158-“The Revenger”

TOM CONWAY as Commodore Newcombe
SHUG FISHER as Altman
RUSSELL ARMS as Ralph Turner
JANET LAKE as Lydia
HARRY CAREY JR. as Sheriff Conlon
RAYFORD BARNES as Jelly
ANTHONY CARUSO as Solomon
BUD OSBORNE as Driver
Bert Madrid as Mexican Bandit (uncredited)
Hal Needham as Mexican Bandit (uncredited)

SHUG FISHER also appeared in: (Brotherhood, 1963) as Kroll, (The Fifth Bullet, 1962) as Harry Kessler – Hotel Clerk, (Silent Death, Secret Death, 1962) as Wilhoit.

RUSSELL ARMS also appeared in: (Death of a Gunfighter, 1959) as Will Haskell.

JANET LAKE also appeared in: (Unforgiven, 1959) as Reeva – Paladin’s Love Interest

HARRY CAREY JR. also appeared in: (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 Tax Gatherer, 1961) as Jess Turner, (The Legacy, 1960) as Banker Burton, (The Marshal’s Boy, 1960) as Frank Gulley, (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.
RAYFORD BARNES also appeared in: (Face of a Shadow, 1963) as Canning

(The Trap, 1962) as Roy Bissell, (Long Way Home, 1961) as Deputy Sheriff
(The Shooting of Jessie May, 1960) as Sim Lenzer, (Something to Live For, 1958) as Harleigh Preston, (The Road to Wickenburg, 1958) as Sol Goodfellow

You say the innocent among you go free. Is that it, Turner?
A murderer, an adultress, an embezzler, a cutthroat…
where do I look for innocence?

INT. DINING ROOM – HOTEL CARLTON – DAY

COMMODORE NEWCOMBE
And there he was…the Bengal. He must have circled around us up here somewhere.
Magnificent beast. Magnificent. But of course, you can imagine the delicacy of the situation. There was the tiger…the Maharaja here. Of course, the Maharaja had first shot at the beast. But, um…Short-sighted. Nearsighted. Refused to wear spectacles.
Refused point-blank. I say, that’s rather funny…Ha! Point-blank? Hello?
Hunting, shooting… point-blank. Yes. Well, his gun wavered a little bit, like this.
There seemed to be some doubt in his mind as to which one of us was the tiger.
My dear fellow, now tell me, what would you’ve done?

PALADIN
Shot the Maharaja, of course.

HEY BOY
Mr. Paladin.

PALADIN
Excuse me. “Take the Yuma stage from San Ysidro. Other half of bill and further details at meeting.” Who left this for me, Hey Boy?

HEY BOY
I don’t know. It seems he doesn’t care about his own money.

PALADIN
Well, he has great confidence in its ability to persuade, and…

HEY BOY
He’s right, I think.

PALADIN
Of course. Lay out my clothes. Excuse me.

COMMODORE NEWCOMBE
Surely. I say, boy, you know, Maharajas are sort of foreign chaps. You don’t pot them.

EXT. TRAIN STATION – DAY

CONDUCTOR
San Ysidro. San Ysidro Station, folks.

ALTMAN
Where is that stage? Howdy. My name’s Altman. You folks traveling to Yuma on business or pleasure?

RALPH TURNER
Why?

ALTMAN
Say, haven’t I seen you somewhere? I got a memory like a mean mule. Picture in the paper maybe? Uh, excuse me.

WALKS OVER TO PALADIN

ALTMAN
“The Brothers Kara…”

PALADIN
“…mazov.”

ALTMAN
Like the James Boys and the Daltons, huh? Well, myself, I don’t give any time over to reading that penny-dreadful stuff. Me, I’ll stick with Josh Billings. Seems like there was these two country boys – come to the big city…

PALADIN
Mr. Altman.

ALTMAN
Well, right off…

ALTMAN
You’ve heard it?

PALADIN
No, sir, but I don’t think it won’t sit very well with Dostoevsky.

