87-“The Black Handkershief”

Paladin is hired to help Michelle’s brother Pete be freed on charges he has confessed to. Finding those responsible is hampered as they are after him too.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen, Writers: Jay Simms, Herb Meadow (creator)

ED NELSON as Pierre ‘Pete’ Deverell, JOSEPH V. PERRY as Sheriff (as Joseph Perry)
TERENCE DE MARNEY as Fitzgerald (as Terence DeMarney)
GORDON POLK as Luss Hopper, EDWARD FAULKNER as Dink (as Ed Faulkner)
MIKE LANE as Waller, OLAN SOULE as Solito Hotel Desk Clerk (as Olan Soulé)
SVEA GRUNFELD as Michelle Ganeaux

Filming Locations: Corriganville, Ray Corrigan Ranch, Simi Valley, California.

You’re very quick to confess for everyone else.
Since we have no understanding between us,
I have no choice but to kill you.

PALADIN
Hey boy, I think a pony of brandy might put that mocha on horseback, if you please.
Hey boy, We have rats in this hotel?

HEY BOY
Square holes, Mr. Paladin, no rats.

PALADIN
Hey boy.

HEY BOY

Oh… I forgot. I saved this for you. See?

PALADIN
“Detective wanted to find missing heir, John Thorpe.”

HEY BOY
Missing heir very special item.

PALADIN
“damsel in distress seeks man with some legal knowledge. Box 23.”
Well, hey boy, the other side’s even more interesting.
Will you get me my billfold from the dressing room, please?

EXT. SAN FRANCISCO STREET – DAY

PALADIN
I’d like to see Monsieur Ganeau, please.

MICHELLE GANEAUX
Monsieur Ganeau is not. I’m Michelle Ganeau, the owner.
May I help you?

PALADIN
I hope so. May I? The unpleasant aldehyde scent.
Trace of jasmine, touch of honeysuckle and…Rose character predominates.
When you finish that, it should be excellent.

MICHELLE GANEAUX
You are a designer of perfume?

PALADIN
No, I am an appreciator of designs. My name is Paladin.

MICHELLE GANEAUX
Oh, Monsieur Paladin, please sit down.

PALADIN
Very few damsels in distress are so charming.

MICHELLE GANEAUX
It’s for someone who’s very dear to me.

PALADIN
Oh?

MICHELLE GANEAUX
My nephew. He ran away from home, and I have a wire that he’s in a little trouble
in Salito.

PALADIN
Mm.

MICHELLE GANEAUX
He’s Pierre Deverell. He wears the trouble like a…A boutonniere.
He’s disinherited by his father, a strong and wealthy man.
He will not permit the boy’s mother-My sister-to help their son.
So he talk to me…And I talk to you.

PALADIN
Well, I’m glad that you have.

MICHELLE GANEAUX
Monsieur Deverell gives my sister very little.
And I have, uh…Not much.

PALADIN
Well, money is one of the lesser endowments.

MICHELLE GANEAUX
I have some very fine old, uh… Cognac.

PALADIN
That’s an excellent beginning.

EXT. ON THE TRAIL – DAY
State your business!

PALADIN
I want to see the sheriff.

SHERIFF
Hand me your gun belt.

FITZGERALD
Uh, it could be one of them.

SHERIFF
What do you want?

PALADIN
I want to see about one of your prisoners.

SHERIFF
Yeah, I suspected that.
Who are you?

PALADIN
My name’s paladin.

SHERIFF
These are all letters of credit. San Francisco banks seem to trust you.
I guess I can, too.

PALADIN
Thank you, sheriff.

SHERIFF
Our, uh, welcome mat must’ve seemed full of cockleburs,
But we got to be very careful. This is fitzgerald.
Been two tries to kill him in the past week.

FITZGERALD
I was beginning to get real self-conscious.

SHERIFF
And then somebody tried to poison my prisoner.

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Poison?

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His name pierre deverell?

SHERIFF
Mm-hmm. We call him pete.

PALADIN
What’s his bail?

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Oh, put your money
away, mister.
After 10:00 tomorrow morning,
you can have him for nothing-
Right after the hanging.

PALADIN
He’s gonna hang?

