128-“Marshal’s Boy”

Season 4, Episode 11 – Original Airdate: (November 26, 1960)

<= 127 – “Crowbait == Foggbound” – 129 =>

Directed by Richard Boone, Written by Robert James.

ANDREW PRINE as Billy Lamport
(Fandango, 1961) as Bobby Olson
KUNG FU (The Gunman, 1974) as White
STAR TREK: TNG (Frame of Mind, 1993) as Administrator Suna
HARRY CAREY JR. as Frank Gulley
(Face of a Shadow, 1963) as Earl Tibner
(Sweet Lady of the Moon, 1963) as Ben Murdock
(Taylor’s Woman, 1962) as Thad Taylor
(Jonah and the Trout, 1962) as Jonah Quincy
(The Revenger, 1961) as Conlon
(The Tax Gatherer, 1961) as Jess Turner
(The Legacy, 1960) as Banker Burton
(The Misguided Father, 1960) as Sheriff Stander
(The Posse, 1959) as Sheriff
(The Road to Wickenburg, 1958) as Sheriff Jack Goodfellow
(The Man Who Wouldn’t Talk, 1958) as Bud Sorenson
KEN LYNCH as Marshal Guy Lamport
(Fight at Adobe Wells, 1960) as Commodore Jonathan Guilder
(The Wager, 1959) as Shawcross
STAR TREK: TOS (The Devil in the Dark, 1967) as Vanderberg
KUNG FU (King of the Mountain, 1972) as Percy McCoy
JASON JOHNSON as Jake – Deputy
(Never Help the Devil, 1960) as Clerk
HAL SMITH as Howard – Barber
(The Siege, 1961) as Sol Werner
(The Trial, 1960) as Desk Clerk
(The Great Mojave Chase, 1957) as Bartender
CAROL HENRY as Fred
(The Calf, 1960) as Cowhand
(Les Girls, 1959) as Alfred
HAL NEEDHAM as Cal
SANDRA WARNER as Paladin’s Love Interest
TERRY TERRILL as Hotel Carlton Desk Clerk

Filming Locations: Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, USA

INT. HOTEL CARLTON LOBBY – LATE AT NIGHT

[The hotel lobby fireplace clock chimes 3:00 a.m. and Hey Boy is trying to stay awake. The desk clerk rings the service bell on his desk.  Hey Boy is irritated and complaining in Chinese on the way to the front desk]

HOTEL CARLTON DESK CLERK
Telegram for Mr. Paladin.

[Hey Boy continues to complain but then his eyes widen and he opens the telegram and excitedly rushes to the hotel dining room]

INT. HOTEL CARLTON DINING ROOM – NIGHT

[A waiter is standing with his eyes closed, half-asleep. Hey Boy goes up to him and gently claps his hands to wake him then proceeds over to Paladin who is in a slow dance with a beautiful woman]

HEY BOY
Hey.

PALADIN
Hey Boy, are you trying to cut in?

HEY BOY
Very important telegram, Mr. Paladin.

PALADIN
How do you know it’s important?

PALADIN’S LOVE INTEREST
What is it?

PALADIN
“Little Billy has shot a man. I’ll pay you to find him. Guy Lamport.”

PALADIN’S LOVE INTEREST
Who’s he?

PALADIN
He’s the Federal Marshal in Hobson, New Mexico.

PALADIN
Hey Boy, pack my gear.

PALADIN’S LOVE INTEREST
But what about me?

PALADIN
As Robert Burns once rather obviously remarked,
“Best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley.”

PALADIN’S LOVE INTEREST
Robert? But why can’t that nasty ol’ Marshal in New Mexico go find Little Billy himself?

PALADIN
Little Billy is his son.

EXT. TOWN OF

FRED – TOWNSMAN
You looking for the marshal?

PALADIN
That’s right.

FRED – TOWNSMAN
What’s your name?

PALADIN
Paladin.

FRED – TOWNSMAN
Marshal tried to wait for you, but he couldn’t stall them others off no longer.
Had to take the posse out after the kid. You had some coffee?

PALADIN
Where’d they go?

FRED – TOWNSMAN
Don’t fret, you’ll likely catch him. Marshal’s gonna go as slow as he can so you could catch him by noon. They’re followin’ the river, for a start. About, uh, ten horse.

[Paladin rides off]

FRED – TOWNSMAN
I got eggs in that coffee!

EXT. OUT ON THE RANGE – DAY

DM
Taking us on another wild-goose chase again this afternoon, Marshal?

MARSHAL GUY LAMPORT
We lost the trail this morning.

MD
You sure we ever found it?

M2
We followed it.

M1
Just what do you plan to do now?

MARSHAL GUY LAMPORT
I’ll take five men southeast along the Arroyo. Cal, you take the rest of them. Head on toward the border.

