96-“The Pledge”

Season 3, Episode 18 – Original Airdate: (January 16, 1960)

<= 95 – “Day of the Bad Man == Jenny” – 97 =>

Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, Written by Shimon Wincelberg

ROBERT GIST as Ike Brennan
(Invasion, 1962) as Gavin O’Shea
(Fandango, 1961) as Sheriff Ernie Backwater
(Shot by Request, 1959) as Matt Baker
(Deliver the Body, 1958) as Ben Tyler
STAR TREK (The Galileo Seven, 1967) Director (1-episode)
BRAD WESTON as Esteban – Indian Leader
(The Gospel Singer, 1961) as Will Durbin
(The Siege, 1961) as Theo Brent
(The Search, 1960) as Messanger
(The Campaign of Billy Banjo, 1960) as Miner
(Fight at Adobe Wells, 1960) as Quanah Parker
(The Prophet, 1960) as Serafina’s Brother
(Return of Roy Carter, 1959) as Eddie Clinton
STAR TREK (The Devil in the Dark, 1967) as Appel
CHARLES H. GRAY as Cavalry Lieutenant
(Duel at Florence, 1958) as Jeff Sunderland
JOSEPH HAMILTON as Father
(The Last Judgment, 1961) as Merchant
SUSAN DAVIS as Maureen Brennan
(Blind Circle, 1961) as Sarah Allyson
CYRIL DELEVANTI as Speedy Deliverer
(Charley Red Dog, 1959) as Cornish – Storekeeper

Brennan, what kind of a man are you?
You whipped Fred, Theodore, Louis, and John,
And then you beat up Tim. What are you doing now?

SPEEDY DELIVERER
Speedy messenger service.

PALADIN
Oh?

SPEEDY DELIVERER
Yours?

PALADIN
Yes.

SPEEDY DELIVERER
He’s waiting for you on the Kaibab Forest Road.

PALADIN
Wait a minute. Whoa, whoa, whoa. Who’s waiting and why?

SPEEDY DELIVERER
Do I ask him why? Do I ask him who? Speedy’s my business and questions slow me down.

PALADIN
Do you always deliver loose money like this?

SPEEDY DELIVERER
I told him he ought to wrap it. But he was in a hurry. So am I. There’s a city out there
waiting for its bills, its invoices, checks, messages, lifeblood of the nation.
All right with you if we get on with it?

PALADIN
Oh, I beg your pardon. Excuse me.

EXT. ON THE TRAIL -DAY

IKE BRENNAN
You Paladin?

PALADIN
I am.

IKE BRENNAN
Well, what took you? When I pay a man, I expect him on the job.

PALADIN
I don’t have a job. I don’t know who you are or what you want.

IKE BRENNAN
I haven’t got time to explain it to you now. Climb up here.

PALADIN
You explain it now or you won’t explain it at all.

IKE BRENNAN
All right. I’m Ike Brennan. I’m in the furniture business in New York And I’m here buying timber. I’m told you’re a good man with a gun and a team. I sure need a man like that.

PALADIN
I’m not a shotgun guard.

IKE BRENNAN
I know that. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have hired you. Now, the Indians have got my wife.

PALADIN
You need the cavalry, not me.

IKE BRENNAN
They’re gonna kill her. And if they see the cavalry, they’re gonna kill her. Climb up here, man. Let’s get going.

PALADIN
I don’t understand this.

IKE BRENNAN
All right, I’ll explain it. I was up in the Kaibab Forest Buying lumber for my factory. And we were captured by this little gang. They killed the drivers. And one of them speaks English. And he kept Maureen. He sent me back to get a wagonload of food and blankets And like that. If I’m not there in two days, they’re gonna burn her.

PALADIN
Why me?

IKE BRENNAN
I’m a city man. I need a guide. I’m told that you know the Indians.
Two days from here to the Kaibab Forest? It’d be close.

IKE BRENNAN
Maureen is up there with him. You make up your mind, man.

EXT. ON THE TRAIL

PALADIN
Hyah! Hold it.

IKE BRENNAN
What you stopping here for?

PALADIN
We got to rest these horses sometime. What are you looking for back there?
No Indians around here.

IKE BRENNAN
I’m looking for the blasted cavalry who are.

PALADIN
Why?

IKE BRENNAN
If the Indians see that cavalry first, What do you think they’ll do to Maureen? Pass the water. Eh, boy, it’s hot. You know, I’m her father’s age. It drove her dad right out of his mind. “you’re an old man,” he said. “and she’s a young girl.” So I beat him up to show.

PALADIN
You don’t give up easily, do you?

IKE BRENNAN
No, I don’t. I beat up the man who became my father-in-law. And the lord bless him for that. Then I beat up Tom, her oldest brother. And a sweeter man you never met in all your life. And then I beat up Fred, Theodore, Gene, and John.

PALADIN
Why did you do that?