SHERIFF
By the neck.
You the one
he sent that wire to?

PALADIN
Well, what happened?

SHERIFF
Stage holdup.
Fitzgerald here
is one of the passengers.

FITZGERALD
There were four highwaymen. And this youngster took me aside the other side of the coach, away from the others. He took all my money. He started not to take it.
I tried to get him, but they were gonna kill me.
I-I shot him in the head, just grazed him.
Then I run out before his friends could come around.

SHERIFF
When I got there, the driver and the passengers were dead.
Kid was still there, Unconscious.

PALADIN
Then he’s being hung on circumstantial evidence.

SHERIFF
Well, the jury might’ve been influenced by the fact that he signed a full confession.

PALADIN
Oh. May I see him?

SHERIFF
Yeah.

PALADIN
Pierre Deverell?

PETE DEVERELL
My name’s Pete.

PALADIN
Mine’s Paladin. Your family sent me.

PETE DEVERELL
Well, let’s go.

PALADIN
Well, I wish it were that easy, but it’s not.

PETE DEVERELL
Well, that’s what you’re here for, isn’t it?
I guess I made a pretty big splash in the papers back home, huh?

PALADIN
In what way?

PETE DEVERELL
Well, there must’ve been something.

PALADIN
No, nothing.

PETE DEVERELL
Oh, yeah, just like my father.
He reads the front page and the market reports.
Who was it found it for him on page two?

PALADIN
Well, in San Francisco, you may have been a big boy but…
Out here, in this town, now, today, you’re nothing but a rope stretcher.

PETE DEVERELL
They’re not gonna hang me, Mister. I can see the courtyard.
They haven’t even built a gallows yet.

PALADIN
These people will hang you from a tree limb or a wagon tongue.
You better try and understand that as things look now, you’re gonna be hung
tomorrow morning.

PETE DEVERELL
Look, I… I didn’t do it.

PALADIN
You didn’t do it. You just confessed to it. Well, that’s logical. That makes sense.

PETE DEVERELL
They wouldn’t let me get a message out of here Unless I signed their papers.

SHERIFF
You confessed in order to get word to your family?

PETE DEVERELL
Well, yeah. That, and I… Could see my papa picking up the paper:
A Deverell held for murder.

PALADIN
Apparently, you find this very hard to believe, But to the world at large, you just aren’t that important.

PETE DEVERELL
All right, forget what I done wrong; You tell me what to do right.

SHERIFF
He’s a nice feller, ain’t he, Paladin?
Why don’t you tell him about them three men with beards, now.

PETE DEVERELL
Will I get off if I tell you? He won’t even help me.

PALADIN
If I can find the other men.
Your main concern should be trying to survive the next 18 hours.

SHERIFF
It ain’t likely.

PETE DEVERELL
Well, their names were Dink, Luss and Waller.
I met them by accident. I was only with them a day and a half.
They all three wore beards. They only used their first names.
Dink fancied himself as some kind of a gunfighter.
And Luss was always complaining about his left shoulder being sore where…
Where he’d been gored, and waller got drunk on a couple of drinks.
And Luss and Waller carried big-bore rifles.
And they all had a…strange kind of smell. Musky or rancid-like.

PALADIN
Well, that sounds like buffalo hunters.
Were their rifle handles worn?

PETE DEVERELL
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Yeah.

PALADIN
They carry skinning knives?

PETE DEVERELL
Yeah, knives honed down till there wasn’t a half- inch of steel left.

PALADIN
See you in your office?

PETE DEVERELL
Hold it, wait a minute. What are you gonna do?

PALADIN
I’m gonna find out which time you were lying.

EXT. TOWN STREET -DAY

WALLER
Maybe a Wells Fargo man.

LUSS
No. That was an overland stage.

WALLER
Pinkerton, then.

LUSS
I don’t know. Well, we’re sticking here, anyway.

DINK
He’s still in the jail. Fitzgerald’s in there with him.

LUSS
If fitzgerald or the kid identify us…

WALLER
How? We shaved off our beards.

LUSS
Yeah. Anyone can tell that a mile off.

WALLER
Mm-hmm. And we’ll fix that right now.