ALTMAN
Oh. Well, it don’t pay to eat that foreign stuff. That’s one thing I learned as a traveling man. Insurance… casualty, fire, life, full line. Just retired. Cigar?

SHERIFF CONLON
Hey, keep your hands out there where I can see ’em.

ALTMAN
I was just getting a cigar, that’s all. Look.

SHERIFF CONLON
All right. What you got in that black case you’ve been hanging onto?

ALTMAN
Oh, nothing. Nothing at all. Just papers, stuff like that.

SHERIFF CONLON
I’d just better take a look.

PALADIN
Sheriff, you’re way out of line.

JELLY
Oh, you don’t want to pay no mind to the sheriff. He’s kind of skittish this morning. You see, he’s got it in his head that a whole bunch of friends of mine are hanging around here, just waiting to blow a hole clean through him.

SHERIFF CONLON
You ain’t missing the rope this time, Jelly. ‘Cause no man takes a prisoner from me…
– not alive, anyway.

JELLY
Oh, is that so? Well now, sheriff, you never know what a desperate type like me is gonna try. Sheriff, listen, I know what you expect. You expect me to hire a gunman, don’t ya? Like him. Well, that’s natural you’d expect that. But I want to tell you something.
Look over here. You see this fellow over here, the one sitting next to that pretty, little lady? Now look at him close. Sneaky-lookin’. He got eyes like a real killer.

SHERIFF CONLON
You carrying a gun?

RALPH TURNER
No.

SHERIFF CONLON
I’d like to see what’s making that bulge under your coat, just the same.

LYDIA TURNER
My husband was an officer in the Army. He doesn’t have to submit to this.

SHERIFF CONLON
Open your coat. Slow!

ALTMAN
An officer. Captain. Say, I knew it’d come back to me. Why sure, I read the whole thing…the trial, I mean…How you shot this other officer…

RALPH TURNER
Major.

ALTMAN
What did you say?

RALPH TURNER
My rank was Major.

JELLY
Have some jelly beans, Major? You know, Sheriff, thinking it over now, I, um, now if I was…if I was going to hire a gunman, he’d be the one, all right.

POINTS TO PALADIN

JELLY
Of course, I don’t know what his price is, but I got I think I that got friends that would stand the gaff. $2,000? $3,000?

PALADIN
You’re very fortunate to have such loyal friends.

SHERIFF CONLON
You just stay away from him.

DRIVER
Ho! Ho! Ho! Them what’s for Yuma, we’re runnin’ late. Everybody on.

SHERIFF CONLON
All right, Jelly. Get yourself in.

JELLY
Sheriff, you wouldn’t shoot a man in the back, would you, not in front of all these witnesses? Sheriff, why don’t you have some of my jelly beans?

SHERIFF CONLON
Come on, get in! Get in!
All right, Jelly. Get yourself in.
I’ll take that gun of yours till we get to Yuma.

PALADIN
What is it, Sheriff? You determined
to save Jelly’s friends that $3,000?

JELLY
Hey, Conlon!
Why don’t you take it away from him?
I mean, if you figure you’re fast enough.

SHERIFF CONLON
Why don’t you shut your mouth?

JELLY
Say, mister, better watch that sheriff.
He’s a back-shooter.

PALADIN
I’m aware of Sheriff’s reputation…and yours.

DRIVER
Yah! Yah!

EXT. STAGECOACH RUN

SOLOMON
Aye, muchacho, no.

SHERIFF CONLON
Now listen…

SOLOMON
Buenos dias, senors.

PALADIN
We have guns.

SOLOMON
We have more guns, plenty more guns.

SHERIFF CONLON
I don’t care how many they got. They ain’t getting Jelly.

PALADIN
If that’s what they were interested in, they’d have nailed you when you stepped out of that coach.

ALTMAN
These men are bandits, Sheriff. Can’t you see that? They’ll take everything we have if you don’t do something.

PALADIN
What do you want?

