93-“One Came Back”

Ben Harvey hires Paladin to escort him to a town called Gila where he has a family store. Now that he is out of prison…

Director: Don Taylor, Writers: Bruce Geller, Herb Meadow (creator)

GEORGE MATHEWS as Ben Harvey, STROTHER MARTIN as A. Carew

JAMES COBURN as Jack, TOMMY COOK as Clay

BOB DOROUGH … Curt (as Robert Dorough)

TOM MCBRIDE as Townsman (as Thomas McBride)

Constance Cameron … Lady, Stewart East … Townsman

Carew, whether you believe I will defend Ben Harvey
For principle or for money, you better believe this: I will protect him.

BEN HARVEY
I’m lookin’ for someone named Paladin.

HEY BOY
You got ‘pointment with Mr. Paladin? He very busy man.

BEN HARVEY
You take me to him.

HEY BOY
He does not wish to be disturbed.

BEN HARVEY
Take me to his room.

HEY BOY
He out of town!

BEN HARVEY
Come on. Now.

HEY BOY
I tell him you out of town, but he no listen.

PALADIN
Turn him loose.

BEN HARVEY
Sure. You’re paladin.

PALADIN
Turn him loose, Mr. Harvey. All right, Hey Boy?

HEY BOY
Sure. Fine.

HEY BOY
I didn’t know he’s friend of yours.

PALADIN
I never laid eyes on him before, but I have seen his picture.

BEN HARVEY
I ain’t got a gun, paladin.

PALADIN
Neither have I. Tip him.

BEN HARVEY
What?

PALADIN
It’s customary when a porter performs a service, you tip him. Since this one did this service under duress, A dollar’d be about right.

BEN HARVEY
A dollar? Now, look here. A dollar.

HEY BOY
Thank you. Anything else, just call.

PALADIN
What do you want?

BEN HARVEY
Somethin’ I picked up in prison. A fella there give it to me.

PALADIN
You know, I may have to have that card changed. Seem to be too many of them floating around.

BEN HARVEY
Well, like the card says, I wanna hire ya.

PALADIN
I don’t work for criminals. Lap seams here, I think.

BEN HARVEY
Before ya turn a man down, you oughta listen to him.

PALADIN
I seem to be listening to you whether I want to or not. Well, tailors, lawyers, and doctors
learn to close their mouths or close their shops.

BEN HARVEY
I’ve done my time. Five years. And I’ve evened the score. I’m not wanted anywhere.

PALADIN
And that makes the men your outfit murdered lie easier in their graves.

BEN HARVEY
All right, then. Can’t open my mouth without makin’ a fool of myself. I been that way all my life. Those five years didn’t pay for a thing. Just bought me a chance to spend the rest of my life tryin’ to pay back what I owe the dead. And myself.

PALADIN
You talk very well.

BEN HARVEY
I made a deal with the marshals to give ’em a Harvey in jail so they can show the voters and newspapers they let my kid outta Missouri to go to a town where they could farm, shoe horses…Ya try to live down a reputation. It sticks. Don’t think it don’t.

PALADIN
Your family did earn a reputation. It was the Bardstown Massacre…

BEN HARVEY
During the war. There were a hundred civilian gangs. The only way they could make a livin’ was to steal, Because it was neighbor against neighbor. We were northern in a southern county, mister.

PALADIN
And your family?

BEN HARVEY
They got a store in a place called gila. It’s a long haul through hell to gila. I got a wagonload of goods and rifles and whatnot I wanna take to them.

PALADIN
What do you want with me?

BEN HARVEY
You see how I am. Hot-tempered. Some fellas can’t take liquor. Some got the gamblin’ fever. Well, I don’t dare trust myself with a gun. I’d never get my wagon to Gila without protection, and I won’t wear a gun. I want you to take me to Gila.

PALADIN
You have a thousand dollars?

BEN HARVEY
That’s pretty steep, a thousand dollars. I got a wagonload of goods worth $5,000…

PALADIN
Mr. Harvey, I don’t haggle.

BEN HARVEY
Neither do the Harveys.

EXT. ON THE TRAIL -DAY

PALADIN
Whoa.

BEN HARVEY
Gila. Four miles more to go. If we had to fight bushwhackers all the way, It’d still be $250 a mile.

PALADIN
Well, we’re not there yet. Cheer up.

BEN HARVEY
I got to admit, you do make a good stew…For a thousand dollars.

PALADIN
You could’ve been bushwhacked ridin’ by yourself.

BEN HARVEY
Yeah, that’s somethi” I’ll never know-Whether I wasted my thousand dollars or not.