DINK
Aw, now, wait a minute. The kid’s seen us. So did Fitzgerald, like he said at the trial.
The rat poison didn’t work on the kid.
No matter, they’re hanging him tomorrow, anyway.
And you both missed that Irishman twice.
Heh. But he can’t stay in that calaboose forever.
He’ll come out after the hanging. I’ll get him.

LUSS
What about the man in black?

DINK
Maybe…We ought to get him when he comes out.

INT. JAILHOUSE -DAY

PALADIN
Well, let’s go over it once more. Where was Pete when you found him?

SHERIFF
On the ground, on the right side of the stage.

PALADIN
Where were the dead men?

SHERIFF
Well… They were on the left side of the stage.

PALADIN
Where was Pete when you shot him?

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On the right side!

PALADIN
Were there any spent cartridges in his gun?

SHERIFF
No, but he could’ve reloaded.

PALADIN
Were there any spent cartridges
on the ground around him?

SHERIFF
No.

PALADIN
Were the holes in the dead men big, like those a buffalo gun would make?

SHERIFF
Well, they were pretty big.

PALADIN
Well, now, that leaves a lot of holes in that confession, doesn’t it?

SHERIFF
Well, it don’t leave one at the bottom, where it’s signed.

INT. HOTEL LOBBY -DAY

CLERK
How do you do, sir?

PALADIN
Afternoon.

CLERK
You took two lines.

PALADIN
I want a double bed. Stable my horse, send the gear up to my room.
Afternoon.

DINK
You…Black suit.

PALADIN
You mind moving on?

DINK
You got any interest In that back-shooter they’re hanging tomorrow?

PALADIN
I’m interested in him.

DINK
He had some partners.
Said so at the trial.
And I’m thinking maybe you’re one of them.

PALADIN
Why don’t you go away?

DINK
Who are you, Mister?

PALADIN HANDS HIM HIS CARD

DINK
You want some advice, Mister?
Travel.

PALADIN
Well, I generally leave a town when I’m ready.
You have some particular reason for wanting me out of town?

DINK
I hate rattlesnakes and I hate gunfighters, ’cause I’ve been bit and I’ve been shot.

PALADIN
You have me at a disadvantage. ’cause I think you might be somebody
I’d be very interested in keeping alive.

DINK
I can’t say the same for you.

PALADIN
Now, if you’re calling me out, you’re making a very bad mistake.
Why don’t you just run along?

PALADIN SHOOTS HIM WITH HIS DERRINGER

SHERIFF
Mr. Paladin, you kind of sneak into town like a Chinese stampede.

PALADIN
That was my best lead so far. He’d still be alive if he hadn’t kicked my chair.

SHERIFF
Pete said this Dink was kind of gun-happy.
Might have took after you on his own.

PALADIN
No. They tried to gun Fitzgerald twice.
Do you suppose I could get himto come out as a decoy?

SHERIFF
He ain’t about to leave that jail
Till he’s sure the rest of the gang is gone.
What are you going to do now?

PALADIN
Nothing much I can do, except make myself the biggest and easiest target I know how
And hope they come after me, and miss.

SHERIFF
How you going to do that?

PALADIN
I’m going to sit right here.

EXT.

SHERIFF
Paladin.
Morning.
Morning.

SHERIFF
Nothing happen?

PALADIN
No. Still alive.

SHERIFF
Coffee?

PALADIN
Yeah.

SHERIFF
Don’t look likemuch we can do.
I’m afraid that boy’s a dead one.

PALADIN
Sheriff, he weighs about 175. If his hanging does come off this morning, can you give him
a nine-foot drop?

SHERIFF
No gallows.

PALADIN
How about using a high limb? Let the horse take a long run.

SHERIFF
The best I can, Paladin. The kid wants to see you.

PALADIN
Thanks.

PETE DEVERELL
You fool! You’re killing off The only witnesses that can help me. Just like my family.
I ask for help, and they send someone like you.

PALADIN
You’ve forgotten already, haven’t you? You didn’t ask for help.
You were going to humiliate your father.
You don’t even have enough self-respect not to lie to yourself.

PETE DEVERELL
That’s straight talk.

PALADIN
I doubt there’s time left for anything else.

