113-“The Twins”

Have Gun – Will Travel: Season 3, Episode 35

The Twins (21 May 1960)

Adam Marakian hires Paladin to find his twin brother Sam, someone he’s always admired. The only person who can tell them apart is his wife, who seems helpful but only at first.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen, Writers: Robert James, Herb Meadow (creator)

BRIAN G. HUTTON as Adam/Sam Marakian, JENNIFER LEA as Beth Marakian,
LANE CHANDLER as Sheriff, SONIA WARREN as Young Lady,
TONY REGAN as Hotel Carlton Desk Clerk.

DESK CLERK
Yes, sir.

ADAM MARAKIAN
Yes. Is there a Paladin registered in this hotel?

YOUNG LADY
Sam! Sam Marakian!

ADAM MARAKIAN
Do I know you?

YOUNG LADY
I don’t see how you could forget.

ADAM MARAKIAN
I’m sorry. You must be mistaking me for my brother. My name is Adam Marakian.

YOUNG LADY
Your brother? I’ll brother you!

ADAM MARAKIAN
My name is Adam. Adam. Adam.

ADAM MARAKIAN
You’re making a mistake. You’re making a mistake, Miss.

YOUNG LADY
I’ll teach you to remember who I am!

ADAM MARAKIAN
You’re making a mistake.

HEY BOY
Mr. Paladin, come quick.

PALADIN
Hey boy, there is an ancient oriental saying With which you should be familiar by now. The philosopher Ling-Xu has reminded us, “If Hey Boy does not wish to be boiled in oil, He will go away and leave Paladin alone.”

YOUNG LADY
But you are!

HEY BOY
So sorry.

YOUNG LADY
Yes, you are Sam Marakian.

ADAM MARAKIAN
My name is Adam. Adam.

PALADIN
And you, I presume, are Eve, And, of course, this is The Garden of Eden. Excuse me. I think this is yours.

YOUNG LADY
I haven’t finished with you yet, Sam Marakian.

PALADIN
I’m not sure that I envy you, Sam Marakian.

ADAM MARAKIAN
My name is Adam.

PALADIN
You said that before.

ADAM MARAKIAN
She mistook me for someone else.

PALADIN
Well, whoever that someone else is,He certainly must have some fond memories.

HEY BOY
This is him. This is Mr. Paladin.

PALADIN
Remember Ling-Xu.

ADAM MARAKIAN
You’re Paladin?

PALADIN
There is no mistake about that.

ADAM MARAKIAN
I was told you were a gunfighter. I didn’t think you’d turn out to be some kind of a dandy.

PALADIN
Well, perhaps we should continue this conversation in private, Mr…

ADAM MARAKIAN
Marakian. Adam Marakian.

PALADIN
Any relation to Sam?

ADAM MARAKIAN
Yes. He’s my brother. We’re identical twins.

INT. PALADIN’S HOTEL SUITE – DAY

ADAM MARAKIAN
It’s been like that ever since we were boys. My mother was the only one who could tell us apart. Sam was always getting into trouble. And I was always getting blamed for it. I didn’t mind it too much, though. Not really. I even enjoyed it in a way. I never had the nerve to do
the things my brother’s done. But being blamed for them, that was almost as good as having done them myself. I liked being thought of that way. Like Sam. I always did wanna be more like him. That is, right up until the time he shot that man. I don’t wanna hang for him. I’m not a killer.

PALADIN
You wear a gun.

ADAM MARAKIAN
Yeah. Well, not all of my brother’s enemies use parasols.

PALADIN
You have any idea where your brother is now?

ADAM MARAKIAN
No. Right after the killing, he took out. Then the sheriff came looking for me. So I took out, too.

PALADIN
Give yourself up. If you’re innocent, you won’t hang. I promise you that.

ADAM MARAKIAN
What do you mean, “if I’m innocent”?

PALADIN
I’ll find your brother.

ADAM MARAKIAN
All right. I’ll give myself up if you’ll help. Do you need any more proof that I’m innocent?

Paladin discreetly draws his derringer on Adam.

PALADIN
Sam.

ADAM MARAKIAN
What’s that for?

