Cimarron Strip (1967–1968): Season 1, Episode 23 - The Greeners - full transcript

A homesteading family see two men being violently dragged by four horsemen and later see the two men lynched from a tree. Deciding they don't want to get involved in another town's troubles, the family members refuse to identify the killers until one of the men tries to blackmail the lynchers' ringleader.

Me and Pinky sure hates to
do this to you, Mr. Barkeep.

You ready, Pinky?


That one.

I'm pouring it into the glass.


There's no need in
telling him anything.

He can hear the stuff pouring.

What do you think I'm doing?

Giving him some
sort of a signal?

Ahh, there's no
need in talking at all.

Now just get on with it.

- ♪♪
- (sniffing)


No, don't rush me now, I gotta
get my smelling warmed up.

I call it... Jackass Brandy.

Yes, sir, that's what
it is, Jackass Brandy!


It's rum!

Why you couldn't snuff
out a skunk from its hole.

All right, everybody
up to the bar.

These two drifters, and
I don't mean snifters,

are setting up all
the drinks for you.

- Come on!
- (all cheering)

There you go, help yourself.

One of these days, I'm gonna
cut that nose of yours off.

Come on, boys, we're
saving a place of honor for you.

Put your glasses up there.

Hey, you know, that
sure would have been

a good trick if you
could have done it.

You want to try it again?

- Double or nothing this time?
- Uh-uh.

After this round, then
we'll talk about that.

Now that there is champagne.

Don't you pay it no mind
if it tastes like red eye.

That's champagne.


All right, now,
let's see, that'll be...

that'll be $2, boys.

In a minute.

No, I'll take it now.

What's your hurry?



Now, you boys got
the money or don't you?

Give it to him, Pinky.



Grab 'em, boys!



Ah, it gives a warm feeling.

The town at night.




All right, you, break it up!

Break it up now!

(all shouting)

Cut it out!

All right now!


You come too soon.

Me and Pinky had 'em on the run.

Yeah, well, so I see.

These two sidewinders tried
to welsh on a bet, Marshal.

- No such a thing, Jim, we...
- How much they owe you?

- Well, um, $2, but...
- And we ain't got no money.

That figures.

We'd be glad to work
it off over at the jail.


- Come along with me.
- Okay, Jim.

Whatever you say, Marshal.

Webber, here you are.

- Oh, Marshal, $2...
- Don't worry about a thing.

Hold it now.

This way.

- But the jail's up here.
- Mm-hmm.

- And the livery stable is down there.
- Livery?

You boys are leaving
town right now.

You can't do this to us.

No, sir, we've done wrong
and you've gotta arrest us.

- I'm feeling charitable.
- Charitable?

What kind of charity is that,
chucking us out in the cold?

We ain't had a good
home-cooked meal since...

Since the last
time I jugged you.

That Ms. Dulcey can cook.

And, oh, boy, how you can eat.

Well, the taxpayers
can't afford feeding you

every time you come to town.

But, Jim, it's me and him.

Well, I don't want you or him

back in this town for
at least three months.

Ah, you don't
mean that, Marshal.

You're just trying to play a
little joke on me and Owley.

Oh, MacGregor,
you talk to the man.

You've appealed to the
wrong clan for a handout.

What do you mean by a handout?

All we want is
what's coming to us.

What you want is free
lodging and free feed.

Well, not this time, Owley.

Well, if that's the way you
want it, Mr. Marshal Jim Crown.

That's the way.

Fine with me.

Come on, Pinky.



Yes, Marshal?

It might get cold out there.

You'd better stoke up first.

Thanks, Jim.

Take care of yourself, Marshal.

I'll see you boys
in three months.

Three months!

They're a dying breed.

I hope not.

I'd sure miss 'em.




It's that citified life that
changed Jim Crown,

and it'll do it every time.

That's a fact.

You should have
"knowed" him like I did

when I was riding
scout for the US Army.

He was really something.

- He was...
- Side of beef.

