Rails Into Laramie (1954) - full transcript

An army officer is sent to Laramie to find out why all progress on the railroad has stopped. He finds drink plentiful not only in town but at the railhead, with an old pal of his behind it all. It become obvious the two will tangle, but the soldier unexpectedly finds an ally in the ex-dance hall girl until now involved with the no-good booze peddler.

♪ I left my love

♪ A-waitin' in Laramie

♪ She waited there a year,
maybe two ♪

♪ Do you know why

♪ My love didn't marry me?

♪ She fell in love

♪ With someone new

♪ You think that I nursed

♪ A broken heart

♪ If that's what you think

♪ You are wrong

♪ I found me some women

♪ Who were weak

♪ And drank me some drink

♪ That was strong

♪ And then I found

♪ A new love in Laramie

♪ I found a love

♪ More precious than gold

♪ Someday my new

♪ And true love will marry me

♪ And she'll be mine

♪ To have and hold ♪

♪♪ [ Honky-tonk Piano ]

[ Man ]
All right, boys,
one at a time.

You're down, sir.
All right, where is it?

You lost.
All right, try again.

One good one makes up
for all the bad ones.

Here we go again,
my hand against your eye.

Find that elusive
little pea.

Where is it, son?

You're wrong!
All right, here we go again.

Now where is it?

You lost.
All right, here we go again.

Five'll get you 10.
Ten'll get you 20.
Twenty gets you 40.

Double your money, boys.

How about you, soldier?
Try your luck?

Why not?
Anybody can play it.

How much
do you want to bet?
All of it.

It's a pleasure to do
business with you, soldier.

All right, here we go.
My hand against your eye.

All right,
watch me very closely.

There it is.
Now tell me, which shell
is the pea under?

That one.
Now just a minute.

What's wrong, Jonesy?
I've got
a smart soldier here.

I'm not smart.

If it's not under that shell,
lift it up.
Let's have a look.

Take your money
and get out.

I'm a curious type.

I want to know
where the pea is.

I'm telling you
for your own good,

take your money
and get out.

All right, boys.

There he is, Sarge.
Here he comes now.

He looks real peaceful,
don't he?

You should have been here
a couple of minutes ago.
I'm happier this way.

All right, men,
pick him up.

Ah, snap out of it.
Snap out of it.

The general
wants to see you.

The general wants to see me,
he knows where he can find me.

This is an order.

My private life is my own.
I just started
30 days furlough.

You just ended it.
Let's go, men.

Now listen--
Now wait a minute, Sarge.
Take it easy.

I got something for you.


It's easier this way.

Sergeant Harder,
reporting to the general
as ordered.

At ease, Jeff.

No, thanks.

How long you been
a sergeant, Jeff?

Which time?
Well, this time.

Three months
and, uh, 21 days.

Your conduct
must be improving.

When's your enlistment end?

Seven months.

How'd you like
to make captain?


[ Chuckles ]
I don't think my conduct
has improved that much, sir.

I'm serious, Jeff.

What do I have to do?

Wyoming Territory.

Regret to inform you
construction delayed
at end of track. This point.

Stoppage due
to certain elements
who wish crews to remain...

for personal profit.

Local authorities
unable to cope with situation.

Request you send troops
to restore order
so that work may proceed.

Lee Graham,
Chief Engineer,
K.T.& C. Railroad."

What does that
have to do with me?

I happen to know
of your working knowledge...

of saloon keepers,
gamblers and dancing girls.

I might have
run across a few
at one time or another.

You'll leave
in the morning, Jeff.

With the general's permission,
I'd like to refuse this request
for my services.

Personal, sir.

I have a reason for wanting
to see a railroad completed...

that will link
the Atlantic Coast
to the Pacific.

It's not
a personal reason.

And my request for your services
is not a request,
it's an order.

You're one of the most
capable men I know, Jeff,
when you're under orders.

And if you perform adequately,
your commission will be granted.

But if you don't,
I give you my word...

you'll be in the guardhouse
when you're 80.

And you'll still
owe the government
seven months' time!

Do I make myself clear?

I'll leave
in the morning, sir.

Good luck, Jeff.

Thanks, General.

It's an outrage,
I tell you.

Materials and equipment
lying idle...

because you can't keep
a crew sober long enough
to work a shift.

And there's one man
responsible for it all.

You wouldn't be
referring to me,
would you, Mr. Graham?

I'm referring to you.

You've done pretty much
as you please in this town
for a long time, Shanessy.

All that's going to be changed
as soon as the troops arrive.


Mornin', Judge.

Mornin', Mr. Graham.
You don't suppose
that train is late, do you?

She's right on time,
the last report I had on her.

[ Man ]
Here she comes!
Here she comes.

[ Whistle Blowing ]

Now this time, please,
let's all play
the same tune.


One, two--

♪♪ [ March ]

Well, it was nice work
while it lasted.

What makes you think
it's over?

You don't figure
we can lick
the whole Union army.

The Confederates
already tried.

Those soldiers
don't make much money.

They might go blind
for a reasonable price.

They might at that.

Here she comes!
Here come the troops.

The soldiers are here!
Here they are!

[ Bell Clanging ]

[ Cheering ]

Sergeant, I'm Lee Graham,
supervising engineer
of the K.T.& C.

Glad to know you, sir.
This is Mayor Logan.

Judge Pierce.

How do you do?
Sergeant Harder,

detached service from
General Augur's headquarters.

Where's your command,

What command?
The troops I requested.

[ Chuckles ]
I'm the troops.

Are you trying to say
General Augur sent only one
soldier to clean up this town?

It's only one town,
isn't it?

[ Graham ]
I explained the need for troops
to the general.

I told you not
to worry, Ace.

The sergeant and I
grew up together.

[ Graham ]
I received this telegraph
from Gen. Augur yesterday.

"Aid requested
will arrive noon tomorrow."

Well, it's noon.
And I'm here.

But we asked for troops,
not just one man.

The general
can't spare any troops.

They're all out
chasing Cheyennes to keep 'em
from tearing up your rails.

But to send
just one man?
This is the most outrageous--

Look, mister,
I don't like this
any more than you do.

I had 28 days leave
coming up.

Instead I get sworn in
as a special marshal
and put on detached service.

