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.
Mr. Paladin. Oh na ma.
“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?
Hey Boy, don’t you think it’s about time somebody did?
EXT. RIDING INTO TOWN
How about it, Junior?
Give me a hit. All right, that’s enough.
I want Fred Yost, nobody else. Yost! Don’t try it.
Any shooting is done outside.
I hope so.
BLACK SALOON GIRL
Like Big Red said, mister, outside.
Now, lady, don’t ever do that again.
Red’s been hit! Yost’s bullet.
BLACK SALOON GIRL
Red? Honey, get up. Stop play acting, you ain’t dead.
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.
Will I do?
Come on. Looks like you’ve done enough already.
That wasn’t my bullet that hit you.
All I know is before you came in here, she was on her feet.
You know, it must be convenient to be able to bury your mistakes.
Mister, will you get a doctor?
Doc’s not in town. Nell Meeker’s having her baby tonight.
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.
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.
How far is that doctor?
I don’t want to die.
How far is the doctor?
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
Two to one she won’t last till sun-up.
I’m not sure about that. Red’s pretty tough. She’s may be hard to kill.
Clean out that backroom. Clear that table off.
Wait a minute, not there. Not there, not there. Put the hot water down there.
I’m gonna try and lift you. You go real easy now and I’ll try not to hurt you.
That’s right, put the sheets down here.
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.
I’m gonna need some more water. Hot.
Is she going to die?
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.
Well, let’s raise the limit, huh? Let’s make it five to one?
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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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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?
I’d like some of that money.
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Always was a sucker for a long shot.
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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.
I’ll bet on you, 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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The knight of the sorrowful countenance, huh?
You’re laying five to one that Red won’t live?
I’ve got a $1,000
that says your wrong.
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.
Now, are you a doctor?
Have you ever been a doctor?
Well, did you ever study to be a doctor?
And you’d use your talent and your skill merely to decide whether or not that girl is gonna die?
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.
The difference is that you are a doctor.
I’m a gambler.
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.
What if I can’t save her?
That’s the gamble. Her life or yours.
Hey, Guy, we’ve got some time till sun-up. You want us deal you in?
Go ahead without me. But, I’ll have to get my bag.
Ada will get your bag.
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.
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.
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.
Go check again.
I’ve got everything I own on this bet.
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Pour some whiskey in a basin.
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– Deal the cards.
– You got to wait for Vern.
Can’t you keep them quiet?
No, they wouldn’t go with the others, and they won’t keep quiet.
O, Miss Bailey
What are you doing here?
He’s going to take
the bullet out of you, Red.
With money against me? Oh, no he doesn’t.
You don’t know him.
He’d do anything for a bet.
That’s what I’m counting on.
If Red doesn’t want me to operate…
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.”
I never cared for Horace, and I’m beginning understand why.
Guy? Mister? Guy? I can stand being dead, but I can’t stand dying. Do something.
You agree to let him operate on you, 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.
Here, Flora, bet that at 23, will you? What you going to do with all that money, Vern, if you win it?
I’ll win it, all right. I’ll go to San Francisco and get drunk.
You’re drunk now.
I don’t like anybody calling me drunk.
We were just funning you, Vern. You know that.
Well, it ain’t funny. Deal the cards.
How’s she doing It’s almost sun-up.
Here you go. Easy. Little more.
Enough. I’ll get drunk. The house shouldn’t get drunk. It’s bad for the game.
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?
Not very well.
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.
The difference, Doctor, is “probably”. You can be absolutely certain of me.
Try, honey. It never used to be hard for you to cause me pain.
Hey, Arnie, go back there and see what’s going on.
Aw, Vern, let her die in peace. The sun ain’t up yet.
You heard what I said. Go see what Guy’s doing. He’s supposed to be playing a hand with us.
I feel it. Steady, can’t you keep her steady?
Get out of here.
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!
Get rid of him.
Like you say, it’s a gamble.
Red. I don’t want you to die, Red.
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!
So how am I going to pay off?
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.
In spite of myself.