
He’s sweet, too.

EXT. ON THE TRAIL – DAY

EPH TRAGER
Morning.

PALADIN
Plenty of water and grain.

EPH TRAGER
Yeah.

PALADIN
This Burley, Idaho?

EPH TRAGER
Well, it ain’t Texas.

PALADIN
Thank you. Is there a Sheriff in Burley?

EPH TRAGER
I own most of what you see. What did you want?

PALADIN
I’m looking for a lady.

EPH TRAGER
Oh, well, ain’t the most of us?

PALADIN
This one is small, blonde, green-eyed, easy way of going. Last time I saw her, her name was Lily.

EPH TRAGER
Lily?

PALADIN
Hm.

EPH TRAGER
Lily, she lives in the shack around the back.

PALADIN
Thank you. How much do I owe you?

EPH TRAGER
Well, you’ve tooken up my time. Maybe a dollar.

PALADIN
I’m sorry to have tooken up so much of your time. Here.

INT. HOME OF LILY LEIGHTON -DAY

LILY LEIGHTON
Simon? You all right, dear?

SIMON QUILL
Ah, yeah. Ooh. I’m fine. What time is it?

LILY LEIGHTON
Will he come? Are you sure?

SIMON QUILL
As night follows day, I give you my word, lovely one.

SIMON QUILL
Paladin! By the Lord Harry, I knew you’d come.

PALADIN
Your letter wasn’t too explicit, But I see they haven’t hanged you yet.

SIMON QUILL
They haven’t caught me either. Was it ever man’s destiny to die before his time? Break out a bottle, old girl. The Prodigal’s returned. How long has it been? Come. Sit down.

PALADIN
It’s been three years.

SIMON QUILL
How time does fly. You haven’t changed a lick.

LILY LEIGHTON
He told me you’d find him.

SIMON QUILL
Who but you would know that I could trust myself to lily’s loving hands, In a place well hidden? Lily, this time I’m gonna marry you, with Paladin as best man.

PALADIN
Lily, how many years have you loved him?

LILY LEIGHTON
I never counted.

SIMON QUILL
That would give her age away. You never ask a woman a question like that? To the Halcyon Days, old friend. What’s the trouble?

PALADIN
You don’t need this.

SIMON QUILL
Paladin, I feel as thin as a lath.

PALADIN
It will fatten you up for the hanging. When was the last time we saw each other, Simon?
I’ll tell you. Buffalo, North Dakota, September, 1872.

SIMON QUILL
That’s right. Three years ago. That’s why I called you here. I need you.

PALADIN
I’m sure you do. But I needed you then, Remember?

SIMON QUILL
Remember what?

PALADIN
I’ll jog your memory. I was still sleeping when you skipped town in a woman’s dress.

SIMON QUILL
I was being hunted by cutthroats.

PALADIN
You killed Rafe Cabell for what you thought was a map to a gold mine, and his brothers were after you.

SIMON QUILL
No. I won the map from the boy in poker. Later he attacked me, and I shot him in self-defense.

PALADIN
You came to me, sold me the map for $1,000.

SIMON QUILL
I needed cash. You were the only one I could get it from.

PALADIN
You needed someone to die for you.

LILY LEIGHTON
I don’t believe that.

SIMON QUILL
Paladin, A man must sometimes take the fat with the lean. I gave you my room, As heaven is my judge, because the town was full. You needed a place to sleep.

PALADIN
And you went next door to what was her name?

SIMON QUILL
Don’t listen to him, lily, please. Woman have always been my downfall.

LILY LEIGHTON
It’s all right, simon. I love you, no matter what you’ve done.

SIMON QUILL
And you do me an injustice.

PALADIN
Do I? You left me there to catch your bullets.

SIMON QUILL
Well…If you want the truth, I…I saw the Cabells enter town. There was only one way to escape. I didn’t know they’d find my room and mistake you for me.

PALADIN
But you knew they were after you.

SIMON QUILL
I guess. I read about it later.

