91-“Charley Red Dog”

Have Gun – Will Travel: Season 3, Episode 13

Charley Red Dog (12 Dec. 1959)

Summoned to a beleaguered Western village to drive off a desperado, Paladin meets a young Native American…

Director: Ida Lupino, Writers: Gene Roddenberry, Herb Meadow.
SCOTT MARLOWE as Marshall Charley Red Dog, RAYMOND BAILEY as John Staffer
CYRIL DELEVANTI as Cornish – Storekeeper, HUGH LAWRENCE as Lem
K.L. SMITH as Gus Johnson (as Cowboy), KELTON GARWOOD as Joe Denver
WILLIAM BRYANT as Ed, EDMOND GLOVER as Tuck
WARREN PARKER as Hotel Carlton Desk Clerk, FINTAN MEYLER as Pegeen Shannon

Filming Locations: Jack Ingram Ranch – 22255 Mulholland Drive, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

PALADIN
Morning.

PEGEEN SHANNON
Is there something I can do for you?

PALADIN
Well, as a matter of fact…

PEGEEN SHANNON
At your service. I’m in suite 24.

PALADIN
You know, I love San Francisco.

DESK CLERK
Miss Shannon is the new hotel stenographer.

PALADIN
Well, of course even this city has its disappointments. However…Morning.

INT. PALADIN’S HOTEL ROOM -DAY

PALADIN
Please address this to Mr. John staffer, Village of Santa Maria, territory of New Mexico.
Dear sir: This will acknowledge receipt of your advance payment…In the sum of $500.
However, please be advised…That I will not provoke a gunfight. You have that?
If no more satisfactory a solution can be found, our agreement will be terminated and your advance payment refunded, minus expenses. Please enclose this in the letter, and it’s signed Paladin. I’ll have the porter return your machine.

PEGEEN SHANNON
What made you change your mind, mr. Paladin?

PALADIN
About what, Miss Shannon?

PEGEEN SHANNON
Me.

PALADIN
Well, Miss Shannon, some friendships are like good wine. A wise man lets them
age before sampling.

PEGEEN SHANNON
I’ve seen a few of your “friendships” Passing through the lobby.
You’ll find any relationship of ours slightly cooler.

PALADIN
Perhaps. But then, some good wines are much better slightly chilled. We’ll discuss it further in about three weeks?

EXT. ON THE TRAIL -DAY

PALADIN
¿Como esta?

CHARLEY RED DOG
Bien, muchas gracias. ¿que vaya?

PALADIN
A la pueblo de Santa Maria.

CHARLEY RED DOG
Oh, Santa Maria. I am going there myself. Perhaps you would share my food, Senor.

PALADIN
Paladin. Con mucho gusto.

CHARLEY RED DOG
Paladin.

PALADIN
Gracias.

CHARLEY RED DOG
But first you will…You will drop your gun. It would pain me to kill a guest.
The name is Charley Red Dog, United States Marshal.

PALADIN
Marshal, may I see that badge again?

CHARLEY RED DOG
Oh, as they said in the first lesson, It is not the badge, but the man, huh? Well, you will note that I am exceptional with a gun. Of course, there are some things I must practice.

PALADIN
If you’ll forgive me, that’s a little snug in the holster. A drop of fat inside the leather
would help it to slide out.

CHARLEY RED DOG
Oh, a drop of fat? Oh, please.

PALADIN
What do you call this?

CHARLEY RED DOG
Uh, this is called viejas. My people, the Navajos, call this viejas.

PALADIN
Viejas.

CHARLEY RED DOG
Uh-huh.

PALADIN
Beans, rabbit, cooked in small red chilies, yeah?

CHARLEY RED DOG
You perhaps have Indian blood.

PALADIN
Unfortunately, no, but I’ve learned to enjoy some of the benefits.
Mmm. This is excellent.

CHARLEY RED DOG
Please, sit here. Finish the pan.

PALADIN
Thank you.

CHARLEY RED DOG
I have already eaten my fill.

PALADIN
Aren’t you rather young to be a marshal?

CHARLEY RED DOG
Well, I have almost 20 years. There are no complaints from the institute.

PALADIN
Institute?

CHARLEY RED DOG
Yes. Here…

PALADIN
Marshall, please don’t put that gun in the dirt.

CHARLEY RED DOG
Oh, I am sorry. See? Read for yourself. Fees paid, examination passed, And not one question I missed, Badge and diploma issued.

PALADIN
This correspondence school, You took a clipping from a magazine or a newspaper?

CHARLEY RED DOG
Well, this is United States Marshals Correspondence Institute, And this is
United States government. So, is there some problem?

