198-“Beau Geste”

“Beau Geste”

Original Airdate:  (October 13, 1962)

A sheriff who’s about to retire refuses Paladin’s help against a group of gunmen.

Directed by Fred Jackman Jr., Written by Harold Jack Bloom.

Paul Richards as Sheriff John Dobbs
Faith Domergue as Ria
Raymond Guth as Turkey Tate
Henry Beckman as Les Horgan
John Hale as Jake Condos
Brad Logan as Barney
Norman Pabst as Willie
John Barton as Barfly (uncredited)
Nick Borgani as Barfly (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers as Barfly (uncredited)
Cap Somers as Barfly (uncredited)

EXT. TOWN – DAY

PALADIN
Tell me where I’d find Sheriff Dobbs this time of day.

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He ain’t around here; that’s all I can tell you.

PALADIN
You trying to tell me something more?

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You ain’t the only one coming to town asking after the sheriff.

PALADIN
Those be some of the other?

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Two of ’em.

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Another rode into town a while ago.

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I expect there’ll be more before 9:00 tomorrow morning.

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That’s when the sheriff turns in his badge.

PALADIN
Will you see
my horse is cared for?
What time do you want him?

PALADIN
Be shortly after 9:00 tomorrow.

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You looking for someone?

PALADIN
Probably the same man you are.

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You must mean Dobbs, yeah?

PALADIN
That could be.

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Well, then.

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No need to pussyfoot
with us, friend.
I’m Les Horgan,
my friend here’s Turkey Tate.

PALADIN
Paladin.
What’s all this shooting about?

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Oh, we’re just
passing the time.
Them two colts want
to get to their mamas.
Now, the first man that cuts
his rope wins a dollar.
If we both cut a rope,
the first colt that gets
to his mama is the winner.

PALADIN
And if you hit a colt?

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You lose.

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What you got to settle with Dobbs?

PALADIN
Nothing personal;
I never met the man.

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You might have to wait in line.

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Jake Condos rolled
into town this morning.

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Dobbs killed his two brothers
a year ago,
when he was trying
to rob the Express office.
He’s faster than a snake,
that Condos.

PALADIN
Well, I have heard that a man
couldn’t be faster than Dobbs.

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Oh, once maybe. Nobody’s tried him in more than a year now. He sure ain’t gonna be fast enough with Condos and me and Turkey, and, uh, maybe you, all coming at him at the same time.

PALADIN
Well, now, I just don’t believe I’m gonna let it happen that way.

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What do you mean?

PALADIN
I’ve been hired to deal with Dobbs. Somebody else gets to him first, I ride out of this town, my pockets just as empty as when I rode in.

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Go on.

PALADIN
Hello?
I was told I could find
the sheriff here…
Mr. Dobbs?

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I speak English.

PALADIN
Well, fine, then; you heard me the first time.

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Wait here.

PALADIN
Mr. Dobbs?

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Yeah.

PALADIN’S CARD

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This supposed to mean something to me?

PALADIN
Well, not if you have to ask. Someplace we can talk privately?

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Ria, uh, finish up out here. Come on.

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Well, now, uh… what’s on your mind, Mister, um…

PALADIN
Paladin. It was on the card.

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Oh, yeah, yeah, I guess it was.

PALADIN
You tying that gun down
for my benefit?

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Well, I have to believe
that you’re the stranger

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who stopped by the blacksmith’s
barn and talked

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to those other two fellas.

PALADIN
Sheriff…
there are a number
of men in this town
who are here for the express
purpose of killing you
as soon as you take
that badge off.
Why do you take it off?

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I got to someday, but, um,
look, it’s no business
of yours now, is it?

PALADIN
Yes, it is.
Yes, indeed it is.
“Sheriff John Dobbs to Resign.”
“John Dobbs, known as the West’s
fastest draw lawman
“has announced his retirement
after 15 years
“of facing down
gunmen and outlaws.
“Local citizens fear trouble
from relatives and friends
“of men who have fallen
before Dobbs’s gun.
“Soon after Dobbs announced
he was laying down his badge,
strangers began drifting
into town.”
I received this…
and some money.

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Who sent it?

PALADIN
I don’t know.
Probably a friend of yours;
a friend here in this town
who’s afraid to stand up
with you now.

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Or maybe somebody who wants
to make sure
that I’m dead tomorrow.

PALADIN
Now, I told those two men
that they had to give me
the first shot at you.

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All right, just leave us alone.
It’ll be… it’ll be all right.
Now, what were you saying?

PALADIN
I said I told those two men they had to give me the first crack at you.
If they wanted it, they’d have to fight me for it.

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Well, maybe you were telling them the truth.

PALADIN
You want to kill somebody?

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I don’t want to kill anybody
unless I’m forced to.

PALADIN
Well, if I can convince
those two
to give me
the first crack at you,
I may be able to save their
lives, as well as yours.

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But that would still mean that
you’d be coming at me, don’t it?

PALADIN
That’s right.
You win the draw
and you shoot to miss.

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You know, now, I don’t know
whether you’re a fool

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or if you’re
just taking me for one.

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But let me tell you this.

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Now if you throw down at me,
either tomorrow or anytime,
you better be quick
and you better be straight.
You can, you can tell your
friends the same thing, hm?