You can't talk that way
about Jim Crown, Pinky,

- even if he...
- Over a fire-lickin' spit..

Are you working
on a scent, Pinky?

About a mile or so
upwind, maybe more.

Are you sure?

Have I ever been wrong?

If it turned out to be goat
meat, but lead me to it.


(cow mooing)

What'd I tell you?

That nose of yours is always
smelling us into trouble.

Yeah, but that's prime beef.

And them is prime rustlers.

What outfit you know
does branding at night?

And what they're running on?

You suppose that they...

Yeah, I guess not.

I'm awful hungry, Owley.

No hungrier than me.


(cow mooing)

(gunshots firing)

(gunshots firing)

Something must have scared 'em.


I like mine rare.




Is that your cooking gear?

Me and Pinky come riding in
here, scared off a couple rustlers,

and we thought it was a
shame to see that go to waste.

That's right.

If you'll turn us loose,
we can talk about

working off that little-bitty old
dab of beef we ate of yours.

We'll make you a
couple of good hands.

That ain't ours.

Now, I don't know
what you all is thinking,

who we are or what we done,

but we came riding in and
that's exactly what happened.

And that's the truth.

Drag 'em.


(cows mooing)

Pa, Pa!

- Ho.
- Pa!

- Well, look!
- David, what is it?

There just ain't no
words to describe it.

It's almost frightening.

No, Ruth, it's the
Lord's work of beauty.

Maybe we'll have a herd
like that of our own some day.

We better take care
of what we got first.

Team needs water.

Thank goodness one Arlyn
has his feet on the ground.

There's a stream down there.




Hurry up, Davey, come on.


What's wrong?

- Oh!
- Don't look!

Lord have mercy.

You think they had enough, boss?

Drag 'em.


- Murderers!
- They will ride off!

- But, Pa, you saw...
- We go on!

You're up early.

Well, I might say the same
thing for you, young lady.

Well, I couldn't sleep, so I decided
to get the day's work started early.

- That you, Marshal?
- Yeah, Charlie, it is.

Sure nice of Ms. Dulcey to
cook us a good hot breakfast

before we took off for
the creek, now, wasn't it?

Well, it is nice, Dulcey.

You tell me.

How come any time
I decide to go fishing,

you seem to know
it before anybody?

Charlie tells me.

I wouldn't miss a good
breakfast like that for no money.

That's just about what you
want to pay for it, huh, Charlie?

No money.


- Pa.
- Hmm?

What say...

we turn the wagon around
and head back to Salem?

I know, son.

It's a worrisome thing to
leave a place that you know

and go to a strange one.

Even the fields look different.

And the people, too.

You know Abraham felt it

when he left his father's house
and went into the land of Canaan.

And the Lord was with him.

It made him easy in his heart.

The Lord's with us, too, Will.

Something I... I had
to say... straight out.

Something that was
on my mind that...

needed words.

Well, you feel better?

Now that you said it?

Straight out?

I guess so.


Don't worry now, son.

It's great growing land the
government's giving away.

Won't be no time
before we're settled in.

We'll get the hang of it.

Will, I got a good
feeling about this country.

The bigness of it.

Great rolling countryside.



- Will?
- It's nothing, stay in there, Ruthie.

Let's get out of here, Pa.

We can't just leave
'em hanging like that.

- Pa!
- There's nothing we can do for 'em.

Suppose we never came by here.

Somebody else...

But we did come by!

- Pa!
- Leave 'em, Pa.

We're new around here.

Somebody might get it
into their head that we did it.

Will, these are men...
made in God's image.

And whoever they are,

they deserve a better end than to
be left for the buzzards to feed on.

Over there, Pa.

Davey, what do we do now?

- Davey!
- What?

Oh, I'm sorry, Ruth, what?

- What do we do now?
- I don't know.

Go to the land agent
office, I suppose.

As soon as Pa...

Will, better go find the sheriff

or whoever it is that you tell
about the finding of these bodies.

That'll be Marshal Crown.

Where do we find him?

