208-“Be Not Forgetful of Strangers”

Directed by Richard Boone, Written by Art Sarno.

DUANE EDDY as Young Cowboy
JOSIE LLOYD as Cowboy’s Wife
ROY BARCROFT as Simon
PATTI NEWBY as Annie
ROBERT STEVENSON as Jake
EDWARD FAULKNER as Ben
Perry Cook as Barfly
Charles Kuenstle as Barfly
HAL NEEDHAM as Harry Beldon
Howard Lewis Shapiro as the Baby
Danny Borzage as Barfly (uncredited)
HERMAN HACK as Doctor (uncredited)
Bill Hart as Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Kenny as Barfly (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw as Barfly (uncredited)
Bert Madrid as Barfly (uncredited)
Sid Troy as Barfly (uncredited)

ROY BARCROFT also appeared in: (Face of a Shadow, 1963) as Jim Sherwood, (The Mark of Cain, 1962) as Jake Trueblood, (The Hanging of Aaron Gibbs, 1961) as Marshal, (Long Weekend, 1961) as Shep Montrose, (The Tax Gatherer, 1961) as Lewt Cutter, (The Legacy, 1960) as Judge Carter, (The Haunted Trees, 1959) as Flannigan, (Comanche, 1959) as Sgt. Barsky, (Killer’s Widow, 1958) as John Griffin, (A Matter of Ethics, 1957) as Sheriff Swink.

EDWARD FAULKNER also appeared in: (Memories of Monica, 1962) as Deputy Ed Buhl, (The Hunt, 1962) as Lieutenant Brager, (The Brothers, 1961) as Body Guard #1, (The Hanging of Aaron Gibbs,1961) as Jim Harden, (Soledad Crossing, 1961) as Bud McPhater, (The Puppeteer, 1960) as Cavalry Sergeant, (Black Sheep, 1960) as Marshal, (Love of a Bad Woman, 1960) as Gunman, (The Black Handkerchief, 1959) as Dink, (Incident at Borrasca Bend, 1959) as Curly, (The Road to Wickenburg, 1958) as Jim Goodfellow, (The Hanging of Roy Carter, 1958) as 2nd Guard.

EXT. COLD AND WINDY WESTERN TOWN – EVENING

INT. SALOON – EVENING

ANNIE
Well, look what Santa Claus brought me. I must have been a real good girl.
You buy me a drink?

PALADIN
I am cold, weary, hungry, and I got half the dust of Texas on my back. Will you excuse me while I get something to eat?

ANNIE
No offense. When you thaw out, the name’s Annie.

MAN (O.S.)
Jake, give me a bottle. Give me the money, give me the money, you’ll get to it.
Come on, Jake. Give us more.

JAKE
Now, if you’re looking for a room, there ain’t none.
Boys had reserves two months ago. Do it every year.
They like their holiday.

PALADIN
A hot meal will do.

JAKE
Our kitchen was cleaned out hours ago. ‘Course, I could heat you a little stew, but I wouldn’t guarantee it. Ain’t exactly fresh.

PALADIN
A hot meal will do nicely.

JAKE
You know, mister, it wouldn’t do no harm if you was to get a little of that holiday spirit.

PALADIN
Well, I’m very happy to see that the true Christmas spirit prevails.
Now, will you get me that stew?

MAN (O.S.)
Give me back my boot! Of course, I’ll trade you for it.

SIMON/BEN
Man shouldn’t be by himself this night. You look lonesome, mister.
Like a little snort to celebrate the occasion?

PALADIN
Those presents for your children?

SIMON/BEN
Children? Oh, I ain’t got no kids. They all grown up and gone. Ain’t got time for the old man. Every year, I buy these doodads for ’em just like when they was little. And you know what? I wind up keeping ’em for myself. Got nobody to give ’em to.
Them young’uns. Got no place and no time for the old man. Oh, well.

JAKE
All I can say about that stew is it’s hot.

YOUNG COWBOY
Mister? Mister, I need a room.

JAKE
Well, I’m sorry. We’re all out of rooms.

YOUNG COWBOY
Well, any place. Any place at all. I can pay.

JAKE
Told you, we’re all filled up.

YOUNG COWBOY
Well, wait. Just let me explain.

JAKE
I said we ain’t got any!

PALADIN
Well, I am sorry my stew got in your way!
I’m sorry he doesn’t have a room for you.
I’m sorry he also doesn’t have a room for me.
Will you get me another plate of that stew?

