173-“Justice in Hell”

Directed by Richard Boone, Written by Jack Laird.

WILLIAM SCHALLERT as Dallas Burchfield
ALAN CARNEY as Teague
JOHN ALDERSON as Rusty Doggett
CARMEN D’ANTONIO as Cayatana
DON BEDDOE as Salem Wagner
Larry Breitman as Bartender
Betsy Hale as Anne Marie
Sam Bagley as Townsman (uncredited)
Herman Hack as Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Kenny as Townsman (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw as Townsman (uncredited)
Mike Lally as Townsman (uncredited)
Bert Madrid as Townsman (uncredited)
William Meader as Townsman (uncredited)
Daniel Núñez as Townsman (uncredited)
Charles Perry as Townsman (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre as Townsman (uncredited)
Alex Sharp as Townsman (uncredited)
Sid Troy as Townsman (uncredited)

WILLIAM SCHALLERT also appeared in: (The Lady of the Fifth Moon, 1963) as Chee Yan, (Girl from Piccadilly, 1958) as Soldier, (The Long Night, 1957) as Clyde Broderick. Star Trek TOS (The Trouble with Tribbles) as Nilz Baris.

ALAN CARNEY also appeared in: (The Five Books of Owen Deaver, 1958) as Harry Nolan.

JOHN ALDERSON also appeared in: (Duel at Florence, 1958) as Max Clay.

DON BEDDOE  also appeared in: (The Uneasy Grave, 1961) as Marshal, (The Ledge, 1960) as Storekeeper Stebbins, (The Hanging Cross, 1957) as Tater – Foreman.

CARMEN D’ANTONIO also appeared in: (Caravan, 1963) as Satri.

It was you who spoke of altruism, Burchfield, not me.
I’m gambling my life in the name of vengeance.
What are you risking?

ANNE MARIE
Please…Mister…Paladin.

PALADIN
Wagner, I told you that I am leaving for…Denver in the morning.
No holds barred, huh?

SALEM WAGNER
Looking at Anne Marie, you can see she has a problem. Well, she wasn’t born that way.
If you and I had witnessed what my grandchild did… our memories might’ve gone into hiding, too. It was two years ago this April, they were crossing the plains with a wagon train, my son, his wife and Anne Marie. Just outside of Big Lick, Colorado, their camp was set upon. The child managed to hide in the bushes. She was the sole survivor. That raid, Mr. Paladin, was led by a white man, a red-bearded white man named Rusty Doggett.

PALADIN
Doggett?

SALEM WAGNER
Turn around, honey. Look at her back. Doggett was fancy with his knife.
It wasn’t only her mind that he left his signature on.
Well, Mr. Paladin? Is it still Denver in the morning?

EXT. ON THE TRAIL – DENVER SPRINGS – DAY

DALLAS BURCHFIELD
You interested in purchasing yonder equine, old sport?

PALADIN
I might be. Where’s the owner?

DALLAS BURCHFIELD
By a happy coincidence, you are now addressing him. Dallas Burchfield, at your service, sir.

PALADIN
Mister, don’t play with me. I left my sense of humor in San Francisco. Now where’s Doggett?

DALLAS BURCHFIELD
Old sport, let me tell you something about Cayatana here. With that same right hand, and a much duller instrument, I can assure you, she very neatly decapitated her father.
Sooner than see one hair on my head disturbed, she would gladly lay down her miserable life. If I’m to court extinction with a Judas kiss, I think it’s only equitable that I should…

PALADIN
How much?

DALLAS BURCHFIELD
The uptown express office is holding in my name a case of vintage amontillado, which thus far I’ve been unable to ransom. Oh, I think $200 would just about cover it.
Observe the saloon across the street? Upstairs, turn to your right, the last door on your left. I shouldn’t knock if I were you. Tsk-tsk-tsk. Oh, well.

INT. SALOON – DAY

PALADIN
Now if I want you for anything, I’ll send for you.

RUSTY DOGGETT
Three weeks now I’ve had the feeling something was crawling under my back trail.

PALADIN
Get away from that gun! Get on your feet! Get out of here. Go on!

BARKEEP
You’ll lose that six-gun, and I mean now!

PALADIN
This man is a wanted criminal. You hold still with that scattergun and I’ll show you the papers.

(LAUGHTER FROM CROWD)

COMMERCIAL BREAK

BARKEEP
You’re in Teague’s country.

RUSTY DOGGETT
Yeah. You’re the kind that would carry a stingy gun. So drop it, too. Now…

INT. DALLAS BURCHFIELD’S HOTEL ROOM – DAY

PALADIN
How’d I get here?

DALLAS BURCHFIELD
Believe it or not, I won you in a raffle.

PALADIN
A raffle?