IKE BRENNAN
Then I beat up Tim. The biggest and the youngest. Well, by that time, we were so tired,
We decided to postpone the wedding till the next afternoon And devote the rest of that one to drinking and singing. Ah, Maureen sang like a bird. All right, come on, man.

PALADIN
Let me get over on my side where I belong, huh?
Now, devil. Ha! Get! Giddyup there!

EXT. ON THE TRAIL -DAY

PALADIN
Whoa.

FATHER
Howdy. I’d take it kindly if you’d lend us a hand. We ain’t got no tools for that wheel, And the old woman’s suffering something awful from the heat.

PALADIN
We’ve got a spare wheel on the side of our wagon.

FATHER
Much obliged.

IKE BRENNAN
You ain’t gonna gamble my woman’s life on this. Get her moving!

PALADIN
Go ahead, sir. Unstrap it.

IKE BRENNAN
You touch that wagon, They’ll have to scrape you off the ground. Now, let’s get going.

PALADIN

Brennan, You wanna get to the kaibab forest? Come on! You hold that for us?

FATHER
Yes, sir.

PALADIN
Miss, will you put that box under the axle, please?

IKE BRENNAN
Good Samaritan, huh?

FATHER
Hope you folks ain’t thinki” On heading up into the pass. There’s a score of bad Indians up there. Cavalry patrol warned us most particular.

IKE BRENNAN
What kind of a man are you anyway? Willing to risk a woman’s life so you can play good Samaritan To a bunch of Nesters, huh? Who hired you anyway, I’d like to know.

PALADIN
You hired my time, brennan. Nobody hires me. Give me the nut.

EXT. ON THE TRAIL
Giddyap!

PALADIN
Yah! Yah!
Yah!
Slow down. Whoa.
Here we rest them
a little bit.
Whoa now, mare.
Hold, black mare.

IKE BRENNAN
Ah, I should have listened to Maureen.
She didn’t wanna come out here in the first place.
She’s too tenderhearted to even take the hook out of a fish.
Boy, when I think of what those savages might do to her…

PALADIN
Look. It’s a cavalry. Ten or twelve of them.

IKE BRENNAN
What are we gonna do? Think we ought to try and outrun ’em?

PALADIN
Outrun ’em? Why?

I
I’ve got no business with them.

PALADIN
Maybe they’ve got some with us.

IKE BRENNAN
They’ve got no right to stop us when the loss of a single minute might cost Maureen her life. Let’s get going.

PALADIN
Lieutenant.

CAVALRY LIEUTENANT
How do, sir? You folks ain’t thinking on going up to that pass, are you?

IKE BRENNAN
No law against, is there?

CAVALRY LIEUTENANT
No, sir, but you might just wish there was. There’s a gang of cutthroat Piutes running wild up there. They just about paralyzed all traffic going through. You all quite sure you got some urgent business up that way?

PALADIN
We’re sure.

CAVALRY LIEUTENANT
Well, I can’t force you to turn back. Though I reckon you might thank me if I did.

IKE BRENNAN
Come on. Let’s get going.

CAVALRY LIEUTENANT
You sure in a great sweat to get yourself scalped.

IKE BRENNAN
Well, it’s my hair, ain’t it?

CAVALRY LIEUTENANT
What you got in there anyways that’s so all-fired important?

IKE BRENNAN
Food and blankets. For a mining camp.

CAVALRY LIEUTENANT
Mining? Up that way? Now, mister, I may be just a little old farm boy, But I ain’t that big a fool. Sergeant, take two men. Robeson, Dimmert, dismount and unload the wagon.
This gentleman’s got me plumb curious now.

IKE BRENNAN
I told you we should have kept going. By heaven, I’ll blast the first man that takes…

PALADIN
Ah!

IKE BRENNAN
What kind…What kind of a gunman are you anyway? Looking by without a peep from you While they’re throwing away the last chance I have To save Maureen.

PALADIN
Lieutenant!

CAVALRY LIEUTENANT
Sir?

PALADIN
You really wanna catch those piutes?

CAVALRY LIEUTENANT
I sure ain’t out here for my health.

PALADIN
How about just letting us be the bait?

CAVALRY LIEUTENANT
How so?

PALADIN
You’d stay two or three miles behind us.
When you hear the gunfire, come catch ’em from behind.

CAVALRY LIEUTENANT
Hold on a second. No need to strip it. That’s a might chancy for you folks, isn’t it?

PALADIN
This gentleman’s got a personal score to settle. He’s willing. So am I, as long as
he pays me. You got any objections?

CAVALRY LIEUTENANT
Well, if the good lord chooses to create durn fools, I reckon it ain’t my business to interfere.

PALADIN
You better give us about an hour’s head start. Wouldn’t wanna scare ’em off.

CAVALRY LIEUTENANT
All right, you men. Fold up those blankets good. Put ’em back. I don’t care if it takes all day.

IKE BRENNAN
Please, lieutenant, just leave ’em be.

P
Come on. Whoo!

CAVALRY LIEUTENANT
We’ll just stay right on their trail, sergeant, Whilst we figure what they’re really up to.

