97-“Jenny”

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen, Writers: Jack Jacobs, Herb Meadow (creator)

TREVOR BARDETTE as Carruthers, ELLEN CLARK as Jenny Lake Carruthers
PETER LEEDS as George Wilson, PHIL CHAMBERS as Matlock
QUINTIN SONDERGAARD as Billy Wheeler, RON BROGAN as Sheriff,
BUD OSBORNE as Driver, OLAN SOULE as Matthews – Hotel Carlton Cashier
HAL NEEDHAM as Gunman #1 – Joe

Paladin intercedes to delay a stalker until his prey Jenny has left San Francisco, but another man, who’s eerily calm, KOs Paladin from behind. On horseback, Paladin catches up with her stagecoach, and forces the stalker off, but the silent partner quietly remains on-board, undetected. While all the men on the trip clear a landslide blocking the stagecoach’s path, someone else entirely, kidnaps Jenny! Again, Paladin saddles up to go after Jenny.

HEY BOY
Mr. Paladin, that’s $20 bill.

PALADIN
Unfortunately, no, hey boy. “All currency on the Bank of Denver beginning with the serial no. 5 is counterfeit.” You have any?

HEY BOY
Yeah. I go look. I spend quick before everybody read newspaper.

PALADIN
Well, be sure you plead ignorance to the right people.

JENNY LAKE
It’s the only money I have. I don’t understand. It can’t all be counterfeit.

HEY BOY
Somebody already plead ignorance. It’s lady you had supper with last night.

JENNY LAKE
There must be some mistake. I got this money at the bank.

MATTHEWS
Sorry. The news was in the papers.

GEORGE WILSON
Add the lady’s bill to mine. George Wilson’s the name. Morning, Jenny.

JENNY LAKE
I pay my own bills, Mr. Wilson. Can I give you a check?

MATTHEWS
With the proper references, ma’am.

PALADIN
Matthews, I’ll vouch for Miss Lake.

JENNY LAKE

Why, thank you, Mr. Paladin.

GEORGE WILSON
Save yourself the trouble, Jenny. This is real.

JENNY LAKE
Mr. Wilson, I don’t like anything about you And I like your money least of all.
Just leave me alone.

GEORGE WILSON
But, jenny, I’m only trying to…

PALADIN
Friend, she doesn’t wanna know you. How much is it, matthews?

MATTHEWS
Over $300, sir.

PALADIN
Jenny, perhaps a bank…

JENNY LAKE
I can’t. My stage is leaving in ten minutes. Money’s the least of my worries.

PALADIN
What about that man?

JENNY LAKE
I don’t know. He just doesn’t know when he’s not wanted. Three days. He’s been like a shadow.

PALADIN
Well, he looks harmless enough.

JENNY LAKE
Hmm. Harmless but boring. He’s probably even bought a ticket to the same town I’m going to.

PALADIN
Perhaps on a different stage.

MATTHEWS
Thank you, Miss Lake.

JENNY LAKE
You know, I hardly ever travel without my father. And here I am, cheated by a bank, pursued by a maniac…I do hope you’re right about his taking a different stage.

PALADIN
Well, suppose I make certain that he does?

JENNY LAKE
Would you? I’d be so relieved and…And so grateful.

PALADIN
Matthews?

MATTHEWS
Yes, Mr. Paladin.

PALADIN
That gentleman’s room number?

MATTHEWS
Room 312, sir.

PALADIN
Thank you.

PALADIN
I have a message for you, Wilson.

GEORGE WILSON
Come in.

PALADIN
Miss lake’s leaving on the 3:00
stage. Which one are you taking?

GEORGE WILSON
Same one.

PALADIN
Any particular reason aside from the obvious one?

GEORGE WILSON
What does that mean?

PALADIN
Well, that she is pretty. I came to deliver her message. She doesn’t want you around.

GEORGE WILSON
Message accepted. Now, get out.

PALADIN
What would you like to do while we wait until her stage has left without you?

GEORGE WILSON
I don’t intend to wait. Get out.

PALADIN
Now, you’re being ridiculous about this.

GEORGE WILSON
If I thought you weren’t earnest, I wouldn’t let you out that door.

PALADIN
Well, I suppose I had better leave Before you find out how earnest I am.

GEORGE WILSON
You think he’ll be all right?

MATLOCK
Certainly he’ll be all right. You think I’m a plumber laying him out with a piece of pipe?
Just under the right mastoid. He won’t even have a headache.

GEORGE WILSON
All right. Let’s go. I’m sure you did a good job.

MATLOCK
Good? You’d say the Mona Lisa was a pretty postcard. It’s a masterpiece.

Sorry, matlock. A masterpiece. You did it again. She’ll be in mexico or canada
before we get outta here. All right. Open it up.

HEY BOY
Oh, Mr. Paladin. You’re in wrong room.

PALADIN
Hey boy, you have a very firm grasp on the obvious.
Miss lake gone?

HEY BOY
Oh, everything fine.

PALADIN
Mr. Wilson with her?

