143-“The Gold Bar”

Season 4, Episode 26 – Original Airdate: (March 18, 1961)

<= 142 – “The Last Judgement == Everyman” – 144 =>

Directed by Ida Lupino, Written by Robert E. Thompson

JOHN FIEDLER as James Turner
STAR TREK: TOS (Wolf in the Fold, 1967) as Hengist
JEAN ENGSTROM as Leah
(A Place for Abel Hix, 1962) as Mrs. Hix
VAL AVERY as B.J. Throckton
CHET STRATTON as Bank Examiner
(The Gladiators, 1960) as Harry
(The Ballad of Oscar Wilde, 1958) as Secretary
ROBERT STEVENSON as Patrolman
HAL K. DAWSON as Bum
FRANCES OSBORNE as Captain
(The Hanging Cross, 1957) as Maudie
VIRGINIA STEDING as Contessa
Lisa Lu as Hey Girl

INT. HOTEL CARLTON LOBBY – EVENING

PALADIN
That intoxicating scent that comes from your hair.

CONTESSA
It’s from a small Moorish flower that grows only near our Estancia in Andalusia. The Moors thought it was, as you say, intoxicating to the senses. The Dueña would not let me wear it until I was of a proper age.

PALADIN
And, Contessa, you are now of a proper age?

CONTESSA
For the scent? Yes.

HEY GIRL
Excuse me, Mr. Paladin.

PALADIN
Hey Girl, I am not at all sure. Tell that gentleman I am, at the moment, otherwise occupied.

HEY GIRL
I am not at all sure.

CONTESSA
The Dueña says I must now retire.

MR. B.J. THROCKTON
Well, Mr. Paladin?

PALADIN
Approximately how much is this gold bar of yours worth?

MR. B.J. THROCKTON
Not approximately, Mr. Paladin, exact. Exactly $11,500.

PALADIN
And you know the identity of the man who took it.

MR. B.J. THROCKTON
Without a doubt. I’m sure of it. It was my head clerk, Turner. Look, I’m prepared to meet your price.

PALADIN
Why? You know the man who took it, you know which direction he’s headed. Why don’t you just wire the proper authorities?

MR. B.J. THROCKTON
No, no, that’s impossible. If the loss were known, it might mean a run on my bank. And the state examiner’s coming in Monday morning for the yearly audit. The bar can’t be missing, Mr.— the bar can’t be missing, Mr. Paladin. Look, I’ll-I’ll make a draft out to your account.

PALADIN
On your bank?

MR. B.J. THROCKTON
Sir, the B.J. Throckton Bank has never defaulted on one single account. Not yet. It’s up to you to see that such a record isn’t broken.

PALADIN
Particularly since I’m not apt to be paid otherwise, hmm? Hey Girl.

HEY GIRL
Yes, Mr. Paladin?

MR. B.J. THROCKTON
Uh, Mr. Paladin. Remember, that bar must be back by Monday morning.

EXT. ON THE TRAIL – DAY

PALADIN
All right.

JAMES TURNER
Please, mister, I-I don’t have a gun.

PALADIN
Step off the horse.

JAMES TURNER
Could you come with me? I need help real bad. There’s a cabin about a mile down the road. I mean, it-it’s not for me. It’s for somebody else.

PALADIN
Oh?

JAMES TURNER
L-Look, I can pay ya. I mean, you gotta help me.

PALADIN
All right. All right, I’ll go with you. Let’s go.

INT. CABIN

JAMES TURNER
It’s over here.

W
Oh, I thought maybe you’d took out for good.

JAMES TURNER
I told ya I’d be back. Don’t you remember that, Leah?

L
No.

JAMES TURNER
Well, I-I just went long enough to get help, that’s all. You see?

L
I don’t know you?

PALADIN
No.

W
No, I don’t, for a fact. Seems like things in my mind are so cloudy-like. I do remember settin’ out to walk to… Oso Grande. You know that city?

PALADIN
Yes, I do. How long has she been here?

JAMES TURNER
I don’t know.

PALADIN
She have anything to eat?

JAMES TURNER
Well, after I found her here, it-it was if she was in a coma, you understand? I made coffee, and I dipped bread in it for her. That seemed to be all she could keep down. Can you tell about these things? I-I mean, do you think it’s gonna be soon? The baby?

PALADIN
There’s some brandy in my saddlebag. Get that.

W
When I described him, he said he didn’t know Jess.

PALADIN
Jess?

L
Yes. That was my man. About a month after I come into my condition, he said, “Now, Leah, I’m gonna fetch work and soon’s I do, I’ll true send for ya.” Wasn’t hardly no trailer-makin’ work left, what with the big factory machines and…

PALADIN
Would you like some water?

