160-“A Proof of Love”

Directed by: Richard Boone
Written by: Lou Shaw and Peggy O’Shea.

Charles Bronson as Henry Grey
George Kennedy as Rud Saxon
Shirley O’Hara as Mrs. Grey
Jack Marshall as Banjo Player
Robert Cole as Dancer and Choreographer
Chana Eden as Callie
Hal Needham as Indian Brawler (uncredited)
Henry, ask Saxon for your money.
And if he turns you down, forget it.
As for being better off dead,
let’s save that as a last resort.

HEY BOY
This gentleman very desperate.

PALADIN
“Mr. Paladin, sir, you could make real money were you to come learn me how to shoot, on account of I got to go up against Rud Saxon who ain’t no pushover. Come real soon.
Henry Grey, Mountain View, hand writ.”

EXT. ON THE TRAIL – DAY

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00:01:32,239 –> 00:01:34,730
Oh, ho.
Excuse.

PALADIN
I’m looking for Henry Grey.

MRS. GREY
What do you want with him?

PALADIN
Well, it’s a personal matter.

MRS. GREY
I gave birth to him. T’ain’t nothing more personal than that.

PALADIN
Yes, ma’am. Well, is he around?

MRS. GREY
Doin’ his chores. Back at 4.

PALADIN
Well, if you don’t mind, I’ll wait.

MRS. GREY
4:00, he cuts wood.

PALADIN
Well, I don’t suppose the whole world would stop if he cut it a little bit later.

MRS. GREY
Later he’s got other chores to do. Supper’s at 6. Finished at quarter past. You come around then.

PALADIN
I’m Paladin.

HENRY GREY
Henry Grey. I’m ready when you are.

PALADIN
Well, Henry, before I take you on, I’d like to know what this is all about.

HENRY GREY
Well…I bought me a mail-order woman. I paid out 50 in cash to the marriage man,
$185.66 to transport her from New York City and another $37 for all kinds of odd and ends. I got receipts for ’em. Three days after she gets out here, I no sooner turn around and she’s gone over to Rud Saxon on the next farm. Mr. Paladin, I gotta learn how to shoot.

PALADIN
You want her back?

HENRY GREY
I want my money back. I’ll pay you half of my refund for learning me how to shoot.

PALADIN
That would make my share about $130.

MRS. GREY
Ever since that woman showed her face, he’s been different. God means for him to lose that money. He’s punishing Henry for buying a pig in a poke.

HENRY GREY
Mr. Paladin don’t care to hear about that, Ma.

MRS. GREY
Her and Rud Saxon are two of a kind. It’s God’s will they found each other.

HENRY GREY
It just don’t make sense He would want me to spend my money
to furnish a woman for Rud Saxon.

PALADIN
Henry, have you ever done any shooting?

HENRY GREY
Well, I bought this belt here, and this…

PALADIN
Hmm. Well, offhand, I’d say the best thing for you to do is ask Rud Saxon to give you your money back, and if he turns you down, forget it.

HENRY GREY
Oh, he’s already turned me down.
Now I ain’t asking. I’m demanding.

PALADIN
Henry, I’d say that’s suicide.

HENRY GREY
Maybe I’m better off dead, then.

PALADIN
Well, let’s keep that as a last resort. And in the meantime, I’d better have a talk with Rud Saxon.
Hey, is anybody going to give me a hand?
Yeah, of course.
– Callie!
– Hey!
Yeah!
– More, Callie! One more!
– One more!

CALLIE
Who invite you, right? One of the girls? You like my song? I teach them my music.

PALADIN
I like it very much. My name is Paladin.

CALLIE
Mine is Cale Athanou. They don’t know. They say “Callie,” but I don’t mind.

PALADIN
I imagine your real name was Caliope Athanasokoori.

CALLIE
Rud! This man, he speak Greek. If I sing now, you tell him what I say? You tell him. Go.

RUD SAXON
Who are you, and what do you want?

PALADIN
My name is Paladin, and I want $272 that belongs to Henry Grey.

CALLIE
We were having such a good time.

PALADIN
Callie, Henry Grey spent a lot of hard-earned money to bring you here. Now since Rud Saxon is getting all the benefit from it, I think Henry is entitled to a refund.

CALLIE
Henry Grey is a…MULARE You understand? You agree?

PALADIN
No, I do not agree that he is a jackass. He is a proud man, and you stripped him of his pride.

CALLIE
I never do a thing like this to a man.

PALADIN
What then, Callie? You accept his proposal, his money, then walk away and leave him an object of ridicule?

CALLIE
I do not mean to do this.

PALADIN
Callie, hey. Do you think it’s fair that Henry should spend his life savings to bring you here for Rud Saxon?

CALLIE
I would have been good to him. I was meant to be good to my husband, to give him many, many children. But also I was meant to sing, to laugh and to dance, and this Henry Grey and his mama…Three days, and then… you saw. You understand.
Three days and then exo! Exo apo tho!

