117-“The Search”

Lane Kilmer brings Paladin to the bedside of his dying mother, who wishes to hire Paladin to find her son Martin, lost for 20 years. Paladin decides to follow the lead of Mr. Edwards, another person engaged by Mrs. Kilmer to find Martin.

Director: Richard Boone, Writers: Sloan Nibley (teleplay), Frank Pierson (teleplay),

PAMELA RAYMOND as Woman in Hotel Carlton Lobby
TONY REGAN as Hotel Carlton Desk Clerk (as Tony Reagan)
BRAD WESTON as Messenger
LILLIAN BRONSON as Mrs. Kilmer
CHARLES AIDMAN as Fred Harper / Martin Kilmer
WRIGHT KING as Lane Kilmer
PERRY COOK as Fred Mosely
PEGGY REA as Jean Mosely
TED MARKLAND as Shorty
EARLE HODGINS as Sheriff Plummer
TEX LAMBERT as Jack Foster

WOMAN
(laughing)
Oh, Mr. Paladin.

MESSENGER
Oh, Mr. Paladin. I know it’s a bad moment, But Mr. Kilmer says it’s an emergency.
They’re in room 319, St. Mary’s Hospital.

PALADIN
Well, will you call my carriage for the lady?

MESSENGER
Yes, sir.

WOMAN
Oh, Mr. Paladin.

INT. HOSPITAL – NIGHT

LANE KILMER
Wait here, please. She’s feeling a little better, Mr. Paladin,
But you can’t stay long.

PALADIN
Miss Kilmer, my name is Paladin.

MRS. KILMER
I received your note and my card.

LANE KILMER
Judge Stoneway gave Mother your card, Mr. Paladin.

MRS. KILMER
My son Martin…

LANE KILMER
Mother’s made the acquaintance of quite a few detectives
In the past 20 years she’s been searching for my brother Martin.

PALADIN
20 years?

LANE KILMER
A long time, isn’t it?

MRS. KILMER
Mr. Edwards…

LANE KILMER
Mr. Edwards, another detective. There have been some leads, but nothing ever conclusive. Mr. Edwards’s letter. He seemed to think that he’d found some clue.

PALADIN
Well, Edwards says here that he found your son. Now, surely that’s more than a clue.

LANE KILMER
Is it? Edwards disappeared with my mother’s money. He was never heard from again.

PALADIN
How did your son disappear?

LANE KILMER
We had a kid’s argument over a hunting gun.
The gun went off accidentally and I was hurt.
Martin must have thought he killed me. He ran off.
That was Mother’s second tragedy.
My youngest brother was killed in a hunting accident the year before that.

MRS. KILMER
Please find my son Martin.

LANE KILMER
Mother.

PALADIN
Mrs. Kilmer, why all the haste after 20 years?

MRS. KILMER
Mr. Paladin, I don’t have much time.
What are you going to do?

PALADIN
I’m going to try and find your son.

MRS. KILMER
Where? Where can you even begin to try?

PALADIN
Where Edwards left off.

EXT.

SHERIFF PLUMMER
Come on, boy. That’s a dog. Hurry up. That’s it, boy. Come on. Stand up.
Oh, what a good dog. Hello. Something I can do to help you?

PALADIN
Well, I’m not sure yet.

[PALADIN SHOWS THE SHERIFF HIS CALLING CARD]

SHERIFF PLUMMER
Well, what’s this? Paladin?

PALADIN
I’m looking for Martin Kilmer.

SHERIFF PLUMMER
Well, who’s he?

PALADIN
or Tom Edwards, a detective.

SHERIFF PLUMMER
Oh, Edwards, he died. Oh, yeah. It was an awful brawl. There was six or seven of ’em. And when they stood back, well, there was Edwards, dead.

PALADIN
How’d you handle that?

SHERIFF PLUMMER
I couldn’t hardly tell which one give him the lick that killed him.

PALADIN
Might have been a couple of ’em hit him after he was dead.

SHERIFF PLUMMER
Yeah, yeah. Well, you see,
I didn’t rightly know which one of ’em was guilty,
And harper told me that I couldn’t arrest an innocent man.
Well, I felt the same way about it.

PALADIN
Harper?

SHERIFF PLUMMER
Yes. It was all harper’s men in this brawl.

PALADIN
Now that you’ve told me all about it,
go tell Mr. Harper that I was inquiring about Mr. Edwards.

SHERIFF PLUMMER
I was just on my way to do that.

PALADIN
Also tell him that I was inquiring about Martin Kilmer.

SHERIFF PLUMMER
Yeah, sure.

LANE KILMER
Well, that’s that.

PALADIN
That’s what?

LANE KILMER
Edwards was killed in a barroom brawl. What a waste.

PALADIN
Edwards was a good professional detective. He wouldn’t drink on a job.
And he’d never get himself killed in a barroom brawl.