PALADIN
Later. After I killed one cabell and wounded his brother.

SIMON QUILL
Paladin. Then he’s our enemy. You forget who you were fighting. Would I call you up here if I’d done that to you? Come on.

PALADIN
Try charming me.

SIMON QUILL
Not you. No, you’ve gotta have the truth. But you had me worried.

PALADIN
What are you being hunted for now?

SIMON QUILL
It’s fantastic, paladin. Some marshal caught me up in elko. Blamed me for the murder of a girl three years back. I never touched her. I didn’t even know she was dead. I went to see her and they nabbed me, and I escaped. You’re the only proof I’ve got that it wasn’t me.

PALADIN
Am I?

SIMON QUILL
Come now, old boy. I was with you three years ago, North Dakota, 1,000 miles from Elko.
I was signing my name in the assayer’s office, The night I sold you that gold mine.

PALADIN
Fool’s gold. Of course, that wasn’t your fault. This the paper, Simon? This the paper
we were signing together?

SIMON QUILL
I knew you’d bring it. Lily, that’s my proof. No court can lay a hand on me now.

PALADIN
Yes, they can, Simon. Without this paper, they can hang you For the murder of that woman in Elko.

SIMON QUILL
What can I do to show you I never meant to harm you?

PALADIN
You showed me that you did, three years ago, Leaving me there to catch your bullets.

SIMON QUILL
They’ll hang me for a crime I didn’t commit.

PALADIN
There has to be some evenin’ up of justice in this world. How many times have you escaped, Simon? How many other men have paid for your misdeeds?

SIMON QUILL
You can’t let them do that.

PALADIN
I can let them do anything they want to. Because as far as you’re concerned, I’m dead, And this paper is buried with me.

SIMON QUILL
What are you gonna do?

PALADIN
I’ve already done it. I wired Elko. They’re sending a deputy for you.

SIMON QUILL
No!

PALADIN
Simon, you should have kept me alive. Without me and this paper, There’s nobody to say where you were.

SIMON QUILL
You’re beautiful, lily. I’m as dead as mutton.

EXT. RANCH HOUSE -DAY

EMMET TRAGER
He’s comin’, pa.

EPH TRAGER
Then get his horse. Clemmie, come on.

CLEMMIE TRAGER
What’s this say, pa?

Paladin’s calling card.

EPH TRAGER
It’s a business card. Emmet, get on him.

PALADIN
Who said he could ride my horse?

EMMET TRAGER
He ain’t yours no more. I just bought him.

PALADIN
You know him?

EPH TRAGER
These two are my sons. Like I told you before, I’m the law in this town. Now, you paid me a dollar for feeding. But you were late coming back, and that’ll cost you extra. So… I sold your goods for what you owed me.

PALADIN
You’re being just a little bit severe. Not a great deal. Just a little bit. Besides, I hadn’t left yet.

EPH TRAGER
Well, I didn’t know that. The kid bought your horse for five dollars.

PALADIN
Mm-hmm.

EPH TRAGER
Clemmie paid a dollar for your saddle. Now, you can take it, Or you can leave it.

PALADIN
Get up! Get up out of there! Get up! I’m buying back my horse for exactly what you paid for him And the saddle and the saddlebags. Money’s here on the ground. You can take it or leave it. And I’m staying on here awhile.

INT. SALOON -DAY

PALADIN
Whiskey.

BARTENDER
You look like you need a long drink.

ROY CABELL
Paladin. They said you’d be here. Said you’d have Quill. Where is he?

PALADIN

You’re the deputy from Elko?

ROY CABELL
Mm-mmm. They couldn’t send one. But I’ve been looking for Quill for a long time.

PALADIN
I suppose a lot of people have.

ROY CABELL
Maybe I have the best reason. You ought to remember, Paladin. He murdered my brother three years ago in north Dakota. You killed the other one.

PALADIN
Your brother attacked me. It was a fair fight.