I didn't ask for the job.

If you didn't want it,
why did you come here?

It's better than
being in the guardhouse.

Or maybe it isn't.

I must say
that's a peculiar attitude
for a marshal to take.

Look, mister, if you don't
like it, why don't you
write the general...

and have me transferred
and do us both a favor?

Young man--

Jim Shanessy!

Jeff Harder.
It sure is good to see you.
Jim Shanessy, you old colt.

Still playing soldier, huh?
Oh, you know how it is.

Recruiting officer
and I got drunk,
and I wound up reenlisting.

Say, you're looking prosperous.
Well, that comes from leading
a good, clean life.

Boys, I want you to meet an old
friend of mine, Jeff Harder.
Ace and Con Winton.

Glad to know you.

Where you staying?
I don't know yet, Jim.

Well, that makes it easy.
I own a hotel here in town.

We should be able
to find you a room.
Oh, on army pay?

Who said anything
about money?

Take his bag, Ace.
He looks big enough
to carry it.

You heard me.
Take his bag.

The hotel is right over here.

You haven't changed
a bit, Jeff.
It's been a long time, Jim.

Oh, I'll, uh--
I'll see you later,

Certainly good to have
the troops in town,
Mr. Graham.

Makes a man feel
a little more secure.

I don't understand.
Sergeant Harder,
Shanessy friends?

You heard 'em, didn't you?
They're old friends.

You sure you got
the right room?


Soft enough for you?

Don't tell me
you've forgotten what
an army cot feels like.

Who wants to remember?

When did you get in
the hotel business?

When I heard the railroad
was coming through Laramie.

It was me, I'd figure
I'd rather own a saloon.

I got one of those too.
You want to take a walk over?
I'll buy you a drink.

Make it later, Jim.
I want to wash up
a little bit.

Well, anytime.
I'll be there
all afternoon.

Helen will be
glad to see you.

I'll be glad
to see her too.

You're always welcome
at the house.

I can remember
when I wasn't.

Ah, we've grown up
since then, Jeff.

See you later.

Thanks for the room, Jim.
[ Door Opens ]

[ Door Closes ]

I think we all agree that
the help General Augur sent...

isn't the solution
to our problem.

The question is,
what are we
gonna do about it?

I intend to leave
for Cheyenne the first thing
in the morning...

and take this matter up
with the general personally.

I think you're wrong.

After all, Sergeant Harder's
just arrived in town.

Maybe it might be wise to find
out what he intends doing before
making other arrangements.

It's quite obvious
he intends doing nothing.

You saw him shaking hands
with Shanessy at the depot.

[ Scoffs ]
With the reception we gave him,
I can't say that I blame him.

Are you trying
to defend the man?

I'm just not condemning him
until he has a chance
to defend himself.

It's still not
a one-man job.

How do you know?
Nobody's ever tried it.

Mr. Sommers, the town marshal,
has made every effort--
Oh, nonsense, Frank.

We all know
Orrie's incompetent.

The only reason you ever
appointed him was because
he was your brother-in-law...

and you got tired
of supporting him.
[ Scoffs ]

Are you implying that I would
use the power of my office--
Gentlemen, please.

We haven't
yet reached a solution
for the problem at hand.

I suggest we ask Sergeant Harder
to meet with us before
we discuss further plans.

After that meeting this morning,
I'd hate to ask him
for anything.

You don't have to worry.
I'll ask him.

[ Knocking On Door ]

Don't mind me.
Just make yourself at home.

Don't get touchy,

Jim sent us up
to see if there's anything
we could do for you.

There's something
you can do.

He can pick up my hat.

He's real funny, Ace.


Now tell him why we came,
and let's get outta here.
Don't bother telling me.

Just get out.
Don't mind him.

He's got
no sense of humor.

What's that?

It's yours now.

- Why?
- Well, the boys heard how you
got done out of your furlough.

So, they had a meeting,
decided you oughta have fun
while you're in town.

Sort of like you was
on furlough here.

That's real nice
of the boys.

Who are they?
I didn't ask.

[ Ace ]
Come on, Con. Let's go.
Wait a minute.

How much?

Fella could have
a real nice furlough
on that.

Yeah. That's the way
they figured it.

Jim's waiting for you
down at the Palace.

I'll be along.

I'll tell him.

Oh, say.

Ain't you the soldier fella
that checked in around noon?

Well, why ain't you
wearing your uniform?

I deserted.

I thought you were
sent down here to
clean up the town.

That's why I deserted.
I like the town
the way it is.

Sergeant Harder.
I'm Judge Pierce.

I met you down at the depot
when you arrived this morning.
Yes, sir.

I thought I'd drop by
and apologize.

If we're to
accomplish anything,
we have to work together.

And it'll be easier
on all of us if we can
work on friendly terms.

I'd be pleased if you
could meet with us in
the mayor's office this evening.

Long as you put it
that way, Judge,
I don't see how I could refuse.

I'll expect you then.

[ Snoring ]

[ Snoring Continues ]
Anybody home?

Yeah, yeah, yeah.
I'm coming.

Things are a little quiet.
I was catching up
on my rest.

I walk in my sleep,
you know.

pretty slow, huh?

I ain't had
a prisoner in this jail
for three months.

Sounds like
a law-abiding town.

Well, depends which law
you're referring to.

Most of 'em are abiding
by the law of self-preservation.
Can't blame a man for that.

Been abiding by it myself.

There's maybe eight
or 10 people in this town...

like to see it run
according to the rules.

But there's maybe eight
or 10 hundred who wouldn't.

I know when
I'm outnumbered.

I'm Jeff Harder.
Oh, I'm Orrie Sommers,
town marshal.

Already heard of you.
Friend of Shanessy's,
ain't you?

Mmm, could be.
Well, you'll live longer
that way.

Suppose you'll be making
your headquarters here?
Imagine so.

I'll put a blanket
on one of them
empty bunks in back.

Find it real restful
during the day.
That'll be nice.

Orrie, put a blanket
on all of 'em.

We may be drumming up
some business.


♪♪ [ Honky-tonk Piano ]
[ Chattering ]

[ Laughing ]

Whiskey, mister?

Got anything else?

Whiskey will do.

I made that myself,
first thing this morning.