Over at the Wayfarer's
Inn would be the first place.

I'll go along and help, Pa.

All right.

We were told we could
find the marshal here.

He's not in.

Is he in town?

- It's important, miss.
- Uh, yes, somewhere.

His deputy's upstairs
if you need someone.

I think it's the
marshal we want.

We'll just look around for him.

We're new here and we
don't know what he looks like.

He's wearing a marshal's badge.

Oh, sure.

- Do you work here?
- I own the Wayfarer's.

Oh, then I guess
you do work here.

Like I say, we're new here and
we don't know the countryside much,

- so if you're not too busy...
- Davey.

- Davey, let's go.
- Coming.

That's my name, Davey.

Davey Arlyn.

- What's yours?
- Dulcey Coopersmith.

Pleased to meet
you, Ms. Coopersmith.

And I hope that if...


You're not known here,
let's keep it that way.

It's right over there, Will.

All right.


Marshal Crown.

Well, good morning, Mr. Kilden.

Morning, Marshal.

Uh, Jim, this man
here and his family.

Name is Arlyn.

Jared Arlyn.

How do you do?

Some sort of trouble?


There's another one
inside, the same way.




Hey, you, come here.

Now don't make me
come and get you.

I told you to come here now.

You're looking so hard,

I thought maybe you'd
like a close look up, huh?

What are you looking at me for?

I'm not.

You look at everybody this way?

Do you?

Do you?

You got a bad case of stares.

We're gonna do
something about that.

Look at him, huh!

What are you gonna
do with him, Homer?

Break his head a little bit?

I got him, Larkin!

I said let him go!


I said let him go!

Pa, Pa!


Now you boys sit tight.

Go on home, everybody!

Belongs to you,
you look after him.

Easy, Marshal.

- No harm done.
- Not to you, as far as I can see.

I told you before, Turner.

You keep your dogs on a
leash when you come to town.

Well, you gotta run a good
dog time to time, Marshal,

or else they get soft.

They started, Marshal.

We got witnesses to
prove it if you're interested.

I'll bet you do.

Now you mount up and get out.

We've got just as
much right in this town...

Not here, you don't.

You build yourself
a big spread, Turner.

You and your boys stay behind

and then maybe we
can learn to get along.

That's one lesson I don't
figure to learn, Marshal.

That's one I'm getting
tired of trying to teach you.

Once more, Turner.

Flat and straight.

Get out of town now.


Pa, they're the ones
that we saw this morning.


Tend to your brother.

You saw what,
miss, this morning?

Go on, finish it.


We just saw them, that's all.

We saw two men hanging.

Nothing else.



I told you we saw nothing.

That's not what the
girl said out in the street.

- Now, was it Turner?
- Leave her out of this.

None of you are out of it

'til I find out who
killed those two men.

Better tell him, Pa.

You're afraid, is that it?

You're afraid they
might gun you down.

He's not afraid.

That's the way it seems to me.


That's the way it seems.

I'll tell you what I
saw, nothing else.

All right, that's
all I want to know.

We saw those two men
being dragged behind horses.

And later, we saw 'em
hanging from a tree.

The same men do it?

- I can't say that.
- You don't have to.

Just tell me who they were.

We're new out here,
we don't know them.

All right, then.

I'm gonna drag every desert
rat in this whole territory

in front of all four of you,
then you can pick 'em out.

- We don't know who they were.
- Pa.

Let's leave it at that, Marshal.

No, mister, I can't
leave it at that.

Pa, why don't you tell him?

The Lord said thou shall
not bear false witness.

Well, nobody's
asking you to lie.

Yes, you are!

You are!

We saw no hanging.

Two men being dragged, yes.

Cruel, vicious
thing, but no murder.

I will testify against no man

unless I have seen with my own
eyes the crime he's accused of.

That makes no sense, Pa.

The Lord also said honor
thy father and thy mother

even though you don't fully
understand their intentions!

Yes, Pa.

How do you know
you didn't see murder?

'Cause we found the bodies
later on after they were killed.

