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Johnny Ringo (Character)
from Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

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"Johnny Ringo: Border Town (#1.24)" (1960)
[Case has been shot during a robbery]
Laura Thomas: Johnny! Johnny! Behind the counter... is he badly hurt?
Johnny Ringo: He's dead.

[Ringo and Cully search the murderer's saddlebags]
Johnny Ringo: A deck of cards - Eden, Arizona. I've heard of that town. It's on the border.
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: It's a wild place, Johnny. They wouldn't even let the carny play there.
Johnny Ringo: Go get Willis and Thompson; I'll deputize them. They can watch our things while we're gone.
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: What about Laura?
Johnny Ringo: I've asked Moss Snyder to take care of her.
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: How long are we going to be gone?
Johnny Ringo: As long as it takes.

Sheriff Frank Pike: I think the boy you're looking for is Al Parker - at least from your description.
Johnny Ringo: Is he in town?
Sheriff Frank Pike: No, he rode out about a month ago. We're lucky enough not to see him since.

Johnny Ringo: Where would he be if he came back to town?
Sheriff Frank Pike: Could have gone across the border into New Mexico, but I doubt it. No, if Al Parker's in town, there's just one place he'd be.
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Where's that?
Sheriff Frank Pike: The Garden of Eden.
Johnny Ringo: The Garden of Eden?
Sheriff Frank Pike: Mm-hmm. I'll introduce you to the proprietor - he's a very interesting man. But make no mistake, Sheriff - this Garden of Eden is no paradise.

Kirk: Ringo? That's a famous name. I don't recall associating it with a badge.
Johnny Ringo: People change.
Kirk: Let's drink to that.

[Ringo shows the deck of cards advertising Kirk's saloon that he found in Parker's saddlebags]
Kirk: What's this supposed to mean?
Johnny Ringo: You tell me - he was carrying it.
Kirk: Well, you carry a gun. Does that mean you're a friend of the man who made it?

Johnny Ringo: [discussing Kirk] Is he telling the truth?
Sheriff Frank Pike: Known Kirk for a long time. Sometimes he's the most honest man alive.
Johnny Ringo: How 'bout now?
Sheriff Frank Pike: He's lying through his teeth.

Johnny Ringo: Where are the New Mexico authorities?
Sheriff Frank Pike: Not too far. They can arrest him and hold him until we get get him.
Johnny Ringo: Cully, you stay here and keep an eye on Parker. If he leaves, follow him; if he steps across that line, arrest him; if he draws on you... kill him.

Johnny Ringo: Well, Pike, you're the sheriff here.
Sheriff Frank Pike: You want me to arrest Kirk? For what? Knocking Parker across the border? Giving your deputy a shooting exhibition? No, Kirk never breaks the law; he just bends it.

Sheriff Frank Pike: Maybe you have a clean town, Ringo; I don't. You see, we're right on the border. That means that every saddle tramp and gunslinger in the country passes through here and once they go across that border, they laugh at me. I've been sheriff here for sixteen years and it's taught me to compromise a little.
Johnny Ringo: Compromise with men like Kirk?
Sheriff Frank Pike: Maybe. Sometimes I think Kirk does more for this town than I do. People are ever in trouble, they go to him, not me. A man like Kirk, well, maybe he ought to be in jail. I don't know... but he'll ride a hundred miles to help a friend and there's not a man in this whole territory that wouldn't ride for him. Maybe he's not always within the law - it's hard to say. In this part of the country he *is* the law.
Johnny Ringo: You sound like you like him.
Sheriff Frank Pike: I guess I do... but if he ever steps out of line, I'll hang him.

[Ringo shoots Kirk's former friend, Parker, in a gunfight]
Johnny Ringo: I'm sorry, Kirk.
Kirk: I'm not.

[last lines]
[Laura has left Johnny a letter explaining why she has left town]
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: What does she say?
Johnny Ringo: She says she has to get away for a while; couldn't stand the sight of Velardi since Case was killed.
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Will she be back?
Johnny Ringo: I hope so.

Tombstone (1993)
Curly Bill: [takes a bill with Wyatt's signature from a customer and throws it on the faro table] Wyatt Earp, huh? I heard of you.
Ike Clanton: Listen, Mr. Kansas Law Dog. Law don't go around here. Savvy?
Wyatt Earp: I'm retired.
Curly Bill: Good. That's real good.
Ike Clanton: Yeah, that's good, Mr. Law Dog, 'cause law don't go around here.
Wyatt Earp: I heard you the first time.
[flips a card]
Wyatt Earp: Winner to the King, five hundred dollars.
Curly Bill: Shut up, Ike.
Johnny Ringo: [Ringo steps up to Doc] And you must be Doc Holliday.
Doc Holliday: That's the rumor.
Johnny Ringo: You retired too?
Doc Holliday: Not me. I'm in my prime.
Johnny Ringo: Yeah, you look it.
Doc Holliday: And you must be Ringo. Look, darling, Johnny Ringo. The deadliest pistoleer since Wild Bill, they say. What do you think, darling? Should I hate him?
Kate: You don't even know him.
Doc Holliday: Yes, but there's just something about him. Something around the eyes, I don't know, reminds me of... me. No. I'm sure of it, I hate him.
Wyatt Earp: [to Ringo] He's drunk.
Doc Holliday: In vino veritas.
["In wine is truth" meaning: "When I'm drinking, I speak my mind"]
Johnny Ringo: Age quod agis.
["Do what you do" meaning: "Do what you do best"]
Doc Holliday: Credat Judaeus apella, non ego.
["The Jew Apella may believe it, not I" meaning: "I don't believe drinking is what I do best."]
Johnny Ringo: [pats his gun] Eventus stultorum magister.
["Events are the teachers of fools" meaning: "Fools have to learn by experience"]
Doc Holliday: [gives a Cheshire cat smile] In pace requiescat.
["Rest in peace" meaning: "It's your funeral!"]
Tombstone Marshal Fred White: Come on boys. We don't want any trouble in here. Not in any language.
Doc Holliday: Evidently Mr. Ringo's an educated man. Now I really hate him.