PALADIN
Well, it occurs to me that if you were Sam, this would be a very good way to get somebody else to do your dirty work for you.

ADAM MARAKIAN
Yes, that would be very clever of me. If I was Sam.

PALADIN
It would also be very dangerous for you.

ADAM MARAKIAN
Why’s that?

PALADIN
I don’t like being misused.

ADAM MARAKIAN
That’s a chance you’re gonna have to take.

PALADIN
We’re both taking a chance, Mr. Marakian.

ADAM MARAKIAN
Call me Adam.

PALADIN
We’ll see. We’ll see.

ADAM MARAKIAN
One more thing, Mr. Paladin.

PALADIN
Yes?

ADAM MARAKIAN
If you ever draw on me again, you better shoot.

PALADIN
I will, Mr. Marakian. I will.

EXT. WESTERN TOWN -DAY

Paladin and Adam are riding into town.

ADAM MARAKIAN
Well, it begins. I hope you got a plan.

PALADIN
Where can I find your mother?

ADAM MARAKIAN
My mother?

PALADIN
She’s the only one that can tell you and your brother apart.

ADAM MARAKIAN
My mother and father are both dead.

TOWNSMAN
Nobody in this town’ll be sorry to see you hang.

PALADIN
Anybody else tell you two apart?

ADAM MARAKIAN
Yeah. My wife.

PALADIN
Put that thing down.

SHERIFF
He killed a man, Mister.

PALADIN
He’s giving himself up, and he did not kill a man.

SHERIFF
There’s half a dozen witnesses that’ll swear he done just that.

PALADIN
You sure this is the same man?

SHERIFF
I guess I know Adam Marakian when I see him.

PALADIN
Do you know Sam Marakian when you see him?

SHERIFF
What are you getting at?

PALADIN
If you saw the two of them side by side, could you tell which one killed that man?

SHERIFF
Why, sure I would.

PALADIN
How?

SHERIFF
You’re Adam Marakian. You are Adam Marakian, ain’t ya?

ADAM MARAKIAN
I am.

SHERIFF
There. I know Adam Marakian when I see him.

PALADIN
Now, that is very clever of you, Sheriff.

SHERIFF
Anyway, what business is this of yours? Who are you? You a bounty hunter or something? Well, all right. Who you working for?

PALADIN
He hired me to find his brother.

SHERIFF
How do you know which one’s Adam?

PALADIN
His wife will know.

SHERIFF
Now, I’ll tell you something, paladin. I don’t know one from the other. I never could tell. It don’t make much difference which one killed that man. As long as I got somebody to hang for the killin’, The law’s satisfied and so am I. One of ’em’s just as good as the other.

PALADIN
Those are noble sentiments, Sheriff.

SHERIFF
The law’s the law. Come on, Adam.

INT. JAIL CELL – DAY

I’ll see you outside.

ADAM MARAKIAN
My wife’s name is Beth.

EXT. MRS. MARAKIANS RANCHHOUSE -DAY

PALADIN
Mrs. Marakian?

BETH MARAKIAN
Yes.

PALADIN
Mrs. Adam Marakian?

BETH MARAKIAN
What do you want?

PALADIN
I’d like to talk to you about your husband.

BETH MARAKIAN
Well, come in, won’t you.

INT. RANCH HOUSE ROOM -DAY

BETH MARAKIAN

Where is my husband?

PALADIN
He’s in jail.

BETH MARAKIAN
They caught him?

PALADIN
No. He gave himself up.

BETH MARAKIAN
He was with me here when the shooting took place.

PALADIN
He hired me to find his brother.

BETH MARAKIAN
Do you know where he is?

PALADIN
Do you?

BETH MARAKIAN
How should I know where he is?

PALADIN
Well, you shouldn’t.

BETH MARAKIAN
Well, then what do you want with me?

PALADIN
Well, wouldn’t you like to see your husband?

BETH MARAKIAN
Of course I do.

PALADIN
Will you come with me?

BETH MARAKIAN
Yes. All right.

PALADIN
Is that Adam and Sam? Mm-hmm.

PALADIN
Well, how do you tell them apart?

MRS. MARAKIAN
A girl can tell.

