120-“A Head of Hair”

Season 4, Episode 3 – Original Airdate:  (September 24, 1960)

<= 119 – “Love’s Young Dream == Out at the Old Ball Park“- 121 =>

Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen Written by: Harry Julian Fink

BEN JOHNSON as John Anderson
(The Fifth Bullet, 1962) as John Bartlett
(The Race, 1961) as Sam Crabbe
TREVOR BARDETTE as Chief Chagra Tentez
(The Road, 1961) as Fred Hensoe
(Jenny, 1960) as Carruthers
GEORGE KENNEDY as Lt. John Bryson
(The Eve of St. Elmo, 1963) as Brother Grace
(Don’t Shoot the Piano Player, 1962) as Big Jim
(Squatter’s Rights, 1961) as Brother Grace
(A Proof of Love, 1961) as Rud Saxon
(The Vigil, 1961) as Deke
(The Road, 1961) as Preston
(The Legacy, 1960) as Sam Tarnitzer
DONNA BROOKS as Mary Grange
CHUCK HAYWARD as Cheyup Tentez
LISA LU as Hey Girl (19-episodes)
OLAN SOULE as Hotel Carlton Manager
RAY JONES as Hotel Carleton Sweeper
HAL NEEDHAM as Indian

What do you want, Anderson? The horse? You could’ve had him for the asking. The golden-haired woman? Or is it only my life you want?

PALADIN
Morning.

HOTEL CARLTON DESK CLERK
Oh…Morning, Mr. Paladin.

PALADIN
Morning.

PALADIN
Hey Girl.

HEY GIRL
Oh, Mr. Paladin. You turn the day upside down.

PALADIN
It’s morning. Morning of what day?

CHIEF CHAGRA TENTEZPALADIN
Wednesday, October 16th.

PALADIN (reading silently to himself)
“Kidnapped white woman believed seen with Indians. Captain John Bryson, leading a patrol south of the Deschutes River in Oregon, saw what appeared to be a blonde woman traveling with a group of mounted Nez Percé. Captain Bryson gave chase but was unable to close with them. Mary Grange was kidnapped in a Nez Percé raid and her father has offered a $2,000 reward for her return.”

PALADIN (Paladin muses)
Hmm.

HEY GIRL
Shall I help you pack?

PALADIN
Hey Girl, that would be very nice of you.

LT. JOHN BRYSON
Close it up! Close it up! Heels down, toes out! Detail! In single file, at a gallop.
Column left, ho! All right, close it up! All right, sit up straight in the saddle!
Straight in the saddle and close it up! Straighten the saddle, you’ll hurt his back!
Heels down, toes up! All right, Corporal, take over the detail.

CORPORAL
Column left, ho!

PALADIN
You get close to the girl, Lieutenant?

LT. JOHN BRYSON
About a mile. I used eight power government issued binoculaurs.

PALADIN
Eight into a mile, that’s 220 yards…I have heard that the Nez Percé, when they’re traveling with white prisoners, force them to daub dark clay on their faces and cover their hair if it’s noticeable.

LT. JOHN BRYSON
Yes, sir, most times.

PALADIN
Well, Lieutenant, do you consider yourself a qualified observer?

LT. JOHN BRYSON
Now, Mister, the whole United States Army says I’m wrong…I might be.

PALADIN
I’ll need a guide going in.

LT. JOHN BRYSON
What are you after, the family’s reward money?

PALADIN
Well, there is the girl, too. She might not like it where she is.

LT. JOHN BRYSON
It’s possible. Try John Anderson over there.

PALADIN
John Anderson?

LT. JOHN BRYSON
He’s an Indian scout. He lived with the Sioux for ten years. He married there; became one. Then he came home.

PALADIN
A good man?

LT. JOHN BRYSON
In the high country? In the high country, he is a Sioux, Mr. Paladin.

PALADIN
What’s wrong with him?

LT. JOHN BRYSON
He’s a drunk. Mister…Good luck.

LT. JOHN BRYSON
Get your hands off that pommel!

PALADIN
Anderson? I’m told you lived with the Sioux.

JOHN ANDERSON
I was a Sioux.

