159-“Odds For Big Red”

Directed by Richard Donner
Written by: Betty Andrews. Created by: Herb Meadow and Sam Rolfe.

HOPE HOLIDAY as Big Red
RICHARD NEY as Guy Fremont
ROBERT KARNES as Vern Potter
VIRGINIA CAPERS as Ada
PERRY COOK as Ernie
OLLIE O’TOOLE as Corey
DANNY BORZAGE as Barfly (uncredited)
JOHN GEORGE as Barfly (uncredited)
HERSCHEL GRAHAM as Father (uncredited)
BILL HART as Barfly (uncredited)
MICHAEL JEFFERS as Barfly (uncredited)
BERT MADRID as Barfly (uncredited)
MURRAY POLLACK as Hotel Guest (uncredited)
TONY REGAN as Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
HANK WISE as Barfly (uncredited)

All right, gambler, I’m gonna make you a bet. I’m betting Red’s gonna live
because you’re gonna save her. That’s the gamble. Her life or yours.

HEY BOY
Mr. Paladin. Oh na ma.

PALADIN
Ho-ho.

HEY BOY
“Fred Yost, killer of four including innocent bystander during a daylight hold up of banks
in Twin City in Eureka continues to elude capture. Yost is famed for his callous shooting. Throwing shots at bystander and women, as well as pursuer and anyone in the way. No one has been able to pick up his trail.” You’re going to go after him, Mr. Paladin?

PALADIN
Hey Boy, don’t you think it’s about time somebody did?

EXT. RIDING INTO TOWN

GUY FREMONT
How about it, Junior?

JUNIOR
Give me a hit. All right, that’s enough.

PALADIN
I want Fred Yost, nobody else. Yost! Don’t try it.

SALOON GIRL
Any shooting is done outside.

PALADIN
I hope so.

BLACK SALOON GIRL
Like Big Red said, mister, outside.

MAN (O.S.)
Red!

PALADIN
Now, lady, don’t ever do that again.

MAN
Red’s been hit! Yost’s bullet.

BLACK SALOON GIRL
Red? Honey, get up. Stop play acting, you ain’t dead.

BIG RED
Quiet, I’m not dead yet. Hush up, I can’t stand a passel of bawling women. Never did like women very much anyway. Every time I was in trouble, it seems I was always partial to a man.

PALADIN
Will I do?
Come on. Looks like you’ve done enough already.

PALADIN
That wasn’t my bullet that hit you.
All I know is before you came in here, she was on her feet.

GAMBLER
You know, it must be convenient to be able to bury your mistakes.

PALADIN
Mister, will you get a doctor?

BIG RED
Doc’s not in town. Nell Meeker’s having her baby tonight.

PALADIN
All right, mister, will you get me some water, some clean cloths, a lamp, a pillow, and some liquor?
I’ll take her.
No, you won’t.

BIG RED
It’s all right, Ada. You do take over, don’t you? I like the feel of a man’s arms.
Oh, have you heard of Captain Smith in regimental quarters
Who caused a girl to hang herself one morning in her garters?
You know, my father was a soldier. He used to call me Pinky. Pinky.

PALADIN
How far is that doctor?

BIG RED
I don’t want to die.

PALADIN
How far is the doctor?

BIG RED
It’s too far out. The Meeker place is 10 miles away. I don’t even have any gray hair. You got to have gray hair before you’re ready to die. Oh, Miss Bailey Unfortunate Miss Bailey

GAMBLER
Two to one she won’t last till sun-up.

BARTENDER
I’m not sure about that. Red’s pretty tough. She’s may be hard to kill.

PALADIN
Clean out that backroom. Clear that table off.

SLIM
Wait a minute, not there. Not there, not there. Put the hot water down there.

PALADIN
I’m gonna try and lift you. You go real easy now and I’ll try not to hurt you.

SLIM
That’s right, put the sheets down here.
Come along.

BIG RED
You always think you have time, plenty of time. I’ve never been married. I was going to do that. I’ve never had a baby, either. Nell Meeker’s having her baby tonight. How come does she have time for that and not me?
I’ll go make a bet.

PALADIN
I’m gonna need some more water. Hot.
Is she going to die?

PALADIN
No.

BIG RED
Guy, honey.

GUY FREMONT
Hello, Red.

BIG RED
I thought we broke up. Excuse me. Well, boys, what are the odds, huh? Horyce is giving two to one Red doesn’t last till sun-up.

SLIM
Well, let’s raise the limit, huh? Let’s make it five to one?

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Which way?

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You’re betting against her?

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I never let sentiment interfere with business.

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All right, who’s taking?

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– Don’t seem right, somehow.
– Well, Guy ought to know.

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– Well, if you ought to know.
– All right, I’ll throw in with you.

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– How long till sun-up.
– Red, down.

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Let’s see.
About two hours.

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Red’s pretty tough.

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Here’s a 100.

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Are you sure about this, Guy?

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It’s my considered opinion.

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All right, we’ll give him five to one
Red doesn’t last till sun-up.

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Who wants the action?

BIG RED
I’d like some of that money.

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Always was a sucker for a long shot.

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Me, too.

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Five to one Red doesn’t last till sun-up.

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Guess I have too much
at stake to think straight.

PALADIN
I’ll bet on you, Red.

BIG RED
Is Guy betting against me? Better save your money.

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All right, we’re giving five to one,

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Red doesn’t last till sun-up.
Who wants the odds?

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Aah.

GUY FREMONT
The knight of the sorrowful countenance, huh?

PALADIN
You’re laying five to one that Red won’t live?