SOLOMON
To talk.

SHERIFF CONLON
Yeah, well, you do your talking from there, or else I’ll put a bullet in your gut.

SOLOMON
Hey, you shoot me, my men will shoot you just as quick. That makes the buzzards more smart, huh? Only a foolish man would feed the buzzards with his belly. I only wish to talk, senors.
Now just wait a minute.
Not with you.

MOTIONS TO PALADIN
I think maybe you.

SOLOMON
How are you called, senor?

PALADIN
Paladin.

SOLOMON
My name is Solomon.

PALADIN
Hmm.

SOLOMON
Already I have killed four men for laughing. A man’s name is his own.

PALADIN
Well, Solomon, what is it you want?

SOLOMON
This one is called Miguel. One month ago, a gringo drink too much in his village and leave his woman dead. He see that man get on the stagecoach, he come to tell me.
Now we will that man who killed Miguel’s woman.

PALADIN
Well, if Miguel knows which one it is, why doesn’t he complain to the authorities?

SOLOMON
If you were to ask Miguel this, he would say, “No one will listen to my complaints.”
But he is wrong. I listen.

PALADIN
Well, Solomon, you may listen, but you are not the law.

SOLOMON
Now you are wrong, Senor Paladin. For those such as Miguel, there is no other.

BACK AT THE STAGECOACH

SHERIFF CONLON
You ain’t taking my prisoner away from me. Stay back!

SOLOMON
My back was in your keeping, senor. Gracias.

PALADIN
De nada. You were doing a necessary thing. He was a very stupid man.

SOLOMON
In such an exchange, nobody wins.

PALADIN
Nobody. Nobody wins but the buzzards…and the magpie.

SOLOMON
Si. Always in the end it is them, huh?

PALADIN
For you, too, Solomon…and for me.

SOLOMON
Ay, when I first see you, I have a smell for you. You and me, compadre, we have the same bad dreams.

BANDITO
No hay mas tiempo.

SOLOMON
Si, si. Your federales know pretty good I’ve come over the border. They find me maybe one hour.

PALADIN
Solomon…which one of those people on the stagecoach is it?

SOLOMON
Gracias. Uh, only Miguel knows. He’s no longer with us.

PALADIN
Mmm. That’s too bad. Too bad.

SOLOMON
Si, it’s too bad. Now you will have to pick one for me.

PALADIN
I don’t have the right to do that.

SOLOMON
But if you do not, by the time this is finished, I will have to shoot everyone in the stagecoach. You, too, I think. Ay, pick a bird for me to share with the buzzards.
Miguel would not care now which one it is.

PALADIN
Jelly! Get a shovel out of the boot.

COMMERCIAL

ALTMAN
Well?

PALADIN
Are you volunteering?

ALTMAN
No. Uh-uh.

PALADIN
Driver, how well can you use that thing?

DRIVER
Oh, fair. But what difference would it make? We wouldn’t stand a belly rat’s chance
against them, and you know it.

RALPH TURNER
Why don’t you pick someone like he says? It’s probably him they’re looking for anyway.

JELLY
Listen, Turner, there’s a lot of things that I am, but that’s one thing that I ain’t.
My way of dealing with women doesn’t include killing ’em. You follow me?

LYDIA
I wouldn’t be likely to follow you anywhere.

JELLY
Well, pretty little lady, there’s a lot of them that has, and they ain’t any of ’em gone away cryin’.

RALPH TURNER
Well, he’s not quite as dashing as Lieutenant Carson was, but he seems to have the same way of looking at you.

LYDIA
Stop it, Ralph.

RALPH TURNER
Why? We’re all going to be dead in half an hour anyway.

LYDIA
You killed Carson, didn’t you? Isn’t that enough?

RALPH TURNER
No. To my wife’s honor, gentlemen. It came at a very high price.

LYDIA
Yes, very high. And you’re going to see that I pay for it to the last second, aren’t you?

ALTMAN
Well, what about him?

PALADIN
Or you?