Curly Bill: Hey Johnny, what did that Mexican mean by a sick horse is going to get us?
Johnny Ringo: He was quoting the Bible, Revelations. "Behold the pale horse". The man who "sat on him was Death... and Hell followed with him".

Johnny Ringo: I want your blood. And I want your souls. And I want them both right now!

Johnny Ringo: My fight's not with you, Holliday.
Doc Holliday: I beg to differ, sir. We started a game we never got to finish. "Play for Blood," remember?
Johnny Ringo: Oh that. I was just foolin' about.
Doc Holliday: I wasn't.

Johnny Ringo: [Ringo has taken Holliday up on his offer to 'finish the game'] All right, 'lunger'. Let's do it.
Doc Holliday: Say when.

[while watching a play in which Faust sells his soul to the Devil]
Curly Bill: You know what I'd do? I'd take that deal 'n' crawfish, then drill that ol' Devil in the ass. What about you Juanito, what would you do?
Johnny Ringo: I already did it.

Wyatt Earp: I just want you to know it's over between us.
Curly Bill: Well... bye.
Johnny Ringo: Smell that, Bill? Smells like someone died.

Johnny Ringo: [Ringo is trying to get McMasters to rejoin the Cowboys] So, there's nothin' I can say to get you to come back?
Sherman McMasters: Not after what you done. Not after shootin' at the Earp's women.
Johnny Ringo: All right then, I guess you can just get back on your horse and ride back down there to your new friends.
Ike Clanton: [placing a shotgun to McMaster's head] Hey. I just got one question; how're you planning on gettin' back down there?

Florentino: [attempting to translate what the Mexican priest said] He talkin loco... crazy... somethin' about a sick horse comin' to get us.
Johnny Ringo: That's not what he said, you ignorant wretch. Your Spanish is worse than your English.

Johnny Ringo: You gonna stick with your new friends?
Sherman McMasters: 'Least they don't go around scarin' women.

Johnny Ringo: [waiting by an oak tree for Wyatt Earp for a showdown, he believes the person approaching is Wyatt] Well,I didn't think ya had it in you.
Doc Holliday: I'm your huckleberry.
[Ringo is startled that it's Holliday and not Wyatt]
Doc Holliday: Why, Johnny Ringo, you look like somebody just walked over your grave.
Johnny Ringo: Fight's not with you, Holliday.
Doc Holliday: I'll beg to differ, sir. We started a game we never got to finish. Play for blood, remember?
Johnny Ringo: I was just foolin' about.
Doc Holliday: I wasn't. And this time...
[opens his coat to reveal a U.S. Deputy Marshal Badge]
Doc Holliday: ... it's legal.
Johnny Ringo: All right, lunger. Let's do it.
Doc Holliday: [they both start moving in circles slowly into position for a showdown, staring at each other without blinking] Say when.
Doc Holliday: [they both draw but Holliday is a tad quicker and shoots Ringo in the head and Ringo struggles to stay standing and finally falls] Poor soul. You were just too high-strung.
[Holliday places the badge on Ringo's corpse]
Doc Holliday: [Holliday hears running footsteps and turns to see Wyatt Earp approaching] I'm afraid the strain was more than he could bear. Oh, I wasn't quite as sick as I made out.
Wyatt Earp: Good God.
[knells to examine Ringo and picks up the badge]
Doc Holliday: My hypocrisy goes only so far.
Wyatt Earp: All right. Let's finish it.
Doc Holliday: Indeed, sir. The last charge of Wyatt Earp and his immortals

"Johnny Ringo: The Killing Bug (#1.29)" (1960)
[first lines]
Luke: Evening, Johnny.
Johnny Ringo: Hello, Luke.
Luke: Closin' up shop?
Johnny Ringo: No, every night seems to be gettin' a little later. Looks like Velardi's growin'.
Luke: Yeah. Pretty soon the first ones will be gettin' up before the last ones go to bed - then you'll have to work around the clock.

Johnny Ringo: You men strangers in Velardi?
Matt Sample: This ain't that big of a town, Sheriff. You ever seen us before?
Johnny Ringo: Nope.
Matt Sample: Then it figures we must be strangers, don't it?

Matt Sample: Name's Matt Sample.
Johnny Ringo: My name's Johnny Ringo.
Matt Sample: Ringo? Well, knowin' that's enough to keep a body from doin' somethin' foolish.
Johnny Ringo: You plannin' on doin' somethin' foolish, Mr. Sample?

Johnny Ringo: You know, it's funny - he died the same time you arrived.
Matt Sample: Well, you know what I'd call that, Johnny? I'd call it a coincidence. What would you call it?
Johnny Ringo: Right now? Oh, somewhere between a coincidence and an incriminating circumstance.

