172-“Lazarus”

Directed by Albert Ruben, Written by Jack Laird.

STROTHER MARTIN as Boise Peabody
DABS GREER as Doc Halop
CHRIS ALCAIDE as Big Fontana
L.Q. JONES as Little Fontana
GAYLORD CAVALLARO as Hardy Potter
GERALD GORDON as Sensible Oglethorpe
CHUCK COUCH as Barkeep
TRACY OLSEN as Eugenia Kirkland
LARUE FARLOW as Phyllis Ainsworth
BILL BORZAGE as Townsman (uncredited) *also appeared in Star Trek TOS (The City on the Edge of Forever, 1967) the Drunk (uncredited).

DANNY BORZAGE as Townsman (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg as Townsman (uncredited)
Noble ‘Kid’ Chissell as Townsman (uncredited)
Herman Hack as Townsman (uncredited)
Lars Hensen as Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Kenny as Townsman (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw as Townsman (uncredited)
Bert Madrid as Townsman (uncredited)
Hans Moebus as Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Robert Robinson as Townsman (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo as Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Jack Tornek as Townsman (uncredited)
Chalky Williams as Townsman (uncredited)

STROTHER MARTIN also appeared in: (One Came Back, 1959) as Carew,
(High Wire, 1957) as Dooley Delaware, (A Matter of Ethics, 1957) as Fred Coombs.

CHRIS ALCAIDE also appeared in: (The Eve of St. Elmo, 1963) as Brock March,
(The Bostonian, 1958) as Bill Whitney, (The High Graders, 1958) as Morgan.

L.Q. JONES also appeared in: (Debutante, 1963) as Hector Mackenby

(The Waiting Room, 1962) as Cowboy.
GERALD GORDON also appeared in: (Blind Circle, 1961) as Hughes – Cattlemen’s Assn.
CHUCK COUCH also appeared in: (Memories of Monica, 1962) as Webb, (Bandit, 1962) as Earl, (Alice, 1962) as Kincaid, (Dream Girl, 1962) as Saddlemaker, (The Piano, 1961) as Riggs, (The Princess and the Gunfighter, 1961) as Montenegro Minister (uncredited)

LARUE FARLOW also appeared in: (Bearbait, 1961) … Hotel Guest (uncredited),
(The Siege, 1961) … Hotel Guest (uncredited), (Fandango, 1961) … Woman in Lobby (uncredited).

DANNY BORZAGE also appeared in: arfly / Townsman / Spectator Watching Game

Be Not Forgetful of Strangers (1962) … Barfly (uncredited)
Shootout at Hogtooth (1962) … Townsman (uncredited)
Don’t Shoot the Piano Player (1962) … Barfly (uncredited)
Lazarus (1962) … Townsman (uncredited)
The Kid (1961) … Townsman (uncredited)
Odds for Big Red (1961) … Barfly (uncredited)
A Quiet Night in Town: Part 1 (1961) … Barfly (uncredited)
Out at the Old Ball Park (1960) … Spectator Watching Game (uncredited)

If you want me to be responsible for you
just because I saved your life,
well, I don’t wonder you’re still alive, Boise.
You’ve got too much brass to die.

EUGENIA KIRKLAND
I say…Would you please notify Mr. Paladin that Miss Kirkland is in the lobby?

HEY BOY
Mr. Pal…He’s out just now. Gone to Los Angeles or maybe Denver.

EUGENIA KIRKLAND
Well, I could wait.

HEY BOY
I think maybe he’s in Chicago or Detroit.

EUGENIA KIRKLAND

I just don’t know.

HEY BOY

I will tell him you called.

AINSWORTH
Mr. Paladin’s expecting me. You may tell him Miss Ainsworth’s arrived.

HEY BOY
You go?

PALADIN
Hey Boy, I go to Detroit, Chicago, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Calcutta and possibly Bangkok and you, young gentleman, someday you, too, may be in trouble.

EXT. ON THE TRAIL – DAY

Which way’d he go, mister?

PALADIN
Which way did who go?
Boise Peabody. I never knew a critter could move so fast without the aid of buckshot.