L
Thank you kindly. He never did come back, but… the man at Oso Grande said that, that, sure enough, he’d been there all that time. And hardly two weeks before, had got hisself killed, drinkin’ and fightin’.

PALADIN
Mr. Turner found you here?

L
Yeah. Oh, he’s been just as good as a man could be to me.

PALADIN
Hmm.

JAMES TURNER
Here’s the brandy. You want me to pour it?

PALADIN
No. I’ll use it for disinfecting. Just set it there.

W
Mr. Turner? Are you there, Mr. Turner?

JAMES TURNER
I-I’m here. See?

L
I-I think my time has come. I do think it.

JAMES TURNER
Well, I-I don’t know what to do for her. I’ve never been around women much in my whole life. Oh!

PALADIN
The best thing you can do right now is go in the other room and get us some coffee. Take care of these.

JAMES TURNER
Has it happened?

PALADIN
Not yet.

JAMES TURNER
But she’s going to be all right.

PALADIN
Well, I think so. She’s young. She seems healthy.

T
It’s not right for anyone to live the way she has.
Why, she couldn’t even raise her head when I came on her.
I took it from your coat.
I had to know who
you were, that’s all.
You see?

PALADIN
Mm-hmm, yes, I see. Anyone who’s carrying a gold bar would certainly want to know that, mm-hmm.

T
So you have been following me.

PALADIN
Mm-hmm.

T
I guessed you were a gunman. Well, if it’s a gold bar you’re after, let me tell you, it won’t be any good to you. I stole it. Somebody else will only hunt you down.

PALADIN
Hmm. Paris, Vienna, Prague…Do you really think you’re going to find freedom in those places?

T
Well, a man has to dream about something. I mean, I didn’t want to spend out the rest of my days in a little cashier’s cage, counting out other people’s money. So, for two years, I planned to steal it. At night, in my room, it was something to do. Actually, it was easy. I had access to the safe. Everyone trusted me- “Good ol’ Turner.” So, Friday, I picked it up and walked away with it. And I was on my way.

PALADIN
Well, why didn’t you keep going?

JAMES TURNER
Well, I had to stop and when I drew up outside to get water, I heard her crying in here. Just sitting alone, right here. All alone. Well, I couldn’t leave her, not when she needed me. I mean, can you understand that?

PALADIN
I think I can. But I’m here now, so you don’t have to stay anymore.

JAMES TURNER
I promised.

PALADIN
Mr. Turner, this might be it. I’ll, uh, call you when it’s over. Keep the coffee hot.

JAMES TURNER
I-I just never knew they looked like that. I… I-I mean, I guess I never really thought much about it.

W
Would you like for to hold him, Mr. Turner?

JAMES TURNER
Oh, no… no, I’ve never held a baby before.

PALADIN
There must be a first time for everything- go ahead.

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I wish that…I wish I could promise something to you.

PALADIN
He’s got life. You promise him more than that? We’ll get out of here now and let you two rest, hmm?

W
M-Mr. Turner, I never did ask you your given name.

JAMES TURNER
Why, James.

W
I’d be pleased to call him James.

JAMES TURNER
I’d be quite honored.

W
James.

PALADIN
Mr. Turner, I do believe there’s just enough in there for a proper toast for that young man. Get the cups in the next room?

JAMES TURNER
Of course.

JAMES TURNER
I’m sorry.

PALADIN
Well, so am I.

JAMES TURNER
Now, take it and get out.

PALADIN
The gold bar- why?

JAMES TURNER
I’ve thought it all out. I’m going to tell Mr. Throckton that you stole it and I left the bank to follow you. You’re a gunman. He’ll have to believe me. I am sorry, but, but don’t you see there’s no other way I can be free to take care of Leah?

PALADIN
Why don’t you just take the gold bar and go? You’ve got the gun. I can’t stop you.

JAMES TURNER
But I don’t want it. I mean, how could I take care of them, always running from men like you or from the police? Don’t you see? There’s no other way. N-N-Now, don’t. Please. I don’t think I could shoot you, but I might become nervous if you did anything, and the gun might go off.

PALADIN
Well, I don’t think that’d make a lot of difference, since there are no bullets in it.

JAMES TURNER
Well, it has bullets in it. I couldn’t even do that right. If only I could give it back.

PALADIN
Well, why can’t you?

JAMES TURNER
Well, Mr. Throckton will bring charges against me, anyway.
I’ll get put in jail. Then what will become of Leah and James?

PALADIN
How well do you know the bank?

JAMES TURNER
Why, I know it better than anybody, I guess, except maybe Mr. Throckton.

PALADIN
Well, we have to be there by tomorrow night. You make a bed in that old wagon outside, I’ll try and fix the wheel. We’ll have to leave Leah and James at the hotel in Oso Grande on our way.

