192-“Jonah and the Trout”

Original Airdate:  (May 26, 1962)

$20,000 in gold bullion is stolen and dropped into a lake. Paladin decides to try to retrieve it but Jonah, a fisherman, has the spot staked out. He’s after a huge trout and doesn’t want anyone getting in his way. There’s also the three thieves watching and waiting to ambush Paladin once he gets the gold.

 
How does a man get like this, Jonah?
How does a fish
become so important to him
that he keeps a fishing pole in one hand
and a shotgun in the other?

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Is that supposed to be a boat or what?

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It is a boat.

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Don’t look much like one.

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Well, an artist paints
not what he sees but what he is.

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You mean you see yourself as a boat?

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Colors nice, but, uh…

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Yes, Hey Boy?

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Why don’t you paint something
everybody knows?

PALADIN
Like what?

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Like a boat.

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I read.
“Gold Shipment Troubles.
“Crystal Lake, Oregon, July 6, 1976.
“Hope has been abandoned
“for early recovery of $20,000 in gold
bullion lying on the bottom of Crystal Lake,
“it is announced by the Baron
Insurance Company today.
“Although, the box contained the bullion
can be seen in the clear water,
“the depth of the lake make it
impossible to retrieve it.
“Bartons have sent to Baltimore for deep-sea
drivers who are en route over land.
Gold was thrown off stage coach
during a hold-up attempt two weeks ago.”

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Hmm.

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What are you looking for?

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– A card.
– Here.

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Mr. Barton,
I realize there’s nothing on that card
that particularly qualifies me
for this kind of work.

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Well, we’ve sent east for divers.

PALADIN
At considerable expense, I imagine.

BARTON
Plenty.

PALADIN
If I can do the same work
for half the price,
you’ll be satisfied, won’t you?

BARTON
I’d be delighted, but the trouble
of that is you can’t do it.

PALADIN
Can you head the divers off?

BARTON
Oh, I suppose I could.
I could telegraph Chicago
and have them stop.

PALADIN
Why don’t you do it?

BARTON
Let me tell you something, Paladin.
Every fortune hunter in the territory
has had a crack at getting that gold up
out of that lake.
What makes you think
you can do any better?

PALADIN
Mr. Barton, my partner is a genius.

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Oh? Who is he?

PALADIN
A fellow named Leonardo da Vinci.

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da Vinci? I thought he was a painter.

PALADIN
Inventor as well.
He had an idea that if a man took
a goatskin full of air down with him,
he could breathe underwater.

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Did he ever try it?

PALADIN
Not to my knowledge.

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What other fine ideas does he have?

PALADIN
Well, he had a design
for a boat that went underwater
and a machine that flew through the air.

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Mm-hmm.

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Well, I think I’ll wait for the divers.

PALADIN
You’re making a bad mistake, Mr. Barton.
I could you save you a lot of money.

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Think that fella in black’s
nosing around.

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All right.

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I’ll give you a crack at it.

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I’ll give you two days.

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All right. That’s enough.

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Now, you tell me where the gold is?

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There’s an old man that fishes
the north shore of the lake.

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Name’s Jonas Quincy.
He’ll show you where it is.

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And, Paladin,
don’t turn your back on him.

PALADIN
Oh? Why?

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He’s as big a lunatic
as that friend of yours da Vinci.

PALADIN
Your name Jonas?

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You doing any good?

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Barton at the insurance office told me
you might be able to tell me
where the gold is.

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Next one goes in my fishing hole
is gonna get a shotgun blast in the back.

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That where the gold is, in your fishing hole?

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There’s a fish in that hole is what there is.

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A fish like you or me or nobody else
in this world ever seed before.

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Now, you just take heed, Mister.
I ain’t a patient man, but I been pushed.
Ever since the day that gold
went over the side,
the folks have been swarming
around this lake,
and churning up the water
and scaring all the fish.

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Well, I have had enough, Mister.

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I’ve had enough.

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Now, if that ain’t clear,
I’ll make it clearer.

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What in blazes you up to?

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You stay away from my trout.
I’m a-warnin’ you.

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Well, I’ve heard tell
it’s an easy way to go.

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I don’t reckon that fella’s going to come up.

