205-“Man in an Hourglass”

Directed by Jerry Hopper, Written by Anthony Lawrence and Gustave Field.
Story by Anthony Lawrence

EDGAR BUCHANAN as Noah Cardiff
JAMES STACY as Johnny Tully
MORGAN WOODWARD as Canute
DAN WHITE as Sam – Henchman
JERRY GATLIN as Ugarte
ALAN BAXTER as Dr. Aaron Moody
Louie Elias as Mule (uncredited)

EXT. ON THE TRAIL – DAY

DR. AARON MOODY
Be a good boy, now. One for you. One for you. For you. And two for Mother. Paladin.

PALADIN
I got your telegram.

DR. AARON MOODY
Essentially, you haven’t changed. Little older.

PALADIN
Well, age, Doctor, is the price of living.

DR. AARON MOODY
Everything ages, nothing really changes. Sour mash. From Kentucky.
It doesn’t erase the memories, but it does blur their image a little.

PALADIN
She must have been quite a woman.

DR. AARON MOODY
Not a woman, Paladin. The woman. You didn’t know Aurora, did you?

PALADIN
No.

DR. AARON MOODY
Hmm. Would you believe it? Few days ago, I held a man’s life in these hands. I had to leave the bullet where it was, but man’s still alive, for a while at least.

PALADIN
Well, Doctor, those hands saved my life one time. And that is why I’m here.

DR. AARON MOODY
How long ago was that war, Paladin? Hmm. A thousand years? For a little while, my hands had their old skill, and…Well, I’ll make it short. I settled here because Aurora lived here. She married somebody else. Afterwards, all those years…I tended the bruises he put on her. He was the sheriff here. Caleb Tully.

PALADIN
Past tense?

DR. AARON MOODY
She died two years ago. He died… last week. They had a son. Johnny. Almost 18 now.
You see those mountains? He’s up there hunting the man accused of killing his father.

PALADIN
You want me to bring the boy back.

DR. AARON MOODY
Caleb Tully was a brutal man. Took life without compunction. He brutalized his wife, and had a good start on his son. I want that son saved, Paladin. For whatever of…her is in him.

EXT. ON THE TRAIL – DAY

PALADIN
Now drop it!

NOAH CARDIFF
A rare trick, boy. Well, what you gonna do with me?

PALADIN
First of all, who are you, and why the fireworks?

NOAH CARDIFF
You was following me, wasn’t you? Name’s Cardiff. Noah Cardiff.

PALADIN
Well, I was trailing a boy.

NOAH CARDIFF
That so? Altitude. That him?

PALADIN
You Johnny Tully?

JOHNNY TULLY
What are you? One of that old buzzard’s flock?

NOAH CARDIFF
Old eagle sound more like it. Seeing as I trapped you so easy.

PALADIN
Now, if you are Johnny Tully, I’m here to take you home alive.

JOHNNY TULLY
Yeah, I’m Johnny Tully. Uncle Moody send you?

PALADIN
He did.

JOHNNY TULLY
And he must have sent you after him, too, because he’s a murderer!

PALADIN
He said you were trailing a man who was accused of murder.

NOAH CARDIFF
Yeah, I had plenty of reason to kill old Caleb Tully, but I didn’t have that pleasure.

JOHNNY TULLY
You lying killer!
No.

NOAH CARDIFF
He’s like his pa. He’s all temper. Only, old Caleb preferred to have you tied up when he whopped you, or shot you.

PALADIN
Well, now…how long you been walking around with this?

NOAH CARDIFF
Yeah. Few days.

PALADIN
“I held a man’s life in these two hands.” Yeah. Who shot you, Cardiff?

NOAH CARDIFF
Man with a badge.

JOHNNY TULLY
Yeah, well, you listen to me. I’m wearing that badge now! You see that?
And believe me, one way or another, I’m gonna see that you get what you got coming.

PALADIN
Johnny, what’s your authority for wearing that badge?

JOHNNY TULLY
The authority of taking it off…my dead pa’s shirt.

PALADIN
Now, I don’t know whether this man’s guilty or not. That’s a matter for a court of law to decide.

JOHNNY TULLY
Well, look-it, I thought you hired out to help me!

PALADIN
Only to take you home. We’ve got a two-day trip. Now you get the horses.

NOAH CARDIFF
Hey. You couldn’t, uh, just let an old man have…have his gun, let him go on his way, mind his own business?

PALADIN
You worried about your conscience overtaking you?

NOAH CARDIFF
Having the likes of you and him overtake me sure ain’t reassuring.

NOAH CARDIFF
What’s the matter? This fire good enough for you?

PALADIN
I’m still worried about that conscience of yours.

NOAH CARDIFF
You hear something?

PALADIN
Well, now, Cardiff, just who do you expect?

NOAH CARDIFF
Well…business associates.

PALADIN
You have something of theirs?

NOAH CARDIFF
Course not. Hey, maybe we ought to move out. This place kind of exposed.

PALADIN
How many associates?

NOAH CARDIFF
Well…Canute, Mule, Sam, the Apach.

PALADIN
Johnny, get the horses.

NOAH CARDIFF
Hey, Paladin, maybe I did take a little more than my share. Then we were all thieves together. Wasn’t like as if we was friends or something.