PALADIN
Sheriff, I’m gonna find the man
who sent me the money.
I’m gonna jam
the money in his ear,
and then I’m gonna
stand there and watch you
get your stubborn head
shot right off.

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That’s the guy, Jake.

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Yeah?

PALADIN
You a friend of the sheriffts?

BAR
I’ve talked to him, sure, but…

PALADIN
Storm or fair weather, innkeeper.

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You tell it around that Paladin wants to give back the money that was sent to him.

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Tell who?

PALADIN
You just tell it around.
The right man will know
what you mean,
and I’ll have some
of your whiskey.

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Sure.

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On me, Willie.

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If the gentleman will
have one on me.

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My name is Condos, Jake Condos.

PALADIN
Paladin.

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To the man who kills Dobbs.

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You’re not drinking.

PALADIN
No.

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You disappoint me, gunfighter.

PALADIN
One whiskey, Willie. I’ll drink alone. Now I can make a nickel putting a bullet through your head. Don’t waste my time. Just unbuckle the gun belt. Now crawl out of it. I can drag you out of it. All right, now, you two. Add you guns to the kitty…right there.
Now I have one more argument with you people and you won’t be able to talk it afterwards.

PALADIN
Ria?
Easy now, ooh, we’re just gonna talk about it.

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You’ll kill me first, you hear?

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I swear I’ll kill you.

PALADIN
Now, it’s Dobbs you’re afraid for.
Where is he?

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Away. With a prisoner.

PALADIN
Ria…
I believe that you sent this to me.
Now, how long did it take you
to save ten dollars?
A year? Two years?

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What difference does it make?
I sent for you to help him,
and you talk just like the rest.
How do you think
I feel for that?
How?

PALADIN
Does Dobbs know?
Does Dobbs know
that you’d kill for him?
Or die?

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That’s not important.

PALADIN
Ria…
Ria, sit down.
Sit down.
Now…
Now, I did come
to this town to help him,
but he won’t let me.
All of that talk I spread
around this town
about wanting to kill him,
that was only
to encourage the others
to fight me instead of him.

PALADIN
I have spoken the truth.
He is a good man, but this time, he is afraid.

PALADIN
I sometimes think that all good men are afraid.
But it’s also been said that fear is the beginning of wisdom.
Ria…it’s your fear, too.

RIA
They will kill him.

PALADIN
Ria, I don’t understand. Now, men have tried to kill him before,
but this time,
you feel that they’ll succeed
and he feels they will, too.
Why? Why this time?

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I can’t tell you.
It would be to put his life
in your hands, and…
…he would hate me.

PALADIN
How strong is your love?
Hmm?
Strong enough to bury his hate?

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Come here, Mr. Paladin. This is what nobody knows.

PALADIN
How long’s it been?

 

One year now.

PALADIN

So he decided to quit, and you go to Oregon with him.

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I’m just a serving woman.

PALADIN
Oh.

R
Will you help him?

PALADIN
I will help you.

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Mr. Paladin…

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please…
it’s very important to me
to be able to do this one thing.
Please.

PALADIN
You are a very beautiful woman.

INT.

PALADIN
They were offering money, in the hotel last night, that you wouldn’t come back.

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Isn’t that funny; after 15 years, people still can’t make up their mind about a man.

PALADIN
Dobbs, this sign. What does it say?

D
What’s the matter? Can’t you read?

PALADIN
You couldn’t read my card yesterday.
I let it pass.

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Well, now you’re just guessing
about that, aren’t you?

PALADIN
No.
No, I’m not guessing.

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That’s right.

PALADIN
Ria.
She loves you enough, Dobbs,
to risk losing you.
She knew I’d have
to tell you this,
and she knew
that you’d blame me.

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Paladin, if you got

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business of your own,
you better go mind it.

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Now get out of here.

PALADIN
At 9:00 tomorrow morning, I’m gonna call you out for everybody to see.
I’ll reach for my gun, but you’ll shoot first, and I do hope you miss.

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Well, don’t count on it!

PALADIN
If you kill me, it’ll be because I let you kill me, and you’ll never know whether it could’ve been any other way. That’s your choice, Dobbs. My way or your murder.

PALADIN
Dobbs! Well, Sheriff, our business is strictly personal now, isn’t it?

D
What’s on your mind, Paladin?

PALADIN
Well, I wanted to be sure we weren’t interrupted while I tell you that you’re a dirt-wallowing pig who used his badge to kill, and I’ll give you a count of three to make a play. I say one…I say two…I say three!

D
Doing some coward’s work for money? Now, you’re not worth killing, but you better get before I change my mind.

D
Barney, check my wagon.

B
All right, John.

EXT. ON THE TRAIL – DAY

PALADIN
Dobbs!

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Ria, Dobbs.

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Since I will not be able to attend the wedding…

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No.

PALADIN
Ria, I earned this money.
I do have a right to give it. Now, here.

R
Thank you, Mr. Paladin.

D
Paladin…you know, when I pulled my gun, I hadn’t made up my mind yet.

PALADIN
Mr. Dobbs, that does not exactly surprise me. You know, I might have been a lot safer if I had asked you to shoot at me.

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