PETE DEVERELL
All right, I was a fool- I admit it- but do I owe my life to some stupid kid trick?
If we start hanging all the fools, the world’s going to be a lonely place to live in.

PALADIN
There’ll be fools at both ends of the rope, believing that they move the winds and control the tides and sentence men to die. We’re all going to die. And only a few sick and condemned men know how and when. Now, supposedly, you know when you’re going to die. And I’m still uncertain. But you could outlive me. Inside these stone walls is the first time in 24 hours I’ve been safe from a bullet in the back.

PETE DEVERELL
You scared?

PALADIN
You think I hold my life in so little regard That I’m not afraid to lose it?

PETE DEVERELL
I’ve tasted death in my mouth, Paladin. Like cold iron.

PALADIN
It’s always been there. It’s just the first time you’ve noticed it.

PETE DEVERELL
You, too?

PALADIN
All my life. Just a little stronger now.

PETE DEVERELL
I can’t taste anything else. I got you into this, too, didn’t I?

PALADIN
Well, don’t take all the blame-Just for your share of the trouble.
I chose my own life, And my own probable way of losing it.
And that’s my responsibility.

PETE DEVERELL
Yeah, that’s right.

PALADIN
Sheriff!

INT. HOTEL LOBBY -DAY
Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Uh… Oh. No. Sorry.
No more rooms. Whole county is in for the hanging.

PALADIN
My name’s paladin. I registered yesterday-took two lines.

CLERK
Sorry, sorry…Sorry, sorry, sorry!
Key.
Thought you weren’t coming back.
Almost rented it out again.

PALADIN
You’re so fortunate you didn’t.
Clerk! I beg your pardon. I was just about to order a breakfast-
One about twice the size of this one-On a big tray.

CLERK
It sure smells funny, doesn’t it?
Whole room smells like that now.
You know what it is?

PALADIN
Smells like buffalo. Who had this breakfast?

CLERK
Two sixteen.

PALADIN
Just one man in there?

CLERK
Just one breakfast.

PALADIN
Mm-hmm.
Thank you. Hey, you’ll have the best breakfast in the house. Mine.

PALADIN ENCOUNTERS LUSS

(O.S.
Luss was always complaining about his stiff left shoulder, Where he got gored.

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What… What’re…
What are you doing?

PALADIN
I’m hanging you.

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Why, that…That’s murder.

PALADIN
No, it isn’t. That’s lynching.

PALADIN
But you’re only one man.

PALADIN
Well, give me time, I could collect a crowd.
Now, who are you?

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Name’s hopper.

PALADIN
Hopper? Mr. Hopper, I hope you’re lying

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Because,
if you’re not,
You’re going to
have every reason
To be really angry with
a fellow named luss.

HOPPER
But… But…

PALADIN
Who killed the men
at the stagecoach?

HOPPER
I don’t know what
you’re talking about.

PALADIN
Well, since we have no area of understanding, the only thing I can do is proceed with this hanging. Put you up on the stool…I don’t have time for a scientific job.
I’d say it’d take you about…About three minutes to die.

HOPPER
The kid did it.

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He confessed.

PALADIN
He was lying.

HOPPER
Dink did it. The gunfighter- dink. He did it.

PALADIN
Dink didn’t have a rifle. They were killed with a rifle.

HOPER
Well, mister, looks like you got us.
I’ll tell you the truth. Waller did it.

PALADIN
You’re very quick to confess for everybody else, hmm?
Where’s waller?

HOPPER
He… He…He took out.

PALADIN
Oh, did he, now?
Well…
Waller took out?

HOPPER
Yeah.

PALADIN
There are three saddlebags On that chair there.
Waller left without his?
Why didn’t you both go?

H
Well… Well, we had to stick around until
They strung up the kid.
Then fitzgerald would come out of the jail, and we’d get him.
No witnesses.

PALADIN
What about me?

H
Well, you… You sat there like a duck all night.
Figured we could get you anytime.

H
Waller! Get him!

BIG SHOOTOUT IN THE HALLWAY

PALADIN
Well, you can all go home.No hanging today.
Well, Luss, get up. Get up, son. That was only a rehearsal.

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