PALADIN
Would that have made any difference?

NOAH CARDIFF
No.

PALADIN
Whoa, whoa…Eh, whoa, now. Whoa.

NOAH CARDIFF
Any sign?

PALADIN
No.

NOAH CARDIFF
Hey, I’m all tuckered. Why don’t you just let me slip off and hole up until you come and fetch me. I’ll share half of what I took with you. Maybe $10,000.

PALADIN
Old man, when men run for their lives, “all the gold that’s under the moon, or all that ever was, could not of those weary souls make a single one repose.”

NOAH CARDIFF
You’re saying no, huh?

 

They’re moving slow. Can’t be too far ahead. The one in black, he’s the dangerous one.

JOHNNY TULLY
I got a right to ask what we’re doing here?

PALADIN
We keep riding, he’ll never live to reach town. Help him down off that horse.

PALADIN
I’m not gonna tell you again.

JOHNNY TULLY
You’re sure mighty concerned over a killer.

PALADIN
I’m concerned about a human being that needs a doctor’s help to stay alive.

JOHNNY TULLY
Well, the only doctors in this town are ghosts, Paladin.

PALADIN
I know. That’s why you’re gonna bring Dr. Moody here.

JOHNNY TULLY
You mean ride out alone? Well, now, what makes you think I’ll bring anybody back?
‘Cause if you don’t, you’ll never have a chance to see him hang. You take our horses, give our trackers something to look at.
Come on.

NOAH CARDIFF
Now, you’re so all-fired smart; just unfasten that gun belt! What’s the matter with you?

PALADIN
Old man, I removed the temptation from that gun yesterday.

NOAH CARDIFF
Dag-nab you, Paladin!

PALADIN
Well, we’ve got four visitors. Three of them look like your kind of businessmen, the other one’s an Apache.

NOAH CARDIFF
Don’t talk so blamed loud. You want ’em to hear you? What are they doing?

PALADIN
Looks like they’re gonna camp right in the middle of the street.

NOAH CARDIFF
Listen, Paladin, we don’t need to wait for the doc. It’ll be dark pretty soon.

PALADIN
You wouldn’t make it two miles.

NOAH CARDIFF
You drive a hard bargain, boy. I’ll go a three-quarter split on that money with you.
Well, you’re a worse crook than me! You want it all!

PALADIN
It worth your life?

NOAH CARDIFF
Well, I ought to have a little expense money. Ain’t you got no pity for old men?

PALADIN
Old man? Old buzzard? Hmm.

NOAH CARDIFF
Hey, Paladin.

PALADIN
Hmm?

NOAH CARDIFF
Things are closing in on you, boy.

PALADIN
Mm-hmm. Old man, how long ago did you spend that money you’ve been tempting me with?

NOAH CARDIFF
Well, how’d you..Say, if you’re so all-fired brainy, sending that youngin’ was a mistake.
He’ll come a-chargin’ back here with a passel of righteous citizens.
They’ll hang you right alongside of me ‘fore you know it.

PALADIN
Old man…the only mistake I made was not walking to that window and inviting your friends in.

DR. AARON MOODY
Paladin! Paladin!

PALADIN
Doc, up here!

PALADIN
Johnny, cover the door. Watch the stairs.

DR. AARON MOODY
You sure do keep me busy.

NOAH CARDIFF
He a friend of yours?

DR. AARON MOODY
That’s right.

NOAH CARDIFF
He ain’t got very good taste.

DR. AARON MOODY
Yeah, not in patients, either. I think you’re gonna make it, after all.

NOAH CARDIFF
Outlive you, Doc.

DR. AARON MOODY
Maybe you have already.

JOHNNY TULLY
If we waited to round up some help, we wouldn’t be in this mess.

DR. AARON MOODY
We’d have round up some help, Johnny, this man might be dead.

JOHNNY TULLY
He’s a murderer! He killed my pa, remember?

DR. AARON MOODY
No, Johnny. Johnny, the day this man escaped from your father, he staggered into my place wearing hand irons. Said your father had tried to shoot him in cold blood.

JOHNNY TULLY
Did you believe that?

DR. AARON MOODY
He wore chains. Just been shot in the chest. I did what I could for him. Then, your father came in. Trailed the blood. Was a crazy man. Was filled with a killing lust. Johnny, I couldn’t let him take a life I just saved.

JOHNNY TULLY
Moody? You… you didn’t do it, did you? He did it. You’re all I have left, Uncle Moody. He did it, didn’t he?

DR. AARON MOODY
No, Johnny.

JOHNNY TULLY
Why’d you bring me way back here to tell me?

DR. AARON MOODY
You brought me back here, Johnny, because a man was dying.

PALADIN
Cover me.

MAN
Get around back.

MAN
All right, Sam, come on out!

JOHNNY TULLY
Paladin! Come up here!

PALADIN
Come on.

JOHNNY TULLY
He’s dead, Paladin. You know, that old man…he’s probably killed 50 people, maybe more. Uncle Moody just killed one. Huh. How is it figured, Paladin?

PALADIN
Johnny…I don’t know.

NOAH CARDIFF
That doc… he was a good man. That’s the trouble. Good always die young.

PALADIN
That it? Or is it that only the young men die good?