170-“The Kid”

Directed by Elliot Silverstein
Written by Joan Scott.

FLIP MARK as Silver Strike Moriarity
JACQUES AUBUCHON as Moriarity
Roy Engel as Rudy – Bartender
Eleanor Audley as School Teacher
Ollie O’Toole as Barber
Edmund Cobb as the Miner
Danny Borzage as Townsman (uncredited)
Frank Ellis as Poker Player (uncredited)
Bert Madrid as Barfly (uncredited)
Jimmy Noel as Townsman (uncredited)
‘Snub’ Pollard as Townsman (uncredited)
Robert Robinson as Townsman (uncredited)
Ted Smile as Townsman (uncredited)
Harry Wilson as Townsman (uncredited)

JACQUES AUBUCHON also appeared in: (The Campaign of Billy Banjo, 1960) as Billy Banjo Jones, (Incident at Borrasca Bend, 1959) as Judge Wesson.
Going to school is a child’s work, Moriarity.
You say he’ll work for me? I say he’ll go to school.
Now, get out of my way.

PALADIN
Good morning, Hey Boy.

HEY BOY
Paladin, you’ve been out all night.

PALADIN
I have.

HEY BOY
Is she pretty?

PALADIN
Beautiful. But she talked too much.

HEY BOY
That big difference between East and West. Oh, very important. Read this one first.

PALADIN
Hmm. Well, $100. “Nine more of the enclosed await you if you will come to the town of Last Gasp to protect the desperate Tom Wilson.” Last Gasp?

HEY BOY
In mountains, 40 miles from Marysville.

PALADIN
How do you know?

HEY BOY
I know many things. You go?

PALADIN
Yes. If only to get away from your confounded inscrutability.

EXT. ON THE TRAIL – DAY

SALOON GIRL
Bet your money. Come on, boys. You can’t win unless you play.

PALADIN
Brandy? Whiskey. Where do I find Thomas Wilson?

BARTENDER
In the graveyard.

PALADIN
Now, how and when did that happen?

BARTENDER
Squashed to death.

PALADIN
By man or beast?

BARTENDER
By Moriarity, though I don’t rightly know what you’d call him. He’s over there.

MORIARITY
You fixing to kill me?

PALADIN
Any reason I should?

MORIARITY
Tom Wilson told everybody he hired a gun to take care of me. But he didn’t wait. He come at me with a knife. Nobody hollered when it was over.

PALADIN
I’m not hollering now, Mr. Moriarity. Wilson offered me money to protect him.
The deal was never made. The matter is closed.

MORIARITY
So why are you hanging around? What are you waiting for?

PALADIN
Moriarity, you cost me $900
by killing Tom Wilson.
I figure the least you can do
is give me a chance to win it back.

MORIARITY
Yeah.

PALADIN
You bet.
And up.

MORIARITY
You ain’t looked at your cards.

PALADIN
That’s right.

MORIARITY
That the way the action goes where you come from, city boy?

PALADIN
That’s right, country boy.

MORIARITY
You’re frogging me.

PALADIN
Call me. Find out.

MORIARITY
I put what I got in.

PALADIN
You meet the bet or you get out.
Do you want to call this hand off?

MORIARITY
You ain’t cutting me out of what I win.

PALADIN
Meet the bet.

MORIARITY
I’ll put up my silver strike.
You can work it for a month.

PALADIN
I prefer money in its finished form.

MORIARITY
Well, it’s worth more than you bet.
Lots more.

PALADIN
You wouldn’t fool a city boy, would you?

MORIARITY
Now, why would I?

PALADIN
Well, it doesn’t matter.
I’ll take your silver strike.
I get all the proceeds for one month.
That right?

MORIARITY
It’s a deal.

PALADIN
Three queens.

MORIARITY
Two pair.

PALADIN
I thank you.
And you will let me know where
the silver strike is in the morning?

MORIARITY
I’ll show it to you tonight. Rudy.
Aw, now, Moriarity…

MORIARITY
Rudy.

PALADIN
Let me have cash for these. Thank you.

MORIARITY
This is Silver Strike Moriarity.

PALADIN
Any relation?

MORIARITY
My son. And you got him for a month. You can work him any way you want.
Or I ought to say any way you can, which ain’t likely to be much.
Now go on. Get outta here.

PALADIN
Stay where you are, son.

MORIARITY
You ain’t going through with this, are you?

PALADIN
I won him. I’ll keep him.

MORIARITY
Well, when you get to know him better, you’ll change your mind. Won’t he, son?

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
Keep your hands off me!

PALADIN
Silver, where do you work?

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
The stable.
The mine.
Shoveling, sweeping.
I work where they got dirt.

PALADIN
What if you refuse?

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
Pa clouts me.

PALADIN
What do you think of that?

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
I don’t think.
I just stay out of his way.

PALADIN
Well, if you’re going to do
a day’s work tomorrow,
I think you’d better get
a night’s sleep tonight, hmm?
How’d you get your name?

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
I was borned on the day Pa staked a mine.

PALADIN
Where’s your mother?

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
She left.
She couldn’t stand the crumb.

PALADIN
How old are you?

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
10 or 11.

PALADIN
Have you ever been to school?

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
Once when Pa wasn’t looking,
I went to see what it was like.