PALADIN
I’m also told that they’re the best trackers in the world.

JOHN ANDERSON
That’s right.

PALADIN
With the possible exception of the Nez Percé.

JOHN ANDERSON
You wanna go after Bryson’s girl with the golden hair, huh?

PALADIN
Would a couple of men have any chance at all?

JOHN ANDERSON
Men? Couple of Oglala Sioux, maybe. Maybe even me, seven, eight years ago.
But you…They’d stake you out between two poles and flay you alive.

PALADIN
$250 if you take me in and out.

JOHN ANDERSON
I don’t even own a gun. But I got no more money for rotgut…so let’s go.

EXT. ON THE TRAIL – DAY

JOHN ANDERSON
Well, this here’s the place. Ten or 12 of ’em.
For a soldier boy, the General had good eyes.

PALADIN
General. That’s right, Anderson, you were an Army scout, weren’t you?
Call all commissioned officers “General.”

JOHN ANDERSON
That’s democratic.

PALADIN
That’s contempt.

JOHN ANDERSON
No, I have no contempt for the Army. Exterminating the Indian Nation is a dirty job.
And they do it as well as the next.

PALADIN
How old are the tracks?

JOHN ANDERSON
Four, five weeks.

PALADIN
Well, that fits in with what the General said.
You read a track four or five weeks old, or are you leading me a merry chase?

JOHN ANDERSON
There was 12. Five men and seven women.
One of the men was either an important chief or a respected warrior.
Or medicine man. One of the women was very old.
One of the women very young. And a white woman.
Now, if you don’t believe me, I’ll take you out of here and it won’t cost you nothing.

PALADIN
I believe you, Mr. Anderson.

JOHN ANDERSON
You wanna run?

PALADIN
Not as small as the Apache or as tall as the Sioux.
They have been called the greatest light cavalry in the world.

JOHN ANDERSON
They can outride you but they won’t outrun you on your mount.

PALADIN
How about you, Mr. Anderson?

JOHN ANDERSON
I’m tired of running. If I’d stolen it, or take it…I wouldn’t want it given to me.

PALADIN
Tell him if he lays the barrel of that shotgun on me once more, I’ll kill him.

JOHN ANDERSON
(Indian language)…shotgun.

PALADIN
Tell him these are gifts for the great Nez Percé Chief Chagra Tentes.

CHEYUP TENTEZ – CHIEF’S SON
Why presents?

PALADIN
For the white girl.

CHEYUP TENTEZ – CHIEF’S SON
Which one? The Nez Percé are great warriors. They’ve stolen many white women.

PALADIN
The one with the golden hair. Mary Grange.

CHEYUP TENTEZ – CHIEF’S SON
There is no such one.

PALADIN
Ah!

JOHN ANDERSON
He says they will let you go but that they will keep the Sioux squaw who has no gun.

JOHN ANDERSON
He says they’ll take the gifts, too.
He says if you don’t want your life, they’ll take that, too.

PALADIN
Tell him if he tries to lay the barrel of that shotgun on me once more
I’ll kill him and the others, too.

JOHN ANDERSON
You made your threat, Mister. But he don’t believe you can make it good.

PALADIN
Tell him I don’t want to kill him.

JOHN ANDERSON
Now I see what you mean, Mister.

PALADIN
Anderson.

JOHN ANDERSON
Why?

PALADIN
Because you didn’t kill him.

JOHN ANDERSON
That’s true, I didn’t. They’re yours.

PALADIN
I never got the habit.

JOHN ANDERSON
No extra shell. Ain’t that just like a Nez Percé. You leave them their scalps and they’ll die
and go to heaven and act like heroes. They’ll lie and say that their enemies didn’t kill them. They died in bed, old men. They would’ve taken yours. You got a fine head of hair.
Well, we better go get the girl before Chagra Tentes finds out this one is dead.

PALADIN
How much further?

JOHN ANDERSON
We will not find their camp. They’re gonna find us.
He’s got the girl and will look at the presents.
He will say that she is a warm sun in the coldness of his old age.
And that she is promised to his son, who is a great warrior, whom he hates to
disappoint. That was his young son you killed, Mr. Paladin.