You sure?

You sure you didn't see those
men die right before your eyes

while they were being dragged?


And that's the reason I can't tell
you anything, because I'm not sure!

If I even testify as to the
dragging, those men'll hang!

You know that, Marshal.

It takes seeing the
killing to hang a man for it.

It takes knowing, not guessing.

The court will decide
whether they hang or not.

My job is to bring 'em in.

You do that, Marshal.

But you'll get no help from us.

Ah, we're wasting our time
trying to talk sense into them.

Lock 'em up, Jim.

- They'll come around.
- You can't do that.

But we can, laddie, and we will.

You're material witnesses.

That's all the reason we need.

But, uh...

if you'd like to talk it over
amongst yourselves first.

We need no time.

- We've told you all we can.
- Right.

Then it's a cell
for the lot of you.

- Come on.
- Hold on, MacGregor.

Where did you find them hanging?

That's all I want
to know, just that.

About eight miles
outside of town, east.

There's a big tree at
the side of the road.

You can't miss it.

The ropes are still
tied around the trunk.

All right, you're free to go.

Aw, but, Jim!

All of you.

Thank you, Marshal.

Wait a minute.

Do you have a
place to stay here?



Yes, Jim?

You have any spare
rooms upstairs?

- Of course.
- Fine.

I want to put up
Mr. Arlyn and his family.

Well, fine, glad to have you.

Uh... I don't know
if we can pay for it.

No charge.

I want you around
when I need you.

Then we are under arrest?


You can come
and go as you like...

anywhere in town.

And what kind of
mollycoddling is that, I ask you?

You punch a stone
wall, you break your fist.

- Get Charlie Ives.
- Right.


He left a drag
mark past that creek

so clear you could
read it in a blizzard.

(horse whinnying)

This is Turner's
brand all right.

But not his spread.

You don't think Owley and
Pinky may have stolen the beast?

Well, there's fresh tracks
and ten head of beef,

maybe more, over that way...
Three riders were working them.

If Turner had come along and
find them with the hide and all...

He'd take 'em for rustlers.

(cows mooing)


You know whose
beef you got there?

Well, the... the brand markings
say they're... they're yours.

Well, now, that 12 head of stock
just didn't follow you out here, did it?

That means you're
rustling my stock.

Well, what are you gonna do?

You gonna turn me over to Crown?


What? I say something funny?

You did, Charlie.

Most surely did.

You see, I don't need the
marshal to take care of my business.

Larkin here is pretty good.

You don't seem
so scared, Charlie.

Why... why, I...

I didn't think you were
gonna do me no harm.

You just go on
thinking that, Charlie.

You gonna hang me?

Drag 'em.

Far enough.

Let go of that rope.

Oh, Crown, I was beginning
to think that you'd forgotten me.

What's this all about, Marshal?

You're standing
trial for murder.

He don't look dead to me.

I'm talking about
Pinky and Owley.

You thought they rustled your
stock, same as Charlie here.

You're bluffing.

You wouldn't have gone
through this playacting.

You've got no proof
and you know it, Crown.

Proof enough for the
attempted murder of Charlie.

Now, Cimarron is that way.


What else is new?

When it gets cold, you can
burn this here paper for fuel.

That's all the
good it'll do you.

The land?

It comes slow to you,
but you got my meaning.

Mister, we come a long way
on the strength of that handbill.

So did a lot of others.

They cried and moaned

'til they understood there's
nothing me nor anybody else can do.

The outlet is frozen.

Talk to the president.

We all work for him.



Oh, you wanna keep
this for a souvenir?

Better go on back to the room.

What are you gonna do, Pa?


Oh, I'll... I'll walk along.

- What now, Pa?
- I don't know, son.

Put ourselves in the
hands of the Lord, I guess.

We did that when
we came out here.

Not as bad as it seems.

The man at the land office says

there was lots of other
folks in the same fix.

We'll find something.

Hire ourselves out, maybe.

Save some money.

Buy a small place.