SOLOMON
Senor Paladin!

ALTMAN
Kill us all, that’s what he means. – Well, not me!

PALADIN
Altman!

ALTMAN
Leave me alone! I’m not going to be slaughtered with the rest of you. Don’t shoot! Don’t shoot, mister. Please don’t shoot. I have something in here. All right? I have money to pay you in here, – If you let me go.

SOLOMON
You let me see.

ALTMAN
First you have to promise me that you’ll let me go.

SOLOMON
You let me see! It’s paper. Nothing but paper.

ALTMAN
They’re bonds, negotiable bonds. They’re good anywhere.

SOLOMON
You got no gold?

ALTMAN
That’s $90,000 there. I took it from the company I worked for, so I know it’s good. You understand?

SOLOMON
You got no silver?

ALTMAN
I’ll give it all to you. $90,000. No. No! No!

PALADIN
Solomon!

SOLOMON
Senor Paladin, take your rabbit back. Senor Paladin, your time is growing short.
My men wish to see it done. I would be a sad thing if they did not see it done.
So you give me one, huh? We have no other choice, you and me.

PALADIN
One comes out, the others go free.

SOLOMON
You would take the word of a bandito?

PALADIN
I’ll take your word.

SOLOMON
On the grave of my mother.

PALADIN
No. On that. On what you and I know about bad dreams.

SOLOMON
Si. On that.

PALADIN
Eenie, meenie, minie, mo.

ALTMAN
You can’t do that. You can’t just pick somebody out.

PALADIN
Why not?

ALTMAN
Because it’s not fair.

ALTMAN
If one of us is guilty, that’s who it has to be.

PALADIN
Oh. And the innocent, Turner?

RALPH TURNER
The innocent…go free.

PALADIN
An embezzler…convicted cutthroat…an adulteress…and a murderer. Just where do you suggest I start looking for innocence?

LYDIA TURNER
Wait a minute.

JELLY
That’s not right, Paladin.

ALTMAN
What about you?

PALADIN
What about me?

RALPH TURNER
Who are you to choose?

ALTMAN
How do we know what you’re guilty of?

PALADIN
Who am I to choose? Ask him. And as for what you know about my guilt, you don’t.

JELLY
That’s right. For all we know, you may have did the Mexican’s wife.

PALADIN
That’s right.

LYDIA
I don’t believe it.

PALADIN
For that, I thank you.

JELLY
So what are you going to do now?

PALADIN
Well, Jelly…you don’t have too much to lose if you made that walk out there.
Do you?

JELLY
I guess not.

PALADIN
Turner…you’re going to drown yourself in that bottle before too much longer,
so it wouldn’t be any great sacrifice for you to walk out there, would it? Altman…you don’t have a lot to lose, now that Solomon and the wind have blown your dreams away, do you?

RALPH TURNER
No.

PALADIN
Solomon!

SOLOMON
Si, senor.

PALADIN
I’ve chosen.

LYDIA TURNER
You don’t have to. Not you. None of them is worth your life.

PALADIN
Nor his. But which one would you choose?

JELLY
Mister, maybe you’re right. I don’t have anything to lose. But I saw him take Conlon, and I’m betting the chances on my neck that he takes you.

RALPH TURNER
I would have expected you to have offered me. But then, you do love me.

LYDIA TURNER
Do you think so?

SOLOMON
You, Senor Paladin? Must it be this way?

PALADIN
Solomon, you’re asking me to judge them.

SOLOMON
I only want you to pick one for me.

PALADIN
I can’t do it, Solomon. I can’t give you a life. You force me to choose, then I have to choose the one man over whom I do have the power of life and death.

SOLOMON
I am sorry, senor.

PALADIN
Let it go, Solomon. One of us will die, and justice will not be served.

SOLOMON
I have also make a promise to Miguel.

SOLOMON
No mas. Esta bien.

SOLOMON
When I first see you…I have a smell for you. In the end, they…they always win, huh?