Gunsmoke (1955) s01e35 Episode Script

The Guitar

Gunsmoke starring James Arness as Matt Dillon.
Hey, come out here.
Come on here.
Come on, boy.
Buddy boy.
You come back here.
Come on, now sing us a song, boy.
You know, that was real great, boy.
I like the way you strum that guitar.
This time, I'm gonna buy Weed Pindle a drink.
And- And you too, Augie.
We'll both buy! Yahoo! Be with you in a minute.
You fellas have sure been mighty good to me.
Aww Hey, there's Marshal Dillon.
Hold it.
Now, what's going on around here, anyway? Marshal, I'd like to have you meet Weed Pindle from Texas.
And if you figure he's funny-looking, you ought to see his burro.
Howdy, marshal.
Howdy.
We're celebrating 'cause Weed Pindle's come to town.
We've been showing him every saloon in Dodge.
The minute they found out I was from Texas, marshal, they just couldn't do enough for me.
Uh-huh.
You men can always find some reason for getting drunk, can't you? All right, you do your celebrating, but you stay out of trouble.
And keep those guns in their holsters.
Oh, we will, marshal.
Hey.
Can I buy you a drink? No, thanks.
I ain't been treated so nice since I was wounded.
Was you in the Army, Weed? Third Illinois Cavalry, yes, sir.
Hey, that was a Yankee outfit.
Yep.
Always wanted to run into someone from the 3rd Illinois.
And we got a special reason for celebrating now.
Wow-wee.
Hey, come on, let's get that drink.
Come on.
Are you gonna drink that or not? I'm ready for another.
Yeah, I see you are.
All right, I'm ready.
Say, Chester.
Uh, Major Holcomb wants to see me out the fort.
I won't be gone long.
You got time for a drink, Matt? No, I- I'm on my way, Doc.
Just wanted to tell Chester here to keep an eye on things.
Oh, I'll do it, Mr.
Dillon.
Come here a second.
Better keep an eye on two drunks there.
Oh, all right.
Take you up on that drink later, Doc.
Fine.
Should be back by dark.
Come on, Chester.
Come on.
Two more, Sam.
Oh, no.
Uh, no, no.
Not- Not for me, Doc.
What's the matter with you? You couldn't wait, now you've had enough.
Well, I figure if anything comes up, I'd better be able to handle it.
Yeah.
Well, just how you having another glass of beer is going to seriously jeopardize the safety of Dodge, is something I fail to see.
Well, there's a lot you fail to see.
That ain't gonna change my mind none.
Well, all right.
Here's to your good intentions, and a dry Saturday.
Not so dry for some folk.
From this valley they say You are leaving Watch out for Rainbow.
Do not hasten To bid me adieu Now I wonder where they got him.
He sure is a funny-looking cuss, ain't he? Oh, come on, Rainbow.
Now move! Come on, Rainbow.
Keep moving, Rainbow.
They don't mean no harm.
Come on, now move.
They're just funnin' a little.
Move on there, Rainbow.
You're carryin' a Texas soldier.
Next stop, the Long Branch.
Not yet, Jim.
We ain't hit the Lady Gay.
That's right.
Lady Gay it is.
Come on! Come on, Rainbow.
Hey Chester.
They're taking that little fella into every saloon in Dodge.
They're coming in here next.
This'll be their last stop.
Well, what do you mean? After they hit all the saloons they're gonna hang him.
Hang him? Yeah.
Yes.
And I don't see the law along to stop 'em.
Come on, Tom.
Let's see what they're up to.
Oh, Mr.
Dillon won't be back till dark.
Oh, they're not gonna hang him, Chester.
Now don't- Now don't fret yourself.
I ain't frettin' myself none.
You don't know what them two crazy fools will do, once they get to drinkin'.
Ahh.
That's right, Chester.
They won't hang nobody.
This town won't stand for it.
This town? This town wouldn't lift a finger for that skinny Texas scrub, and you know it.
Come on, Pindle! Get over here.
Come on, get on.
Come on, Pindle! Get on there.
This time we're gonna find his burro a drink too.
Ride to the Long Branch! Long Branch! Long Branch! Here they come.
They're coming right in here, burro and all.
Burro? Yes, sir.
No burro comes into Long Branch long as I own it.
Sam, give me the gun.
You keep that mule out of here! Put that down! And start serving.
Come on, get off of there! We're buying, but we ain't servin'.
Hey, the drinks are on us.
Hey, give Weed Pindle here a beer.
He's too scrawny.
We got to fatten him up in a hurry.
And a bucketful for his burro.