Johnny Ringo: They'll be a few questions I want to ask you later.
Mary Cannon: Here's an answer. Charlie Hanford was right - his father was murdered.

Matt Sample: Why don't you go over to your office and wait till it's all over. It's a nice private fight. Ain't nobody goin' to get hurt unless they're part of it.
Johnny Ringo: When it happens in Velardi, Sample, I'm part of it.
Matt Sample: All right, Johnny, your deal... but you ain't goin' to like the cards.

[Mrs. Haig opens the door with a cocked pistol in her hand]
Johnny Ringo: You must be expecting trouble.
Mrs. Haig: No, I'm not expecting trouble, Mr. Ringo. It's here already.

[Ringo enters Louie's nearly empty bar]
Johnny Ringo: Business looks good, Louie.
Blind Louie: Why don't you go on the stage and tell jokes. Some people will laugh at anything.

[last lines]
Luke: Hi, Johnny. Have a tough day?
Johnny Ringo: Yeah, pretty busy. Couple more like it and I'll be ready to retire.
Luke: Well, like you said, Johnny - got to raise the taxes, give you a few more men.
Johnny Ringo: Yeah, as long as the job gets done, I'm afraid non one will apy for extra help.
Luke: But what happens if the job isn't done?
Johnny Ringo: Then I get fired. Good night, Luke.

"Johnny Ringo: Die Twice (#1.16)" (1960)
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Do you think he's still alive?
Johnny Ringo: I don't know what to think, Cully, but I know there couldn't be two men like Boone Hackett. Even the Devil couldn't stomach it.

William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: How do you figure a woman like that takin' up with Boone Hackett?
Johnny Ringo: You don't. I figure there are three ways of thinkin' in this world - the right way, the wrong way and a woman's way.

[discussing an exhumation order for Hackett's alleged grave]
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: What if she decides not to sign that paper?
Johnny Ringo: One way or another I'll find Boone - with a shovel or with a gun.

[examining clods of red clay on the carpet]
Johnny Ringo: Who do figure visited Mrs. Hackett at the hotel?
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: A ghost maybe.

[Ringo and Cully trail Mrs. Hackett and find signs of a struggle]
Johnny Ringo: Blood!
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Who'd want to hurt Mrs. Hackett?
Johnny Ringo: Boone Hackett, maybe.

Johnny Ringo: All right, Hackett, now we're even.
Boone Hackett: Against you, Ringo, there's no such thing as even.
Johnny Ringo: Make a move - give me an excuse.
Boone Hackett: I got my hands up.
Johnny Ringo: Put one of 'em down - that's all it takes to draw.
Boone Hackett: Not against you, Ringo. What's it prove if I come in second.
Johnny Ringo: So far, you've won 'em all... or is that because their backs were turned?

Johnny Ringo: [to Hackett] Now maybe if I drop my gun you can grow a spine.

[to Hackett's corpse lying on top of his tombstone]
Johnny Ringo: I'm going to have to change that date.

[last lines]
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: It's funny... Hackett was digging his own grave and he didn't even realize it.
Johnny Ringo: Yeah. Well, he got out once - let's see if he can do it again.

"Johnny Ringo: The Gunslinger (#1.25)" (1960)
[first lines]
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Say, Johnny, how about a little fishin' today?
Johnny Ringo: Not today - maybe tomorrow.
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Maybe tomorrow, huh? You've been sayin' that for two weeks now... Can't get Laura and Case off your mind, can you?
Johnny Ringo: You know, Cully, when I first came to Velardi, I had nothing, no one. They filled an emptiness I'd been carrying around in me most of my life.
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: You've got a lot of friends, Johnny - the whole town.
Johnny Ringo: No... a friend is something you wear close to you. To these people I'm just a badge - someone they can tip their hats to and say, "Good morning, Sheriff," but that's all.

[Johnny has been seriously wounded]
Johnny Ringo: Brogger - got to get Brogger!
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Brogger? Johnny, what's this all about?
Doc Bardell: Don't talk to him now. I gotta get that lead out of his chest!
[Doc Bardell starts to operate on Johnny]
Johnny Ringo: Laura! Laura!

Annie Blanchard: You said the Brogger brothers - are they anything like the Reno brothers?
Johnny Ringo: The Renos were men. They wouldn't leave a man to bleed to death like the Brogger's left me.

Johnny Ringo: Kill or be killed, live or die... a man can't lose his own shadow - you can't kill it without killing yourself.

Ed Blanchard: Where will you go, Mr. Ringo?
Johnny Ringo: Nowhere and everywhere.

Johnny Ringo: Hey, that shotgun's pretty heavy for you to be totin' around isn't it?
Old Sam Beckman: Oh, I'm a rabbit hunter. That's my business - rabbits.
Bartender: Don't let Old Sam sponge you dry, Mister. That's the only business he's in.

Old Sam Beckman: Johnny, I got a little shack not far from here. You can stay there with me.
Johnny Ringo: No. No, Sam, I'm like a disease. You get too close to me and it might prove fatal.

[last lines]
[When Brogger and his gunslingers stalk the seriously wounded Ringo, the townspeople attack the gang, killing the it's leader]
Johnny Ringo: Cully, who fired that shot?
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: The town did, Johnny. You got a a lot of friends.

"Johnny Ringo: Uncertain Vengeance (#1.23)" (1960)
Emilia Crale: I want you to bring in a murderer.
Johnny Ringo: Who?
Emilia Crale: The man who calls himself "Jack Raven".
Johnny Ringo: You know him?
Emilia Crale: He's my son.