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What do you mean?

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He weighted hisself down with rocks
to let him sink fast.

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Took him down to the bottom.

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And then I guess it took him
to the bottom, all right.

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Ah, that does it.

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Might as well pull up stakes.

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You mean leaving the gold down there?

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Well, not me, I ain’t leaving.

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If we stick around much longer, Angel,
they’re gonna tie us in with the hold-up.

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Now you do what you want.
I’m pulling out.

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Twenty-thousand. I sure do need a drink.

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Well, let’s go have one for him.

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He was our last hope.

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It’s all right, Jonas. It’s all right.

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I saw your fish.

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You what?

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I saw your fish.

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Now you just wait a minute.

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That… That fish is dead serious with me.

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I mean, don’t you be saying
nothing ain’t true.

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Jonas, how does a man get like you?

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Are fish the most important thing
in your life?

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You got a fishing pole in one hand
and a shotgun in the other?

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How big was he?

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That’s all I want to know is…
confound it, is how big.

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Well, he’d have to go sixty
or seventy pounds.

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Sixty or seventy pounds?

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That’s right, Jonas. If you’re gonna
catch him, you better do it soon
because it’s going to be very
unhealthy for fish around here
before much longer.

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No, it ain’t.

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He come up.

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They told me you killed yourself.

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An exaggeration.

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Your box is lodged
under some big rocks.
I’m gonna have to blast it out of there.

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Blast it? Whoever heard tell
of blasting underwater?

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A man named Alfred Nobel,
about two or three years ago.
He came up with a theory
that a mixture of 7 to 10
of nitro-cotton to nitroglycerin
would form a explosive gelatin
that will detonate under water.
I’m going to the next town
to get the chemicals I need.

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You meet me at the lake at dawn.

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And I wouldn’t mention this
to anybody else.

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Come on.

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Where’d he go?

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I said where’d he go!

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We’ll dig in here.

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you reckon he’ll be back tonight, Orrie?

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Whenever he comes, I’m ready for him.

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Orrie, here he comes.

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Get ’em ready, just in case.

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Stirring up my fish again.

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Better back up, Jonas.

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And you better just keep on movin’
because you ain’t never going
near my trout again.

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Jonas, it’ll all be over soon.

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It’s over now.

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Now, when I give a pull on this wire,
that’s going to cause
some chemicals to mix down there,
and that’s going to cause an explosion
which might just about knock you down
if you don’t get back from this water.

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You’re gonna kill my trout?

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I’m only going to do today
what somebody else will do tomorrow.

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I’ll kill you first.

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And I’ll kill anybody else
comes down here, too.

PALADIN
You’d kill a man over a trout?

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You heard me. Now you just back off.

PALADIN
Put the gun down, Jonas.

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Well, maybe you can kill a man
over a trout, but I can’t.

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I’m going back into town.
I’m going to get a pick and shovel.

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Because of you, I’ve got several hours
of back-breaking work down there
to get that gold out.

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Now you stay out of my way.

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Old man, you put that shotgun on me again,
and I’ll break it in two.

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Keep going!

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Huh.

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Reckon I scared him that time.

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Fish in peace for a change.

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What in tarnation is going on here?

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Get off my property! What are you…

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Orrie!

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Get with the horses.

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All right.

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Jonas,
it might be a good idea
if you have a doctor take a look at that.

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Do you know what you done to me?

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I could fish out there the rest of my life
and never know
whether he was down there or not.

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Jonas, three men died here
in the last few minutes.

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You’re gonna talk to me about a fish?

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You’re dad-blasted right
I’m gonna talk to you about a fish.
Twelve years I been after him.
Twelve years.
I’ve made every kind of lure
and gadget known to man
to catch that fish.
My business went to pot over that fish.
My woman left me over that fish.
All I asked was to be left alone.
All I wanted in this world
was just to catch is that fish.
Now I don’t know whether he’s alive or dead.

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He’s dead, Jonas.

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If that fish was what you loved, I’m sorry.

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Loved?
I hated that fish.
I hated him so much, I’d just get the shakes
thinking about what he done to me.
I just wanted to kill him myself, was all.

PALADIN
And man must make the angels laugh.

 

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