210-“Brotherhood”

Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, Written by Herb Meadow and Albert Ruben.

Charles Bronson as Sheriff Jim Redrock
Michael Keep as Abe Redrock
Myron Healey as Stennis
Max Mellinger as Alfred E. Mossman
Shug Fisher as Kroll
Dawn Little Sky as Wife
Warren Joslin as Driver
Nick Borgani as Townsman (uncredited)
Herman Hack as Townsman (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw as Townsman (uncredited)
Robert Robinson as Townsman (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo as Townsman (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher as Townsman (uncredited)

INT. HOTEL CARLTON LOBBY – DAY

Paladin is entertaining a group of Chinese children by making cutout paper dolls.

Hey Boy then gently scoots them away. Paladin resumes reading his newspaper.

PALADIN (reading to himself)

“Sheriff of Latigo has offered $200 reward to anybody who brings me in. I hereby offer $500 to anybody who brings me the sheriff. Deliver to and collect from Abe Redrock, Latigo.”

EXT. ON THE TRAIL – DAY

Paladin comes upon a wooden sign that reads: STAGE – North to Tempe – Wed. – South to Latigo – Sat. … Paladin waits. A stage approaches.

DRIVER
Whoa! Rest stop.

PALADIN
Saturday, south to Latigo, huh?

DRIVER
Rock bruises?

PALADIN
Both of us.

DRIVER
That’ll be two dollars in advance.

Some men get out to stretch.

DRIVER
All aboard, everybody.

One of the passengers points to an Indian up on the hill yonder.

STENNIS
Hey! An Indian!

ALFRED MOSSMAN
Indian?! Where?

STENNIS
Take a pot at him.

ALFRED MOSSMAN
Oh, I-I couldn’t do that. I… I-I had a rifle when I was a boy, but I never fired at a human being.

STENNIS
A human being? That’s an Indian! I’ll show you how it’s done. (He aims the gun)

Paladin briskly grabs the gun from his hand.

PALADIN
That Indian is carrying a message.

STENNIS
Mister, in Latigo, I own a saloon, the hotel, the cafe, and most of the bank!
Now, just who are you?

Paladin unloads the gun.

ALFRED MOSSMAN
Y-You think that’s wise? I-I mean, unloading the gun before we even know what that Indian’s up to?

PALADIN
Well, just what do you think that Indian’s up to?

ALFRED MOSSMAN
Well, I’m… I’m just a drummer; I sell paper products. I-I don’t pretend to know…

PALADIN
You don’t pretend to know, but you believe. Now, the Indians have a saying that all white men are liars. You believe that, too?

STENNIS
Well… now we know you for what you are.

The Indian delivers a note to the driver on the end of a stick. A shootout ensues.

STENNIS
You know who that was? That was Abe Redrock! Abe Redrock, the sheriffts brother!
That’s the kind of law we have down here…an Indian wearing a tin star that can’t or won’t catch his own thieving brother! And you wouldn’t let me get him.
Mister, the next time I get my hands on a gun, maybe you’ll be the one to watch out.

PALADIN
Just a little bit more out of you, and I may give you this gun of yours and let you try it right now. Now, get in the stage!

Paladin picks up the note, reads it, stuffs it in his belt.

PALADIN
Now, giddyap! Hyah!

STENNIS
There he was, Abe Redrock, big as life! I could’ve blown him right off his horse.
Uh, excepting for him. Nah, he spills over with the milk of human kindness.
So our sheriffts prize brother gets away. And shoots a white man in the bargain!
Ask this man… he was there.

ALFRED MOSSMAN
Uh, well, yes, uh, uh, Mossman is my name, Alfred E. Mossman. Uh, paper products. I was there, all right, and everything that Mr. Stennis here says is true.

ALFRED MOSSMAN (O.S.)
It’s a wonder any of us are alive. Wild savages running amok.
Oh, I’m telling you, it was awful.

PALADIN
Sheriff.

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
Better get him on to the doc’s, get that bullet out.

TOWNSMAN
Now, where do you think we was taking him, Sheriff, to the reservation?

PALADIN
Your name is on this. It’s the note Abe Redrock was delivering.