Always this busy
around here?
Oh, this is dull.

But you come around tonight.

Shanessy around?
He's upstairs
in his office.

You're making me curious, boys.
When do I get to meet
this character?

I still say
it's a waste of money.

Why don't we just
run him out of town?
He won't give us any trouble.

Besides, he doesn't
run very good.
I could teach him.

Do me a favor and sign
your insurance over to me
just before you try.

[ Knocking On Door ]

Oh, Jeff, come on in.
We've been waiting for you.

You met Con and Ace.

This is Lou Carter,
my manager.

Jim doesn't speak English
very well.

What he meant to say
was I'm his partner.

How 'bout a drink,

If it's better than
what you serve downstairs.

Ask for my special bottle
the next time you come in.

[ Shanessy ]
What do you think of the town?

It's changed some
since I saw it last.

It'll quiet down
when the end of the track
moves out west.

When's that
gonna be, Jim?

Who knows?

Here's luck.

I make
my own luck.

They take care of you
all right down at the hotel?

A little better
than I expected.

You know what the penalty
for trying to bribe
a federal officer is?

Three years.

[ Shanessy ] Why tell me?
I don't think
you'd like it in jail.

Are you gonna arrest me?

You take that job
pretty serious,
don't you?

Funny thing about that.

I didn't ask for it.
I don't want it.

But as long as I'm marshal
I'm gonna do everything
that's expected of me.

I'm not asking
for any favors.

You're not buying any either.
You've got me
all wrong, Jeff.

Why not keep the money,
as a gift?

Somebody might get
the wrong ideas.

[ Chuckles ]
I might get 'em myself.
[ Chuckles ]

Sure, sure.

How 'bout another drink?
You couldn't get
any ideas about that.

Not the same ideas.

I'll listen.

Better wait till
I know you better.


Now, how about
that drink?

Some other time.

See you around, Jim.

So long, yellow-ling.

I don't mind some people
calling me that.

[ Shanessy ]
Sit down, Ace.

You're not one of them.

You don't scare me,

Get out of town
or I'll come
looking for you.

[ Gunshot ]

Keep him away from me, Jim,
or I'll hang him up to dry.

Did I hear somebody say
he wouldn't
cause any trouble?

[ Chattering ]

[ Exhales ]

Does it taste better now?

[ Gasps ]
In another 10 or 15 minutes
it might be fit to drink.

I'm going out to the house.

Would you like
to come along?

Where'd you meet
your partner?
In Denver.

She was stranded there
with a troupe of girls.

Strictly business, huh?
What else would it be?

I can think of a lot of things.
I was under the impression
you'd already thought of it.

As long as
she's not your girl.

You forget I'm married, Jeff.

I didn't forget it.
I thought maybe you had.

This is it.

A little different
from the three rooms you had
the last time I saw you.

You either go
backwards or forward.
You can't stand still.

I don't know.
I manage pretty well.

I was a sergeant
five years ago.
[ Laughing ]

Step in, Jeff.


Jim? What are you doing home
this time of day?

I thought you might
like to meet an old friend.

Jefferson Harder.
Hello, Helen.

It's good to see you again.
He's our new marshal.

Been put on detached service
by General Augur to, uh,
clean up Laramie.

Doesn't sound too hard,
with Jim's help here.

He seems to be
a pretty important man
in town.

Why-- Oh, yes.
I suppose he is.

I don't pay
too much attention
to Jim's business.

Well, if you'll excuse me,
I'll see if I can
rustle up a drink.

Well, it's been about
five years since
I last saw you, Jeff.

They've been good to you.
Have they?

Oh, I'm not feeling sorry
for myself.

Wanna talk about it?
Does it do any good?

[ Chuckles ]

Poor Jeff.
You've spent most of your life
listening to my troubles.

I have no complaints.
Just for a change,
why don't you tell me yours.

I haven't got any.
Don't be too sure
about that, Jeff.

Jim said you were sent here
to clean up Laramie.

That's right.
That means
you clean up Jim.

He runs it.

Maybe he's more important
than I thought he was.

He is.

How do you feel about it?

It's not important
how I feel about it, Jeff.

Might be...
to me.

Jim's changed a lot, Jeff.
He's-- He's not the same person
we used to know.

I've noticed that.
He used to get mad
every time I looked at you.

[ Helen Chuckles ]
Well, here we are.

And believe me, Jeff,
it's a little older
than what I sell.

[ Chuckling ]

And when we heard
the railroad was going
to build through here,

Jim saw a chance
to make some money,
a lot of money.

What's wrong with that?

Except it also made me
a lot of enemies.

Will you stay for dinner?
I'm sorry.
I can't, Jim.

I have a date
with Judge Pierce.
Oh. Give him my regards.

I'll do that.
Good-bye, Helen.

Good-bye, Jeff.
Come again soon.

Sorry you can't stay.
We'll see you tomorrow.

A very touching reunion.
Jeff always was
fond of me.

That's exactly why
I brought him out here.
I know.

I think he's still
in love with me.

how one man...at I fail to e

can cope with
the situation,

especially in view
of the fact...

that he happens to be
your friend.

Naturally you'd be reluctant
to see any harm
come to him.

What do you want me to do?
Kill him?

The idea's appealing.

it's against the law.

How far beyond the town
do the rails go?

Five Mile Camp. Work has been
at a standstill out there
for the past six weeks.

Who's your construction boss?
A man named Murphy.
Pike Murphy.

Can't he keep
his crew in line?

Either he can't
or he doesn't want to.

You can always fire him.
Who do you think we'd get
to take his place?

They're all alike.
None of 'em
are worth their salt.

I'd like to ask
a question, Mr. Graham.

How much authority
do I have on this job?

My instructions
from General Augur...

were to allow you to
take whatever steps
you consider necessary...

to correct the situation.

Where will I find
Pike Murphy?
At Five Mile Camp.

There will be a work train
going up there in the morning.

Good night, gentlemen.

[ Train Whistle Blowing ]

Hide that bottle, Dutch.

The super must be on board.
They don't blow that whistle
any other time.

He can't do nothing.
You heard me.
Ditch it.

The rest of you,
grab a shovel and act
like you're working.

Hey, wake up over there.
We gotta go back to work.