You're a farmer, Pa.

That's all you know.

Who we gonna
hire ourselves out to,

the girl over at the
inn scrubbing floors?

That's not for us,
Pa, that's not for you.

Maybe we'll find a farmer
who needs a hired hand.

A man can't even make a living on
those kind of wages much less save up.

All the way out
from Massachusetts,

you talked about your
dreams, of a place of your own.

That's why we came.

Well, it wasn't meant to be.

It was.

It's got to be.

What do you want to
hear from me, boy?!

I got no answers for you!

I wish your ma was alive.

She'd know what to do.

I miss her.

I'm sorry, David.

Maybe I'd best be
left alone for now.




Right in there.

Go on.

You can't hold me, Crown.

You got nothing
to make it stick.

I've got you.

The rest will come.

I'm gonna make
you pay, I swear it.

Come on, move it.

I'm no drifter, Crown.

That place I built
made me friends,

important friends
back in Washington,

where your badge comes from.

You gonna move into that cell
or am I gonna have to help you?

I want my lawyer.

Now, you'll get what's
coming to you and that's all.

You get Youngston
over here right now.

You get my lawyer, Crown!

You hear me?!


- Something?
- Huh?

Oh, yeah.

A beer, please.

Sounds like that fella thinks
he's a pretty big man around here.

He is.

Bigger than Marshal Crown?

He'll tell you that, but, uh...

Big enough, I guess.

Better not.

You'll disturb Mr. MacGregor.

Has Marshal Crown
gone out on his rounds?

I guess so.

He left about ten minutes ago.


Well, I...

I'm sorry, would you like to
sit down, Ms. Coopersmith?

No thank you, it's
been a very long day.


Had a rough one, too.

- Good night.
- Good night.

It's not a bad town, really.

Try not to let it frighten you.

Anything strange
is a little frightening.

Until you get to know it.

This place is gonna
take plenty of knowing.

Especially the people here.

You're referring
to Marshal Crown.

He's a very fair man.

He only wants what's right.

Sounds like my father.

But what is right?

Do you know, Ms. Coopersmith?

Well, I like to think that...

That right brings
good, for everyone,

not just... just myself.

Even if it hurts me
or brings me pain.

Good for everyone.

Could anything be more right?

I'm sorry I've kept you
so long, Ms. Coopersmith.

- Good night.
- Good night.



What do you want?

$5... $600.


Anything that it
takes to buy a farm.


You're serious.



don't stop there.

$600 deserves a lot of talk.

There were four of us that saw
what you did to those two men.

We could be the proof the
marshal needs to get you hung.

You offering me a proposition?

None of us'll talk if you give
me the money for that farm.

How do I know you saw me?

What difference does it make?

Marshal Crown will believe me.

I wonder what a
jury would think.

Get out of here.

Hold on.

All I've got is your word.

That's all I've got to give.

Those other three
you were talking about.

They know about
this little deal?


But you don't have
to worry about them.

They won't talk.

Why not?

You wouldn't understand.

A deal?

You take this note over to
the accountant at the bank.

He'll fix you up.

One thing.

You sure you get
a farm big enough

to bury four people,

because if any of
you go back on this,

that's where you'll wind up.

You understand?

I understand.




It's not possible.

How'd you get this, Davey?

There's nothing
wrong with it, Pa.

I went down to the bank
and saw the man there,

and he looked through the files

and found a place that
they had to repossess.

All we have to do is
take over the mortgage.

Pa, isn't it wonderful?

A place of our own.


just can't believe it.

I'm not lying, Pa.

Nobody says you are, Davey.

Oh, no, of course not, I just...

It's so wonderful, I...

I just...

What, Pa?


the Lord has provided.


Sure, Pa.

Well, now...

when do we have to make the
first payment on the mortgage?

Well, the man at the bank
said we don't have to pay a thing

until after the
first crop comes in,

then he wants the
payments every month, sharp.

That sounds reasonable.

Surely does.

Well, when can we see the farm?

When can we go there?