PALADIN
What’s he done, this Boise Peabody?
Ain’t what he’s done, mister. It’s what he ain’t done.
Yeah, you see this? Big Fontana won ’em off a drummer passing through.
Fetch Boise, says he, and we’s gonna have ourselves some entertainment.

PALADIN
Well, you mean to have Boise Peabody wear those?
Sonny, some of the men back in our camp ain’t looked on a woman since the boom,
if you catch my meaning.

PALADIN
That’s kind of cruel sport, for Boise Peabody, isn’t it?
Hey, that ain’t Philadelphia up ahead. Fetch Boise, says Big Fontana. And when Big Fontana says jump, you better not be caught with your feet on the ground.

PALADIN
He wouldn’t be wearing a checkered shirt, would he?
That’s Boise. You seen him, did you?

PALADIN
Yeah. About a quarter of a mile back down the road.
Much obliged, Sonny. Come on, let’s go. Get on the scent, boy.

PALADIN
All right, you can come out now.

BOISE PEABODY
Ain’t that the dumbest pair you ever did see? I swear, they couldn’t find a snowflake in a blizzard.

PALADIN
You sick?

BOISE PEABODY
I am feeling poorly, for a fact.

PALADIN
Can you get back to your place all right?

BOISE PEABODY
My shack ain’t but a few steps.

PALADIN
When I get into town, I’ll have the doctor look you up.

BOISE PEABODY
If it’s not too much trouble.

PALADIN
No trouble at all.

INT. IN TOWN SALOON – DAY

PALADIN
Dr. Halop?

DOC HALOP
That’s right.

PALADIN
Boise Peabody’s sick. He’d like you to look in on him.

DOC HALOP
Well, I’m not surprised. Boise ain’t been right since he fell through the ice whilst under the influence last spring. I’d best hustle over there. Much obliged.

PALADIN
Beef stew. How is the beef stew?

BARKEEP
Well, that depends. How hungry are you?

PALADIN
I see what you mean.

BARKEEP
Well, you’re new here, ain’t you?

PALADIN
Just passing through on my way to Sacramento.

BARKEEP
Not today you ain’t.

PALADIN
No?

BARKEEP
You’re gonna spend the night here.

PALADIN
Why?

BARKEEP
You can’t ford that creek, swollen up like she is. Before you was halfway across, you’d be swept clear to Rio Vista.

PALADIN
Well, in that case, I’d better have some of your beef stew.

BARKEEP
Yes, sir.

INT. BOISE PEABODY’S SHACK – DAY

BOISE PEABODY
I’m parched, Doc. It’s like every drop of water had been squeezed out. I swear I can feel my bones melting. If somebody would just nail down the room. It keeps a-bobbing.

DOC HALOP
Breathe deep.

BOISE PEABODY
Well, Doc?

DOC HALOP
Boise, you know, medicine’s still an infant science. There’s so many things we don’t even have a label for yet, let alone find a cure for.

BOISE PEABODY
Don’t tip-toe with me, Doc.

DOC HALOP
Look at it this way, son. At least it’s dying with a bed under you.

BOISE PEABODY
Dying?

DOC HALOP
With mortality statistics the way they are in most mining camps, do you realize what the odds are against you getting a break like that?

BOISE PEABODY
Doc, ain’t there nothing you can do? Nothing at all? To come so sudden like, with no warning.

DOC HALOP
Well, that’s the way it goes sometimes. A man’s walking around, full of vinegar, and next thing he knows, they’re shoveling dirt in his face.

BOISE PEABODY
Dirt?

DOC HALOP
Dirt.

BOISE PEABODY
When I was a sprig, how I was gonna set the world on fire.
Now look at me.
I ain’t even struck the first match yet.

DOC HALOP
It’s a handsome pair of boots. Just seems a downright pity to leave ’em here for just anybody to make off with.

BOISE PEABODY
Help yourself, Doc.

DOC HALOP
Thank you kindly. How about the mack?