GUY FREMONT
That’s right.

PALADIN
I’ve got a $1,000
that says your wrong.

GUY FREMONT
That’s $5,000. That’s a $1,000, mister. Want part of it?

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I’ll take half of it. Come on, let’s have a poker game while we’re waiting.

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Head over here.

PALADIN
Now, are you a doctor?

GUY FREMONT
No.

PALADIN
Have you ever been a doctor?

GUY FREMONT
No.

PALADIN
Well, did you ever study to be a doctor?

GUY FREMONT
Yes.

PALADIN
And you’d use your talent and your skill merely to decide whether or not that girl is gonna die?

GUY FREMONT
Now, look, Red’s gonna to die because of a bullet, not because of anything I do or do not do. Because of a bullet lodged close to the left ventricle of the heart, I’d say. Now, she’s going to die because of something that I didn’t have anything to do with, which is more than you can say.

PALADIN
The difference is that you are a doctor.

GUY FREMONT
I’m a gambler.

PALADIN
All right, gambler, I’m going to make a bet. I’ll bet you that Big Red lives because you’re going to save her.

GUY FREMONT
What if I can’t save her?

PALADIN
That’s the gamble. Her life or yours.

M
Hey, Guy, we’ve got some time till sun-up. You want us deal you in?

GUY FREMONT
Go ahead without me. But, I’ll have to get my bag.

PALADIN
Ada will get your bag.

GUY FREMONT
I haven’t practiced in ten years. And I never really was a doctor. Of course, my father was a doctor. But…Oh, I couldn’t stand the suffering. The pain. My hand could slip. They’re not going to be exactly over-joyed if they lose their money.

PALADIN
As I said, it’s a gamble.

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Why is everything so quiet back there? She’s dying back there. Like that feller said, a woman should be able to die in peace.

VERN
She’s sure taking her time about it.
Go outside and check the light again.

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Oh, Vern, I was just outside.
It ain’t even starting to streak yet.

VERN
Go check again.
I’ve got everything I own on this bet.

PALADIN
Doctor?

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Pour some whiskey in a basin.

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– Deal the cards.
– You got to wait for Vern.

GUY FREMONT
Can’t you keep them quiet?

PALADIN
No, they wouldn’t go with the others, and they won’t keep quiet.

BIG RED
O, Miss Bailey
Unfortunate
Miss Bailey
Guy, honey.
What are you doing here?

PALADIN
He’s going to take
the bullet out of you, Red.

BIG RED
With money against me? Oh, no he doesn’t.
You don’t know him.
He’d do anything for a bet.

PALADIN
That’s what I’m counting on.

GUY FREMONT
If Red doesn’t want me to operate…

PALADIN
Oh, no. No, you don’t get out of it that way.
“To save a man against his will is just as bad as killing him.”
That’s Horace.

PALADIN
I never cared for Horace, and I’m beginning understand why.

BIG RED
Guy? Mister? Guy? I can stand being dead, but I can’t stand dying. Do something.

PALADIN
You agree to let him operate on you, Red?

BIG RED
Told you I was a sucker for a long shot.

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Well, it won’t be long now It’s starting to…

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Oh, Pete. It’s starting to grey.

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I’ve got men posted along the street
to tell us when it breaks.

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Oh, drink your drink. You’re sober as a judge, and I don’t like judges.

M
Here, Flora, bet that at 23, will you? What you going to do with all that money, Vern, if you win it?

VERN
I’ll win it, all right. I’ll go to San Francisco and get drunk.

M
You’re drunk now.

VERN
I don’t like anybody calling me drunk.

M
We were just funning you, Vern. You know that.

VERN
Well, it ain’t funny. Deal the cards.

M
How’s she doing It’s almost sun-up.

PALADIN
Here you go. Easy. Little more.

BIG RED
Enough. I’ll get drunk. The house shouldn’t get drunk. It’s bad for the game.

PALADIN
Now Red… Red, listen to me. It’s important that you don’t move. I gonna hold your shoulders like this. And it’s important that you don’t move,
do you understand?

BIG RED
Not very well.

GUY FREMONT
I can’t do it. It’s been too long, ten years. I won’t be any good. Besides what difference does it makes to me? If she dies, you’ll kill me. If she lives, they probably kill me.

PALADIN
The difference, Doctor, is “probably”. You can be absolutely certain of me.

BIG RED
Try, honey. It never used to be hard for you to cause me pain.

VERN
Hey, Arnie, go back there and see what’s going on.

M
Aw, Vern, let her die in peace. The sun ain’t up yet.

VERN
You heard what I said. Go see what Guy’s doing. He’s supposed to be playing a hand with us.

M
Oh.

PALADIN
Well?

GUY FREMONT
I feel it. Steady, can’t you keep her steady?

PALADIN
Get out of here.

MEN
Go on!
Hey, they’re taking the bullet out of Big Red. Guy’s taking out the bullet.
What? Why that dirty…
We bet because of him.
Hey, what do you think you’re doing!

PALADIN
Get rid of him.
Like you say, it’s a gamble.

GUY FREMONT
Red. I don’t want you to die, Red.

PALADIN
Red’s gonna be all right. She’s gonna live. That’s right, Guy did it. He’ll pay off. We got a girl in there that needs some peace and quiet!

GUY FREMONT
So how am I going to pay off?

RED
Guess you’ll have to go to work, Guy. You’re a rotten gambler, taking those odds and betting against yourself. Guess all you’re fit for is doctoring.

PALADIN
Well, doctor?

GUY FREMONT
In spite of myself.

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