PALADIN
Hyah. Let’s go.
Giddap. Giddap.

EXT. THREE HORSEMEN -DAY

JACK HARVEY
That was him.

CLAY HARVEY
Never thought they’d let him out once they got him in.

CURT HARVEY
What ya think he’s doin’ back…

JACK HARVEY
I’ll tell ya, curt. I don’t start to think till I got all the facts to work on.

EXT. TOWN OF GILA -DAY

PALADIN
Whoa.

CAREW
sold to miss nelly for 25 cents. And there’s another one free for her mother.
Now, there goes two of the happiest women in town.

PALADIN
Business is booming.

WOMAN
that one looks more like cheesecloth.

CAREW
calico bolts, 54″ wide. What am I bid?

WOMAN
ten cents a yard.

CAREW
Ten cents?

WOMAN
Uh-huh.

CAREW
You can have the whole bolt for ten cents! Here now, ladies…This is what they’re shaped like in St. Louis.

BEN HARVEY
Hey, what is this?

PALADIN
This gentleman has come to find the Harveys.

CAREW
Then he can go join the posse.

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The posse?

CAREW
Every able-bodied man is out lookin’ for ’em.

BEN HARVEY
What for? What’d they do?

CAREW
You name it, they did it. There are two dead men waitin’ till we get the harveys to bury with ’em.

PALADIN
They had a trial, I presume.

CAREW
Yes. We had a fine trial. We had five years of grief and trouble outta the harveys. We finally got a jury to pass a just sentence. It was the whole town, mister, and the sentence was unanimous. The harvey family- root and branch- guilty as sin, To be shot on sight.

PALADIN
Ben.

CAREW
Now, what am I bid for this shape?

WOMAN
Two dollars!

CAREW
It-it cost fifteen. Now, I must ask you to take this sale seriously. If this article is not worth
fifteen, it’s worth nothing.

WOMAN
Three dollars.

CAREW
Three dollars?

WOMAN
Uh-huh.

CAREW
It’s yours.

BEN HARVEY
Get outta here, all of ya!

CAREW
What’d you say?

PALADIN
Mr. Harvey said to leave his store.

CAREW
Ben harvey?

BEN HARVEY
Ben harvey. Murderer. Highwayman. Robber! Now get outta here, all of ya!

WOMAN
If you’re anything
like your brother…

BEN HARVEY
I’ll murder ya! Here. Gimme that!

PALADIN
Sam, sam.

CAREW
You better get out, harvey. You and your gunman with ya. The posse’ll be back.

BEN HARVEY
Get out!

PALADIN
There you go. Jumpin’ in headfirst, scarin’ the devil out of ’em.

BEN HARVEY
Ah, what difference…Try to kill the past, but…Memory’s an unkillable thing. Every shot in the dark, every look in the wrong direction… “why, it’s the harvey boys.” Just like bardstown, missouri, all over again. I knew there was somethin’ up When I heard the rumors about the harvey boys in gila.

PALADIN
You knew there was trouble here when you hired me?

BEN HARVEY
Aw, have a drink. Stop yappin’. You’d never come if you’d have known.

PALADIN
Whew. Mr. Harvey, You still owe me $1,000.

BEN HARVEY
Well, take the wagon. It’s worth a lot more than that.

PALADIN
You can’t stay here.

BEN HARVEY
They’re my only kin, paladin. This is it. Sink or swim. Ya gotta stop runnin’ or killin’ somewhere, and…This is where it might as well be.

PALADIN
You’ll have to wear a gun. Those people’ll just shoot you down.

BEN HARVEY
Look. You had an easy trip up for the thousand. Can ya throw in a day and…wear my gun for me until I find out what this is all about?

CAREW
gunfighter!

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CAREW
Harvey’s a dead man. You get out now before the posse gets back. We’ll give ya half an hour. After that, you step out. We’ll kill you and him both.

BEN HARVEY
You go if you want.
I stay.

PALADIN
Carew, get those women and old men off the street. They’re just gonna get hurt.

CAREW
There’s a mess of us and only two of you.

BEN HARVEY
Go on. Save yourself.

PALADIN
You stay here. I’ll try and get you a fair chance.

BEN HARVEY
Sure.

PALADIN
Hold your fire, Carew. I’m comin’ out.

CAREW
Good sense. Well, keep your eye on the store. Come on, gunfighter. I wanna show you somethin’. There. Look. They were partners of mine. Men I’ve known all my life. Jack and curt harvey shot ’em down like dogs.