LANE KILMER
What are you gonna do now?

PALADIN
I’m gonna find a hotel room with a bath.

INT. HARPER’S OFFICE – DAY

FRED HARPER (O.S.)
Come in.

SHERIFF PLUMMER
Hey, a couple of fellas Are looking for Kilmer and Edwards, Mr. Harper.

FRED HARPER (O.S.)
From San Francisco again.

SHERIFF PLUMMER
One of ’em’s a gunslinger. And the other one’s just only a gentleman.

FRED HARPER (O.S.)
What’d you tell ’em?

SHERIFF PLUMMER
Oh, nothin’, nothin’. I kept my mouth tight shut.

FRED HARPER (O.S.)
Yeah?

SHERIFF PLUMMER
Thank you.

FRED HARPER (with back to camera)
Another one, Jack. They keep coming. This one’ll be tougher.

JACK FOSTER (O.S.)
They can’t live forever.

FRED HARPER (with back to camera)
They keep proving that. I’m gonna take a look at this one myself.

INT. PALADIN’S HOTEL ROOM – DAY

We see Paladin loading his gun.

LANE KILMER
I don’t see why we can’t go home tomorrow morning.

PALADIN
Nope.

LANE KILMER
I want you to quit, Paladin. I’m ordering you to quit.

PALADIN
I’m working for your mother.

LANE KILMER
She thinks we’re looking. That’s all that matters. You know as well as I do
we’ll never find Martin. You’ve got your $1,000. Why not…

[FRED HARPER BARGES INTO THE ROOM]

LANE KILMER
Hello.

PALADIN
Come right in if you’re sure you’ve got the right room.

FRED HARPER
I think it is. My name’s Harper.

LANE KILMER
Idiot. It would serve you right if he beat your brains out.

PALADIN
Harper, you killed the last man that came here looking for Martin Kilmer. I like my enemies out in the open where I can fight them with no false courtesy.

FRED HARPER
I was gonna run you out of town, Mister. But stay. You stay. And keep your pussycat with you. Don’t do that, Paladin. Don’t do it.

LANE KILMER
Might as well have hired a platoon of wild apes.

PALADIN
Why do you say that? Been here less than an hour. We’ve already flushed harper out. We’re doing fine.

LANE KILMER
Why are you looking at me like that?

PALADIN
Just wondering why you and the others don’t want me to find Martin Kilmer.

LANE KILMER
I resent that.

PALADIN
I should think you would.

LANE KILMER
What are you gonna do now?

PALADIN
Well, I’m gonna find out where Edwards went And who he talked to.
And, if possible, where he made his mistake.

[commercial break]

EXT. BLACKSMITH’S SHOP – DAY

PALADIN
Your name shorty?

The blacksmith nods over to Shorty without saying a word

PALADIN
Shorty? I understand you rented a horse to a man named Edwards.
That right?

SHORTY
I’m sure I rented him a horse. Edwards… Edwards… That were the feller that
got hisself killed. That right?

PALADIN
That’s right. I’m interested in knowing how he arranged it.

SHORTY
Well, I don’t know as I ought to get mixed up in this.

PALADIN
Well, I’m just interested in knowing who he might have seen, Who he talked to,
any trips he might have made that he’d have to rent a horse or rig for.

SHORTY
Reckon they pay you for this. Am I right?

PALADIN
Hmm.

SHORTY
Well, now, his mistake was making up to Mosely.
If there’s a man Harper can’t abide, it’s Fred Mosely.

PALADIN
And Edwards went to see Mosely.

SHORTY
Sure he did.

PALADIN
You know why?

SHORTY
Nope.

PALADIN
Well, will you throw in another answer for the same rate? Do you know where
I can find Mosely?

SHORTY
Well, you won’t find him today. But tomorrow’s Sunday, and he’ll be here preaching. You’ll hear him.

PALADIN
Thank you, Shorty.

SHORTY
Mr. Harper?

FRED HARPER
What is it?

SHORTY
Thought you’d like to know About the black-dressed man asking about you.

FRED HARPER
Mm-hmm.

SHORTY
He was wild to talk to Fred Mosely. I can’t imagine what put that in his mind.

FRED HARPER
You can’t imagine, huh?
Shorty, you never had more than one silver dollar at a time in your life.

INT. PALADIN’S HOTEL ROOM – MORNING

FRED MOSLEY (O.S.)

It’s Sunday! It’s the lord’s day! You don’t sleep on the lord’s day, Not when there’s
the Lord’s work to be done! Come hear the joyous awakening of the world And the blessed Word of the Lord Jesus!

EXT. TOWN STREET – MORNING

FRED MOSLEY

“God, give me the strength of Sampson, of ten Sampsons.” And other men were beat down like willows under a hailstorm by this strength of mine.

I used this strength that God gave. Raised up in my own anger and near killed a man. Stopped only in time by the blessed hand of the Lord.