STENNIS
Hey, you, Jim! Wearing that fancy star! If you can’t do something now
about that precious brother of yours, you may as well throw away that piece of tin.
We’ll all sure get long, white beards waiting for you to arrest one of us.

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
Well, you know I have no sympathy for my brother’s actions, Mr. Stennis.
But just doesn’t sound like Abe. You sure he didn’t act in self-defense?

STENNIS
Are you arguing with me…Indian?

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
No, sir, Mr. Stennis, I’m not arguing with you.

STENNIS
Trouble with this town is we got free elections. Seeing as what we ended up with for sheriff, we’d best be real careful about the upcoming elections for mayor.
We just might elect us a mule.

PALADIN
The odds favor a jackass.

INT.

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
You know, Abe and l…we were just children when the army wiped out our village.
By the time they found us under a pile of bodies,
I guess they cooled off a little ’cause they took us to a fort.

PALADIN
You sound as if you might have gone to school in the East.

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
Yes, Philadelphia. Well, we came west again as educated Indians, but still Indians.
I went one way, Abe another. Say, Johnny, stop bothering the gentleman, huh?

PALADIN
The gentleman’s not bothered.

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
Wife? Take him inside.

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
You know, he shouldn’t be hearing this. That doggone brother of mine…he’s gonna get himself killed one of these days. Playing the bad Indian to the hilt, with his drunken tomfoolery and petty thieving. Do you know why he does these things? Just to embarrass me. Listen to this. “Dear Noble Red Man, congratulations on the birthday of your son. I hear he doesn’t know yet he’s an Indian. I’m sending you a war bonnet of chicken feathers.” I’ve tried everything I know to catch him. I know all of his tricks.

PALADIN
And he knows all of yours.

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
Yes.

PALADIN
$200 if I bring him in?

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
$200.

PALADIN
Incidentally, he is offering $500 if I bring you to him.
Now, where do I start looking for this brother of yours?

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
I’ll draw you a map. But there’s a condition.
He’s not a…Well, I want him alive and sound.
He’s still my brother.

PALADIN
Is he?

EXT. ON THE TRAIL – EVENING

ABE REDROCK
You were in the stagecoach. All I wanted was the bottle of whiskey.

PALADIN
I thought perhaps that might be the best bait.

ABE REDROCK
Brother Jim’s reward, huh?

PALADIN
$200.

ABE REDROCK
Well, you ought to read the papers. I’m advertising a bigger reward to whoever brings
Brother Jim to me.

PALADIN
I know. That’s why I’m here. Come on.

EXT. IN TOWN – DAY

PALADIN
Alive and sound. $200.

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
You’ll get it.

ABE REDROCK
Heap fancy.

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
Inside.

TOWNSMAN
S-Scalp him, Jim.

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
All right, there’s nothing to gawk at, folks.

TOWNSMAN
Now that you got him, what are you gonna do with him?

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
It’s not for me to decide. Court will decide tomorrow.

INT. SHERIFF’S OFFICE – DAY

ABE REDROCK
Who would believe an Indian could climb so high? Say, Mr. Paladin, uh, how many white men do you suppose the sheriffts locked up in here?

PALADIN
As I understand it, none.

ABE REDROCK
Then I’m his first prisoner.Ooh, that’s a big honor, Brother Jim. Too bad you don’t put out a reward for bank robbers and killers!

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
I wish I was rid of you.

ABE REDROCK
At last you’ve said it right out.

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
I don’t keep much cash around here, but I’ll write you an order on the bank.

PALADIN
That’d be fine, Sheriff. Just fine. You know, Sheriff, there are some values that attach to wearing that badge, and they are not pomposity, personal vanity, self-gratification. They are justice under the law, equal enforcement of the law, and some pride in what that badge really stands for.

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
I’ll tell you what this badge really stands for. It stands for a house made of wood and a chance for my boy to go to school and sleep on a bed instead of a buffalo hide.
It stands for a chance and a way of life for me and my wife that has some meaning.
That’s what it stands for.

PALADIN
So if one of the town bullies spits on you and makes a joke out of you, comes in here
and sprawls all over your desk, you take it.