[ Bell Clanging ]

Want a ride back?
We'll be leaving as soon as
they unload those supplies.

Don't be in a hurry.

You're gonna have
some passengers
on the way back.

Boys are a little careless
with their tools.
Any of your business?

Could be.

I'm looking for Pike Murphy.
You can stop looking.
I'm Murphy.

Then get your gear.
You're through.

What do you mean?
You're fired.

Who are you?
My name's Harder.
I'm the new marshal.

I take my orders
from Graham.
You take 'em from me.

If you don't think so,
try drawing any pay tomorrow.

Or any day after,
for that matter.

I guess you must be
the new troubleshooter
Augur sent down from Cheyenne.

I'm under
the general's orders, yes.

I'll give you
a little advice.

Get out of camp
before you find more trouble
than you bargained for.

We like taking care
of gents like you.

Do you do it yourself, Pike,
or, uh,

do you need help?

Doesn't matter much
either way.

In your case
I'd like to do it myself.

[ Grunts ]

It's an open game, boys.

All or any part.

[ All Muttering ]

[ Chattering ]

[ Chattering ]

Who owns this setup?

I run it.
Under lease.

Your lease just expired.

I'll give you 24 hours
to get the liquor
and the gambling spreads...

off of railroad property.

Think my boss
will have something
to say about that.

Who is your boss?
That's none
of your business.

I'm making it
my business.

Tell him he can look me up
at the marshal's office
in Laramie.

Or he can meet me here
tomorrow. Because if the liquor
isn't gone by then,

I'm gonna personally
break every bottle
in the bar.

You don't have to worry about
getting rid of it, Johnny.
We can drink it up by then.

[ Laughing ]
Take my advice.
Don't sell it on credit.

Because nobody
in this camp's
got a job anymore.

What are you
talkin' about?

Construction on this job
is closed down.

Anyone got any money coming,
he can pick it up
at the pay office in Laramie.

Meantime, you're trespassing
on railroad property.

Be off by sundown.

Who does he think he is?
[ Chattering ]

[ Chattering ]
[ Man ]
I found out from another man.

[ Chattering Continues ]

He can't do that.
Looks to me
like he's already done it.

I'm headin' for
the pay office.

it's unfair to the merchants.

And if you ask me,
I don't see that this is
any solution to the problem.

It's the most high-handed
action I ever heard of.

Why, Laramie will be
a ghost town in a month.

Wait till General Augur
hears about this.

I was under the impression that
you were the superintendent...

in charge of construction,
Mr. Graham.
I am.

Then you mean you take
the responsibility for this?

No. Get in touch
with the other members
of the council.

Tell them there will be
a meeting at 7:00 this evening
at community hall.

I didn't know what to do
about that liquor,
Mr. Shanessy.

It's a job to bring it
into town, but he said
he'd bust every bottle.

I think he means it.

I think he does too.

Take some of
the boys, Johnny,
and bring it in.

I'll go with you.

Just in case
the sergeant gives you
any trouble.

You gettin' tired of living?
He's got the Indian sign
on you too.

I heard what he done
to Pike Murphy.

That's enough proof
for me.

He is good with his hands.
I wonder how he is
with a gun.

Relax, Ace.
We don't want any trouble
with Harder.

You gonna let him
get away with it?

When I threw in with you on this
deal, I figured you were man
enough to back your own play.

I am.
And I'll play it my way.

You're getting trigger-happy
and too big for your britches.

What I ought to do is let Harder
kill you, except it would
interfere with my plans.

[ Gun Cocks ]

[ Shanessy ]
Don't try it, Ace.

You make one move
and Con will blow a hole in you
big enough to walk through.

Now go on downstairs
and cool off.

Let me know when you
get back to town, Johnny.

Sure, Mr. Shanessy.

Con, did you say
there was a meeting
of the town council tonight?

That's right.
Find out what goes on.

Any messages for me, pop?
Yes. One in writing
from Mr. Graham.

And 30 or 40 more,
word of mouth.

Remember any of 'em?
Remember 'em all.

-That's quite an accomplishment.
-It wasn't hard.

All said the same thing--
"Get outta town."

How do you feel on the subject?
Well, I wouldn't say yes
and I wouldn't say no.

Uh, you could do me
a favor though.
What's that?

Well, uh, next time
we have a conversation,

stand about 10 feet away.

Some of the people in this town
ain't very accurate shooters.

[ Chattering ]

This meeting will now
come to order.

Sergeant Harder,

as Mr. Graham has told you,

this meeting was called
to discuss the possible results
of your arbitrary action...

in shutting down construction
on the K.T.& C. Railroad.

Is there anything
you'd like to say?

I'll listen to what
they have to say.

You'll listen,
all right!
[ All Shouting ]

[ Gavel Rapping ]
[ Pierce ]
Quiet, gentlemen. Quiet!

This meeting will be
conducted in an orderly manner,

or we'll adjourn right now.

Mr. Chairman!
[ Pierce ]
Mr. Grimes.

It was my understanding
the sergeant was sent down here
to clean this town up...

so the railroad
could keep building.

The first thing he does
is stop construction,

the very thing
Shanessy and his gang have been
trying to do for weeks.

Maybe he could explain that.
[ Muttering ]

I think I can,
Mr. Grimes.

I was told to shut down
the gambling and drinking...

because the construction crews
weren't getting any work done.

All right.
I'll guarantee you
in two weeks...

there'll be no more
gambling or drinking.

In two weeks there won't be
a railroad worker
left in this town.

Maybe not.
But if there are and they
want to go back to work,

they'll go back to work,
on my terms.

What's going to happen
to the honest merchants
in the meantime?

[ Jeff ]
Honest merchants?

I don't think
there's an honest merchant
in the house.

[ Muttering ]

You're not interested
in building a railroad
or a town.

You're no better than
the gamblers and saloon keepers
you're trying to get rid of.

All you're interested in doing
is unloading your merchandise.

[ All Protesting ]

[ Gavel Rapping ]
[ Pierce ]
Order, gentlemen. Order!

[ Gavel Rapping ]

I'm quite sure, Sergeant,
that when General Augur
gave you this assignment...

he hadn't contemplated
the drastic measures
you're attempting.

I'm sure there must be
some other way.

Mr. Graham,
you wanted me to do a job.
I'll do the job my own way.