PALADIN
Did you like it?

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
The crumb teacher throwed me out.

PALADIN
Oh, boy. Well, Silver, what kind of work would you like?

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
In the mine. You get my earnings.
What I grab, I keep, all right?

PALADIN
Well, you could get caught.

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
Is it a deal?

PALADIN
We’ll see.

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
Wa-hoo!

PALADIN
Hey. You’re over there.

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
Hey! Hey, the mine ain’t this way.

PALADIN
We’re not going to the mine.

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
Where we going?

PALADIN
Oh, to school.

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
Oh, no.

PALADIN
Oh, yes. First, we’re going in there. A haircut, a bath, and a de-lousing.

BARBER
I’d as leave tangle with a polecat. Out.

PALADIN
Here. Take the day off. All I wants the use of the facilities.

BARBER
It’ll be extra for what’s broke.

PALADIN
Agreed.

BARBER
There’s water in the tub.

PALADIN
Thank you.

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
Look, you ain’t giving me this.
And I ain’t going to school.
And that’s a warning, crumb.

PALADIN
Which do you want first?
A haircut or a bath?

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
Let me go! Hey, let me go! Let me go! Let me go! You’re squashing me. Stop!

PALADIN
Up, up, up, up. Well, now…

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
Let me go! Let me go! Let me go!

PALADIN
This won’t hurt a bit now.

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
Ooh! Ohh! Hey! Hey, what do you think I am, a cow? Hey, stop that! Let me go! Hey, let me down! Let me down! Let me down! Let me down! Let me down! Let me down! Put me down!

PALADIN
Thank you.

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
Let me down! Let me down! Let me down! Let me go! Let me go!

PALADIN
Now, since you’re so demure, I’ll take this, and this and this and this with me while I burn the rest of your old clothes and try and get you some new ones. Meantime, you might see if you can do any good for yourself with that and that.

BARBER
Is he in the tub?

PALADIN
Sure. Took to it just like a duck takes to water.

PALADIN
Well, what do we have today?

BARTENDER
Mulligan stew.

PALADIN
Very good. We’ll have two and one beer, one milk.

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
Two beers.

PALADIN
One beer and one milk.

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
Nope.

PALADIN
Silver, you will have milk, won’t you?

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
Yeah. Milk.

BARTENDER
Milk.

MORIARITY
You aiming to send the boy to school?

PALADIN
You heard.

MORIARITY
Well, he ain’t going.
Wasn’t part of the bargain.

PALADIN
Now, wait a minute.
I’m entitled to work this boy
any way I want for 30 days.
Going to school is a child’s work.
He’ll go to school.

MORIARITY
I don’t read. My father never did.

PALADIN
And you consider that an accomplishment.

MORIARITY
He’ll think he’s better than me.

PALADIN
Why shouldn’t he think he’s better than you?
Why shouldn’t a child
have it better than his father?

MORIARITY
You should have got out of that game
when you was ahead.

PALADIN
You don’t have to be afraid, boy.
He’s not going to use that gun,
because he didn’t go to the school I did.
That’s a school that teaches you
how to kill a man
before he can get
his gun out of the holster.

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
He’ll kill you now.

PALADIN
All right, Silver. Let’s go.

MORIARITY
How’s about teaching me how to fight, city boy?

PALADIN
Well, maybe I will some day.

MORIARITY
Not without them guns, you won’t.

PALADIN
Well, it’s lucky for me,
then, that I’m armed.

MORIARITY
What’s the matter with you, gunfighter?
You still sore because you didn’t get
your money from Tom Wilson?

PALADIN
No, Moriarity, you’re sore because I might
put ideas in this boy’s head.
He might realize that he doesn’t have
to work to keep you in poker money.
Looks like you lost the kid, Moriarity.
Now you’ll have to go to work.

MORIARITY
Kid, get over to the shack,
put your work clothes on.

PALADIN
One side, Moriarity.
The boy’s going to school.

MORIARITY
Over me.

PALADIN
Silver.

FIGHT

PALADIN
Thank you.

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
You done killed him.

PALADIN
“You killed him,” not “You done killed him.” And it’s only temporary.

PALADIN
I have brought you a new student.

SCHOOL TEACHER
This is the Moriarity boy, isn’t it?

PALADIN
Yes, it is.

SCHOOL TEACHER
Well, you got him clean, I’ll say that for you.

PALADIN
It’s a step in the right direction.

SCHOOL TEACHER
Mr. Moriarity is a staunch defender of the right to be ignorant. Does he know about this?
You don’t have to worry about him, ma’am. Moriarity won’t bother the boy no longer.
Ain’t that right?

SCHOOL TEACHER
Oh?

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
You see? She don’t want me.

SCHOOL TEACHER
Do you really think you can educate him?

PALADIN
I think you can.

SCHOOL TEACHER
You’ve never tried teaching school in a place like this, have you?

PALADIN
No.

SCHOOL TEACHER
All right. I’ll do what I can.

PALADIN
Well, Silver, it’s up to you.

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
If I go in there, can I learn
to whip my dad like you did?

PALADIN
You go in there, you’ll learn an even
better way to solve your problems.

SILVER STRIKE MORIARITY
Better ways?

PALADIN
And I wish you very good luck.

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