CROWD

amen.

FRED MOSLEY

Man reared back to bust his brother in the chops. What can his brother do?
Bust him a good one first. Cain and Abel. Abel and Cain.

Who can say Cain weren’t hittin’ in self-defense?

Cain says, “Wait around. Little old Abel gonna bust me one.”

He gets a fear and he says, “Why wait? Hit him first.” He says, “Save my life.”

But the Lord speaketh and says, “Cain, I curse you and make you walk the face of the land…”

JACK FOSTER

(TO HARPER)
Paladin’s there.

FRED MOSLEY
And Cain said unto the lord, “lord, my punishment is too great.” Don’t worry. Let the man expend his rage and fury useless on the air. That’s enough. We’d better end our meeting lest we be tempted into rage.

FRED HARPER
Come on, fred. You’re a big man. You could probably pinch me to death.

FRED MOSLEY
I love you like a brother. I wouldn’t tempt you to sin by hurting me.

PALADIN
Mr. Mosely.

FRED HARPER
Stay out of this, friend. Meeting’s over.

PALADIN
I’d like to hear you finish if you’d like to.

FRED MOSLEY
Please, mister, stay out of this.

PALADIN
Then I’d like to talk to you about Martin Kilmer.

FRED HARPER
Keep your mouth shut, Mosely.

FRED MOSLEY
Please, I want no help. No fighting over me. Please, mister, mind your own business.

No! Stop!

FRED HARPER
Stay out of the way, Mosely.

FRED MOSLEY
No. You can’t go on this way, harper.

FRED HARPER
Come on, mosely. Lose that temper. The lord gave it to you to lose, didn’t he?
I’ve been waiting a long time. I’ve been waiting for almost ten years.

EXT. MOSLEY’S TENT – NIGHT

FRED MOSLEY
We’d better clean these out.

PALADIN
Mosely.

FRED MOSLEY
You sound like a frog under a haystack. Don’t talk.

PALADIN
Mosely, why does Harper hate you?

FRED MOSLEY
Why do men climb mountains? Some men it’s gambling. Others it’s drinking.

With me it’s talkin’ the word of the lord. That’s what started it.

Harper knows he can’t stand up to that. So he hit me. He tried to frighten me.

But you hit a man and he don’t hit back, And it gets to be a challenge.

PALADIN
He tried to kill you, Mosely.

FRED MOSLEY
Kill me? Would a mountain climber tear down his own mountain?

JEAN MOSLEY
Fred?

FRED MOSLEY
He found me out, jean. I’m no better than he is.

JEAN MOSLEY
Please, fred, don’t.

FRED MOSLEY

It’s no use, jean. For the first time in my life, I hate a man.

JEAN MOSLEY
Let this man help you.

FRED MOSLEY
No. No, it’s not his battle. It’s between harper and me.

[COMMERCIAL BREAK]

PALADIN
Where’s Mr. Mosely?

JEAN MOSLEY
He’s gone to kill Mr. Harper.

PALADIN
When?

JEAN MOSLEY
It must be all over now. You’ve been asleep hours.

PALADIN
Oh.

JEAN MOSLEY
Poor fred. His temper got away. You can push a man just so far
And then something gives. Isn’t it strange? The lord makes temptation so strong
And men so weak. Poor fred’ll never forgive himself. Oh, please. Please.

[PALADIN FINDS MOSLEY STRUNG UP]

LANE KILMER
Paladin! Paladin, a terrible thing has happened.

PALADIN
I can see there’s been a terrible thing. Was it harper?

LANE KILMER
Mosely came down the street with a rifle. He killed him right there.

PALADIN
Where were you?

LANE KILMER
In the hotel. I mean…

PALADIN
Are you through?

LANE KILMER
Never thought they’d
do that… That whip.

PALADIN
But you stayed in the hotel.

[PALADIN JUMPS THROUGH WINDOW}

LANE KILMER
You kept your word, Paladin. You found Martin Kilmer. But I got to him first.

PALADIN
Harper.

LANE KILMER
Martin Kilmer. My brother. It was no accident he shot me. He was also responsible for my youngest brother’s accident. Tried to cover by killing me.
When that failed, he ran away, changed his name.

PALADIN
And Mosely knew his name.

LANE KILMER
Somehow Mosely found out. He was always afraid
that Mosely was gonna talk. Didn’t realize it protected him.
The truth will kill my mother.

PALADIN
What do we tell your mother now? The memory of the just is blessed.

LANE KILMER
The memory of the just…Why couldn’t that have been martin’s epitaph?

PALADIN
Why not? A man called Harper killed your brother As surely as he killed Mosely.
Which one was your brother?

LANE KILMER
Mosely. I can tell mother Mosely.

PALADIN
This is the way. Walk ye in it. I’d better go and see Mrs. Mosely.

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