190-“Bandit”

Original Airdate:  (May 12, 1962)

A daring young female outlaw has topped off her exploits by holding up the Elko stage, killing the driver, and escaping with over fifty thousand dollars. The reward for her capture has been increased to five thousand, and a number of bounty hunters are on her trail. Paladin naturally beats them all to the punch. However, he now has to contend with pursuing bounty hunters as well as the girl’s growing interest in him.

Directed by  Richard Boone
Written by Albert Ruben. Story by Joan Scott.

NATALIE NORWICK as Sandy
Robert Adler as Sheriff
Jerry Gatlin as 1st Deputy
Hal Needham as 2nd Deputy
Chuck Couch as Earl
Bob Woodward as Floyd
Herschel Graham as Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Paul Power as Hotel Guest (uncredited)

NATALIE NORWICK also appeared in: (Squatter’s Rights, 1961) as Sarah Clemenceau, (Soledad Crossing, 1961) as Jody Strickland, (The Puppeteer, 1960) as Maryanne Croft, (Ambush, 1960) as Sarah, (The Monster of Moon Ridge, 1959) as Emily Bella, (A Snare for Murder, 1958) as Amy Martin.

You could say you love me, Sandy, and I might believe it, and someday, when my back made an inviting target, you might forget it.

HEY BOY

Hunting lady bandit will be soon number one diversion for those sports enthusiasts.

PALADIN
Hey Boy, if this girl is captured, it will not be by sports and dilettantes.
it will be by professional bounty hunters.

HEY BOY
Did you hear she killed the driver?

PALADIN
It says that here. “Reward increased to $5,000. The daring girl has been involved in at least three robberies in as many weeks held up the Elko Stage yesterday, shot and killed the driver, and made of with a payroll worth over $50,000.”

HEY BOY
Very un-ladylike behavior.

PALADIN
More like an animal, I’d say. How does a woman become so brutalized?

HEY BOY
There’s only one way to find out.

PALADIN
Hey Boy, pack the gear. I have a number of appointments to break.

EXT. ON THE TRAIL – DAY

SANDY
What are you gonna do to me? You gonna kill me?

PALADIN
Let me have the gun belt. Come on! Where’s your horse?

SANDY
I’m afoot.

PALADIN
Get down! Get down! All right. Come on. Put ’em on. Ah! Now I am gonna tell you just one more time! Put ’em on!

SANDY
How come you don’t shoot me?

PALADIN
For one thing, the stage company wants it’s money back. And for another, there’s more reward for you alive than dead. Now put those things on.

SANDY
That didn’t stop that headhunter who shot my horse out from under me.
He was so all-eager of fire to kill me, he didn’t set long enough to draw a bead.

PALADIN
Well, he was probably worried about your reputation to not take a chance.

SANDY
And you ain’t worried?

PALADIN
Let’s just say I’d rather go for broke. Now my horse has hobbled up this canyon. Let’s go. Come on!

SANDY
Are you gonna keep me chained all night?

PALADIN
You’re not about to get into any trouble, are you?

SANDY
Who, me?

PALADIN
I’d hate to forget you’re a lady.

SANDY
Don’t do me no favors.

PALADIN
Hey! Hey! The reward on you has fired the ambition of every bounty hunter in the territory. Now just how many of them did you plan to invite with that fire?

THEY FIGHT

PALADIN
The other one, get it up here!

INT.

PALADIN
Good morning. I trust you slept well. The horse is all saddled up. Suppose you fix us some breakfast.

SANDY
Get it yourself. I’m not your dog-robber. What makes men think that women were born to wait on them?

PALADIN
Probably the same thing that makes a woman think she can get by with anything just because she’s a women. I’d have killed a man who tried what you did last night.
How did you kill that stage driver?

SANDY
I guess he figured I’d faint or something before I pulled the trigger.

PALADIN
Many men make that mistake?

SANDY
No. First time. I reckon you’ve killed a time or two.

PALADIN
Well, I reckon you don’t know anything about me.

SANDY
I suppose you ain’t one of those headhunters like all the rest of them out there.

PALADIN’S CARD

SANDY
Hired gun. Who sent you to come after me? Was it the stage company?

PALADIN
You’ve got a long, hard day ahead of you. You better take something.

PALADIN
You witch! I ought to break your face!

SANDY
Why don’t you?

PALADIN
Now you better get back on that horse!

SANDY
I’m tired!

PALADIN
So am I!

SANDY
I wanna rest!

PALADIN
Not here you don’t rest. There’s an abandoned stage depot not too far from here.
We’ll stop there. I’ll get the horse. We gotta start up that hill. You come, and you come fast, you hear me? Fast! Hyah! Come on, wake up! Come on! Off you go.

PALADIN
Well, for sure it looks like it’ll be the floor tonight.