Harley Crale: I guess you'll be wantin' to take me in, huh, Sheriff?
Johnny Ringo: Maybe you learned something here today. The price was high, so for your mother's sake make it worth it.

Johnny Ringo: What are you doin' in town?
Suzanne: I just sent a wire to some of Red's friends in Yuma asking them to come get me. The word's out now. They're going to be here pretty soon, then they're going to sign your death notice. Oh, I forgot, Mr. Ringo - none of them know how to write so I guess they'll just have to make their "X" on your back!

Johnny Ringo: Let's put it this way, Harley... I killed your brother because I had no choice... The one who's tryin' to kill me does.

[Chad sticks a gun in Ringo's back]
Johnny Ringo: What's this, Harley?
Harley Crale: Judgment Day.

Johnny Ringo: Come on, Suzanne, it's all over.
Suzanne: Oh, no it's not, Ringo. When Branch Rondo gets here...
Johnny Ringo: Branch is dead... just like everything else in your life.

[last lines]
Johnny Ringo: Chad, you could have shot my deputy back there. Why didn't you?
Chad: I guess I'm not very bright, but I can't kill. I can't do that for nobody.
Johnny Ringo: Perhaps there's something you can do if you're willing to try. Maybe we'll forget everything that happened here. Harley's not going to be around for a while, so why don't you see if you can be a son to that woman over there. You see, she never really had one.

"Johnny Ringo: Lobo Lawman (#1.37)" (1960)
[first lines]
Deputy Cully 'Kid' Adonis: Boy, am I glad to see you back!
Johnny Ringo: Cully, what's the trouble? Where is everybody?
Deputy Cully 'Kid' Adonis: I've got Carlos Garcia locked up in there - the Tiger of Sonora.
Johnny Ringo: The bandit? What's he doing here?
Deputy Cully 'Kid' Adonis: The U.S. Marshal brought him in an hour ago. Told me to clear everyone off the streets. Said I should get him when you got back... expects trouble, I guess.

[Ringo slugs Marshal Kramer]
Deputy Cully 'Kid' Adonis: He's wearin' a badge!
Johnny Ringo: So am I! I've been lookin' fr him for ten years and I swore when I found him, I was going to kill him. Now, I'm going to kill him.

Marshal Kramer: I figured when I go, I'd be lookin' down a gun barrel. I didn't figure the man on the other end of the gun would be wearin' a star, too.
Johnny Ringo: A star doesn't change anything between us.
Marshal Kramer: When you've been wearin' it as long as I have, you get to know what it really means. A man's blood, bones, soul all mixed up together called law. Now there ain't no books ought here that say where and how - the only thing that matters is that the law has got to win.

Johnny Ringo: Are you afraid, Kramer? You weren't afraid when you shot Mitchell in the back.
Marshal Kramer: I'm too old for bein' afraid. Only a proud man is provoked by false pride. Don't worry me to lose a battle now and then... so long's as I win the war.

[Kramer pulls a gun on Ringo]
Marshal Kramer: Ringo, you do what I say!
Johnny Ringo: Would you like me to turn my back?

[Kramer insists on traveling despite his broken ribs]
Marshal Kramer: When we get to Yuma, we settle; until then, he's my prisoner. I say we move on. Now, what'll it be?
Johnny Ringo: Kramer, I don't care how you die, just as long I'm there to see it. If you want to kill yourself that's your business

[last lines]
Marshal Kramer: Like you, I pay what I owe. I told you when we got to Yuma I'd take this star off and we'd settle. There it is.
Johnny Ringo: No, Kramer, a man like you should never take off this badge. I think I know what you meant about mixing a man's blood, soul and bones together and calling it a piece of tin. You know, it's funny, but somewhere along the line, I seem to have lost my revenge.
Marshal Kramer: You're a good lawman, Ringo. What's more, you're a man.
Johnny Ringo: From you, I'll take that.

"Johnny Ringo: The Arrival (#1.1)" (1959)
Cason "Case" Thomas, Store Owner: I got the idea from a French gunsmith called LeMat. Think of it, Johnny - a seven-shooter! One extra bullet that'll make all the difference.
Johnny Ringo: A seven-shooter, huh? How does it work?
Cason "Case" Thomas, Store Owner: Well, it looks like a regular six-shooter, but there's a separate barrel for an extra shell. Not just a forty-five shell, mind you, but a .410 shotgun shell.

[first lines]
Harry: You really serious about going out there, Johnny?
Johnny Ringo: I don't get job offers every day, Harry - not like this.
Harry: Is the offer for Johnny Ringo or his gun?
Johnny Ringo: ...I just separate the two.

Pat Merlin: They tell me at the stable Ringo's here.
Harry: Might be. You a friend of his?
Pat Merlin: Sorta. Is he inside?
Johnny Ringo: I'm Ringo. What can I do for you?
Pat Merlin: Why, my name is Merlin, Pat Merlin. This is my son, Hank. We came a long way, Mr. Ringo. My boy here is going to kill you.

[to Pat Merlin after he shoots Pat's son in an unnecessary gunfight]
Johnny Ringo: Why would God give a son to somebody like you?