I-I sure wish I could buy you fellas something to drink but, well, I ain't got no money at all.
Oh.
Why don't you sell this guitar? Oh, no, Mr.
Short, I- I couldn't very well do that.
Well, you must have a nickel at least.
No, sir.
The last money I had got stole.
Oh, now, who'd steal money off a tiger like you, Pindle? I- I don't know.
I was asleep.
and when I started to wake up, they kicked me in the head.
You call that a head? Looks to me more like your neck growed out and haired over.
I- I ain't very handsome.
You sure ain't.
They'll hang him soon as they drunk enough.
Um, mister, I don't- I don't think you ought to give Rainbow no beer.
Hey, what'd your old lady think when she saw you? Well, I don't know.
She died.
What'd she do, laugh herself to death? Is that the way you're gonna die, Pindle? Laughing? I don't know.
But you're gonna find out, and real quick too, Pindle.
What's he gonna find out, Short? Pindle here says he ain't never seen a hanging, so we decided to show him one.
The minute I came into town, Mr.
Tyler and Mr.
Short been buyin' me beers.
Then when I told 'em I was a soldier in the 3rd Illinois Cavalry, man, they've really been puttin' on a celebration.
Our Texas friend here fought with the Yankees.
He's a real hero.
Oh, I- I didn't do much.
No.
Fact, I didn't see no real Confederates at all.
Just a bunch of rag tail bobcats in south Missouri.
They was led by- By an old chicken thief named Kline.
Shucks, I wasn't no hero.
I got shot myself.
How much you kill off, Pindle? Well, after I was shot, they caught most of the rest of 'em, and they hung 'em.
You missed all that part of it? Yes, sir.
Yes, sir.
I never saw a hanging my whole life.
Well, you're gonna see one today.
You about ready, T? About ready.
Much obliged, but, well, if you don't mind, I don't rightly care.
I don't think I'd like to see a hanging.
Oh, you won't see all of it, Weed.
Just the beginning.
Now, now just a minute- You keep your mouth out of this, Chester.
We're liable to take you along with him.
You see here- Shut up, Doc! You're not gonna hang that man! This has gone far enough! You can't do that to the doc! Anybody that don't like the idea of a hanging, just step up and say so.
Ain't nobody gonna spoil our fun.
Them that don't like it, I'll cut a smile right in their face.
You keepin' us waiting? Back up.
Come on.
Over there, Doc.
Might as well hang him on his own burro, Gene.
Yeah.
Hey, we'll hang him right here.
Well, what are you gonna hang me for? I-I ain't done nothin'.
Yeah, well we fought under that ol' chicken thief Kline.
So let's say it's a real pleasure for us to return the hanging.
Climb up for it, Pindle.
Come on, Pindle.
Come on, get over there! But I only done what the Army told me.
Come on, Pindle, get on.
I didn't wanna hurt nobody.
Come on, Pindle.
Come on.
Please, me, mister, I ain't done nothin'.
Don't, mister! Mister, please don't, mister.
All right, Short.
You- You've gone far enough.
You take that rope off of his neck.
Kill him, Augie.
Come on, Chester.
Come on, shoot.
Do the job for us, Chester.
Come on.
Anyone shoots, you get this in the back.
Hold up, Augie.
I'm in trouble.
All right, put your guns away.
Celebration's over.
Told you fellas you shouldn't hang me.
Texan that fought against the South.
You don't deserve nothin' but hanging.
What you good for except for hanging? What else can you do with him? You keep your hands off him.
I'll throw you in jail.
You can be certain you ain't throwin' us in no jail.
You can be certain you ain't hanging nobody.
Now get out of here.
Go on, get! Someone get that burro out of here.
We'll get him out for you.
Nah.
We'll get back at him, Augie.
Don't think we won't.
I wanna thank you.
For- For what you done.
Oh, that was nothing.
What part of Texas you from, Weed? Oh, I'm from San Benito.
Oh? On the Rio Grande.
Yeah.
My folks was killed in a border raid when I was a kid.
They tortured me pretty bad.
I never did go back.
Hm.
Hey, Weed, you really play this guitar? Some.
How about playing some? We'll take up a collection.
Yeah.
Well, I- I couldn't very well do that.
Why not? Can't you play it good enough? Now, we should would like to hear you play it.
Why don't you sit down there and play us a song? Why, sure.
Come on, now.
Sit down.
Here, I'll just get out of your way.
Now, just sit right down there.
Now, you go right on ahead and play.
Weed- Weed, you got yourself a steady job.
That was the best guitar music I ever heard.
Thank you very much, but, well, I-I can't take a steady job.
Why not? Well, I'll be going out of town soon.