PALADIN
Why?

CAREW
We’ve already had the trial.

PALADIN
Now wait a minute, you had a trial and the harveys weren’t here to defend themselves?

CAREW
Defend what? I saw ’em shoot.

PALADIN
Now, If the sheriff was out on the posse, who held the trial?

CAREW
I did. Right here.There is exhibit “a” and “b.”

PALADIN
Mr. Carew, you’re the only witness, the prosecutor, the judge, and, as far as I can determine, the soul beneficiary of this murder. When we drove in, you were already selling off the Harveys’ merchandise.

CAREW
Uh, tell ’em. Are they murderers or ain’t they?

TOWNSMAN
These wasn’t the first, Mister.

PALADIN
At least the Harveys aren’t vultures feeding on prey somebody else killed…

CAREW
Now, listen, you…

PALADIN
Ben Harvey was in prison the last five years.

CAREW
A Harvey is a Harvey.

PALADIN
I see. Now, I have no wish to gun any of you. But you have no right to murder a man you’ve never seen before. A man who’s innocent of anything his family may have done. In addition, Ben Harvey owes me a thousand dollars. That makes it necessary for me to keep him alive until he can pay me. Now, whether you believe I’ll defend Ben Harvey for principle or for money, you had better believe I will defend him.

CAREW
The sheriff will be back.

PALADIN
We’ll deal with him when he gets here. In the meantime, Carew, will you get these women off the street? Making them accessories to your stealing is inexcusable.

CAREW
Maybe you’d have trouble shooting a woman.

PALADIN
By all means, rely on my chivalry, Mr. Carew. But I assure you all…I will shoot anyone
who tries to kill me. The husbands will hardly thank the man who organized women
And a few old men into a posse against a professional fighter.

CAREW
N-n-now, wait a minute!

PALADIN
When the posse gets here, I guess there’ll be a lot of gunplay.

CAREW
Jack Harvey is a killer. He swore that he’s gonna kill me on sight! All right, gunfighter.
The posse’ll get ‘im. The posse’ll get all of ’em.

BEN HARVEY
What’s happenin’?

PALADIN
Your family seems to have made enemies, whatever they did. There’s a posse coming back, And you aren’t gonna have any chance to explain. Come on.

BEN HARVEY
What’s the use? You better get out while you still got a chance.

PALADIN
Mr. Harvey, you’re forgetting my thousand dollars.

BEN HARVEY
Nah. If I use it, I’ll be right back where I started.

PALADIN
I’ll stand by our deal. You did hire me to be your gun.

BEN HARVEY
Thanks. A thousand’ll never pay for that.

JACK HARVEY
Carew! Get on out here.

BEN HARVEY
That’s not the posse. Those are my brothers.

PALADIN
Ben. Ben! Let’s just see what this is all about.

JACK HARVEY
Carew, I’m waitin’ for you. Old man, you give us five years of misery. And rigged a trial
to get us hanged. You come on out and get what’s comin’. In the street. Inside. It’s all the same to me.

CAREW
Now, uh, Jack, uh, this won’t solve a thing.

JACK HARVEY
It certainly will. It’ll make me feel a whole lot better. Thing I’ll never understand is you’re no better’n a highwayman. Only you use your loans and legal papers and the trust people have in you to steal what they got. But we Harveys always fight out in the open.

CAREW
Uh, jack, uh, your brother’s here. He’s, uh, right behind ya.

JACK HARVEY
I saw him come in.

CAREW
Uh, jack, uh, listen. Your brother’s got no gun. I-I think that he’s trying to reform.
Now, you look out for the gunman that he’s got with him. That’s a friendly warning.
That’s from me to you, jack.

JACK HARVEY
Well, thank you.

PALADIN
He’s gonna kill that man, Ben…

PALADIN
He was unarmed.

JACK HARVEY
Well, he never did fight with guns. If I’d thought about it, I’d have brought a loaded mortgage and shot him with that. Now, who are you?

PALADIN
Your brother hired me to defend him While he tried to prove your innocence.

JACK HARVEY
His arm’s busted.

BEN HARVEY
Jack, we can’t shoot our way outta trouble anymore.

JACK HARVEY
Oh, no? I don’t see any other way.

PALADIN
apparently, you never did.

CURT HARVEY
Carew sold us out, man. He tried to hang us.

JACK HARVEY
Shut up, curt. I don’t know what Ben and his gunfighter friend here want yet.

PALADIN
You did kill those two men in the wagon.