PALADIN
Will you listen to me?

CHARLEY RED DOG
Perhaps you object to education.

PALADIN
No, not at all.

CHARLEY RED DOG
Oh, it is because I am Indian, then?

PALADIN
No.

CHARLEY RED DOG
Well, times change, senor. In the reservation school, I was top student. And as for the institute, They even invented special courses for me.

PALADIN
I’m sure they got every cent from you they could.

CHARLEY RED DOG
My family is very proud of this. It is proof we have fair government in Washington.
I know. Marshal Charley Red Dog may sound like a foolish name to some whites.
But, senor, I have promised that it will stand for justice and honesty and fairness
as it is written in the law books. Or I will die in this attempt.

PALADIN
You wear that badge into Santa Maria, you probably will.

CHARLEY RED DOG
My blood has known death there before, Senor. My own father, when I was a child. He died in the street there. No, not from anger, senor, but… Merely target practice. A worthless old Indian passing a saloon.

PALADIN
I’m sorry. Matter of fact, I’m going into Santa Maria to see a Mr. Staffer about just such a thing.

CHARLEY RED DOG
Oh, yes. I know Mr. Staffer’s plan. With too many gunmen already in Santa Maria, He brings in still another. We will do as in Abilene, Senor: Prohibit the carrying of weapons.
My office will be in the old jail. When you are ready to leave town, I will return your gun.

PALADIN
Well…What if I decide to take my gun into Santa Maria?

CHARLEY RED DOG
Then one of us will die here. If you wish, I give you a fair fight.

PALADIN
Marshal…I’ll see you in Santa Maria, Marshal.

EXT. TOWN OF SANTA MARIA -DAY

JOHN STAFFER
You came all the way from San Francisco with a fat-headed scheme like this? I won’t stand for it! Now, I’ve heard some harebrained schemes in my time…

PALADIN
I’m merely suggesting that since Charley Red Dog is already wearing a marshal’s badge, that we appoint him town marshal.

JOHN STAFFER
And I’m merely telling you we hired you to handle this. Now, start with Joe Denver. He’s
behind most of this trouble. He’ll be back in town tomorrow.

PALADIN
Staffer, for the last time, I am not a hired assassin. What this town needs is law.
Law, seven days a week, twelve months a year.

black hat man
All right, so we hire a lawman. A real one.

PALADIN
All right, gentlemen, who wants the job? You want it, sir? You?

CORNISH
Ain’t no one foolish enough to take it.

PALADIN
Nobody except an indian boy named charley red dog. Foolish? Or perhaps there’s
another word for it.

JOHN STAFFER
Paladin, we’ll just end up with one dead indian kid.

PALADIN
He’s gonna try.

JOHN STAFFER
Are you saying
you couldn’t stop him?

PALADIN
Staffer, if I were charley red dog…If I were an indian boy And this was my one chance
to stand as tall as any man, I’d rather die than be stopped. No. I won’t stop him.

JOHN STAFFER
Marshal charley red dog. Who the devil’s gonna respect a lawman with that name?

PALADIN
Respect can be as contagious as measles If it’s properly spread around. And I’ll be standing very close to him.

CORNISH
I’m willing
to give it a try.

BLACK HAT
It’s the kid’s neck, not mine. I’ll go along.

JOHN STAFFER
All right, but we don’t want anyone laughing at us. If he gets killed, We don’t know
either one of you.

PALADIN
Agreed.

JOHN STAFFER
Gonna get a gun from someone?

PALADIN
I was just on my way to borrow
one. Excuse me, gentlemen.

EXT. OLD TOWN JAIL – DAY

GUS JOHNSON
Walks are for white men, indian.

PALADIN
I beg your pardon. I do believe you bumped into me.

GUS JOHNSON
Well, then get out of my…

PALADIN
Brandy.

ED
Guess that ought to bring
the new marshal a-runnin’, huh?

CHECKERED SHIRT
Marshal red dog.
Ain’t that something, ed?

ED
Downright hilarious.
Well, now, you look like
the sort what likes excitement.

PALADIN
I don’t remember
speaking to you.

ED
I was inviting you to join us. We’re planning on riding that…

PALADIN
I say you talk too loud and too much.

ED
Well, now, For a man without a gun, you…

PALADIN
I almost forgot about borrowing a gun. Thank you very much, my friend. Gentlemen, Don’t let me interrupt your card game.

CHECKERED SHIRT
We’ll get on with it in a minute.

PALADIN
Well, then, let me cut the cards for you, hmm?