Are we to understand
that you intend going through
with this idiotic scheme?

Yes, sir.

I'm warning you.
[ Gavel Raps ]

Mr. Higby,
I will not countenance
personal threats...

in any way meeting
in which I'm serving
as chairman.

Mr. Chairman, I move
a committee be appointed...

to present this matter to
General Augur in person...

with the recommendation
that Harder be prosecuted
by a military court.

[ Chattering ]
[ Gavel Rapping ]

Now, before this motion
is put to a vote,

I'd like to propose
an amendment.

The sergeant
has some justification
for his stand.

He mentioned
a period of two weeks.

None of you can be hurt
in that time.

I suggest that we allow him
this trial period
before taking any action.

That's all right to me!
Why should we wait?
We know what's going to happen!

- I say, do it tomorrow!
- Give the man a chance!

Will anyone second
the motion as amended?

I'll second it.
Those in favor?

[ Together ]

[ Scattered Voices ]

Motion approved.

[ Chattering ]

Thanks for the vote
of confidence, gentlemen.

Looks like we got
those merchants
working for us.

Most of 'em wanted to run him
out of town. But they ended up
giving him two weeks.

Figured he couldn't starve
anybody out in that time.

Maybe we can help him.
Help him?

Thought you wanted
to get rid of him.

I do.

Pass the word around--
no more credit at the bars
or the tables.

What do you want
to do that for, Jim?

Look, you short those railroad
workers on their whiskey,
they're gonna get mad.

[ Chuckles ]
You catch on
real quick, Con.

I hope you know
what you're doing.

Don't try to figure it out.
Just stop the credit.

All right.

[ Chattering ]

Give me a bottle,
two glasses.
Got any money?

I don't need any money.
My word's good.
Not anymore, it isn't.

Who says?
The boss.

You mean I can't
get a drink in this joint
unless I pay cash?

That's the general idea.
Lay it on the line
or go thirsty.

Kings over.

Three aces.
[ Chuckles ]
The Hawk's got him again.

I can't win a hand.

Give me a marker
for a hundred.

There's no jawbone
in this game, Pike.

Come on.
Give me a hundred.
You know I'm good for it.

Tell it to Shanessy.
He's the one
that stopped the credit.

I've been talking
to some of the boys.

None of us
got any money.

Railroad man can't even
get a drink in this town
without cash.

Why tell me about it?
I understand you're the one
that shut down our credit.

That's right.
We played along
with you.

Now we're starting to wonder
when you're going to
do something for us.

I didn't close down
construction, Pike,
and I can't open it up.

Well, what are we
supposed to do?

[ Chuckles ]
I can think of
a couple of things.

[ Chuckles ]
So can I.
Starve, or leave town.

Oh, we can do
better than that.

Get your crew
down here tonight
and I'll let you know.

We'll be here.

I thought Harder
was a friend of yours.

He is.
So you're gonna
turn that mob loose on him.

Not unless I have to.

You'd throw me
to the wolves too,
wouldn't you?

If you ever
got in my way.

I'm too smart
for that, Jim.

[ Shanessy ]
Come in, boys.
All of you, come on in.

Just step up to the bar
and have a drink.
Drinks are on the house.

On me.
Just step right up.
Boy, that news travels fast.

You too, Billy.
Come on in, boys.

Right up to the bar and have
a drink. Absolutely free.
Nothing to pay for.

The drinks are on the house.
Just step right up to the bar
and order anything you want.

Come in.

You too, Joe.
Step up there.
Have a drink.

Step up, boys.
Come on. Step up.

Who's chasing you?
Nobody yet.
Help me get these loaded.

Move this desk over there.
Hold it. Hold it.
What's all the excitement about?

I just come by the Palace.
There's maybe a hundred
railroad men in there.

Shanessy's buying 'em all
drinks on the house.

They get drunk enough, they're
bound to come looking for you.
I see.

Where you going?

Down to the Palace.
Maybe they'll buy me
a drink on the house.

Why don't you just
shoot yourself right here
and save all that walking?

I don't think
they're that tough, Orrie.

You don't?
You ain't scared?

A little.

Let's go.
Hold it.
You don't have to go.

I know.
That's what I don't
understand about myself.

But it looks like
I'm going anyway.

I won't take up
much of your time, boys.

I know you're all broke
and mad about
being out of a job.

And I'm a little mad
about it myself.

If you're working, I make money.
If you're not working, I wind up
giving away free whiskey,

and there's no profit
in that.
[ Laughing ]

You all got a raw deal
from the company,

and you're gonna keep on
getting it if you don't
do something about it.

[ Crowd Murmuring ]

You know who's responsible
for the shutdown.

Are you gonna let
a few men starve you to death
without doing anything about it?

- [ Crowd Muttering ]
- What do you want us
to do about it?

[ Pike ]
Shut up and listen a minute.

The railroad's got a lot
of money tied up here
in material and equipment.

If some of it should burn
some night, or a few cars
get blown off the track,

they might begin to realize
that you mean business.

[ Jeff ]
You might get in
some trouble too.

I'm glad you
dropped in, Marshal.

I was, uh, about
to make a speech.

You just made it.

You men know
as well as I do
why you're not working.

Anytime you want
to do a day's work
for a day's pay, let me know.

Now break it up!

[ Crowd Muttering ]

We're going
for a walk, Jim.

Where to?

What's the charge?
Inciting to riot.

You're wasting
your time, Jeff.

It's my time.
Do I get a jury trial?

That's what
the law says.

Anytime you want.

Let's go.

Take him down
and lock him up, Orrie.
I'll be along.

I'll buy you a drink.

I could use it.
Someplace where
we can talk.

ke .


A fella could spend
a real enjoyable evening here.
The invitation's been open.

That's what
I can't figure out.

I just threw your partner
in jail.

He had it coming to him.

That sounds odd to you,
doesn't it?

Well, I must admit
it's not quite
what I expected.

How far does this
partnership go?

The saloon
and the money it makes.

Does Jim feel
the same way about it?

Money's the only thing
we have in common.

The difference is,
he doesn't care
how he makes his. I do.

[ Chuckles ]
You're a remarkable
woman, Lou.

At least I'm honest
in my own way.