IKE BRENNAN
The Indians will have them spotted before we even get close.

PALADIN
Brennan, what’s in the wagon? What are you carrying to the Indians?

IKE BRENNAN
Food and blankets, just like I said.

P
That’s a pretty big pile of food and blankets.

IKE BRENNAN
That’s their business, not yours.

PALADIN
Start cutting.

IKE BRENNAN
We’ve only got about three hours.

PALADIN
I wanna see what’s in the wagon. Start cutting.

IKE BRENNAN
You know, the cavalry will be here soon. All right. All right, I lied to you.
It’s mining equipment, just like I told the Lieutenant.

PALADIN
That’s what you’re carrying to those renegade Indians?
A Gatling gun? How much are they paying you for that?

IKE BRENNAN
It was the only way I could bargain for Maureen’s life.
It was the one thing they wanted bad enough
To trade for the pleasure of burning us alive.

PALADIN
You’re trading two lives for the hundreds they can kill with that gun?
That sounds fair.

IKE BRENNAN
What are you gonna do?

PALADIN
I’m not gonna do anything. I’m gonna wait for the cavalry.
It’s their responsibility now.

IKE BRENNAN
It’d be like you murdered my wife with your own two hands.

PALADIN
Ah.

IKE BRENNAN
What about you? Hmm? You think that lieutenant’s gonna pin the medal on you ’cause you turned me in? I’ll tell him that you knew they were catching up with us. And you figured to hang me to save yourself. They’re having drumhead court-martial Right here in the fields. Sure, I’ll hang. But you’ll hang right there beside me. They’re getting closer, aren’t they? Oh, please, Mister. Please, will you do it for Maureen’s life? Isn’t there some way we could do something to save her?

PALADIN
It’s an ammunition canister for that Gatling gun.
Yeah. Maybe we can still make that delivery. Let’s go.
That lieutenant may not see things the way we do.
Now, mare. Giddyup. Giddyup!

IKE BRENNAN
They’re probably watching us right now.

PALADIN
That cavalry’s less than a half hour behind us.

IKE BRENNAN
What are you gonna do with that battered canister?
Them Indians may wanna test it before they let us go.

PALADIN
Probably.

IKE BRENNAN
Oh, the lord help us, Paladin. We’re a pair of flamin’ jack-asses.
I’m gonna get her away from those murderin’ savages
Even if they skin me alive. Let’s go.

PALADIN
Hyah! Whoa now. Whoa.

IKE BRENNAN
Where is she?

ESTEBAN
You have the killing machine?

IKE BRENNAN
It’s in the wagon. Now, where is she?

ESTEBAN
She is yours.

IKE BRENNAN
Oh, my. Oh, my. Are you all right?

w
I’m fine. I’m fine. Oh. Look at your lovely ol’ face.
What about the cavalry? Where are they?

IKE BRENNAN
I fought them to get here.
And it was a pleasure all the way.

w
But what do we do now?

IKE BRENNAN
Come on.

IKE BRENNAN
Out of the way, man. I’ve kept my part of the bargain.

ESTEBAN
This is a very difficult machine to master. Surely, you will give us a demonstration.

PALADIN
All right. You wanna waste ammunition And alert every cavalry patrol within 30 miles.

ESTEBAN
Let them come, huh? With a machine like that, I can kill enough cavalry to have all the munitions I want. I see one fired in Vera Cruz. I dream of it since that day. You show us right now. Then we be ready. If maybe you tell the cavalry where you come, huh?

PALADIN
All right. Miss Brennan, wait up here in the wagon, Please.

IKE BRENNAN
What’ll we do?

w
Don’t think about me. Do what you must.

PALADIN
We’ll give them the demonstration.

ESTEBAN
Load it.

PALADIN
Now, gentlemen, what you have here is a Gatling gun, Model 1862. It’s a crank-operated,
fully automatic weapon. A gun like this, properly placed, can wipe out an entire wave of cavalry. All you have to do to cause this weapon to fire is to place this canister of ammunition In this position.

ESTEBAN
Enough talk. Now you see how it spits fire. The cavalry. She comes, huh? This machine
is no good!

PALADIN
Well, let me see what I can do to fix it. You take your men over there.

IKE BRENNAN
Paladin. Look over there.

ESTEBAN
Now maybe you fix the machine, huh? I give you one finger width of time.

PALADIN
All right, Brennan, go over and stand by your wife.

CAVALRY LIEUTENANT
I’m gonna tell you the truth, mister. If I’d have caught you two earlier today with that gun, Court-martial’d have strung you up in the morning.

PALADIN
Maybe that’s why I prefer the civilian way of doing things, lieutenant.

CAVALRY LIEUTENANT
I’ll, uh… We’ll escort you as far as Kanab.

PALADIN
Much obliged, lieutenant. Miss Brennan, you can do me a great favor.
Will you try and keep your husband in the city for a while?
Giddyup.

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