[Case, the acting sheriff, offers to escort Johnny to the nearest saloon]
Johnny Ringo: Now wait a minute. You sure you can leave here?
Cason "Case" Thomas, Store Owner: Of course I can leave here. You see, I'm only kind of an acting sheriff as you might say. The name's Thomas, Case Thomas
Johnny Ringo: Glad to meet you. Where's your regular sheriff?
Cason "Case" Thomas, Store Owner: Oh, about a mile from here... it was a nice funeral.

Johnny Ringo: [after seeing a seven shooter pistol] Say, that WILL make a difference!

"Johnny Ringo: The Raffertys (#1.22)" (1960)
[pointing to a wanted poster]
Slim Pardee: Name's Slim Pardee. I've come to find this Rafferty.
Johnny Ringo: Pardee? You're a bounty hunter.
Slim Pardee: You might say that. You might say I'm a lawman's self-paid helper.

William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: What happened to you? You're all dirty.
Johnny Ringo: Lyin' in the street takin' a nap.
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Uh-huh. You were in a fight, huh?
Johnny Ringo: Someone offered me a drink of water before taking it out of a canteen.

[Pardee tries to bushwhack Ringo and the Raffertys]
Ben Rafferty: What is this?
Johnny Ringo: Pardee, that bounty hunter I was talkin' about.
Ben Rafferty: But you're the law!
Johnny Ringo: No, he's not interested in the law... he's interested in twenty-five hundred dollars.

Slim Pardee: Don't kill me!
Johnny Ringo: I wouldn't waste the lead.

Johnny Ringo: All right, Mr. Unpaid Lawman, we've all got a date with the law.

[last lines]
Laura Thomas: You know, Johnny, we've got a pretty good town here.
Johnny Ringo: And it gets better every day.

"Johnny Ringo: Killer, Choose a Card (#1.35)" (1960)
Mamie Murphy: Well, what kept you, Mr. Fastest-Gun-in-the-West? Do I have to rot in this dirty jail while you stopped to read one of your precious books? Ow were you kissin' babies?
Johnny Ringo: Mamie, I'd like you to meet my deputy, Cully. He's been dyin' to meet you.
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: How do you do, Miss Murphy. Glad to know you.
Mamie Murphy: Don't blame you, sonny.

Johnny Ringo: Now, Mamie, what's this all about? Ever since I've known you, you've lied and cheated and served watered drinks throughout the West, but that's not enough to hang you.
Mamie Murphy: Don't you preacher me, Mr. Johnny Ringo! How else am I supposed to make a living in a rat hole like this - makin' fudge for chuch bazaars?
Johnny Ringo: You know, that's not a bad idea. A few church bazaars might do you a lot of good.

Johnny Ringo: Hanging a woman doesn't appear to bother you.
Jim Miller: Bein' a woman is a priviledge she gave up when she murdered Dave Matthews.

Johnny Ringo: This town seems anxious to get rid of Mamie.
Bill Jacobs: We'd all be better off without her.
Johnny Ringo: Maybe, but it seems to me like someone is tryin' to bag two deer with one shot.
Bill Jacobs: Now just what do you mean by that?
Johnny Ringo: Anyone who heard Mamie threaten Matthews could have killed him knowin' Mamie would get the blame.

William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: You know, Mamie, you look pretty good dead.
Johnny Ringo: Yeah - almost human!

[last lines]
[Mamie walks into the saloon carrying a heavy bag]
Sheriff Gabe Arson: Hey, you goin' on a trip?
Mamie Murphy: Not me - old greased lightning here... down New Mexico way.
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: New Mexico?
Johnny Ringo: I'm going to see a town about a church.
Sheriff Gabe Arson: A church?
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Hey, what is in that bag?
[When Mamie hands the bag to Johnny the money it clinks heavily]
Mamie Murphy: Just a chunk of my life.

"Johnny Ringo: The Liars (#1.18)" (1960)
Marshal Spence Patterson: I heard you were wearin' a badge, Ringo. Looks good on you.
Johnny Ringo: And it feels good, too.
Marshal Spence Patterson: I know what you mean, but after twenty years, this piece of tin gets mighty heavy.
Johnny Ringo: You're still man enough to pack the weight.

Mills Walker: The name's Mills Walker. Welcome to Hangman's Heaven.
Johnny Ringo: If this is heaven, they sent me to the wrong place.

Johnny Ringo: Something go wrong on that bank job?
Gordie Fields: Yeah. We got caught.
Johnny Ringo: You probably didn't have it figured out right.
Gordie Fields: Well, you can't win all the time, I guess.
Johnny Ringo: When there's a murder involved you can't afford to lose one.

Johnny Ringo: What did you hit me with?
Marshal Spence Patterson: A shotgun.
Johnny Ringo: Oof! From the way my head feels, you must have pulled the trigger.

Mills Walker: What about you, Ringo? You want a share, too?
Johnny Ringo: You're bein' kinda generous, aren't you?
Mills Walker: I believe in giving a man what he deserves - in your case, a bullet, Sheriff.

"Johnny Ringo: Four Came Quietly (#1.17)" (1960)
Johnny Ringo: How long do you want to hold him?
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Throw away the keys. That one belongs in a cage.

Johnny Ringo: Well, I'd like to know where he came from and who he is.
Case Thomas: Didn't ya talk to him?
Johnny Ringo: I don't want to get near him again.
Laura Thomas: Why not?
Johnny Ringo: I might break his neck.

Gabe Jethro: Any way you skin a cat, it comes out without his hide on, don't it? Fact is, Mr. Ringo, my boy is dead.
Johnny Ringo: Didn't it ever occur to you he was trying to kill me?
Gabe Jethro: It still ain't too late.

