188-“Invasion”

Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen
Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)
Herb Meadow (creator)
Peggy O’Shea (writer) (as Peggy Shaw)
Sam Rolfe (creator)
Lou Shaw (writer)

ROBERT GIST as Gavin O’Shea
LEW BROWN as Michael Mahoney
DOUGLAS LAMBERT as Danny MahoneyDANNY MAHONEY
ROY ROBERTS as Sheriff
ROBERT GIBBONS as State Department Official
VICKI BENET as French Woman
RUDY BOWMAN as Townsman (uncredited)
NOBLE ‘KID’ CHISSELL as Townsman (uncredited)
MICHAEL JEFFERS as Townsman (uncredited)
BERT MADRID as Townsman (uncredited)
MILAN SMITH as Townsman (uncredited)
SID TROY as Townsman (uncredited)

ROBERT GIBBONS also appeared in: (The Uneasy Grave, 1961) as Johnsonville Hotel Manager, (The Silver Queen, 1958) as Rimrock Hotel Desk Clerk.
No matter how noble your cause, Gavin,
I can’t let you condemn a boy to death.
So we’ll wait until one of us makes a false move.

INT. HOTEL CARLTON – DINING ROOM – EVENING

PALADIN
Now, this secret panel opening out of your chamber…Do you follow me?

FRENCH WOMAN
Oui.

PALADIN
This leads into the passageway here, down this way, and there is access to the street.
And thus, you have all of the privacy you need for your comings and goings.

FRENCH WOMAN
Oh, you are clever. Formidable. You, uh, plan a trip to the Riviera soon, Monsieur?

PALADIN
Excuse me.

STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL
Mr. Paladin. I’m sorry, Mr. Paladin. I wouldn’t if it wasn’t urgent. I’m from the State Department, and it’s top secret. You ever hear of an Irishman called Gavin O’Shea?

PALADIN
Dublin Underground? Brave man, silver tongue?

STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL
He’s in this country now, recruiting and raising money for the Fenian Brotherhood.
We want you to find him. Unofficially, Mr. Paladin, he has to be told certain facts.
The Irish situation is a political hot potato. And this being an election year, we can’t afford to mess in and lose votes. But these boys have to be stopped.

PALADIN
From what?

STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL
Invading Canada.

PALADIN
Hey, boy. Show this gentleman my rooms, please. Excuse me.

HEY BOY
This way, please.

PALADIN
It cannot be tonight.

FRENCH WOMAN
Vouloir, c’est pouvoir. (lit. “wanting is power” or “Where there’s a will, there is a way”)

PALADIN
You can believe there’s a will, and I already know the way.

EXT. ON THE TRAIL – DAY

GAVIN O’SHEA
And then I rode to the top of the mountain, and I looked down into the valley, and it was green, and I thought of home. But it was a though that God had reached out and used His green thumb
and blessed this valley.
And I knew it was from here
that we would mount our attack.
For it is the right of the Irish people
to decide the Irish destiny
It is for us to be sovereign
and indefeasible.
And it is the usurpation of that right
that has given rise to our wrath
and to enable us
to strike a blow for freedom.
For when foreign peoples and governments
will rob us of our heritage
and our noble tradition,
then will we fight
for the right of men to be free.
And, from you,
from you,
the descendents of Ireland’s children,
we ask not your lives.
We ask only that you supply us with money
and guns and ammunition
to enable us to strike a blow
for the right of men to be free.
And every dollar that you raise
will be an Irish life that may be saved.
Now, may the blessings
of the sweet spirit guide you.

CROWD
Hooray for Ireland! Yay!

M
Well, Danny?
Are you willing to go through with it?

D
I’d die for him, Michael. There ain’t nothing I wouldn’t do.

M
Come on. Come on.

GAVIN O’SHEA
Aye, I appreciate you.
Bless you, sir.
Thank you. Thank you.
Thank you very kindly.
Bless you. Thank you.
Thank you very much. I appreciate it.
Aye, I appreciate you.
Bless you, sir.
– We’ll raise the money.
– Thank you. Thank you.

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Thank you very kindly.
God bless Ireland.