CAL
Uh-huh.

M
I think I’ll go that way.

M
He wouldn’t be in the mountains.

M
He couldn’t last three days up there. There’s no water.

M
No?

M
You can’t go face him alone.

FRANK GULLEY
Well, if that’s what’s worrying you, then why don’t you come along with me?

MARSHAL GUY LAMPORT
Can’t waste my time.

FRANK GULLEY
No, no, that ain’t it. You reckon your kid’s up there, all right. And I reckon the best way to find him is to look where his old man don’t. Well, I’m cutting out. Any here with me?

MARSHAL GUY LAMPORT
Gulley. So help me, if you hurt my boy, I’ll kill you.

FRANK GULLEY
My boy’s lying back there with a bullet in him. I don’t know if he’s alive or dead! Turnabout, Lamport, fair play, ain’t it?

[Marshal slugs Gulley]

FRANK GULLEY
What is this?

MARSHAL GUY LAMPORT
My kid shot Frank Gulley’s boy. They don’t know if his boy will live or die. I don’t know why he did it, Paladin. He come home scared, tried to tell me what happened. Said he did it to keep Gulley’s boy from shooting him. I told him I’d have to lock him up. Find out if he was lying or not in court. Makes no difference, does it, when the father’s a marshal? Billy didn’t seem to think it did. “Thank you, Marshal,” he said. Got mad and he ran. I couldn’t stop him.

PALADIN
Not without shooting him.

MARSHAL GUY LAMPORT
Shooting him? You mean like just another escaping prisoner?

PALADIN
You believe his story?

MARSHAL GUY LAMPORT
I don’t know. He’s been a wild kid ever since his mother died. Gulley swears he saw the shooting. He swears Billy had no cause.

PALADIN
What do you want me to do?

MARSHAL GUY LAMPORT
Bring him in for me.

PALADIN
Well now, you don’t think that’s something you should do?

MARSHAL GUY LAMPORT
If Billy saw that posse out there coming for him, there’s no telling what he might do. No telling what Gulley would do.

PALADIN
Where is he?

MARSHAL GUY LAMPORT
There’s a spring up in the mountains. It’s not hard to get to. Not many people know about it. Hardly anybody ever goes up there. Billy found it. Used to hide there when he was in trouble as a little boy.

PALADIN
What about them?

MARSHAL GUY LAMPORT
I’ll keep them away from the mountains. You’ll have enough time to get Billy safe in jail before we come back to town.

PALADIN
And what then?

MARSHAL GUY LAMPORT
Then about the only thing I can hope for is a fair trial for him. Paladin, if that boy dies then we’re stuck with Frank Gulley’s word about what really happened. Not much of a choice, I know. It’s the only chance Billy has. He’s young and inexperienced. He wouldn’t last very long up there. Somebody, Gulley or some bounty hunter would get him sooner or later.

PALADIN
That’s your deputy. Who’s with him?

MARSHAL GUY LAMPORT
That’s Howard, the town barber. Nearest thing we have to a doctor in this town.

D
The boy is dead.

H
I tried, Mr. Gulley, but I just couldn’t save him.

MARSHAL GUY LAMPORT
I’m sorry, Gulley.

FRANK GULLEY
That’s not enough.

MARSHAL GUY LAMPORT
Mount up!

FRANK GULLEY
Wait a minute. Who’s this man?

PALADIN
I’m a friend of the family.

FRANK GULLEY
That kid’s got too many friends in his posse already.

PALADIN
Why don’t you go back and wait for the law?

FRANK GULLEY
I’m staying to watch Lamport’s kid die.

PALADIN
“Vengeance is mine,” so saith Frank Gulley.

FRANK GULLEY
Not vengeance, Mister. Justice.

PALADIN
Well, what if the shooting had turned out the other way?
I wonder if you’d be such a strong advocate of justice.

FRANK GULLEY
Who are you, anyway?

[Paladin presents his card]

PALADIN
Justice is a two-edged sword, Mr. Gulley. Cut both ways.

MARSHAL GUY LAMPORT
Mount up.

M1
Keep the coffee hot, Jason.

EXT. ON THE TRAIL

PALADIN
Billy! Billy Lamport!

BILLY LAMPORT
What do you want?

PALADIN
It’s Paladin, Billy. I want to talk to you.

BILLY LAMPORT
You want to get shot?

PALADIN
I’m gonna have to take that chance. Billy.

BILLY LAMPORT
No-account rifle jammed on me.

PALADIN
Yeah. You think you could shoot me like that?

BILLY LAMPORT
Why not? I’m supposed to be a regular mad-dog gunman.

PALADIN
You told your father that was self-defense.