INT. JAIL CELL HOUSE -DAY

ADAM MARAKIAN
Beth! Hello, honey. Paladin. How have you been? You’re looking good, honey.

MRS. MARAKIAN
Thank you.

ADAM MARAKIAN
What’s the matter?

MRS. MARAKIAN
He’s not my husband.

ADAM MARAKIAN
Why are you doing this to me, Beth?

MRS. MARAKIAN
I’m sorry, Sam.

SHERIFF
Well, it looks like we got the right one after all.

ADAM MARAKIAN
She’s lying, Paladin.

PALADIN
Why would she lie?

ADAM MARAKIAN
You better ask my brother that question.

PALADIN
The next time you see your brother, be sure and ask him that question.

ADAM MARAKIAN
Paladin.

PALADIN
What?

ADAM MARAKIAN
You find him. Or I’ll get out of this cracker box and find him myself. I don’t wanna do to my brother what I’d do to him if I found him.

PALADIN
Do I owe you anything?

ADAM MARAKIAN
I gave myself up when you asked me to. I stayed here to let you do what you promised. Now, regardless of who I may be, whether I lied to you or not, you owe me that much.

PALADIN
Did you really think you were gonna get away with this? You think you were gonna fool his wife?

ADAM MARAKIAN
Well, if that puzzles you enough, maybe you’ll find my brother. Just to satisfy your own curiosity.

INT. SHERIFF’S OFFICE -DAY

SHERIFF
You swear your husband was with you at the time of the shooting, So he’s in the clear. Wherever he is, tell him it’s okay to come back now.

BETH MARAKIAN
Thank you, sheriff.

PALADIN
Mrs. Marakian, where is your husband?

BETH MARAKIAN
In the hills behind our ranch.

PALADIN
Well, why didn’t you tell me that before?

BETH MARAKIAN
I thought you were a bounty hunter.

PALADIN
Then why did you come here with me?

BETH MARAKIAN
I was afraid you’d follow me if I didn’t come with you.

PALADIN
Follow you where?

BETH MARAKIAN
To my husband.

PALADIN
Is that where you were going when I cam out to your place?

BETH MARAKIAN
I was taking him some food.

PALADIN
Well, Mrs. Marakian, if you were so certain that your husband was in the hills and not in jail, why did you have to kiss that man in the cell Before you were certain that he was not your husband?

BETH MARAKIAN
I don’t know. I was confused. I was scared. I thought maybe you had caught him. They look exactly alike. That’s always a shock to me. I don’t know. I just got terribly mixed up all of a sudden. I don’t have to answer all his questions, do I?

SHERIFF
No, you sure don’t. What are you up to, paladin?

PALADIN
Mrs. Marakian, I’d like to meet your husband.

BETH MARAKIAN
Why?

PALADIN
Let’s just say I’m curious.

BETH MARAKIAN
All right.

PALADIN
And don’t you hang anybody while I’m gone.

INT. JAIL CELL ROOM -DAY

ADAM MARAKIAN
Sheriff! Sheriff! Sheriff!

SHERIFF
All right, all right. Stop that noise. What do you want?

ADAM MARAKIAN
There’s a rat in my cell.

SHERIFF
Likely enough. The one in your cell’s named Marakian.

ADAM MARAKIAN
Sheriff. I didn’t wanna do this.

SHERIFF
Sam.

ADAM MARAKIAN
I’m not Sam. How can I make you believe that?

SHERIFF
Put away the gun.

ADAM MARAKIAN
I already tried that. Look what they done to me.

SHERIFF
Stashed the gun away all in advance. That don’t look good.

ADAM MARAKIAN
Maybe not, but it’s keeping me from being hung for Sam’s crime. Now, open it up. Open it. Go on. Get in. Get in.

EXT. ON THE TRAIL -DAY

Paladin and Beth are riding together

PALADIN
I still don’t understand Sam taking a chance like that.

BETH MARAKIAN
Sam’s that way.

PALADIN
But your husband isn’t.

ADAM MARAKIAN
My husband wouldn’t have the nerve to try anything like that. They’re different, despite the way they look. Adam’s very conservative. Sam, he’s wild. Impulsive.