PALADIN
I know.

JOHN ANDERSON
Comes to me that you’d be worth killing.

PALADIN
How so?

JOHN ANDERSON
You hold on to life hard. It will have to be torn away from you.
To do so would be a fine coup for a warrior.

PALADIN
For a Nez Percé warrior…or a Sioux?

JOHN ANDERSON
A Nez Percé or a Sioux. A Comanche or a Blackfoot. Or a…

PALADIN
Test of courage?

JOHN ANDERSON
That’s right.

CHIEF CHAGRA TENTEZ
You come when you are not invited, white man. And you attack my people.

PALADIN
No favors, Chief of the Nez Percé. I come bearing gifts and your children are rude to me.
I did no more to him than I would do to my own, if they were rude to a guest.

CHIEF CHAGRA TENTEZ
First you beat my children with a club, then you teach me manners in my own tent?
You are rash.

PALADIN
I have a short temper. My journey has been long and hot.

CHIEF CHAGRA TENTEZ
You are not a Sioux. How long have you lived with the Sioux?

JOHN ANDERSON
Ten years.

CHIEF CHAGRA TENTEZ
Have you taken the scalp of the Nez Percé?

JOHN ANDERSON
Yes.

CHIEF CHAGRA TENTEZ
At least you do not lie,as most Sioux lie.

JOHN ANDERSON
A Sioux does not lie.

CHIEF CHAGRA TENTEZ
A Sioux is a dog. I will see your gifts.

PALADIN
The girl.

CHIEF CHAGRA TENTEZ
The gifts.

[]

CHIEF CHAGRA TENTEZ
It is not enough.

PALADIN
Let me talk to the girl.

PALADIN
Mary Grange…

CHIEF CHAGRA TENTEZ
You may answer.

MARY GRANGE
Yes.

PALADIN
What is your father’s given name?

MARY GRANGE
Simon.

PALADIN
The gifts for the girl.

CHIEF CHAGRA TENTEZ
They are not enough. Not half enough.

PALADIN
That is a fortune. What woman is worth more?

CHIEF CHAGRA TENTEZ
This one has golden hair. That is a treasure with the Nez Percé.

PALADIN
Not among my people.

CHIEF CHAGRA TENTEZ
I have…almost promised her to my son.

PALADIN
That is a fortune! How many wives could he buy with that?
What is the great difference between one woman and another?

CHIEF CHAGRA TENTEZ
It is not enough.

PALADIN
Her people can only afford to pay so much.

CHIEF CHAGRA TENTEZ
We could kill you.

PALADIN
This is not worth six of your children dying.

CHIEF CHAGRA TENTEZ
It is done. You have my word on it. Leave the Sioux with me, I will be more happy
with my bargain.

PALADIN
No. I need him to guide me out.

CHIEF CHAGRA TENTEZ
He will slit your throat by-and-by. He is a Sioux.

PALADIN
In a week, you’ll be home. Did they hurt you?

PALADIN
What are you gonna do with that thing without any shells for it?

JOHN ANDERSON
It’s a nice gun. Two days travel southwest and you’ll be safe.
I will go now when you give me what you owe me-$250.

PALADIN
You’re heading east?

JOHN ANDERSON
I’m going home.

PALADIN
In ten years, the Sioux nation will be gone.

JOHN ANDERSON
We will make a fight that the white men will remember for a hundred generations
of men. Where we ride, not even the tears of God will make things grow again.
We will be known as the Sioux, the enemy, the most savage, as long as the ground
we walk on exists. Now, I will go to my people.

PALADIN
Your privilege.

JOHN ANDERSON
I will take the woman, too.

PALADIN
Anderson, you remember what I did to those three Nez Percé.

JOHN ANDERSON
They did not know your strength.

MARY GRANGE
I would’ve gone with him. They say the Sioux are kind to their women.

PALADIN
Why? Why?! Why? For the woman?! What is a woman?
For the horse? He was yours for the asking.

JOHN ANDERSON
A Sioux warrior going home…must take a coup.
What a truly fine head of hair you have.

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