JACK HARVEY
Curt? Clay? Now, you watch old Ben’s friend here. Carew was supposed to pay us for killin’ ’em. But when we come to collect, he had a posse runnin’ for us. Oh, Ben, you would’ve been proud of us.

BEN HARVEY
I gave five years of my life to give you a chance to do somethin’ right. Ya cheated me.
Get off that horse! Oh!

JACK HARVEY
Too bad, gunfighter. Ben, I’m runnin’ the harveys now.
We ain’t a bunch of
storekeepers. Maybe you are.

BEN HARVEY
Curt?

CURT
No.

BEN HARVEY
Clay, don’t be a fool.

CLAY
You’re sittin’ on the ground
with a headache, not me.

JACK HARVEY
you don’t think that posse’s gonna catch us. What’s left of that posse ain’t gonna catch anybody. You, uh, wanna draw your gun there, mister? No?

PALADIN
Sorry.

BEN HARVEY
They’re murderers, aren’t they?

PALADIN
You know ’em better than I do. Ben, I’m not a fool. I won’t try and take them alone.

BEN HARVEY
I’m gonna get me a gun.

EXT. HARVEY’S STORE -DAY

CLAY
hyah!

BEN HARVEY
Curt, clay, you stay outta this. It’s jack I want. Little clay. Even little clay.

PALADIN
That outfit operates like a well-drilled army squad.

BEN HARVEY
Yeah.

JACK HARVEY
Hey, Ben. Ain’t this like old times? Ben, you’re a little outta practice, ain’t ya? That’s a little closer, Ben.

PALADIN
Where’s Curt?

CLAY HARVEY
Ya wanna talk, ben?

BEN HARVEY
You talk for a jury, kid. That ain’t fair. This wasn’t my idea.

BEN HARVEY
Maybe a jury’ll believe that.

PALADIN
Give up, son.

BEN HARVEY
Our deal is over, Paladin. This is between me…And my brother. I ain’t givin’ you no choice,
Clay. You give yourself up.

CLAY HARVEY
I don’t wanna shoot, Ben.

BEN HARVEY
One way or the other, you’re gonna get it.

CLAY HARVEY
You’d shoot me?

BEN HARVEY
Yes! Now, drop that gun!

CLAY HARVEY
All right.

BEN HARVEY
Drop it, you fool kid! For the love of heaven, drop it! Please drop it!

CLAY HARVEY
I ain’t sure I’m not changin’ my mind.

BEN HARVEY
Don’t, kid. Please.

PALADIN
It’s not your fault.

BEN HARVEY
No? I trained ’em up that way.

PALADIN
You didn’t train ’em to like killing. That was all their own.

BEN HARVEY
The Harveys are dead. Ah, it’s no use. I got nothin’ to pay you with. They won’t buy this stuff. I still gotta run from the Harvey name.

PALADIN
Run where?

BEN HARVEY
I don’t know. But I’ll
get ya your thousand dollars.

PALADIN
That stuff in the wagon’s
worth more than a thousand.

BEN HARVEY
Then take it.
I give ya the whole works.

PALADIN
wakey, wakey! Step right up, ladies and gentlemen. Come one, come all. I’ll tell ya what I’m gonna do. Walk in closer, ladies and gentlemen. You can’t see the merchandise from back there. Come on. Come one, come all. Now, this wagon contains six cases of these rifles-20 rifles to the case-and ammunition. A shot fired from a rifle like this Was started on its way by gunsmiths Whose skill in carving steel was like a lover’s caress. These rifles represent the triumph of American industry. As dependable as honest labor can make them, As inexpensive as efficient management dare sell them for. For a rifle embodying-
as this one does- The accumulated skills and sciences Of mankind’s 3,000 years of civilization, I am asking you the enormous price of… $40! Is that a fine rifle, sir?

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Look at that. Smooth as silk.

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Silk? Silk? Silk, the man says!
And silk, we say.
Ladies…

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oh!

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That fine, imported french silk…

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$1.98 a yard!

BEN HARVEY
Paladin. Paladin.

PALADIN
Just a minute. The owner
wants to say something.

BEN HARVEY
$1.98 a yard?
I only paid 50 cents for it.
Give it to ’em
for a dollar even.

PALADIN
Well, if mr. Harvey wishes
to give his merchandise away…
One dollar even!

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Can I trade my gun for the rifle?

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Sorry, sir. You will have to talk to the owner.

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Just a minute, ladies and gentlemen.

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Just a minute, now. Let’s make it orderly and quiet.
Tomorrow, we’ll have the grand opening!

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I’ll pay $35. Yeah, man. How ’bout that? I’ll take one.