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‘Tis a pleasure.

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Aye, lad?

M
– We heard you speak over in Copper City.

GAVIN O’SHEA
– Oh, yeah.

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My brother Danny and me…
we want to join up with you.

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– My name’s Mahoney.

GAVIN O’SHEA
– Oh, it’s a fine Irish name.

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– Michael Mahoney.

GAVIN O’SHEA
– How are you, Michael?

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But I’m only asking for guns and ammunition.
You’re offering me your young life.
Danny and me want to join you.
Well, it’s that way.
For all those reasons you said.
We can help. I know we can.
Wait. Will you wait?
Just stay here for a little while,
that’s all I’m asking you.

PALADIN
They say, “The spell of the tongue is the most dangerous spell of all.”
And yours is a silver one, Gavin O’Shea.

GAVIN O’SHEA
Well, it’s not the words that contain the beauty.
It’s the cause that they describe.
You’re well-spoken yourself, sir.
Who is it you’d be?

PALADIN’S CARD

PALADIN
And it’s your cause
I want to talk to you about.
In the name of it, you’re sending
youngsters like that off to their death.

GAVIN O’SHEA
Well, whether I am or not,
you’re lucky ’cause it ‘s not your affair
so it won’t be on your conscience.

PALADIN
I’m not as lucky as you think.
It is my affair.

GAVIN O’SHEA
Ah. Then you’d be
one of those undercover chaps.

PALADIN
Can we talk?

GAVIN O’SHEA
Well, there’s aught that you can say
that will change the course of history.

PALADIN
“Anything but history,
for history must be false.”

GAVIN O’SHEA
You’ll get nowhere
quoting an Englishman to me.

PALADIN
That was a tactical error.
I shan’t repeat it.

GAVIN O’SHEA
Well, come along, then. I’ll listen
to your dark secrets and dire predictions.

 

PALADIN
Now, The United States Government expects you to launch your attack
through the New York section of the St. Lawrence River sometime in June.

GAVIN O’SHEA
Oh, do they now?
Mm.

GAVIN O’SHEA
Bless you.
Oh, bless you, ma’am.

PALADIN
But judging by your present position,
I’d be much more inclined to expect you
to go through Niagara
and attempt to take Fort Erie.

GAVIN O’SHEA
Now, why would the Irish invade Canada
when it’s with England
we’re having the quarrel?

PALADIN
Because you consider that
a direct blow to British power.
You expect help
from the United States and from Canada,
and, O’Shea, it won’t happen that way.

GAVIN O’SHEA
Will you be telling me
what the United States Government
has done to stop us so far?

PALADIN
– Nothing.

GAVIN O’SHEA
And why not? Is it because the English helped out the Confederacy, and the boys in Washington aren’t too soon to forget?

PALADIN
That’s a fair assumption.

GAVIN O’SHEA
Uh-huh. Are you also aware of the competition between the political parties for the Irish vote?

PALADIN
I’m well aware.

GAVIN O’SHEA
Mm-hmm. And that on your shores, we have assembled 18,000 comrades-in-arms of the Fenian Brotherhood, most of them veterans of the recent war against the southern states?

PALADIN
I know.

GAVIN O’SHEA
Then how can you be doubting that
the Irish flag will be waving over Canada?
And until such time as the British despots
give back Ireland to the Irish,
then only will we return Canada
to the domination of the British.

PALADIN
You want to make a trade.

GAVIN O’SHEA
Aye. It’s the devil’s own bargain we’re making.

PALADIN
Well, it won’t work that way, O’Shea.
You wax as eloquent as you like,
but it will not work that way.

GAVIN O’SHEA
We cannot be stopped.

PALADIN
They’ve already stopped you. Look here.
They’ve confiscated all the arms you had
in depots here along the St. Lawrence.
They’ve arrested your leaders,
and they’re guarding the St. Lawrence
right now.
Your battle is going to have to be won
in your own country, not in mine.

GAVIN O’SHEA
As an officer in the Irish Army,
it’s for me to say where we will fight,
and it’s for the good Lord
to say where we will win.

PALADIN
Well, you can’t fight at all without guns.