Molly Crawford: I was lonely and he told me I was pretty.
Johnny Ringo: Doc Bardell is on his way over, Molly, so you'll be alright. Just remember to live with what you've got, not what you had. Oh, and thanks for the gun.
Molly Crawford: Am I under arrest?
Johnny Ringo: Like I said, thanks for the gun.

[last lines]
[Johnny and Cully watch the undertaker take the coffins containing the Jethros to the cemetary]
Johnny Ringo: Old Man Jethro said they stuck together. He was right.

"Johnny Ringo: The Accused (#1.3)" (1959)
[a six-year-old boy is testifying at the trial of man who allegedly killed his mother]
Prosceutor Bogan: I object, your honor! That young boy has been through enough.
Johnny Ringo, Sheriff: If he's old enough to hang a man, he's old enough to answer one more question in this trial.

Johnny Ringo, Sheriff: Did you recognize any of them?
Virgil Kincaid: All I saw were their fists, Ringo.

Johnny Ringo, Sheriff: Why did you come, Doc?
Dr. Homer Bardell: I do solemnly swear that into whatsoever house you shall enter it will be for the good of the sick to the utmost of your power.
Johnny Ringo, Sheriff: Kincaid?
Virgil Kincaid: Yeah?
Johnny Ringo, Sheriff: You better keep that gun handy. There may be some people in town that don't live by Doc's code.

[Ringo pulls a bullet from his gunbelt]
Johnny Ringo, Sheriff: Ever see one of these up close, Henry? Know what makes it work? This is the cap, the percussion cap. When struck by the firing pin, it explodes. The powder burns and forms powerful gases that force the slug out through the gun barrel at a very high velocity. Now if the gun is aimed right, it'll kill what it hits.
Henry Trask: Now what's all that supposed to mean?
Johnny Ringo, Sheriff: Kincaid - this town is priming him. He's being pushed and sooner or later he's going to explode.
Henry Trask: Now why are you telling me this? Where do I fit in?
Johnny Ringo, Sheriff: Somewhere between the firing pin and the percussion cap.

[last lines]
[a bounty hunter has brought in the real killer of Lorna Parrott]
Johnny Ringo, Sheriff: This cartridge held the bullet that put a hole in Virgil Kincaid. Anybody want it for a souvenir?

"Johnny Ringo: Soft Cargo (#1.30)" (1960)
Johnny Ringo: There's one possibility that the army might not have thought of.
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: What's that?
Johnny Ringo: Comancheros.
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Comma-what?
Johnny Ringo: Comancheros.
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Who are they?
Johnny Ringo: A vicious tribe of half-breeds that are hated by both white man and Indian. They have no particular code they live by. They're completely lawless.

[Ringo rescues Cully and the girls from Dolan and Logan in a nick of time]
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Boy, am I glad to see you!
Johnny Ringo: Why? With all this taffy around?

Clint Logan: You got it all figured out, Ringo? You better have. I've seen what the comancheros do to their prisoners.
Johnny Ringo: Don't worry, Logan. If this doesn't work, you'll be in on the party. They'll know you told us where their camp is.

Johnny Ringo: Come on, Dolan. It's about time to meet your business associates.
Kurt Dolan: Look, I didn't do it, Ringo. Logan made me!
Johnny Ringo: Sure, I know. You thought you were on the way to church.

[last lines]
Johnny Ringo: You gonna stay in town long, Rhoda?
Rhoda: For about two weeks. Of course, we're going to have to find a new manager, but I don't think that we're going to have any trouble. After all, we're harmless.
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Hey, Johnny! Come on!
[Cully marches off arm-in-arm with Nora, Carol, Lydia and Pam]
Johnny Ringo: Uh-oh. We'd better go. I know Cully and he's not harmless.

"Johnny Ringo: Ghost Coach (#1.7)" (1959)
[Ringo and Cully are investigating a murder of a businessman]
Cully: Nothing in here, Johnny. Company cleaned out?
Johnny Ringo: No, they didn't want his money - just him.

[after the poorly attended funeral of a murdered man]
Case Thomas: It isn't right that a man should go out that way.
Johnny Ringo: No friends and one enemy.

Johnny Ringo: [to Nelson] Mister, you aren't going anywhere. I'm going to paint a target on your back and leave you right in the middle of Velardi.

Col. Platt: When in the face of fire, an American soldier deserts, it shall be consideed an act of supreme cowardice and the penalty shall be...
Johnny Ringo: Come on, Colonel.

[last lines]
Johnny Ringo: I guess the war's finally over for him.
Case Thomas: Yep... fifteen years too late.

"Johnny Ringo: Shoot the Moon (#1.34)" (1960)
[first lines]
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Hi, Sam
Sam: Cully.
Johnny Ringo: Hello, Sam.
Sam: Sheriff... Hey, got a big freight shipment for you. Come in on the train last night from Tucson.
Johnny Ringo: Freight for me? I don't remember ordering anything.

Sy Bonnell: Ringo, I want you to arrest these people.
Johnny Ringo: On what charges?
Sy Bonnell: Trespassing for one. Endangering the community for another. You can find some more.
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Just what did they do?
Sy Bonnell: Chaco here found them on top of Superstition Mountain over near the Yacqui burial caves.
Johnny Ringo: What were they doing there?
Sy Bonnell: Well, they're either fools or they're just plain sick. Said he was going to shoot the moon.