HEY BOY
Oh, sure. He very happy.

PALADIN
Hmm.

HEY BOY
You want something?

PALADIN
The saddlebags, hey boy.
Come on. Now.
Giddyap.

PALADIN
Hold up, driver.

DRIVER
Whoa. If you’re lookin’ for a ride, mister, we got no more room.

PALADIN
You will have.

DRIVER
Now, wait a minute.

PALADIN
I’m takin’ this man’s place.
Wilson, get outta there.

DRIVER
Now, just a minute.

PALADIN

This man insists on giving me his seat. Get his bag down. Come on, wilson. Get down.
That’s two miles to the nearest ranch…And 20 miles to orange city, and you can start walkin’.

DRIVER
You can’t force a passenger off.

PALADIN
This man’s accompanying this woman against her wishes.

JENNY LAKE
That’s right, driver. He won’t leave me alone.

WILSON
The seat’s yours, paladin. I’ll catch up.

PALADIN
In case you have any trouble, this will help you find me.

WILSON
I said I’d catch up.

DRIVER
Tie your horse. We ain’t got all day.

Stage rolls on.

JENNY LAKE
Well, this is delightful.

PALADIN
He had a friend.

JENNY LAKE
Friend?

PALADIN
I didn’t get a chance to see him. He hit me from behind.

JENNY LAKE
Aw, Paladin. Does it hurt?

PALADIN
No.

DRIVER
Whoa. Ho! It’s a slide. Everybody helps. Everybody out.

PALADIN
Jenny, it’s gonna be a while. You stay in outta the sun.

MATLOCK
It’s hard work.

PALADIN
Ah, it’s the great outdoors. West. Invigorating.

MATLOCK
No? You don’t feel it?

PALADIN
Feel what?

MATLOCK
Right here, under the ear. This, uh… This lifting gets you right there. Doesn’t it?

PALADIN
No. Can’t say it does.

MATLOCK
You’re a tough one. It’s got me so I wanna roll up and die. Pain up and down the whole back of my neck.

DRIVER
Well, that’s good enough, gents. Thanks very much. Price we pay for pioneering.

MATLOCK
She’s gone! Here, miss! Where are ya?

DRIVER
Blasted women. She’ll make us late.

PALADIN
Jenny! Jenny!

MATLOCK
Here are her tracks up to here. Two horses. They pull her up…And they went off that way.

DRIVER
You mean she met somebody out here?

PALADIN
Or somebody grabbed her.

MATLOCK
Grabbed? Hmm, you mean abducted. You have a taste for melodrama.

DRIVER
Well, she’s got company. She’s safe, and I’m late. Let’s go.

PALADIN
I’ll take my horse, driver.

DRIVER

Suit yourself.

MAN
This is a job for a sheriff.

PALADIN
Well, friend, if you find one, you send him right along.

P
Are you alone here?

MR. CARRUTHERS
You are abrupt, sir. You’re a dangerous-lookin’ man. So, I guess you’ll understand if I don’t answer till I know more about you.

PALADIN
I was concerned about a woman. Got off a stagecoach I was on a mile back.

MR. CARRUTHERS
Perhaps she was runnin’ from you. Is that possible?

PALADIN
She was in trouble, or so I thought.

MR. CARRUTHERS
A kidnappin’. What a shockin’ thing, sir.

PALADIN
Did I say kidnapping? I merely said I was worried about her.

MR. CARRUTHERS
I can understand that.

PALADIN
Well?

MR. CARRUTHERS
Hmm? Oh. Uh, I haven’t seen her… Or anybody else. Sir. My name is Carruthers.

PALADIN
And mine is Paladin. Your wagon just about wiped out all the tracks I had.

MR. CARRUTHERS
Now, here. That’s my gold.

PALADIN
That’s a wagonload of gold?

MR. CARRUTHERS
Why, it’s dinnertime. You will join me? A man alone, sir, just feeds himself.
Two men together… Dine.

PALADIN
Well, it’d be a pleasure. Just let me tie my horse up here.

MR. CARRUTHERS
These are rough country people around here, Mr. Paladin. Rougher than I care for, so I’m…Takin’ my wagonload of gold and I’m leavin’. Some may accuse me of softness, but it’s my nature. Run from evil.

PALADIN
Mr. Carruthers, I do not believe in mysteries Like ladies disappearing from stagecoaches
Or old gentlemen with wagonloads of gold.

MR. CARRUTHERS
Mmm, mmm. Try these pickles, sir. They’re fine.

PALADIN
Mr. Carruthers, no pickles. Since I arrived here, you have been deliberately trying to stall me. When you thought I was leaving, you made a move for your pistol, quite casually, of course. Your wagon happened to wipe out the only trail I had to follow.

MR. CARRUTHERS
Sir, I can explain if you’ll just be patient. Now, uh, when they fired on Fort Sumter, sir,
A thrill ran through my soul. I said, “a call to the colors.”

PALADIN
Mr. Carruthers, you are an old and not-very-clever liar.

MR. CARRUTHERS
Is he dead?