RUD SAXON
Callie, come on over here. I got something to show you.

CALLIE
In a way, Henry Grey is a good man. You understand?

PALADIN
And Rud? Will Rud marry you?

CALLIE
Of course!

PALADIN
Well, then don’t you think it’s fair that he pay the expenses for bringing you here?

CALLIE
I have not thought of that.

PALADIN
Well, think of it …now.

CALLIE
You are right. It is fair. You pay him the money.

PALADIN
Or perhaps Rud is not contemplating matrimony?

CALLIE
What do you say to Caliope? You know what Cale means in Greek? Tell him!

PALADIN
“Cale,” the first part of her name, in Greek means “good”.
She wants you to know that she is a good girl.

RUD THROWS MONEY ON THE FLOOR

CALLIE
No! Go.

CROWD (O.S.)
Yee-hoo!

PALADIN
Well, that sounds like quite a party over there. That girl must have really upset your routine when she lived here. Now I suppose you’re just as well out of it.
A girl like that would never understand your way of life.

MRS. GREY
Our way is the right way, the way it’s always been…always will be.

PALADIN
You know, it’s shattering to think how many people might possibly agree with you.
Myself, I’ve always favored the freer in spirit. But if your way of life brings you happiness, then it’s the right way. And, Henry, you should find yourself a woman with no nonsense about her…a nice, quiet, docile kind of girl that would live here in the house with you and your mother and do tomorrow exactly what she did today, and right on time. A girl like Callie is not for you. “He who shuts out love in turn shall be shut out from love, and on her threshold lie howling in the outer darkness.”
Now what do you suppose made me think of that? It’s Alfred Tennyson.

MRS. GREY
We’ll go to bed now. We ain’t got but two beds.

PALADIN
Well, I do have a bedroll, thank you. Henry, it’s a very pleasant evening.
Why don’t we stretch our legs a little bit before we turn in?

MRS. GREY
Henry.

PALADIN IS SLEEPING.

PALADIN
Henry, that was a very stupid thing to do.

HENRY GREY
Shh. She’s sleeping. Come on.

PALADIN
Where are you going with that gun?

PALADIN
Did you forget what you came for?

HENRY GREY
Now that I’m here, I don’t know what to do.

CALLIE
I’m sorry I didn’t do so good on your dance.

RUD SAXON
What’s the matter? You done great. Better’n I do learning your…You want ’em to play the Greek stuff?

CALLIE
Yes! I studied yours, now you study my dance. Yes?

PALADIN
She says she’s young and beautiful and can love whom she desires. And if it’s written in her fate to a foreign land, she must go. Give her love. Well, Henry…you want your woman back?

HENRY GREY
Yeah. I gotta have her back.

PALADIN
Would you like a little more of this courage before you…

HENRY GREY
No, siree. I know what that is. There ain’t no Grey ever been a drinkin’ man.

PALADIN
Well, there ain’t no Grey ever had a wife called Caliope, either.

CALLIE
Let’s all dance!

RUD SAXON
Ain’t Henry cute. Well, look at old Henry! And he’s gonna dance!

PALADIN
Henry, you don’t have to be great. You just have to let her know that you’re trying.

HENRY GREY
Well, I don’t like them laughing at me. This dancing ain’t for men. It just ain’t manly.

PALADIN
Oh? Henry.

PALADIN
With your kind permission, sir.

PALADIN DANCES WITH CALIE

HENRY GREY
Yee-hee! Yee-hoo!

MRS. GREY
You’ve made enough of a fool of yourself for one evening, Henry Grey. It’s time you came home.

HENRY GREY
If I were to make a fool out of myself, I’m gonna make a fool out of myself. Now, you get on home, Ma. Go on, before I decide to get mad.

PALADIN
Mrs. Grey? Ms. Grey, no matter what you think, your life is not over. Remember Ecclesiastes where it tells about a time to get, and a time to cast away? Go home, Mrs. Grey, and wait for your son. And if you love him, you pray that when he comes home, his woman will be with him.

HENRY GREY
Yoo-hoo!

HENRY GREY
I want you back, Callie. You hear? I want you back. We can live in town in the hotel. You can dance every night if you want to. You won’t have to work anymore.

CALLIE
What? What you say to me? You think I’m afraid of work? I can feed the pig.
I milk the cows as good as the neighbors. Better. I cook like you never ate before.

RUD SAXON
Well, if you want her from me, you’re going to have to take her.

CALLIE
Rud. Henry.

CALLIE
Henry.

PALADIN
Thank you. Well, Callie, which one do you choose?

CALLIE
Poor Rud. I feel very sad for him. He lose me.

PALADIN
It’s too bad you don’t have any sisters.

CALLIE
Oh, but I have many. I have Efrosini, Dimitria, Polixeni.

PALADIN
That settles it. I’m going back to Greece.

CALLIE
No, no, no! Don’t go to Greece. I bring them here.

PALADIN
Here. Henry. Upsy-daisy.