ROY CABELL
Yeah, I know. I have a crease across my belly to prove you almost got me.

PALADIN
Cabell…

ROY CABELL
For a man who might have to kill you, maybe you ought to know my first name. Call me Roy.

PALADIN
You want me to call you now?

ROY CABELL
I don’t think I’m gonna have to take that chance. I can get a couple boys in this town to even the odds.

PALADIN
Bartender, keep her out of here.

ROY CABELL
Run out on Quill now. Well, if that’s the way it has to be. In about 20 minutes, you ought to be dead. After that, I won’t have much trouble Finding a man who’s already wounded. How long can anyone hide out in this pesthole?

LILY LEIGHTON
Paladin. He’s gonna kill Simon.

PALADIN
Well, say prayers for all the sad poor people that Simon swindled out of their money or charmed out of their lives.

LILY LEIGHTON
It’s my life and my heart. But he can’t fight with that wound. Have you ever been shot?

PALADIN
Yes.

LILY LEIGHTON
Didn’t make you understand more. Just made you hard. Is that it?

PALADIN
No.

LILY LEIGHTON
I just want him to have this chance. Please, paladin, help me. Listen, I’ve got a right! Look, if there’s something you want, help me. I can pay you out of what I earn. I can pay you so much.

PALADIN
Simon will walk out on you Like he walked out on everybody else!

LILY LEIGHTON
Who do you think you are, my father or something? Where were you before? Watching over me? You care so much what happens to me now. Why don’t you see I got a good, hard-working man? Instead of someone full of nothing but liquor…And hard luck. Okay, come on. There must be something you want. What is it? If you don’t want money and you don’t want me, I don’t have anything else to offer. Simon wanted me. He did. Why can’t I have him now?

PALADIN
Get him ready.

LILY LEIGHTON
All right. What’s gonna happen after you get him past Cabell?

PALADIN
Ten minutes from now, we’ll never have a chance to find out. Go and get him.

LILY LEIGHTON
What?

PALADIN
Simon can take his chance on a fair trial in a court of law. Now, go on! Go!

BARTENDER
I’m closing up.

PALADIN
You. You forget what you heard.

BARTENDER
I forgot. It’s your fight. Just keep it out of my saloon. Hey, mister. Good luck to you.

PALADIN
Luck’s gonna have almost nothing to do with this.

ROY CABELL
Now, just remember, Paladin’s not so fast that the three of us can’t take him.
Here. How else could you earn $5.00 so easy?

EMMET TRAGER
I’d kill him for a lot less.

CLEMMIE TRAGER
Except this is better.

EPH TRAGER
Your man just got his horse, Mr. Cabell.

ROY CABELL
He’s getting Quill. Come on. Let’s get started.

EPH TRAGER
I don’t want nothing to happen to you, boy.

EMMET TRAGER
Leave him be, pa. Let him grow up.

EXT. OUTSIDE – DAY

PALADIN
Where is he? Where is he?

LILY LEIGHTON
He didn’t think your plan would work. There wasn’t time.

PALADIN
So he’d just leave me there alone, Wait till they come and get me? Is that it?

LILY LEIGHTON
Yeah. He walked out on you again.

PALADIN
Lily. Did you know that when you begged me To risk my life for him again?

LILY LEIGHTON
No. But he’s alive.

PALADIN
Is he?

CLEMMIE TRAGER
Hey, honey. Where you going with that horse?

ROY CABELL
Kid.

PALADIN
You call it, Cabell.

ROY CABELL
Kid, get around the side.

PALADIN
Your brother’s dead from fighting his fight. Stay out of this. All right, cabell. Just the two of us alone. I’m gonna defend myself. Just like I did with your brother. You draw if you have to. You might even kill me. I wouldn’t blame you. But I will defend myself.

ROY CABELL
Just like with my brother Paul.

PALADIN
That’s right. Just like with your brother Paul.

EPH TRAGER
For five dollars. He got hisself killed…For five dollars.