YOUNG COWBOY
Mister, I know it don’t do no good, but I do beg your pardon.

PALADIN
Well, son, you’re probably just as tired, as cold and as hungry as I am.
If you sit down, all I can tell you is the stew is hot.

YOUNG COWBOY
Well, I couldn’t eat right now. Thanks anyway.

TOWNSMAN
Hey, mister, bet you five bucks you can’t do this.

YOUNG COWBOY
Don’t have a room. You think you can make it?

COWBOY’S WIFE
No. Please. Please. I can’t.

PALADIN
This your wife, son? You bring her on inside. We’ll get her a room.
Come on, Henry. Go! Come on, Jake. Give me a beer. Give me a beer.

PALADIN
Now, that cowboy and his wife…they need a room very badly.

JAKE
You didn’t hear me very well, did you? We ain’t got one!

PALADIN
Well, I may just have to empty one for you.
I suggest you look at her very closely.

JAKE
No, she don’t. Not in here, she don’t.

PALADIN
Now, when your friend comes to, I suggest you tell him merry Christmas for me.
You all right? Oh, she’s not going to have that baby in the street!

JAKE
Just who do you think you are? You come in here throwing your weight around, you…

CARD

JAKE
Well, uh, I-I got a storeroom. I guess they could use that, huh?

PALADIN
Uh, thank you very much.

TOWNSMAN
Get out of there. Get out of there!

YOUNG COWBOY
Well, I guess you won’t be needing this for a while. Mister? I sure do thank you.

PALADIN
Your first child?

YOUNG COWBOY
Yeah, we’ve prayed for this, and now I’m afraid. She’s not very strong.
And… we thought we had more time, but guess these things are decided somewhere else.

PALADIN
Yeah. You stay with her, huh?

YOUNG COWBOY
Yeah.

PALADIN
Now, you got a doctor in this town?

JAKE
Yes, we got a doctor. Best sawbones in the whole state of Texas.

PALADIN
That’s fine. Now, where can I find him?

JAKE
Come on. There he is. All year long, he doesn’t touch a drop.
Then…Well, his holiday vacation, he calls it.
You can’t blame a man just once a year.

PALADIN
Well, how much coffee will it take?

JAKE
You can pour coffee into him until you’re blue.
Won’t do no good. Not even due to move for another day.
We just prop him up here, then we wait.

PALADIN
Hasn’t anybody ever needed him while he was on vacation?

JAKE
Yeah, once.

PALADIN
And?

JAKE
Man died. You can’t get Doc back from his vacation before it’s over.

PALADIN
Well, I’m just gonna try. Gentlemen! Ladies.
That girl in the storeroom there…well, she’s pretty obviously going to have a baby.
Now, who is there who’ll help me get that doctor in some shape so he can assist?

TOWNSMAN
Well, not me! There ain’t a milder gent in all of Texas, except when he’s got a slew full!

T
And besides, Doc’s on his annual stem-winder!

T
And I don’t blame him none, either.
Yeah.

T
Look, mister, some of us come to this town only one time a year.
It ain’t like she was the only woman to ever have a baby.

PALADIN
Now, you listen to me! There’s a human being in there that needs your help.
She’ll live without it. And if she dies?
Well, she won’t be the first woman that ever done that, neither.

PALADIN
Friend, in just a few minutes, you could be sleeping a lot more soundly than your doctor.
Now, you looky here, mister. Most men don’t talk to me that way.

PALADIN
Well, I’m not most men.
Mister? Hurry.
Let’s go!

YOUNG COWBOY
The pain’s bad now. What are we going to do?

PALADIN
lt’ll be all right. You try not to be afraid?

COWBOY’S WIFE
I’m not afraid. It’s a good thing that’s happening to me.

PALADIN
Well, it’s not a very good place for it to happen.

COWBOY’S WIFE
I don’t mind those men out there. My father and brothers were like that.
Their lives are hard, and they have to be hard, too…or die.

PALADIN
You’re a very wise girl.

YOUNG COWBOY
I love you so much.

COWBOY’S WIFE
A fact he never tries to conceal. Ah-ha-ha!
Now.
Now what?

PALADIN
Now I want a bottle of whiskey, some clean cloths and some hot water.

JAKE
Now, you listen. I left this bar twice tonight on account of you:
once to give you your dinner, once to introduce you to our doctor.
That register’s just busting at the seams.
I ain’t had a night like this since they strung up Holby Peters.