PALADIN
He’s dead all right. Wallet’s gone.

MR. CARRUTHERS
Well, uh, I-I don’t wanna get…Oh. I don’t wanna get mixed up in any killin’. Who is he?

PALADIN
The name’s Matlock. He was on the stagecoach. Said he was gonna get the sheriff.

MR. CARRUTHERS

What’s that?

PALADIN
Telegram.

MR. CARRUTHERS
Say anything?

PALADIN
It says, “herewith a copy of wire sent by suspect to orange city before departure. On schedule. Not alone. Move out.”

MR. CARRUTHERS
Mm-hmm. Y-you understand that?

PALADIN
Well, it’s police language. “suspect.” “on schedule. Not alone. Move out.”

MR. CARRUTHERS
Sir, you can do what you want to, but I’m gettin’ outta here.

PALADIN
Oh?

JENNY LAKE
Paladin! Paladin!

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PALADIN
Jenny? Jenny. Jenny?

BILL
Oh!

JENNY LAKE
Don’t move, paladin.

PALADIN
Lady, what are you up to? This is a secret service badge.

JENNY LAKE
So it is. Paladin, you set a kind of world record in sheer obstinacy.

PALADIN
Well, anything for a lady in distress.

JENNY LAKE
Bill! We haven’t got time. Wilson will be coming with the sheriff. Let’s get going.

MR. CARRUTHERS
I’m sorry, honey. I know your old man must be a disappointment, But I couldn’t do it.
Shoot a man while I’m dinin’ with him.

JENNY LAKE
Bill will do it. First, we’ve gotta get that machinery to the mine shaft.

MR. CARRUTHERS
It’s too bad, Mr. Paladin. Jenny and the boys did their best to shake you, But you just wouldn’t shake. Then when that fella in the shack followed you in…

JENNY LAKE
You got rid of Wilson and Matlock for us. We couldn’t get rid of you.

PALADIN
Jenny, that’s the trouble with the secret service. They’re too secret.
Well, now, is that your gold? Let me see that. Bank of denver, serial no. 5. Hmm.

MR. CARRUTHERS
Beautiful, isn’t it?

BILL
Sorry, mr. Carruthers.

MR. CARRUTHERS
Oh, that’s all right, son. My artwork has such a short life. Lately, the secret service’s
been right on our heels. We hardly get a good run of money off the press Till word gets around it’s counterfeit and we have to begin all over again.

PALADIN
That’s a shame. You really do find work in spite of the pressure you’re under.

MR. CARRUTHERS
I was main responsible for the beauty of confederate currency. Look here, sir. Look at that
shadow under Jeff Davis’ eye.

JENNY LAKE
Papa!

BILL
Miss jenny.

JENNY LAKE
That’d be wilson and
the sheriff. Go ahead, papa.

MR. CARRUTHERS
Sir, I want you to know this is a sad moment for me.

JENNY LAKE
It really is too bad, Paladin, but…I just couldn’t risk taking a chance on you. This is the Secret Service man’s gun. Use it.

bill
Over to the shack, mister.
Come on. Hurry it up.
Now, stand there.
Here, grab ahold of this knife.

sheriff
that’s him, isn’t it?

wilson
Hold it, paladin.

PALADIN
Matlock’s dead. You can find him in the shack. You’ll find his badge on that man over there.

SHERIFF
That’s Billy Wheeler. And that’s Joe. You must’ve had yourself a real massacre up here.

PALADIN
Wilson, the old man and the girl are on their way.

SHERIFF
You know, I can’t get over it. That old man and the wheeler boys were the most peaceful
farmers in orange city. All that time they was doin’ this.

PALADIN
Wilson, how come you didn’t arrest Jenny in San Francisco?

WILSON
We’d hoped she’d lead us to the old man.

JENNY LAKE
Thank you so much.

D
giddap. Hyah! Giddap!

PALADIN
Jenny, I am sorry about bill, But it looks like your troubles are almost over.

JENNY LAKE
I underestimated you, Paladin. How much?

PALADIN
Well, I’m usually paid before I do a job.

JENNY LAKE
Got rid of Wilson for nothing. I’ll give you a thousand to forget about me.

PALADIN
Well, now, that’s not quite as lovely as your father’s work, but the United States Treasury does stand behind it, And it will pay my expenses for coming on this wild-goose chase.

JENNY LAKE
Paladin…Paladin, honey…

PALADIN
All right, driver!

JENNY LAKE
Why have we stopped?

WILSON
You’re under arrest, Miss Carruthers. Miss Lake-Carruthers.

JENNY LAKE
You mean you took my thousand dollars and then do this to me?

PALADIN
Miss carruthers…Miss Lake-Carruthers? You paid me a thousand dollars to forget you. And, ma’am, It’s done. Mr. Carruthers.

MR. CARRUTHERS
Hmm?

PALADIN

Oh. I didn’t get a chance to thank you for dinner.

MR. CARRUTHERS
Oh, uh, my pleasure, sir. Most delighted you happened by.

PALADIN
All right, slim.