DALLAS BURCHFIELD
Yes, with the understanding that if you died, I’d inherit all your effects. I’ve already stabled your horse.

PALADIN
In the meantime, Doggett will have had time to put 100 miles between him and me.

DALLAS BURCHFIELD
Relax, old sport. Doggett is still below the Deadline.
And while he remains below the Deadline, you are out of luck.

PALADIN
Deadline? You’re trying to tell me he’s still here?

DALLAS BURCHFIELD
Yes, he’s here. Here where the line between respectability and sin is tangibly drawn, so that there’s no risk of one contaminating the other. In fact, in most communities, it’s invisible. Take Burchfield, Massachusetts, for example. Named as you might surmise after a sainted antecedent of mine. There, “sinner” is a label to be gleefully applied to the resident non-conformist. I was a prep school Latin teacher. Does that surprise you?

PALADIN
Not very much.

DALLAS BURCHFIELD
Indicted for corrupting his charges and branded as a blasphemous heretic. Of course, in Burchfield, there was no Deadline behind which to take protective custody. Oh, no. In Burchfield, there was tar and feathers. A torch-lit procession to the edge of town.

PALADIN
You didn’t have to come here. Burchfield isn’t the world.

DALLAS BURCHFIELD
You better forget about Doggett, old sport. You can’t have him. He and I and all the rest are bound here through eternity.

PALADIN
You know, Burchfield, you had me feeling sorry for you for a moment. Well, you were right about one thing anyway.

DALLAS BURCHFIELD
What was that?

PALADIN
The amontillado is superior.

EXT. TOWN STREET – DAY

TEAGUE
Thought we’d got all the fun outta you we could, but looks like I’m wrong.

PALADIN
Who are you?

TEAGUE
Teague. You call me Mister.

PALADIN
You know why I’m here. I came for Rusty Doggett.

TEAGUE
He’s an outlaw entitled to asylum just like me. There are only two sides to the Deadline.

PALADIN
If I can prove to you there’s a third side, men who have forfeited their membership in the human race altogether?

DALLAS BURCHFIELD
Mr. Paladin has an orator’s gift of persuasive eloquence. I wonder…I wonder, Mr. Teague, if he’s would be willing to wager his life on it.

PALADIN
Isn’t that exactly what I’m doing?

DALLAS BURCHFIELD
Not really. I’m sure that this audacious display of courage is prompted partially by
your inner conviction that Mr. Teague here, whatever his reputation, would never shoot an unarmed man. Just isn’t good form, you know?

TEAGUE
Keep talking Burchfield. What’s your point?

DALLAS BURCHFIELD
Well, suppose you offer Mr. Paladin a choice, Teague? He can leave here now unmolested,
or he can stay and plead his case before a jury of your selection knowing that if he loses, he’ll be dangling from a gallows this time tomorrow.

TEAGUE
Burchfield. Why, Burchfield.

COMMERCIAL BREAK

TEAGUE
Bring in the accused. You understand why we’re conducting this hearing, Doggett?

RUSTY DOGGETT
Yeah. I understand that when this is over, I get to hang him.

TEAGUE
Anytime you’re ready, Mr. Prosecutor.

PALADIN
Ladies and gentlemen, this town was founded as a refuge for lawbreakers and social pariah. I am not gonna contest the morality of that situation. But I do inquire just how elastic are your standards of admission? Would you, for example, admit Judas Iscariot to this fold?

TEAGUE
Are you comparing Doggett to Judas?

PALADIN
I’m saying there are men whose crimes transcend the statute books, festering sores on the face of humanity.

DALLAS BURCHFIELD
Your Honor, as counsel for the defense, I must take exception to such remarks. Mr. Paladin is attempting to vilify the character of my distinguished client here. And at the same time, portraying himself as a man of fearless dedication, concerned only with seeing justice done. Now nothing could be further from the truth. May I present exhibit A?

PALADIN’S CARD

DALLAS BURCHFIELD
Mr. Paladin is a gun-for-hire, available to anyone capable of paying his princely fee.
In the parlance of the West, he is that lowliest of mercenaries…a bounty hunter.

PALADIN
Your Honor, for the record, I am not asking one dime for my fee.

DALLAS BURCHFIELD
Indeed. You’d have us believe that this is an act of selfless altruism?

PALADIN
Altruism, no. Vengeance.

DALLAS BURCHFIELD
Vengeance. Ha! The battle cry of the lynch mob. Judge and executioner neatly tied up in one self-righteous little package.

PALADIN
I am risking my life for vengeance. Burchfield, what are you risking?

DALLAS BURCHFIELD
I’m not on trial, old sport.