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
A joke. They elected me as a joke, I know that. But it’s the only way an Indian can hold public office in this territory. Is it worth it? You’re doggone right it’s worth it. It’s got to be. This is a good town. It takes care of itself. That’s why they could afford the joke.
But it’s a chance, and it’s the only chance I’ll ever get. It’s better than being a…

ABE REDROCK
But you still are, Jim. And if you kiss the foot of every white man this side of Philadelphia, you’re not going to change!

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
You try hard enough to keep everybody reminded. Here.

PALADIN
Sheriff, your brother does go to excess in his indulgences,

but there’s one thing he has that you don’t have. He has his self-respect.

INT. JAILHOUSE

PALADIN
Well, Mr. Mossman, for a man who had never shot at a human being two days ago, you certainly have caught up fast.

STENNIS
I warned you the next time I got my hands on a gun,

maybe you’d be the one to watch out, remember?

PALADIN
I remember.

STENNIS
You don’t really think you can clear that holster?

PALADIN
Fast enough for one shot.

STENNIS
That was real friendly, boy.

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
I just didn’t want to see anybody get shot.

STENNIS
Good. Good. Now, uh, just open up the cell. We’ll take Brother Abe for a little walk.

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
Mr. Stennis…my brother has a right to be tried like anybody else.

STENNIS
Aw, now, Jim, I sure hope you ain’t gonna lose the gain you made in this town.
All the other men here and-and me, we figured you was on our side.
One of us.
We didn’t figure wrong, did we?

TOWNSMAN
We just want to give Abe a little exercise, Sheriff.
Run him back to the reservation where he belongs.
Yeah, that’s right.

STENNIS
I always said you was a good boy, Jim. I say you’re a smart one, too.

ABE REDROCK
Oh, you have climbed high, Brother Jim.

The men exit the jailhouse with Abe

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
They couldn’t be stopped.

PALADIN
$500 to deliver you to your brother. You’re overpriced, but I will deliver you.
You forget I’m not an Indian, Jim boy.

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
I’m gonna kill you for this.

PALADIN
The town brethren wouldn’t approve of your attitude.

ALFRED MOSSMAN
Uh, I don’t know what’s happened to me, but…ever since I’ve been
in this town, I…Well, I’ve never been a party to things like that before.

PALADIN
It has been accurately stated that a man stands “naked, although locked up in steel,
whose conscience with injustice is corrupted.”

ALFRED MOSSMAN
I… I don’t understand that, but…Mr. Stennis had 50 feet of one-inch hemp on his saddle horn. They were headed for some place called Weaver’s Wash.

PALADIN
Well, Sheriff?

EXT. ON THE FIELD

STENNIS
You had enough? Injun, you’re gonna holler if I have to cut you in half.

ABE REDROCK
I’m not like you or yours. I don’t beg.

STENNIS
Ah, you, uh… you come to join the fun, Jim boy?

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
No, I came to stop it.

STENNIS
Ain’t you forgetting who you are and what you were?

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
I’m remembering I’m the sheriff. Now, you untie him. He’s my prisoner.

STENNIS
You are a sight to behold. You figure you and him to outgun all of us?

PALADIN
I suggest you take a good look at your fellow townsmen. Go on. Take a look at ’em!
I further suggest, Mr. Stennis, that the odds are just about even…two of you and two of us.

STENNIS
You weak-kneed milksops! You want to apologize to that animal?!
Well, take him home to supper, let him meet your womenfolk!

PALADIN
Just you touch it. Just you touch it. Abe? Consider him delivered to you, just like in the advertisement. And this one’s on the house. Now, you people, your sheriff says you’ve got a pretty decent town. I think, by and large, he’s right. I think he’ll make a first-rate law officer, you give him half a chance.

SHERIFF JIM REDROCK
Take care of him.

PALADIN
Mr. Mossman.

ALFRED MOSSMAN
I-I tried to follow you, but I got lost. What happened?

PALADIN
Everything is all right, but, Mr. Mossman, you have taken to the gun again.
And where did you get a horse?

ALFRED MOSSMAN
Well… I stole it.

PALADIN
Well, fortunately, I do have some influence with the sheriff,
but, Mr. Mossman, you have led a sheltered life. Come on.