Johnny Ringo: You know, Cully, it's funny us trying to find out about the moon.
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Yeah?
Johnny Ringo: So few of us know anything about our own world.

[last lines]
Bevinetto: Just think - one day, the heavens will be the new frontier without laws and guns and just as people have crossed the prairie in covered wagons, they may cross the great prairie of space to the moon and look beyond. I wonder if then, perhaps, the moon, too, will change for us.
Johnny Ringo: For some, I think the moon will never change.
[nods toward Cully and Lisa talking romantically in the moonlight]

"Johnny Ringo: The Assassins (#1.20)" (1960)
Johnny Ringo: Go ahead, Chet. Go ahead and draw!
Chet Tomstedter: Sure. I shoot an unarmed man and you and that fancy shot kid gun me down for murder legal. Is that the best you can do, Ringo?
Johnny Ringo: My hopes are high you'll give me something better.

[Ringo notices a member of the Russian secret police following Andy into the restaurant]
Andrevich Baranov: Oh, my friend, please do not worry. He will do nothing. No, no, not here with all these witnesses. No, my countrymen have more finese than that.
Johnny Ringo: This is liable to be one of the politest murders in history.

[Andy plays the violin in front of an open window, defying the assassins to shoot him]
Johnny Ringo: Andy, should you be doing that?
Andrevich Baranov: Absolutely not.
Johnny Ringo: You're a renegade - a real rebel!
Andrevich Baranov: Of course! That's why we're simpatico. You, too, are a rebel. You fight brutality one way; I fight tyranny another.

[last lines]
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: You know, it's a shame... Andy dyin' for nothin'.
Johnny Ringo: He didn't think so.
[Johnny indicates Josh and Lily walking down the boardwalk arm in arm]

"Johnny Ringo: East Is East (#1.14)" (1960)
Johnny Ringo: Cully, be careful with that filing. I couldn't find a poster on that Reno hold-up man this morning.
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Right here under "C".
Johnny Ringo: Why under "C"?
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: He was caught.
Johnny Ringo: What about the file on those released prisoners?
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Under "L".
Johnny Ringo: "L"?
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Let go.

Agnes St. John: I-I'm all right. It's just the heat.
[Agnes staggers into Johnny's arms]
Johnny Ringo: This Arizona sun is more brutal than you think.
Agnes St. John: Everything about Arizona is more brutal.

Johnny Ringo: I might have guessed.
Agnes St. John: What does that mean?
Johnny Ringo: Instead of visiting some of the ranches and farms to get a look at the real West, you'd naturally pick this. No better place to find skeletons than Boot Hill.

Johnny Ringo: Cully, keep an eye on her.
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Yeah...
[discovering Ringo wants him to follow a beautiful woman]
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Yeah!

"Johnny Ringo: The Reno Brothers (#1.21)" (1960)
Case Thomas: Johnny, do you recall some brothers by the name of Reno?
Johnny Ringo: Yeah, notorious bank robbers. They were killed by federal men a couple of years ago. Why do you ask?
Case Thomas: Well, their ghosts have been haunting my store for the past ten minutes asking about a man I never heard of.

Case Thomas: What do you make of 'em, Johnny?
Johnny Ringo: I don't know. Those Reno brothers were a wild bunch.
Case Thomas: But they're only boys trying their wings.
Johnny Ringo: Yeah, but those boys are carrying guns under their wings.

Johnny Ringo: So you want to be just like your brothers... The famous Reno name has to live on and that means you have to live up to it!
Chris Reno: We've been trying to live it down!
Case Thomas: Nobody's better versed in living down a name than Johnny Ringo.
Johnny Ringo: Save it, Case.
Chris Reno: Oh, yeah. Well, the name Ringo has meant "amen" to a lot of folk.
Johnny Ringo: The meaning of a name can change.

[last lines]
Johnny Ringo: Somethin' tells me we're going to hear a lot about those Reno brothers.

"Johnny Ringo: Cave-In (#1.38)" (1960)
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: [discussing Clay Horne] Johnny, wasn't he the sheriff of Abilene at one time?
Johnny Ringo: For a year - but his reputation meant more to him than his job. I knew it wouldn't last long. Once a man lives by a gun, it's almost impossible to stop.
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: You did.
Johnny Ringo: But Horne couldn't. Since Abilene, he's killed eight men.

Johnny Ringo: You know, Clay, a miner works in dirt, but a gunfighter wallows in it.

[last lines]
Clay Horne: We'll meet again.
Johnny Ringo: Well, if we do, make sure you get more than five hundred dollars.
Clay Horne: ...Yeah, I'll do that.
Johnny Ringo: But spend it first.

"Johnny Ringo: Coffin Sam (#1.36)" (1960)
Johnny Ringo: A reputation can make a man feel mighty big... and mighty lonely.

Billy Counts: Old Coffin Sam just layin' out there face down in the dirt - it ain't fittin' that a man should end up like that.
Johnny Ringo: That's the way most gunslingers end up.

Johnny Ringo: The West is growing up. Gunslingers aren't heroes any more - they're killers... and that's the way they usually treat it.

"Johnny Ringo: The Poster Incident (#1.15)" (1960)
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: I didn't know you knew how to play one of those tune tubs.
Johnny Ringo: Well, I used to until somebody told me it wasn't good for my gun hand.