I sell whiskey
for what it's worth
and the games are straight.

That's where Jim and I
differ in policy.

How long do you think
you're gonna keep him in jail?

That depends
on the judge
and the jury.

No jury in this town's
gonna convict him.

Gotta be 12 honest people
around here someplace.

They may be honest,
but they're scared.

It adds up
to the same thing.

Looks like Jim's
got everything
pretty well wrapped up.

I'd like to help you
unwrap it.

I don't make bargains.

I wasn't
offering one.

Thanks for the drink.

[ Door Rattling ]

Who is it?

Oh. Wait.
I'll unlock it.

Expecting trouble?

I wasn't
expecting friends.

Orrie, are you for me
or against me?


Uncock that cannon
before you
blow my head off.

I forgot
I was carrying it.

had anything to eat?

I didn't think
it was safe
to leave him alone.

Better get him

Everything all right,

No complaints.

I am running
a little short
on cigars though.

I'll have Orrie
get you some.

I'm sorry it had to
end up this way.

Well, I been
in jails before.

As a matter of fact,
I seem to remember that you
were in 'em along with me.

This is different.
I'm not worried.

What do you expect to get
out of all this?

Guy like you
could make it on the level.

Not as much.
Or as fast.

How about Helen?

She won't get hurt.

I've been real good
to her, Jeff.

Do me a favor?

Tell her I'm in the jug.
I don't want her to worry.

I'll take care of it.

[ Door Opens, Closes ]

Who is it?
It's Jeff.


Just a minute.

Come on in, Jeff.

Jim isn't home,
but I expect him
any minute.

He won't be home
tonight, Helen.

I just left him.
He's in trouble.

Is he hurt?
No, he's in jail.

I wish you hadn't
done that, Jeff.

I tried to warn him.

Don't misunderstand me.
I'm only afraid of what
might happen to you now.

Oh, it's not that serious.

He was trying
to stir up trouble
with the railroaders.

I thought if I put him in jail
it'd give him a chance
to cool off, think it over.

I'd like to think
that would help,
but I'm afraid it won't.

Helen, if he keeps on
this way--

I know.

You happy with him?

I'm married to him,

No matter what he does,
that's something
I can't escape.

I made my choice.

I'll keep my part
of the bargain.

I see.

May I see him, Jeff?

Not tonight.

Good night, Helen.

Good night, Jeff.

[ Door Opens,
Closes ]

You'd better hurry up
with your shaving.
It's almost time for the trial.

Where's Jeff?

I guess he had business

I ain't seen him
since last night.

Be too bad
if he missed the trial.

They might need
his testimony.

I was there.

That's right.
You were, weren't ya?

Did you ever see a man
get his throat cut
with one of these, Orrie?

Can't say I have.

It's awful messy.

I don't think
you'd like it.
No, I don't think I--

[ Mirror Shatters ]

[ Whistle Blowing ]

Shut 'er down
and get me back to Laramie.

I thought you were
supposed to be in court.

where we're going.

[ Spectators Murmuring ]

Wonder what happened
to Harder.

That's what
I'd like to know.

[ Pierce ]
This court will now
come to order.

Lend me your knife,
[ Gavel Bangs ]

[ Pierce ]
Will the arresting officer
please take the stand.

Your Honor,
I regret to inform
the court...

the arresting officer
is not present.

[ Spectators Murmuring ]
[ Pierce ] Are there any other
witnesses for the prosecution?

Your knife.

[ Prosecutor ]
No other witnesses,
Your Honor.

Your Honor,
since no evidence has been
offered by the prosecution,

I move for dismissal
of the case.

I have no choice
but to dismiss the case.

[ Gavel Bangs ]
[ Pierce ]
Court's adjourned.

[ Spectators Murmuring ]

[ Steam Hisses ]

Judge Pierce!

You're a little late,

We could have used
your testimony.

Or is that the way
you had planned it?

You ain't gonna
turn that in, are ya?

No. But it's pretty plain
that's what a lot of people
would like me to do.

It's still
all my fault.

I could've testified,
but that Ace and Con were
sitting right behind me and I...

just lost my nerve.

Don't worry about it, Orrie.
I don't think they'd have
convicted him anyway.

Maybe not, but they gotta
hang this whole thing
on somebody, and--

And I'm it.
Yes, I know.

What'll you do now?
Only one thing
to do.

Let's take a walk.

[ Door Opens ]

You still open
for business?

[ Jeff ]
Come in.

Excuse me.
I'll meet you later.

All right,

You weren't
at the trial today.

I was out of town.

That's what I heard.

You know
what's gonna happen now?

I've got
a fair idea.

This town's
gonna blow wide open.

How would you know?

You can hear
a lot of things
around the saloon.

My offer to help
is still good.

Just what is
your interest
in all this?


[ Door Closes ]

Gather round.

Shanessy just gave us
the go-ahead.

He wants Five Mile burned
and all the rolling stock
put out of commission.

And stay out of
that marshal's way
if you wanna stay healthy.

[ Chuckles ]
You oughta know,

You all know what
you're supposed to do.

Here's a key
to the dynamite house.

And don't be bashful
about using it.

It ain't costin'

Not guilty.

Not guilty.

Not guilty.

Something I can do
for you, Marshal?

Send that message through
to General Augur
in Cheyenne.

Yeah. "Need a crew
of 200 railroad workers...

or 12 men
to sit on a jury.

Neither available,
request I be recalled
from this assignment.

Signed, Harder."

That'll be a dollar,

Not quite
as sure of yourself...

as when you first
came here, are you?

Just send the message.
Yes, sir.
Deliver it right away.

Of course
you didn't send it.

I didn't figure
you'd want me to.

Buy yourself a cigar
on the way out.

Mr. Shanessy.

Oh, one thing
I had in mind.

If he don't get an answer, he's
apt to take it into his head
to go to Cheyenne personally.

When's the next train
going there?

Well, if they stay on schedule
there'll be one tomorrow.

Mm-hmm. Thanks.

[ Clicking ]

[ Telegraph Clicking ]

[ Clicking ]

[ Clicking Stops ]

I suppose you know
why we're here.

I can guess.

Mr. Harder, much against
our better judgment,

we agreed to cooperate with you
on this idiotic plan
you proposed...

to force these men to work.