PALADIN
Mrs. Marakian, when you identified the prisoner as Sam, you said you were sorry. Were you?

BETH MARAKIAN
I’m sorry he has to hang. But when it comes to making a choice between Sam and my husband, I’m not sorry to make it.

PALADIN
And you’ve made your choice.

BETH MARAKIAN
Was there any other, Mr. Paladin?

PALADIN
Now, I suppose that’s another one of those questions that only the prisoner’s brother can answer for us.

EXT. ROCKY TERRAIN -DAY

BETH MARAKIAN
Don’t shoot. That’s Adam.

PALADIN
Well, he’s a friendly soul, your husband.

BETH MARAKIAN
Adam! Adam, it’s me, Beth!

SAM MARAKIAN
Who’s that with you?

BETH MARAKIAN
His name is paladin.

SAM MARAKIAN
What does he want?

BETH MARAKIAN
It’s all right, Adam. Sam’s in jail. You’re in the clear.

SAM MARAKIAN
All right. Come on up. Put up your gun, Mister.

BETH MARAKIAN
It’s all right now. Everything’s going to be all right now.

SAM MARAKIAN
What do you want?

PALADIN
Your brother hired me to find you. Mrs. Marakian made her choice. The man in jail will die for it.

SAM MARAKIAN
What do you want with us now?

PALADIN
Just curious. I wanted to see if I could tell you two apart.

SAM MARAKIAN
Can you?

We hear gunshots fired by Adam.

PALADIN
It’s your brother down there.

SAM MARAKIAN
I thought you said he was in jail.

PALADIN
He was.

SAM MARAKIAN
Are you satisfied now, Mr. Paladin?

PALADIN
Cover me.

PALADIN
Hold your fire.

PALADIN
I told you I don’t like being misused.

ADAM MARAKIAN
And I told you to shoot…The next time you draw on me. Hey. Is… Is that my Beth up there with him? That’s another reason…Why I’ve always…Wanted to be like my…Brother.

SAM MARAKIAN
Is he dead?

PALADIN
He’s dead.

MRS. MARAKIAN
What’d you do that for?

SAM MARAKIAN
Paladin’s the only one that might suspect anything. We’ll tell the sheriff my brother killed him. Take this and get behind the rock.

BETH MARAKIAN
I’m scared, Sam.

SAM MARAKIAN
Go on. Go on.

PALADIN
Adam’s dead. You may not have been quite like your brother, but I promise you, before this day is over, he will be like you.

SAM MARAKIAN
I guess we better get the Sheriff’s prisoner back to him. Who knows? I may even collect a reward for my own body.

BETH MARAKIAN
What about Paladin?

SAM MARAKIAN
He’ll be taken care of.

We see buzzards flying overhead. Paladin recovers from his fall. We see Sam and Beth riding into town.

SHERIFF
We were about to come looking for him.

SAM MARAKIAN
He ambushed us. I had to shoot him.

SHERIFF
Take him inside. Where’s Paladin?

SAM MARAKIAN
My brother killed him.

SHERIFF
Your brother? I guess that means you come into the reward all by yourself. Which one are you?

SAM MARAKIAN
Adam.

SHERIFF
Is this your husband, Mrs. Marakian?

BETH MARAKIAN
Yes.

SAM MARAKIAN
There. You see? Nothing to it.

BETH MARAKIAN
Oh, it’s over, Sam.

SAM MARAKIAN
Hey, hey, hey. I guess you better start getting used to calling me Sam, don’t you? Hmm?

PALADIN
Sam. Sam Marakian.

BETH MARAKIAN
Sam! Sam! Sam! Oh, no, sam! No, no! No, please! Sam.

PALADIN
Well, Sheriff, I killed them both.

SHERIFF
Both?

PALADIN
Mrs. Marakian made a choice. Two men died for it.

PALADIN
I sincerely hope you’ll find that choice harder to live with than to die for, Mrs. Marakian.

SHERIFF
He ain’t her husband?

PALADIN
Does that really matter to you, Sheriff?

SHERIFF
It matters to her.

PALADIN
Then let her mourn whichever one she chooses.

SHERIFF
How about the other one?

PALADIN
I will mourn the other one, Sheriff. I will mourn him.

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