PALADIN
Now, the good Lord gave you two hands: one to take with and one to give with, and you’d better start giving.
Now, Mr. Paladin, there’s no reason for you to get all riled up, riled up like that.

PALADIN
That’s for the hot water. Now, you listen! It’s bad in there, and it’s going to get worse. You people are not going to help that girl, the least you can do is give her some peace and quiet!

JAKE
You’re singing psalms to a dead horse, mister.

PALADIN
Annie…Annie… I need you.

ANNIE
I had a feeling you’d change your mind, honey.

PALADIN
That girl in there needs you.

ANNIE
Not me.

PALADIN
Are you a woman? You ought to know what she’s going through.

ANNIE
I know.

PALADIN
Well, then help her.

TOWNSMAN
Annie’s gonna help!

PALADIN
Here. That’s right. A little more. It’ll ease the pain.

ANNIE
I don’t know. Maybe I…Jake’s not going to like this.
Jake pays me to entertain the customers. And he believes in value received.

PALADIN
Annie, I can’t do this alone. I need your help.

ANNIE
But Jake’s going to come in here!

PALADIN
You leave Jake to me.

ANNIE
It’s not really that. I’m not really sure I can help her.

PALADIN
You can try.

ANNIE
Yes… I can try.

PALADIN
Angels can do no more.

ANNIE
Don’t worry, honey. Come on, now, take my hands and squeeze just as hard as you want.
Now, I won’t mind.

JAKE
Here. Hey, Annie! Them boys are kicking up a storm out there. Now, you come on out
and keep ’em happy.

PALADIN
Annie, stay right where you are.

JAKE
You sure are putting a damper on the proceedings around here, mister.
I wouldn’t want those men to lose that holiday spirit.

PALADIN
That would be a shame.

JAKE
Look, I’m not running no charity ward. This is costing me money.
Now, I… I’ll try to find a room…

PALADIN
She stays right where she is. Now, get out of here.

TOWNSMAN
Hey, Annie! I come to collect that debt.

PALADIN
Annie, stay right where you are! I’ll take care of this!

HARRY BELDON
Hey, Annie!

HARRY BELDON
Well, I didn’t know you were sweet on Annie.

HARRY BELDON
Hey, Annie!

PALADIN
Excuse me. Now, put that over the window when you get time.
I’d like to shake your hand, mister. Anybody who can take care of Harry Beldon like that’s all right with us. Huh, boys?!

PALADIN
I wonder how many of you have read the gospel of Luke.
What are you getting at?

PALADIN
Well, it might interest you. It tells the true story of Christmas.
Your halo’s on too tight, mister.
We’re having a little fun, that’s all.

PALADIN
Fun? There’s a woman in that other room fighting for her life.
You people out here are behaving like a pack of animals.
What kind of fun are you having?
Please, listen. Listen to me, now. This is no time to be fighting.
Don’t you know that in just a few more minutes it’ll be Christmas?

PALADIN
Old man, I know how you feel, but the rest of you, what difference could that
possibly make to you?
Who do you think you are, mister? Busting in here, insulting us? Throwing your weight around? Now, you either apologize or we’re gonna have to teach you some manners.

PALADIN
Well, you’re welcome to try.

INT. STORE ROOM

ANNIE
It’s a beautiful child.

YOUNG COWBOY
It’s a boy.

YOUNG COWBOY’S WIFE
I promised you a son. Did you doubt me?

YOUNG COWBOY
No. He’s beautiful…like his mother.

PALADIN
You’re a very lucky young man.

YOUNG COWBOY
Yes, I know. I’ll never forget this night…or you.

PALADIN
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass or tinkling cymbals.” Tears, Annie?

ANNIE
Up until now, I never cared much for Christmas. It was just a time to be lonely.
But when I put that baby in her arms, it was like I gave her something.

KNOCK AT THE DOOR

JAKE
We, uh… all of us…uh, we got… got to thinking about what you said out there.
And we, uh… well, we wanted to do something.
It’s-it’s not very much. We’d like to have them have it, though.

YOUNG COWBOY’S WIFE
Thank you very much.

SIMON/BEN
Uh, these are for the baby, ma’am.
They might not be, uh, appropriate-like, but it’s all I got.

YOUNG COWBOY
Thank you.

SIMON/BEN
Uh, ma’am, you did me a big favor. I got somebody to give them to.

PALADIN
Innkeeper, will you send my jacket on to the Carlton Hotel in San Francisco?

PALADIN
Merry Christmas.