JAMES TURNER
But I don’t understand.

PALADIN
You said you wanted to put the gold bar back, didn’t you?

JAMES TURNER
Yeah.

PALADIN
Well, Mr. Turner, let’s try that.

PO
Good evening, Mr. Turner.

PALADIN
Evening. Mr. Turner, shall we continue our stroll?

PALADIN
Now…you said the back of the bank is patrolled every 15 minutes?

JAMES TURNER
Yes.

PALADIN
And the cathedral chimes ring at 9:00?

JAMES TURNER
Uh-huh. But maybe the bells won’t be loud enough to cover the alarm.

PALADIN
Mr. Turner,
they had better be.
We have seven minutes.

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Shouldn’t we be starting?

PALADIN
We have to wait for the mission band.

JAMES TURNER
Oh, yes, I… I forgot.

PALADIN
Mr. Turner, you can’t afford to forget. Stay there.

D
Hi, pal…

PALADIN
Steady, chum.

D
Yeah.

D
Pal! Oh, let’s not read, let’s talk, huh?

CAPTAIN – SALVATION ARMY
Now, Charlie…you know one of the rules at our mission is neatness.

D
Yes, Major.

CAPTAIN – SALVATION ARMY
Captain. What is all this?

B
What’s all what, Colonel?

CAPTAIN – SALVATION ARMY
Captain…Oh, come, everyone! Let us greet our sharp troops. Come, Charlie, Harry, Joe. Splendid! All is nigh. Let us hurry. Come now! Everyone, come, come.

CAPTAIN – SALVATION ARMY
For the Father waits over the way To prepare us a dwelling place there In the sweet By and by We shall meet on that beautiful shore By and by In the sweet By and by We shall meet on that beautiful shore We shall sing on that beautiful shore The melodious songs of the blessed And our spirits shall sorrow no more Not a sigh for the blessing of rest In the sweet By and by We shall sing on that beautiful shore…

PALADIN
The bank.

CAPTAIN – SALVATION ARMY
In the sweet
By and by…
We shall meet
on that beautiful shore…

PALADIN
Come on.

JAMES TURNER
I can’t remember!

PALADIN
Yes, you can. Come on!

JAMES TURNER
It’s open. We’re too late.

PALADIN
Now you do what I tell you. Open it up!

CAPTAIN – SALVATION ARMY
There’s a land that is fairer than day  And by faith we can see it afar  For the Father waits over the way To prepare us a dwelling place there In the sweet By and by We shall meet on that beautiful shore  By and by In the sweet  By and by  We shall meet  On that beautiful shore.

CAPTAIN – SALVATION ARMY
Bless you, gentlemen. That was beautiful. Bless you. Thank you. He who gives that which he has, though it be clay or a stone of gold, shall be rewarded.

PALADIN
Well, I sincerely trust so.

CAPTAIN – SALVATION ARMY
Thank you.

INT. BANK

BANK EXAMINER
Mmm… Mm-hmm, hmm! Mm-hmm!

MR. B.J. THROCKTON
What?!

BANK EXAMINER
No, this part seems to be in order.

MR. B.J. THROCKTON
In order?

BANK EXAMINER
In order, I say! Now if you will unlock your safe, I’ll check your gold balance.

MR. B.J. THROCKTON
Now?

BANK EXAMINER
Yes, yes, uh, now.

MR. B.J. THROCKTON
You have it?

P
No, sir, uh, Mr. Throckton, the thief seems to have eluded me entirely.

MR. B.J. THROCKTON
Eluded you?! I’m gonna take action against you!

BANK EXAMINER
Mr. Throckton, the safe? The safe? You don’t hear well.

MR. B.J. THROCKTON
Of course, I hear well!

BANK EXAMINER
Well, then, would you please open the safe? Unless, of course, there’s some reason why you prefer me not to examine it.

BANK EXAMINER
Thank you. Mm-hmm. All right. Everything checks out. Eh… you can lock the safe now.

MR. B.J. THROCKTON
What?!

BANK EXAMINER
I say you can lock-

MR. B.J. THROCKTON
I heard you!

BANK EXAMINER
Everything checks out.

BANK EXAMINER
Well, that’s what I said- shipshape. Well, I’ll see you again next year. And confidentially, I would do something about getting a hearing piece. Good morning.

MR. B.J. THROCKTON
I don’t understand.

PALADIN
Apparently, the gold bar was in the safe all along.

MR. B.J. THROCKTON
It’s impossible.

PALADIN
You have some other explanation?

T
Morning, Mr. Throckton.

MR. B.J. THROCKTON
Morning, Turner.

PALADIN
Good morning, Mr. Throckton.

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