BOISE PEABODY
If I’d just done one thing. Made a mark of some kind. This way, it’s like I’d passed through life and didn’t even leave a footprint. Who’s to know I’m even gone?

DOC HALOP
Well, it’s too late now. That’s water under the bridge.

BOISE PEABODY
There’s the inscription for my tombstone…”Too Late.”

DOC HALOP
I’d stay with you, son, only I’ve got things to do.

BOISE PEABODY
I understand.

DOC HALOP
There ain’t nothing to it. You just lie back and close your eyes. Come morning, it’ll all be over.

BOISE PEABODY
Too late. Too late. Why does it have to be too late?

INT. TOWN SALOON – DAY

PALADIN
Excuse me. Bartender, I better something to wash away the taste of that dinner. What do you have that won’t kill a man outright?

BARKEEP
I got one brand, mister. I wouldn’t recommend to nobody who ain’t immune to snakebite.

BIG FONTANA
Not so fast, shorty. Ain’t anybody told you the rules? Before a pilgrim buys hisself that first drink, he’s gotta play the game. Right, boys?

TOWSMEN
That’s right.

PALADIN
The game?

BIG FONTANA
You gotta challenge the local champ to a drinking bout. It’s quart of red-eye apiece. First one that breaks off guzzling has to treat for the whole crowd.

PALADIN
I think it might be a little bit easier on my constitution if I bypassed the contest and just bought a round of drinks.

BIG FONTANA
No, that’d be breaking the rules, and it might put a doubt in some folks’ mind as to who is the real champion. I don’t wanna hold my crown by default.

PALADIN
You are the incumbent champion?

BIG FONTANA
Mister, I’m Big Fontana That makes me champ of everything. Leroy, couple of jugs. Any time you’re ready, shorty.

TOWNSMAN
The winner and still champion!

TOWNSMAN
What are ya waiting for? The loser’s buying, ain’t he?

PALADIN
Hey! That’s water. I drank whiskey. He drank the chaser! Here! Champion?
You’re not a champion. You’re a four-flushing fraud, Fontana.

BIG FONTANA
I said I was champ of everything. There’s another game I like to play, shorty. The loser gets to ride through town in a pine box. Now there’s $50. You match it, shorty.
That way who comes in second best, his funeral’s paid for in advance.

BOISE PEABODY
Don’t do it, mister. He’ll gun you with your hand in your pocket.

BIG FONTANA
I surely hope you got your burial money saved up, Boise.

BOISE PEABODY
I didn’t come here for to die, Fontana. I come here to watch you die.

BIG FONTANA
I’m thinking some deck’s shy a joker.

PALADIN
Boise, do you know what you’re doing?

BOISE PEABODY
Stick around and see.

BIG FONTANA
Do like the little fella says, shorty. You just wait your turn. I tell you what, Boise. Since you’re so all fired anxious to kiss the sawdust, you draw first.

BIG FONTANA
I don’t get it. His eyes. He wasn’t even scared.

TOWNSMAN
Hey, I think I oughta tell ya, Boise. You just bought yourself a part interest in an earthquake. That’s only half the Fontana clan lying there. You wait’ll you meet the little brother.

BOISE PEABODY

Should he come looking, he won’t have any trouble locating me. Little Fontana won’t have any trouble finding me on account of by the time he gets here, I’ll be sleeping off the eternities on Boot Hill. The doc gave me till morning, mister, and that’s stretching the blanket some.

PALADIN
And that accounts for the foolishness here.

BOISE PEABODY
Tell you something, mister. There ain’t but a little bit of difference between being dead and being foolish. I been dead all of my life. Tonight, with one little bit of foolishness, I come alive for the first time. I seem to be coming all unpasted.

PALADIN
I’ll get you home. Come on.

BOISE PEABODY
My whole life, I’ve played the cards so close to my vest, I developed eyestrain trying to make ’em out. A careful man, I called myself. But careful’s just a friendly name for chicken. I guess there’s a time in every fella’s life when him and fear finally part company. That’s when death steps in between ’em.

PALADIN
Well, fear can’t follow a man to the grave. That’s a cinch.