GAVIN O’SHEA
I’d rather die fighting them
with my own bare hands
than go on living and not fight them at all.

PALADIN
And the boys and men under your command?
They’re going to die
because of your fanaticism?

GAVIN O’SHEA
Oh, it’s “your fanaticism” that you call it,
that my own mother and father
were flung into a cart full of corpses
and then conveyed
to the great ditch in a church yard
when the famine raged throughout the land?
And is it fanaticism that you call it
when my own brother
was arrested and hung in Tralee
– for speaking out against the enemies of the people?

PALADIN
– I am not talking against your cause.
I am talking against the ideas of
boys and men dying in a battle
that couldn’t possibly be won!

GAVIN O’SHEA
If it is for dying
that I can give courage to the living, then…

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I’m ready, sir.

PALADIN
O’Shea, send him back to his mother.
He has no cause…
only hero worship.

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There’s a line shack about two miles
outside of town on the East Road.
Danny will meet us there.
Oh, please, Mr. O’Shea.
I have volunteers waiting to hear you speak.
And they have money… all the money
you need. Only you have to get out of here.

GAVIN O’SHEA
Before I come, Michael,
I want you to know that we’ve got
one chance in a million of winning.

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That doesn’t matter now.
We have to get going.

GAVIN O’SHEA
And you’ll probably lose your young life
in the bargain.

MICHAEL MAHONEY
Please, Mr. O’Shea, let’s go.

GAVIN O’SHEA
All right. Ride on. I’ll follow you.
God save Ireland.
Oh, boy.
Don’t make me do it.
I got to stop him.
Stay back!
Hey, whoa. That’s just a boy.
Him and his brother robbed the bank, mister. On your feet, kid.
What’ll they do to me?
Depends on whether or not you got the money.
Well, then the chances are you will hang.
Hurry it up, will you? I gotta lock him up so I can go after the other one.

PALADIN
Sheriff, I’ve got to stop this bleeding.
Can’t your deputy lock him up?

S
My deputies are busy.
Look, that’s good enough, ain’t it?
I don’t catch the one with the money,
he ain’t gonna live anyhow.

PALADIN
Oh, whatever happened to justice
in this town, Sheriff?

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Don’t you say anything
about justice to me, mister.
This is the third holdup this year.
The town is ugly, I’m telling you true.
Even good folk get mean
when their life savings have been took.
I’ll be lucky if they don’t string me up.

PALADIN
I’ll get your money, Sheriff.

S
You sound like you know where they went.
If you do, you better tell me.

PALADIN
I’ll get your money, Sheriff, and I’ll go alone.
Not if it means you’re going to hurt Mr. O’Shea or Michael.
I’d rather die first.

PALADIN
You may get that chance. Any one of us may get that chance before this day is over.

MICHAEL MAHONEY
Somebody’s coming. Danny? Is that you, Danny?

PALADIN
Paladin. I’m alone.

MICHAEL MAHONEY
Where’s my brother, mister? Tell me. What happened to Danny?

PALADIN
What do you think happened to him when you left him in there alone?

MICHAEL MAHONEY
I didn’t leave him.
He knew where we were headed.
I told him we’d wait for him.
What happened?
Mister, is he dead?

PALADIN
He’s all right if they get their money back,
They don’t get their money back,
they hang him.

MICHAEL MAHONEY
I’m sorry, sir.

GAVIN O’SHEA
Can you be forgetting that
the money would buy guns and ammunition
to save the lives of Irishmen?

MICHAEL MAHONEY
Well, that’s why Danny and me did it. We tried. We wanted it to work.

GAVIN O’SHEA
It did work, Michael.

MICHAEL MAHONEY
I don’t understand you, sir. I mean, with them having Danny and all, why…

GAVIN O’SHEA
In the life of every man,
there comes a supreme moment
when his soul stands stripped naked,
and with a single gesture,
he is revealed to himself.
Now do you understand me, Michael?

PALADIN
The Spanish call it “the moment of truth.”

GAVIN O’SHEA
And this is my moment, Paladin.
It is the moment I must decide
if the life of a beautiful, quixotic boy
shall stand in the path
of everything that I was born to do.