Anytime, Ruth.

Right now, even.

Oh, please, Pa?

Of course, child.

Right now.

You know...

when a man has a dream...

and it...

comes true,

he's afraid to
accept it right away.

We have our farm.




Youngston's coming.

Turner's barrister.

I'm busy.


You didn't waste
any time, did you?

Well, I don't like to
keep Mr. Turner waiting.

This is an order for release,
signed by Judge White.

Crown, you have no right to
hold Mr. Turner and his men.

That order is
effective immediately.

I suggest and advise
you comply with it.

- Would you?
- The sooner the better.

You get out of here.


That is a court order.

Good day.

Uh, Marshal.

Nice try, Jim.

But you still
have to let him go.

Don't you give me
any advice, MacGregor.

No advice, man.

Simply the word of
the powers that be.

Mac, you listen.

I've got the men that killed
a couple of friends of mine.

You think that piece of paper is
gonna tell me to turn 'em loose?

It's the law telling
you to let 'em go.

First time anyone ever had
to remind you about the law.

But, Jim, if you don't,

you're no better
than Turner, are you?


All right.

I guess I'd better go.

Get out.

You had your day, Crown.

Next time it's gonna be mine.

You as much as break a whiskey
glass that doesn't belong to you,

you'll be right back in there.

Now get out.


Mr. Arlyn upstairs?

No, he left, they all did,
about a half an hour ago.

Well, where'd they go?

David said they bought
the old Jacobs place.

They went to see
what it looked like.

Jacobs place?


I got it.

Well, it's run down a little bit

but it won't take long to clear
the field and start plowing.

No time at all, especially
with the Arlyns working it.

Pa, look, like a garden!

These flowers are
growing wild all over.

It's good soil,
there's the proof.

- You up to fishing us a supper?
- Try and stop me.

The first meal
on the Arlyn farm.

- What shall I make?
- What do we got?



Nothing like starting
off with a big meal.

Come on, Davey, let's
get on with the move.

Pa, it's turning out all right.

I didn't think it would, I
really didn't think it would.

(horse trotting)

Afternoon, Marshal.

I told you to stay in town.

We haven't run away, Marshal.

We're still here if you want us.

- I do want you, Mr. Arlyn.
- Oh?

But not legally yet.

Well, you did right well
for yourself, didn't you?

All the settlers that
come into Cimarron,

why, they sit around for a
week, month... sweat starts.

But you?

You got into town yesterday.

You didn't even have enough
money to pay for a room.

Today you got yourself a farm.

Why don't you get out of
here and leave us alone?


You're a lucky man, Mr. Arlyn.

The Lord was good.

The Lord or your neighbor?

What do you mean?

David spoke to a
man at the bank and...

I know all about that talk
with a man at the bank.

I had one with him myself.

You sold out to
Turner really cheap, kid.

You could have
done a lot better.

100 head of cattle for a mute.

Or are you getting
all that later on?

Shut up!

What do you mean?

Your son didn't tell you?

No, I don't suppose he did.


What's all this about?

I did it, Pa.

Not the Lord, me.

Did what?!

I went to Turner and I told him

I'd act as witness against
him for hanging those two men

unless he got us this place.

- Then you did see it.
- He didn't.

None of us did.


I'm... I'm sorry, Pa.


I'm sorry, Marshal.

This doesn't change
anything between us.

I kind of think it
does, Mr. Arlyn.

The stove is all ready,
all I need is some wood.

- Who was that?
- I'll get it.

Call your brother to the table.

He said he wasn't hungry.

Call him.


I told you I wasn't hungry.

Pa wants you inside.

Wants you to sit at the table.

Why did you do it?

I couldn't think
of anything else.

Were you scared?

I mean, when you
talked to Mr. Turner?

Yeah, a little at first.

But when he started writing
that note to the man at the bank,

I... I felt good.

Like I really did something.

Like I was getting a
present for Pa that he...

really wanted.

He was wrong.

We were wrong letting
Turner run around free.