BOISE PEABODY

You’ve been so accommodating already, I hate to ask you something.

PALADIN
What?

BOISE PEABODY

Well, they say that dying’s the one thing a fella has to do all on his own. Still, that don’t signify he shouldn’t have some company far as the gates. So if you wouldn’t mind sitting with me for a spell. It’s cheaper than the lodgings

PALADIN
Sure. Sure.

BOISE PEABODY
Oh, no!

PALADIN
Well, good morning.

BOISE PEABODY
Good? What’s good about it? I’m alive.

PALADIN
So I see.

BOISE PEABODY
But I’m supposed to be dead. Doc Halop promised me. Not only ain’t I dead, but I never felt better in my life. What am I gonna do?

PALADIN
Change doctors.

BOISE PEABODY
You gotta help me, Mr. Paladin. Otherwise, I’m a dead man sure.

PALADIN
No deader than you were last night. That was last night.

BOISE PEABODY
I was resigned to it. This is different.

PALADIN
I see. And the difference would be Little Fontana?
That’s right. He’ll come gunning for me, and I ain’t got a chance.

PALADIN
You did pretty well against his brother.

BOISE PEABODY
That’s because I didn’t need a chance. I was dead anyway. But now I’m alive, and alive,
I’m an orthodox coward. Look…you’re an expert in this field. If I was to hire you to stand up for me.

PALADIN
Boise, when you gunned down Big Fontana, you killed the incumbent champion. That makes you the new champion. You gotta defend that crown against all comers whether you want to or not. I am not gonna stay here and protect you from all challengers.

BOISE PEABODY
Can’t I resign my championship?

PALADIN
That’s crown will not come off without a bullet.

BOISE PEABODY
Then I’m running.

PALADIN
Boise, no matter how far you run, that legend will catch up with you sooner or later.
And that’s a sober fact I’ve learned to live with for a long time.

BOISE PEABODY
You’ve gotta think of something. You owe me that much. For saving your life.

PALADIN
Well, I don’t wonder that you’re still alive. You’ve got too much brass to die.

INT. BOISE PEABODY’S SHACK – DAY

DOC HALOP
Passed away in his sleep, huh? Well, I knew it. I never made a wrong diagnosis in my life.

PALADIN
That so, Doctor?

DOC HALOP
Heard about what happened last night. A downright pity losing Boise just when he had such a promising future.

PALADIN
Tell me something, Doctor. Where did you study medicine?

DOC HALOP
Well, l…Well…Study medicine? Well, I didn’t exactly. You know, l…

PALADIN
That’s what I thought. Mr. Halop.

EXT. GRAVESITE – DAY

PALADIN
Some men are born great. Some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. I don’t believe any man here can really say in which category the deceased belonged. One thing is clear. The world has lost a brave, a valiant heart. An humble man, a man of small pretensions, Boise Peabody’s last dying wish was…

LITTLE FONTANA
Boise Peabody? I come to see my brother buried, not the little snake that killed him.
Fill it up.

PALADIN
Wait a minute.

PALADIN
After the ceremony, all right?

LITTLE FONTANA
Fill it up.

BOISE PEABODY
Stop! Stop, stop! The proudest moment of my life. The whole mining camp turned out to pay their last respects. You ain’t gonna spoil it for me.

DOC
Boise, ain’t you dead?

LITTLE FONTANA
He is now.

PALADIN
Boise Peabody killed your brother in a fair fight.

LITTLE FONTANA
Uh-huh, and now I’m gonna kill him.

PALADIN
He’s not armed.

LITTLE FONTANA
That’s a mistake that you ain’t likely to make again now, are you, Boise?

PALADIN
Fontana, I won’t stand here and watch you murder him.

LITTLE FONTANA
Just do whatever you like.

PALADIN
Now then.

LITTLE FONTANA
I, uh…

BOISE PEABODY
Well, no man ever died more convenient to a grave. You’re sure that we’re doing the right thing?

PALADIN
I think it’s best. Best for you.

BOISE PEABODY
I guess so.