BILLY LAMPORT
Well, what difference does it make?

PALADIN
Makes a difference to that boy you shot.

BILLY LAMPORT
How is he?

PALADIN
He died this morning.

BILLY LAMPORT
So, now, besides being a liar, I’m a killer. Great.

PALADIN
I don’t believe that.

BILLY LAMPORT
Well, everybody else does. So I might just as well not disappoint them.

PALADIN
Wait a minute. What are you gonna do?

BILLY LAMPORT
Do I have a choice?

[Paladin nods]

BILLY LAMPORT
What?

PALADIN
Well, you can go on just like you have been, running and hiding, convincing everybody
that you are a killer and eventually get yourself killed.

BILLY LAMPORT
They wouldn’t find me.

PALADIN
Billy, I found you.

BILLY LAMPORT
Did my father send you out here?

PALADIN
Yes, he did.

BILLY LAMPORT
Boy, he’s a real gem, he is. I should enter him in a contest.

PALADIN
He’s out on a limb for you.

BILLY LAMPORT
What about Mr. Gulley?

PALADIN
What about him?

BILLY LAMPORT
Well, he saw the shooting.

PALADIN
So?

BILLY LAMPORT
So, he’ll swear it wasn’t self-defense.

PALADIN
Now, why would Gulley want to do that?

BILLY LAMPORT
Because he doesn’t want anyone to know what really happened. He doesn’t want anyone to find out what kind of a thing his son really was. He said if Bert died, he’d hang me for it.

PALADIN
He won’t. Billy, the law might.

BILLY LAMPORT
If my father knew where I was, why didn’t he come for me himself?

PALADIN
He was afraid.

BILLY LAMPORT
Of me?

PALADIN
For you.

BILLY LAMPORT
That’ll be the day.

PALADIN
All right. You stay here. You stay here and wait for Gulley or some bounty hunter to hunt you down like a possum. You do that.

BILLY LAMPORT
Wait a minute.

[Billy tries to go with Paladin but gets shot by Gulley]

BILLY LAMPORT
Is this the way you always keep your promises?

PALADIN
Hold your fire, Gulley!

FRANK GULLEY
Come on out!

PALADIN
Lamport’s hurt! He needs a doctor!

FRANK GULLEY
You come out. Keep your hand away from that gun!

[Paladin comes out, hands raised]

FRANK GULLEY
I told you not to interfere.

PALADIN
There was no need to shoot him!

FRANK GULLEY
I got a need, Paladin.

PALADIN
That boy needs a doctor!

FRANK GULLEY
Doctor? There was no doctor. That town barber was all there was. What could he do? His life just dripped right out of him. Let me ask you. I’ve cleared brush and dug wells, and hauled lumber and stone like a work mule, all of my life. And what do I do with what I got left? What was the point to it? I only had one son. I ain’t likely to have another. I just hope that barber can do for Billy what he done for my boy.

FRANK GULLEY
Giving himself up, huh?

PALADIN
Now, Gulley, you and I are going after that boy together. And you’d better hope we don’t get to him too late. Because if Billy dies, Gulley, I’m gonna kill you.

EXT. ON THE TRAIL

M
Doesn’t look like anybody’s been through this way.

C
Maybe Cal’ll have better luck.

M
So we better get back to base camp.

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Yeah, uh-huh.

C
Whatever you say, Marshal.

M
Look, if you can find a track, we’ll follow it.

C
You’re the boss.

EXT. ON THE TRAIL – BILLY

M
Paladin?
Gulley?

D
Headed out toward the mountains.
Where you going?

M
I’ve gotta find my boy.

EXT. ON THE ROCKS

PALADIN
Billy! I’m sending Gulley up to see you.

FRANK GULLEY
You wouldn’t do that.

PALADIN
Here’s your witness, Billy.
He’s unarmed.
Do with him what you want.
I’ll make you a present of him.

FRANK GULLEY
Paladin!

PALADIN
Now, you can stand here and let me kill you or you can go on up there and
take your chances with Billy.
He’s all yours, Billy!
Go on, get up there!
Get up there!

FRANK GULLEY
Don’t shoot, Billy.
Paladin.
Please!

M
What’s going on?

PALADIN
Now, you stand up there and you listen.
Go on, Gulley!

FRANK GULLEY
Don’t shoot. Billy…I’ll tell it. My boy was no good. He was no better alive than…than he is dead. All right? Is that what you wanted to hear me say? That he’s better off dead? Well… he’s dead.

FRANK GULLEY
Well, he’ll be all right. He’s too mean or too evil to die, I guess.

B
Too mean?! Too mean!

M
I heard, boy. I saw it.

B
You know…I told you the truth?

M
Yes.

B
You know something? I didn’t always believe you either.

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