PALADIN
This whole town is on trial! The issue is not whether I have the right to take Doggett,
This issue is whether you have the right to harbor him in the first place. It’s not the defendant’s welfare counsel is concerned about. Oh, no. No, counsel doesn’t care what happens to Doggett. There isn’t one person in this room who cares what happens to Doggett. No, you’re all too much concerned with striking back at that society that you hold responsible for condemning you to this stinking garbage heap.

DALLAS BURCHFIELD
I am here by preference.

PALADIN
You are here because you belong here. The only difference between you and your client is that you have murdered no one but yourself, a piddling misdemeanor, when one considers the pitiful pathetic insignificance of the victim.

PALADIN
Vengeance, old sport. Go ahead, go ahead, it’s on the house.

PALADIN
Oh, what a wicked nuisance is the conscience, that demonic instrument of torture
forged out of the human soul.

COMMERCIAL BREAK

A soul is mankind’s most precious birthright, a talisman of divinity I’m sure that no matter how you abuse it, none of you would willingly hand it over to the Devil’s keeping. And yet, here sits a man who has done exactly that. A man. No, that’s not a man. That’s not a vegetable. That is the soulless, gutless spawn of damnation.

RUSTY DOGGETT
I’m gonna carve you for that.

TEAGUE
Back in your seat, Rusty. You’ll have your chance at him later.

PALADIN
Now if my charges have offended you, perhaps you’d like to explain to this court how you got that.

RUSTY DOGGETT
Did it in the army.

PALADIN
Oh, how in the army?

RUSTY DOGGETT
Well, you know, I just did it fighting.

PALADIN
On the battlefield?

RUSTY DOGGETT
Yes, that’s right.

PALADIN
On the battlefield, following the Battle of Antietam, the accused was court-martialed and sentenced to be shot. While he was waiting for execution, he managed to escape.
pulling himself out of the manacles, he mangled his left hand. Now would you prefer to explain the nature of the charges against you?

RUSTY DOGGETT
I don’t see why that’s got anything…

PALADIN
Private Doggett was found convicted of robbing the bodies of dead soldiers, friend and foe alike.

TEAGUE
This ain’t what brought you to Juniper Springs, is it?

PALADIN
No. I was merely trying to show you the nature of the man you’re so anxious to protect.
Two years ago, you signed on as wagon master for six families heading west.
In Colorado, you were discharged for drunkenness.

RUSTY DOGGETT
Turned out on the flats like a dead mule.

PALADIN
Two days later, you came back and attacked that train.

RUSTY DOGGETT
You can’t tie me to that. Ask the Army. They’ll tell you. It was the Nez Perce.

PALADIN
Nez Perce do not take scalps.

RUSTY DOGGETT
These did. They were renegades. They were full of firewater.

PALADIN
Renegades full of firewater, but they were not Nez Perce. They were Palouse led by you.

RUSTY DOGGETT
Prove it.

PALADIN
Moreover, it was you, not the Indians, who took the scalps.

RUSTY DOGGETT
Anybody says that’s a liar.

PALADIN
Furthermore, not content with killing men and women, he took the life of a child, a pre-adolescent girl.

RUSTY DOGGETT
There. That’s proof he’s lying. Why, everybody knows the kid escaped.

PALADIN
It’s true. The child did not die, but I didn’t mention death. I said her life was taken away.
Now it may be given back to her yet, but at present, her fragile child’s mind resides behind a Deadline far more destructive than yours.

RUSTY DOGGETT
Words, words, words. Where’s the evidence? Where’s the proof?

TEAGUE
He’s right, Paladin. You didn’t bring any proof, only secondhand accusations.

PALADIN
Proof? Proof! Use your eyes. The truth is written in his face!

TEAGUE
You can’t hang a man for being ugly. You knew the terms when you agreed to this.
Either you convinced us without a doubt or…

PALADIN
Until this moment, I had thought that within the worst of you there was a spark of human decency. I was mistaken. As of this evening, you dishonor all mankind.

TEAGUE
You finished? Well, I see no reason for the jury to go out and return with a verdict, unless counsel for defense has something to say.

DALLAS BURCHFIELD
Yes. Yes, I do wanna say something. Earlier, Mr. Paladin accused me of murdering myself. I see now that that’s true. I have a proposal to make. During the war, it was permissible
for one man to serve another’s military hitch. While I am ill-fitted for the rigors of mortal combat, I feel now that perhaps I am equal to the supreme sacrifice, as they say.
So, Your Honor, since the citizens of this fine community are bent on having a hanging,
I would like to offer myself in Mr. Paladin’s stead.

RUSTY DOGGETT
Why, you mealy-mouthed tinhorn. What are you trying to pull?

DALLAS BURCHFIELD
I’m booking my passage out of hell, Mr. Doggett. It’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live here. Not with filth like you!

TEAGUE
You’re on the wrong side of the Deadline, stranger. Get going.

DALLAS BURCHFIELD
Carry on, Cayron, old sport.

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