At this point
it must be clear
even to you...

that you have failed.

The only thing you've done
is to stir them up to a point...

where our property
and homes are endangered.

Now, we demand
you rehire them

your objection?

You want to build a railroad,
don't you?

Show weakness to these men,
and you'll never get it done.

[ Pierce ] But it isn't safe
for decent people
to appear on the streets.

Whose fault is that,

I've arrested a dozen men
in the last week, and
you've turned them loose.

What do you want me to do?
We've already told you.
Put these men back to work.

And the answer
is still the same.

In that case, Sergeant,
you leave us
only one alternative.

I'm telegraphing
General Augur to request
your immediate dismissal.

In addition,
I feel it's my duty
to file charges against you.

Good day!

Mr. Graham!
Mr. Graham, I've been looking
all over town for you.

What's wrong?
Somebody dynamited
the Cheyenne Hill.

There's a landslide
on the tracks. Take a least
a couple weeks to clear it.

Did you notify General Augur?
No, sir.
I didn't notify anybody.

Why not?
Well, whoever did the dynamiting
also cut the telegraph lines.

That comes in
pretty handy for you,
doesn't it, Marshal?

Gentlemen, gentlemen!

I think the only thing to do
is rehire some of the old men
for an emergency crew.

I wouldn't hire
one of those men back
for anything.

If you want a message
through to the general,
write it out.

I'll deliver it for you.
I'm afraid we couldn't
trust you, Marshal.

Under the circumstances,
I prefer you remain in town.
Suit yourself.

Mr. Sommers, do you think
you could make it through
to Cheyenne?

Yeah, if I don't
run into Indians.

Is it all right
for me to go, Jeff?

Sure, Orrie, but...
take care of yourself.

Meet me in my office
as soon as you're
ready to leave.

[ Murmuring ]

This time
do it your way, Ace.

[ Hammer Cocks ]

[ Gunshot ]

Come on in, Jeff.

Make yourself
at home.

You don't mind
my dropping in like this?
It's your hotel.

I would've come down to
your office, but I thought
we could talk better here.

What have we got
to talk about?
Your future.

I'll take care of
my future.

You look out
for your own.
Mine never looked brighter.

And it could
include you.

You know me
better than that, Jim.

I heard what happened.
You're all through here.

Maybe as far
as Graham's concerned.

I figure I got
some unfinished business...
with you.

Use your head, Jeff.

Finish your hitch in the army
and come on back here.
I can always use good men.

Like Con and Ace?

They come in handy
at times.

What's this for?
That's for the room.

I don't wanna throw you out
as long as you're still
paying for it.

Have it your way.

I hope
you change your mind.

Whoa, Rusty.

[ Nickering ]
Whoa, boy.

Whoa, Rusty.

[ Knocking ]

Come in.

What's the trouble,

I just found
Orrie Sommers's horse.
There's blood on the saddle.

I should have known.

Fix me up a rig.
I'll see if I can
find the doctor.


Take him down
to the undertaker's.

And, Doc,

tell him
to stay open.

All right, Jeff.

Looking for somebody,

You oughta know.
Maybe I do.

Sit down.
Some other time.

Let's make it now.
I want to talk to you.

They killed
Orrie Sommers,
didn't they?

What do you know
about Orrie?


Except what I can
figure out for myself.

Who did it?

Where is he?



Don't kill him.

That's the way Shanessy
runs this town.

What would you
like me to do?

Arrest him
so a jury of 12 good men
can turn him loose?

But they don't have to be men.
What are you
talking about?

Look it up in your
territorial constitution.

Women can vote.
They can serve on juries.

It's the first time
they've been given equal rights
anywhere in this country.

I'll tell Shanessy...

you made your speech
real good.

Maybe I don't like murder
any more than you do.

Hold it, Sergeant.
You have to go through me
to see Shanessy.

Yeah, I know.

Ah, Jeff.
We were just having
a nightcap.

Will you join us?

Next time
you bushwhack somebody,
shoot the horse too.

I don't know
what you're talking about.

I just brought Orrie Sommers
back into town.

I didn't know
he'd been gone.

Come on.
I'm taking you in.

What for?

I didn't kill Orrie.

How did you know
he was dead?

You think you can make that
stick with a jury?
I don't know.

But I'm making you
a promise.

If the jury don't hang you,
I will.

Come on.

drink up, Ace.

[ Gunshot ]

Saves the town
the cost of a trial.

No, it doesn't, Jim.
They're gonna try you instead.

You gave the orders.

You can't
prove that.

Maybe I can.

Women jurors.
Next thing you know,
they'll have a woman judge.

and a woman mayor!
[ All Laughing ]

Why don't you ladies
go home!

Go on home with your petticoats
where you belong!

Where's your old man?
Home taking care of the kids?

We know
who you are.
Where's your old man?

[ Men Chattering,
Jeering ]
Oh, a petticoat jury!

Oh, Mr. Grimes.


You'd better tell
those female jurors
to acquit Jim Shanessy.

Yeah, or there'll be
12 new widows
in town tomorrow.

Go on.

[ Spectators Murmuring ]

[ Rapping ]
Uh, Your Honor.

I move that all women
summoned as jurors
be excused.

That's right!
That's a man's job!
[ Shouting, Murmuring ]

[ Gavel Rapping ]

[ Pierce ]
Motion denied.

[ Jeering, Shouting ]
[ Gavel Rapping ]

[ Pike ]
That's a man's job!

This court
will come to order!

Your Honor,
the jury is now impaneled.
Swear them in.

If you will please rise
and raise your right hands.

[ Bailiff ]
You and each of you
do solemnly swear...

that you will well and truly
try the cause now pending
before the court...

and a true verdict
render therein,

according to the evidence
and instructions of the court,
so help you, God.

look this way, please,

so the world can see
what the first woman jury
looks like.

I rented Orrie the horse.

Then three or four hours later
he came back all by himself.

I thought at first
maybe Orrie
had just got throwed.

Then I saw the blood
on the saddle.

Come to think of it,
I never got paid
for the horse either.

Death due to
gunshot wounds...

and associated hemorrhage.

He was shot twice
with a large-caliber gun.

It was right after
Mr. Sommers left.