CHECKERED SHIRT
Your gun’s as fast as your temper, mister. Uh, meaning no offense. You might even give
Joe Denver a race.

PALADIN
Joe Denver. I’ve heard that name.

CHECKERED SHIRT
You might say, he’s the man that runs the town. He’ll be back tomorrow.

PALADIN
I’d be very interested to meet him.

CHARLEY RED DOG
I’ll take that gun, too, mr. Paladin. In fact, I think it is time to collect all guns. The same rule as in abilene, senors.

CHECKERED SHIRT
Well, now, if it ain’t the injun boy.

PALADIN
Marshal. Don’t draw down on me. We’re just funnin’ here.

CHARLEY RED DOG
How many times must I take your gun?

PALADIN
All right.

CHECKERED SHIRT
You mean, he took your gun?

PALADIN
Mister, I’ve seen this man work. Maybe you wanna draw down on him, but not me.

CHECKERED SHIRT
Why, no, I…I was just, uh…

CHARLEY RED DOG
Senor bartender, bring out your tub. We make a small collection here. Come.

EXT. TOWN MAIN STREET -DAY

JOHN STAFFER
There’s gus johnson going in.

LEM
Gus is a real injun-hater, paladin. He’ll chew your boy to bits.

EXT. OLD JAILHOUSE -DAY

CORNISH
Paladin. Better get a gun. They’re jumping the boy tonight.

PALADIN
When?

CORNISH
Don’t know. They’re gonna catch him, unexpected, in his office. I just heard ’em talking.
About six of ’em.

JOHN STAFFER
Six against one. You can’t expecthim to fight odds like that.

PALADIN
Well, If he wants this job, he’ll have to expect to face some odds. But I’ll see what I can do
to reduce them. Excuse me.

INT. MARSHAL’S OFFICE – NIGHT

GUS
Evenin’, marshal. We thought we’d drop by for our guns.

ED
Ought to lock that rear door, marshal. Never know who might come in. Injuns ain’t used to doors.

CHARLEY RED DOG
I know enough to put out people the way they came in.

CHARLEY RED DOG
If someone will get me a new lantern, I will make some arrests.

INT. JOHN STAFFER’S OFFICE -DAY
I do solemnly swear to uphold the laws of this territory

JOHN STAFFER

and the constitution of these United States.

CHARLEY RED DOG
And the constitution of these United States, So help me god.

JOHN STAFFER
Now, if you’ll sign right here…

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Paladin. He’s here.

CHARLEY RED DOG
Yes?

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Joe denver. He’s waiting out in the street.

JOHN STAFFER
Wait a minute, marshal. There are half a dozen murders against denver. Now, Paladin said he can take his gun and bring him in for trial.
John here will put him away for good.

PALADIN
It won’t hurt your reputation. You can just say one gunman sold out another gunman.
I will need my gun, however.

Charley Red Dog knocks out Paladin.

CHARLEY RED DOG
I am sorry, senor. To uphold the law, so help me god. I did not mean that lightly.

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Paladin! Get that jug of water.

EXT. MAIN STREET -DAY

INT. OFFICE -DAY

PALADIN
Get me a gun. This thing’s no good in a shootout!

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We turned ours in just like everyone else.

PALADIN
Get to Cornish’s store and take one off the shelf. Go on!

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I can’t wait.

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The marshal locked up Cornish’s guns this morning.

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Ahh!

CHARLEY RED DOG
As you once suggested, a drop of fat in the holster makes the difference. Firearms are not permitted in Santa Maria.

PALADIN
That’s a very good law, Especially when the marshal is so proficient with his.

CHARLEY RED DOG
I am glad you carried it last night, however, When you shot out the lantern in my office.

PALADIN
I ought to be in jail.

CHARLEY RED DOG
A man learns to overlook things. A gun in the hands of a friend Or worthless diplomas
From dishonest correspondence schools.

PALADIN
How long have you known about that?

CHARLEY RED DOG
Oh, perhaps always. But it gave me a direction. A simple Indian boy needs direction, Mr. Paladin, Almost as much as he needs respect.

PALADIN
Respect is important to all men. Some will even risk death for it.

CHARLEY RED DOG
And some just give it to others. I thank you for that.

EXT. JOHN STAFFER’S LAW OFFICE -DAY

CHARLEY RED DOG
Mr. Paladin.

PALADIN
Marshal. Thank you.

JOHN STAFFER
You ought to split that 1,000 with the marshal.

LEM
That ought to be fair, Mr. Paladin.

CORNISH
Yeah. He did all the work.

PALADIN
I think we came out just about even. The marshal has your gratitude and I have your money. Marshal.