PALADIN
O’Shea, it’s not your decision to make.

GAVIN O’SHEA
In my darkest hour, you brought this bag to me filled with money
that would save the lives and give freedom to thousands.
Now, for the life of one lad, you’d have me hand it back.

MICHAEL MAHONEY
Oh, soon as I get Danny out, we’ll ride to Niagara and meet you. We’ll fight alongside you, sir. We’ll die for you glad.

GAVIN O’SHEA
No. You wanted to be joining a cause, Michael, without even knowing what the cause was about. You heard my voice, but you never heard my words. Goodbye, lad.

MICHAEL MAHONEY
He’s a saint.
Oh?

MICHAEL MAHONEY
You know, he gave me a bad turn there for a minute. I thought he wasn’t gonna part with the money. Did you ever have one of them there “moments of truth”?

PALADIN
Look in the bags.

MICHAEL MAHONEY
Oh, Danny! Danny, what’ve I done? What are you going to do?

PALADIN
Just stay back in there.

MICHAEL MAHONEY
I’d sooner come along. I can handle myself.

PALADIN
Aw.

MICHAEL MAHONEY
Oh, look, if he’s trapped, he’ll give up. He ain’t crazy. He ain’t out to hurt anybody.

PALADIN
Michael, I am no longer interested in watching you swing from one sentimental extreme to another. Now stay there!

PALADIN
All right, O’Shea, that’s far enough.
Now, there’s no reason for bloodshed between the two us. You give us the money that will stop the hanging of Danny Mahoney, and you can go your own way.

GAVIN O’SHEA
Sorry I am for the boy, Paladin.
But one boy’s life is not to be bargained for many lives.

PALADIN
The men in your army risk their lives
as a matter of free will.
That’s not the case with Danny.

GAVIN O’SHEA
It’s a war that we’re in, Paladin.
And I’m not responsible of the innocents
standing in the way of our victory.

PALADIN
It’s an unfair war that’s being waged
in a land with which you have no quarrel.
How many innocent Canadians are
going to be killed defending their own homes?

GAVIN O’SHEA
Well, then, let them not resist us.
Let them instead
see the justice of our cause,
and we’ll light the way
for them to free their own children
from the domination of the British.
And although me own heart may break
with each life that’s extinguished,
it’s to me own that I owe my loyalty.
Too long has my country waited.

PALADIN
I used the word “fanatic” before,
and I’ll use it again, O’Shea.
You’ve lost reality.
You can’t win.
Canada will fight,
and The United States will intercede,
and that’s reality!

GAVIN O’SHEA
My reality is the Irish Free State,
and there is no other.

PALADIN
We’ll wait, then, Gavin.
I will not let you condemn a boy to death.

MICHAEL MAHONEY
Why can’t he listen?
Why can’t he do what’s right?
Why does he have to kill my brother?

PALADIN
Because he’s come to
that point in a man’s life
where the world is no longer his
to do with as he pleases.
I suppose it comes to all men
sooner or later, Michael.
He just wants to see his dreams realized
during his own lifetime.

MICHAEL MAHONEY
Give me the money.
Please give me the money.
Oh, I ain’t gonna shoot you. I just want to…
I just want to get Danny off,
and I want you to go on
and do what you have to do.
We believed in you, Mr. O’Shea…
Ma and Danny and me.
There’s ballads on you.
My pa used to know them in the old country,
and he used to sing them to us
when we were just little kids.Give me the money, Mr. O’Shea.
It weren’t mine to take.
I don’t want you killed
anymore than I want Danny to die.

GAVIN O’SHEA
All right, Paladin.
Drop your arms,
or this boy’s death will be
on your conscience as well as it is mine.
The word “fanatic” came from your lips,
and there was no denial from mine.
All right. And I will take both the horses.
And you’ll have to take me word of honor
that as soon as I get to my destination,
I’ll return Michael to you.
Now…
Your gun, please, Mr. Paladin.

GAVIN O’SHEA
Éire go Brach.

MICHAEL MAHONEY
What did he say?

PALADIN
He said, “Ireland forever.”

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