Shanessy and Ace
were standing there...

and Shanessy said,
"This time you do it
your way, Ace."

I didn't think
anything of it
at the time.

Having heard the evidence,
you will retire now
to reach a verdict.

Bailiff, make sure that no one
communicates with them.

[ Spectators Murmuring ]

This court will recess
for one hour.

[ Laughing ]

The way women talk,
this could go on
for a week.

What difference does it make,
with Lou on the jury?
That's right.

She's not gonna let
anything happen to Jim.

Jury's coming in!

[ All Shouting ]
Let's go.

[ Spectators Murmuring,
Chattering ]

[ Gavel Bangs ]

[ Pierce ]
Members of the jury,

have you reached
a verdict?

We have,
Your Honor.

We, the members
of the jury,

find the defendant...

guilty as charged.

[ Spectators Murmuring,
Chattering ]

[ Knocking ]

Who is it?
It's Jeff.

May I come in?
The door's open.

I wouldn't
work downstairs tonight
if I were you.

Why not?
Shanessy's got
too many friends down there.

You don't hire

Call 'em
anything you like.

They still figure
you're responsible
for Jim's conviction.

There were 11 other women
on the jury.
Sure. I know.

But they didn't stand a chance
to gain what you did.
Get out.

Not until I say
what I came to say.
You've said too much already.

Do you think
I'd see a man get hung for
a half-interest in a saloon?

Of course I don't.
But I know
some people who do.

I don't care
what they think.

Listen, Lou.

It took a lot of courage
for you to do
what you did today.

I came to say
thank you.

I didn't expect any thanks.

What did you expect?

Nothing from you.

I just want to be able
to live with myself.

Guess I'd better be going.


Why did you
come here?

I told you.

I wasn't because you--
you thought I was still
trying to make a bargain?

No, Lou.

Well, why didn't you
say that...

when you first came in?

[ Chuckles ]

You know,
the general always said
I wasn't very smart.

[ Laughs ]

Just wanted to make sure
the rope don't break.

Going to a lot of trouble,
aren't they?

There are plenty
of trees around.

Council figured
that kind of hanging
ain't human.

That's real thoughtful
of 'em.

What time
does the party start?

Noon tomorrow.
Better get
a good night's sleep.

[ All Laughing ]

Sorry, ma'am.
No one allowed in here.
The marshal's orders.

Would you tell the marshal
I'd like to see him?

It's all right,

We're not letting Jim
talk to anyone, Helen.

But, Jeff,
I have to talk to him.
This is my last chance.

I suppose so.
Come on.

I don't know how
to thank you, Jeff.

Don't try. I'm just sorry
it all had to happen.


Did you do
what they told you?

Give it to me.
I could get in
a lot of trouble, Jim.

You don't want me
in jail too, do you?
It's the only chance I've got.

I didn't have anything to do
with that killing.
Lou Carter railroaded me.

I promise you, Helen,
if I get out of this, we'll
go someplace and start over.

California, maybe.
You'd like California.

But I don't know
if I can believe you, Jim.
You've gotta believe me.

They're gonna hang me tomorrow.
Don't you understand?
They're gonna hang me.

You want that
on your conscience?
All right.

I believe you.

Hey, Jeff.

What is it, Jim?

Can I have a drink of water
before you lock up?

How about
a little whiskey
for a chaser?

The bar is closed.

Don't start yelling, Jeff.
It'll be the last sound
you ever make.

Open the door.

You know
I'm coming after you.

Come on.
Get inside.

[ Hammer Cocks ]

to see me, Lou?

You should have known
I'd come after you.

I told you once what'd happen
if you ever tried to cross me.

But I didn't
double-cross you, Jim.
You did it to yourself.

You coulda
hung that jury.

They preferred to hang you.

You'll never live
long enough to see it, Lou.

[ Gunshot ]

[ Man ]
What's going on up there?
[ People Chattering ]

[ Man ]
What happened?
Somebody get a doctor!

Lou. Lou!

Who shot you?


Shanessy broke jail!
He shot Lou!

[ PeopleMarshal!ing ]

just shot Lou Carter!

Round up all the men
you can find. Hurry.

We've had men posted
all over town.

Nobody's left
on horseback.

He wouldn't travel on foot
through Indian country,

so that means
he's still here.

Split up
in groups of four.

a house-to-house

Mr. Graham,
I'd appreciate it
if you'd stay with me.

[ Knocking ]
[ Door Opens ]


Where is Jim, Helen?

Jim? I-Isn't he
still in jail?

You oughta know.
You brought him
that gun.


Let him go.

For my sake
let him go, Jeff.

You can stop acting, Helen.
It won't work anymore.

Let's search the house.

He's not here.

I tell you,
I don't know
where he is, Jeff!

I give you my word!

Brought you
some food.

Everything all set?
All set,
Mr. Shanessy.

There's a work train due
to leave tomorrow at daylight
for the slide area.

They'll have to stop here
for orders.


[ Bell Clanging ]

[ Steam Hissing ]

[ Telegraph Clicking ]

[ Clicking ]

[ Clicking Continues ]

Get over there.
In the corner!

Wait! Come back!

The slide's been cleared!
There's a passenger train
headed this way!

Come back!

Keep him here.
I'll get the marshal.

[ Bell Clanging ]

Marshal, we've checked
every house, barn
and woodshed in this town.

We can't find
hide nor hair of him.

He must have tried to
get away on foot. Get your
horses and meet me back here.

Marshal! Marshal!

Shanessy and Winton
just stole the work train.

They can't get
past the slide.
Let's go.

The slide's been cleared.
There's a passenger train
headed this way from Cheyenne.

[ Graham ] Don't just stand
there! Get on your horses
and give him some help!

Come on,
[ Men Chattering ]

Go back and get him,

[ Screams ]

[ Bell Clanging ]

We're losing pressure.
Better check the steam.

[ Grunts ]

Train coming!

[ Whistle Blowing ]

I'd better catch that train
if I'm gonna report back
to the army.

How long
does that last?

Six months.

Then what?

I've spent
so much time in saloons,

I always thought
I'd like to own one.

I know one for sale

Of course
I'd have to have terms.

On this one
you could write your own.

Maybe we should come
to some agreement.

Maybe we should.

Just remember
those trains
run both ways.