Yeah, it was still wrong.

I know.


Thank you for what you
tried to do for all of us.

Well, we better go in.

Say the blessing,
Pa, so we can eat.

It's getting cold.

It's for the head of the
house to say the blessing.

Say it.

It's your house.


Say it!

And tell God why you did it.

He knows.


We leave this place tomorrow.

But it's done, Pa.

We don't have to go.

It doesn't make any sense.

We'll pay Turner back.

You don't understand,
do you, boy?

No, I don't understand.

I don't understand
anything anymore.

You carry your dreams
around in one pocket

and your sense of
righteous truth in another.

One cancels the other
one out, it always has.

Who are you, Pa?

What do you stand for?

Whose truth are
you talking about?


You don't know the
meaning of the word.

To me it means trouble.

Turner hung those two
men and you know it

but you have to see it
before you can call it the truth!

And what about
those two dead men?

What was their truth, Pa?

You're letting four killers
run wild, free to kill again.

Your truth is turning the
whole world upside down.

I don't want your truth, Pa.

Then you don't want me.

He didn't say that, Pa.

Well, it's the same thing.

I am my truth!

You can't have one
without the other.

I'm not through.

We're gonna pack
our things tonight.

We're gonna leave
this place in the morning.

We're going back to Salem.

You were right, Will.

We should have turned the
wagon around and gone back,

right when you said it.

I wasn't right.

I was scared.

Well, now I'm scared.

Not you, Pa.

My children,

learning the ways
of this wild country.

Learning to lie.

Lose respect for their father.

To blackmail.

Maybe even to rob next.

That's what I'm afraid of.

You forgot to mention murder.

Isn't that what I'm
gonna do next?

Stop it, both of you!

Well, you can go.

Not me.

Not me!


Call him back, Pa.

Let him go.

Please, Pa!

- Davey!
- Let go!

Wait a minute, you can't
just walk out like this.

How do you want me to walk out?

- Please, Davey, come on back.
- I told you...

- We can settle all this.
- Let me go, Will.

Davey, stay!


You're staying, you hear?

We're family.

- You can't split the family!
- Watch me.

- He's your Pa!
- Who?

Who is he?

I don't know him, I don't
know who or what he is.

Davey, don't.

Let me go, let me go!

Take care, Will.

Take care of Ruth, too.

Where are you going?

I don't know, I...

I'll make out all right.

Tell him that...

Take care of him, Will!




Have you seen my boy?

Which one?


He left the farm.

Didn't even have supper.

He's old enough
to look after himself.



I don't know what to do.

We had a quarrel and...

said some terrible
things to each other.

What'd you expect?

You teach a boy a
lesson, he learns it.

Then you smack him
one across the face.

What'd you expect?

I don't understand.

That deal he made with
Turner, you set him up for it.

- You showed him how.
- I did?

A boy grows up hearing
fine words from his father,

like "don't bear false witness."

Then he watches his
father weasel out, lie.


Not even straight out where
somebody can face him down.

You're twisting everything.

I told you it was a
question of principle, justice.

Those are words,

words you can hide
behind... Even from yourself.

Marshal, wait.

Help me.

You got to help
yourself, Mr. Arlyn.

Go back to when David
started leaving you.

Go back to the
dragging, the hanging.

The truth.

The truth.

MacGregor: One,
two, three, four, five.

That's the end of the game, and
I'll take that, thank you very much.

The next time you want a
lesson in checkers, the...


- Mac.
- Oh, Jim.

I was just going
to do my rounds.

Oh, never mind that.

- Have you seen Francis?
- He's down at the depot.

He's expecting some
newspapers from the East.

I want you to stand as watch.

He's coming along with me.

Oh, something happened?

Mr. Arlyn has agreed to testify.

I want to bring his family into
the town before I hit Turner.

You look after him.

Meet you back at the
Wayfarer's Inn in ten minutes.


Come on, Mr. Arlyn, this way.

You're doing a
fine thing, Mr. Arlyn.