Tomorrow maybe.
Well, now, where you headed for? Nowhere.
Nowhere? No, sir.
I just get on Rainbow and ride.
I always do.
Well, my goodness, don't you ever get lonesome? Oh, I never stay any place long enough to get to know people very well.
Well, don't it bother you, being alone like that? Well my burro's company.
Well now, you're not going any place tonight anyway.
Why don't you play us another one? Yeah! Come on.
Oh, that was beautiful, Weed.
Let's- Let's hear that one again.
Oh, I- I've been playing for quite a spell.
I better go out and water my burro.
Well, here's- Here's a little something to help buy up some grain.
There you are, Weed.
We- We sure enjoyed your playin'.
Nobody ever done nothing like this for me before.
Oh, well Thank you.
Pindle? We got something to show you.
Come here, Pindle.
We're sorry we kinda mistreated you a little, Weed.
We're gonna make it up to you.
Do you? Yeah, we already got started on that homely old burro of yours.
Got it all prettied up.
Look.
Oh! Do you like him? Even a burro's got feelings.
Well, so have we.
Your music done it to us.
We heard some of it out here.
We've been waiting to tell you how much we like it.
Let me see that guitar, Weed.
No, sir.
Give it to me.
Stand still, Pindle.
Mister, don't- I'll give it back to you.
Just wanna tune it for you first a little bit.
Don't, mister! Don't move, Weed.
Hey, you know, there's still something wrong with that.
What do you suppose it'd be? It's too big.
Hey, yeah.
I'll make it small for him.
Everything all right now, Pindle? Anything else we can do for you, Weed? Oh.
Hello, Chester.
Oh.
What's going on here? Oh, I never knew people could be so mean.
What do you mean? Tyler and Short, they busted his guitar, and earlier they tried to hang him.
What? Yes, sir.
Where are they? Inside.
That one's a dirty Yankee.
A Texas Yankee.
Should've hung him.
Now, you can't do nothin' to us, marshal.
We didn't hurt him none.
You men are through in Dodge.
Oh, you can't run us out of town.
Can't I? Well, you got a place to stay, Weed? He can stay with me.
I got an extra cot.
Thank you.
Marshal, why did those men try to hang me? Why did they have to do that to my burro? Well, I'll tell you, Weed.
See, there's still an awful lot of Southern feeling around here.
You best not talk about having been in that Union Army.
I only done what they told me to do, marshal.
Yeah, you're a Texan.
How come you did fight for the North? I don't know.
One army's about like another, I guess.
Good night, Weed.
Oh, and, uh, don't you worry about those men.
They won't bother you anymore.
Ridin' off scot-free, Mr.
Dillon.
Yeah, it's too bad they ever rode in, Chester.
Well, I'll be back at the office.
It- It sure was good of you to give me the money.
It was good of you to play for us.
Weed, you can go to bed anytime you want.
Oh, I- I think I better be moving along.
I like to get my burro out of sight till I can clean her.
I think that about got it all there.
Come here, Rainbow.
There's another little bit right here.
Now, you all right? Yeah.
I'll just dry you off a bit and then the sun will do the rest, and you'll be good as new.
I didn't know nothing like that was gonna happen.
There you are.
Now, come on.
We can get on out of here and go where we belong.
There.
We'll ride Little Rainbow Little Rainbow and me We'll ride Just ride Little Rainbow Little Rainbow Look- We've been waiting for you, Weed.
Take a deep breath, Pindle.
You won't get another one.
I want you to see this, Doc.
How long would you say? Cut 'em down.
Yeah, I'd say at least eight, ten hours, Matt.
You seen Pindle? Anybody around here see Pindle? What do you want Pindle for, Mr.
Dillon? It's pretty hard to figure a little stray like him could've hung these two men, Matt.
Anyway, Pindle left about 6 this morning.
He was right there in my room.
I'd have heard him if he sneaked out.
That's right, Matt.
I seen him leave.
About ten after 6.
I remember it exactly.
Well, these men been dead at least eight hours, Matt.
At least.
And where were you last night, Tom? Me? Uh We was playing stud.
Played all night.
Yeah, that's right.
After they rode out last night, I went right to bed, Mr.
Dillon.
Now, look here, boys.
You gotta realize something.
The law is the same for everybody, including me.
Well, I can't arrest the whole town for this.
All right.
But let me tell you something.
If I find out who's responsible for this, we're gonna have an arrest and we're gonna have a trial and you can count on it.
All right.
Take 'em back to town.
Well, I wonder if they had time to enjoy it.
Enjoy what? The hanging they wanted so all-fired bad.