SANDY
It won’t be the first time.

PALADIN
Well, I don’t think our eager friends will look for us here.

SANDY
You’re gonna be a big hero bringing me in alive and all. What are you gonna do with all that reward money, huh? Marry one of them fine San Francisco ladies?

PALADIN
Well, you can be sure that I’ll give the matter my strictest attention.

SANDY
That’s what your kind go for, ain’t it?

PALADIN
My kind?

SANDY
A woman who’ll bat her eyelids at you and make you feel big and strong.

PALADIN
Certainly. A man likes to have a woman who will help him have a good opinion of himself.

SANDY
I ain’t met the man yet who needs help with that.

PALADIN
Well, you don’t think much of men, do you?

SANDY
They ain’t never give me no reason to. When I was a kid, all I ever got from my brothers was whippin’s. Then when I got my growth, well, one day I decided I’d had my bellyful of being a woman.

PALADIN
Well, that’s not an easy decision to do a whole lot about.

SANDY
Who told you that? It’s just as easy as strapping on a gun. You give a woman a gun and she’s the equal of any man. No, you couldn’t get me to stand still for that eyelid-batting life. All that paint gumming you up and those whale bones sticking you in the wrong places. No, that ain’t for me.

PALADIN
You couldn’t make the grade.

SANDY
You’re real tough, ain’t you? I’d like to see how much man you are without a woman to push around.

PALADIN
Woman? You? You’re not a woman, you’re a freak.

SANDY
I’ve been called names before. Why, I been cussed up and down by the best of ’em.

PALADIN
All right. All right, there is cruelty in men. But there are other things. There is kindness, tenderness, and there’s respect. Did it ever occur to you a man might treat you like a woman if you’d act like one? It’s a cold one. You probably will need this.

SANDY
Hey!

PALADIN
What?

SANDY
How?

PALADIN
How what?

SANDY
How do you act like a woman?

EARL (BOUNTY HUNTER)
Don’t neither of you move. Just ease your iron out, mister. Put it right over there.
Yeah. That’s her all right. $5,000 worth.

PALADIN
Oh, wait a minute. You want the girl?

EARL (BOUNTY HUNTER)
That’s right. You ain’t in trouble, so you just take it real easy.

PALADIN
You’re welcome to her.

EARL (BOUNTY HUNTER)
Get her up, Floyd. Gimme that key.

SANDY
You’re wounded.

PALADIN
Well, it could be a whole lot worse.

SANDY
I’m all right.

PALADIN
You’ll never make the door.

SANDY
What have I got to lose? Might be I’d take you. You just got that stingy thing.
I reckon the odds ain’t too great.

PALADIN
You’re gonna kill me, and I’m sure gonna hit you. You’ll be wounded and alone. Bounty men, posse, they’ll pick you up.

SANDY
Stay there. I left a trail for them. That’s how come they found me.

PALADIN
Oh?

SANDY
I figured if you and them tangled, I’d have a chance to get away.

SANDY
And, uh…Listen, you and I, we could make it together, I know it! I never knew. I never wanted. How about it? We’ll go away together. We’ll go away where nobody knows us,
Mexico maybe. With you to help me, I know I could make it, I know it!
I’ll be good to you! I’ll never bother you! Just a soft word like you said.

PALADIN
And what would we do then?

SANDY
I know a place outside of Sonora that’s like a green carpet. This grass is green and stuff like that. It’s warm there. The sun shinning on the sea. The nights are soft. They could send a whole army of people and they wouldn’t find a hair of us. Is it the money you want? I’ve got plenty of money. The bounty they’re offering’s not as high to what I took off the stage. You can have all of it. It’s near $90,000. I know I’m just the start on being a woman. But if you wait for me, I can learn!

PALADIN
That’s how.
It ain’t so bad.

SHERIFF
Hello in the house.

PALADIN
Who is it?

SHERIFF
The sheriff. We heard shots. I’m coming in.

PALADIN
I’ll kill anybody that makes a move at this place until I can see them!

SHERIFF
That won’t be before morning.

PALADIN
That’s right!

PALADIN
Sheriff! You can come on in.

SHERIFF
Who were they?

PALADIN
Bounty hunters.

SHERIFF
Tried to cut in on you, huh? This the one we’re after?

PALADIN
That’s the one.

SHERIFF
All right, lace her up, boys.

SANDY
Hey.
Yeah?
I’ll bet she ties up into a real pretty little package.
You think she’s pretty now, wait until you see her at the end of rope.

PALADIN
Now, Sheriff, you just tell them to get the job done.

SHERIFF
Get her on a horse.

SANDY
What if I say that…that I love you?

PALADIN
I might believe it. And some night when my back made a convenient target, you might forget it.

SHERIFF
Now ain’t that just like a woman?

PALADIN
Yeah. Just like a woman.

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