We've had our
troubles with Turner,

but with your testimony,
they are finished.



Will Mr. Turner be much longer?

He'll be when he'll be.

You back here asking for more?


Got a lot of guts, boy.

Could have turned
out the other way.

- Other way?
- Yeah.

You could have been dead now.

Are you scared of Turner?

I just know him.


He asked you if you
were scared of me...

not if you know me.


I'm scared of you.

Well, I'm not scared of you.

Fair enough.

What do you want?

I came to give you
the deed to your farm.

That mean there's no deal?

Don't worry.

None of us will tell anything.


We don't want your farm.

That ain't the way I heard it.

What are you doing here?

- I told you to send a wire to Judge...
- I did.

Luckiest order you ever gave me.

What are you talking about?

A little conversation I heard

between Crown's
deputy and his father.


Go on, Homer.

- His old man's gonna testify.
- That isn't true.

Pa wouldn't do that.

You scared of me now, boy?

You better be.


Get Larkin in here.

You and Whit
ride out to the farm,

tell the old man to pack
up his family and ride out.

No more talking to Crown.

Tell him I've got his boy.

I'll hold him 'til I get
word they're far gone.

He gives you any trouble,

make him understand I can't
hang any higher for killing his son.

Want some coffee?

First Davey, now Pa.

Why didn't he tell you
where he was going?

He didn't have to.

He's out looking for Davey.

I wish they'd both get back.


What do you want?

Your father home yet?


Oh, friendly.

Just want to talk to him.

Get the horses around back.

Then wait outside and call
me when you spot 'em coming.

- Got any coffee?
- Get out of here.


Me and Whit just want
to talk to your father.

Might as well make it sociable.

Now, if you got any
coffee, let me have some.

If you don't... make some.

Why do you want to
talk with my father?

That kid brother of yours.

What about Davey?

He's dead if you and
your father don't do

what Mr. Turner says.

You've got Davey!

Hogtied and ready for branding.

(horses trotting)

Homer, Homer!

The old man's coming with Crown!

We gotta get out of here.

If they catch us,
we're gonna hang.


Watch out!

(gunshots firing)


Don't shoot!

- Will, Ruth, you all right?
- Pa!

Turner's got Davey.


At his house.

You take him into town.

- Come on, mister.
- Marshal, I'm going with you.

There's nothing
you can do to help.

He's my son.

It's my job.



Don't you worry.

I'll bring him back to you.

Whether it's to me or not...

just bring him back.

(horse trotting)

(dog barking in the distance)

It's Crown, he's alone.

Yeah, I know, I saw him.

Get him upstairs, quick.

What good will that do
if he's come after us?

If he meant to take us,
then he'd have a posse.

And if anything goes
wrong, he's our ace.

Remember that.


Now, you stay
there nice and quiet.

I don't even want
to hear you breathe.

(gun cocking)

Good evening, Crown.

I didn't hear you knock.

I thought the dog
was loud enough.

You wanted to see me?

I think I got those men who
rustled your cows this morning.

You came a long way to tell me.

I figured you might
sleep a little easier.

That all you want to talk about?

Another matter.

Pinky and Owley.

A matter of a dragging
and a hanging.

See my lawyer.

You better see him.

I been seeing witnesses.

That bunch of sodbusters, why...

I didn't say anything
about sodbusters.

I've had enough, Crown.

Haul yourself out of here.

As soon as you're ready to ride.


You're coming with me.

Those witnesses are gonna
take a good look at you.

Listen, if you think I'm
going to waste my time...

Put those hands on the
desk where I can see 'em.

I've got a belly
full of you, Crown.

Then we're both stuffed.

On your feet.

Move it.


I've got that sodbuster's kid.

I know it.

I walk out that door, he's dead.

Then so are you.

(gunshot firing)

Don't you breathe!

(gun cocking)




Pa... they went to...

Your family is fine.

Everything is
gonna be all right.

I promised your Pa I'd
bring you back home.


That'll be fine, Marshal.

That'll be just fine.




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