[last lines]
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Now we didn't get that telegram about the poster mix-up until an hour ago, right?
Johnny Ringo: Right.
Johnny Ringo: Well then, how did you know that Mr. Tobias was really Silky Carter?
Johnny Ringo: Well, I'll tell you, Cully, a good sheriff has to see things that nobody else sees. He has to - make the coffee!
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Oh, come on now; come on. How did you know!
Johnny Ringo: Well, to tell you the truth, I waas just riding out to give him the five hundred dollars reward money.
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: Then you - then you didn't... Aw, you make the coffee, hero, and I like it strong!

"Johnny Ringo: The Vindicator (#1.26)" (1960)
Johnny Ringo: Now, I wouldn't make things rougher on myself than they already are.
Brad: Oh, yeah, rough. You find me standin' over Garrett's wife with a gun that's just been fired. I'm drunk and four people saw me have a fight with her earlier that afternoon. That's some birthday present.

Johnny Ringo: Garrett's crazed with the idea of hanging you for murdering his wife, but he's gotta come out of the house to do it.
Brad: You mean you're going to let him go through with it?
Johnny Ringo: Well, I'm going to try to stop him.
Brad: Try?

"Johnny Ringo: The Cat (#1.10)" (1959)
Johnny Ringo: It's beautiful.
Laura Thomas: The tiger?
Johnny Ringo: No, the sky. Look at that moon, all those stars - millions of 'em pinned on the sky like diamonds on black velvet...
[Laura snuggles close to Johnny]
Johnny Ringo: ...What a night for hunting jackrabbits!
Laura Thomas: That's... all? Let's go home.
Johnny Ringo: What's the matter? It's early yet!
Laura Thomas: It's later than you think.

[last lines]
[Keating gives Johnny the skin of the dead tiger]
Johnny Ringo: Now what am I going to do with that?
Laura Thomas: I'll take it.
Johnny Ringo: What for?
Laura Thomas: For my hope chest.
Case Thomas: And the hunger became the hunted.
Johnny Ringo: Say, Case, I'd like to have that drink now.
[Karen mimics a cat clawing her prey]

"Zane Grey Theater: Man Alone (#3.22)" (1959)
Johnny Ringo: I never killed a man for money! Never!
Cason Thomas: Sorry, Johnny. You hear stories.
Johnny Ringo: You ever face a man, Case, knowing you were the last person he was ever going to see before he died? Not his wife, not his kids, but you... A man ought to be surrounded with love when he dies.

Cason Thomas: What started it, son?
Johnny Ringo: I don't know, it just grew. First time you felt like a big man, everybody congratulating you... Then you try it again, just to see how good you really are. One day you find you're like a turkey in a shoot. Everybody wants to try their luck. You can't stop it. You wanna, but you can't. You run, they catch you. You hide, they find you. Sometimes you think it'd be better to lose. Be a little slower and get it over with. You think so, but you just can't slow down that hand. It's not even a part of you. It's learned its job too well.

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
Dr. John 'Doc' Holliday: [after shooting a few antagonists] Anybody else want to try their luck?
Wyatt Earp: [Herding the arrested cowboys to jail] Get moving! - Keep moving, all of ya!
Johnny Ringo: [Holding his wounded arm] All right, Doc.
[In a threatening tone]
Johnny Ringo: We ain't finished yet!
Dr. John 'Doc' Holliday: You would have been, but I felt in a charitable mood tonight.

Kate Fisher: What difference does it make to you where I go or who I take up with?
Dr. John 'Doc' Holliday: Shut up!
Dr. John 'Doc' Holliday: [throwing her dress on the floor] Get your things together. You're leaving!
Johnny Ringo: [entering from the bedroom] She's staying here!
Dr. John 'Doc' Holliday: Keep out of this, Ringo!
Johnny Ringo: You got no right to come bustin' in here!
Dr. John 'Doc' Holliday: I'm talking to Kate. Take a walk!
Kate Fisher: Anything you got to say you can say in front of him.
Dr. John 'Doc' Holliday: [with contempt] You slut!
Johnny Ringo: Wait a minute, Holliday. You don't talk to my woman like that!
Dr. John 'Doc' Holliday: [contemptuously] Your woman? Anybody's woman!

"Johnny Ringo: Love Affair (#1.11)" (1959)
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: This Chisom - what does he look like?
Johnny Ringo: Oh, he's big - over six feet tall - dark hair, wears expensive clothes, easily spotted by one of two things - usually both.
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: What's that?
Johnny Ringo: Fast gun and fast women.

[last lines]
Johnny Ringo: Cully, you got a lot of years ahead of you. You'll get over this.
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: I don't want to get over it. Memories are expensive things; you pay for them with chunks of your life. I'll be all right, Johnny, but it will take some time.

"Johnny Ringo: Mrs. Ringo (#1.19)" (1960)
Johnny Ringo, Sheriff: Hand over the gunbelt!
Marilyn Barber: You better do as he says or he'll kill you.
Johnny Ringo, Sheriff: Stay out of it, Marilyn.
Marilyn Barber: The name's Mrs. Ringo, remember?
Jack King: It's a name - just another name on a tombstone.

Agnes Bardell: I'm sorry, Sheriff. She was your wife, wasn't she.
Johnny Ringo, Sheriff: No, Mrs. Bardell, she wasn't. According to that wire, she was always married to Jack King... until death do them part.

"Johnny Ringo: A Killing for Cully (#1.4)" (1959)
Laura Thomas: Johnny, you don't understand. You see, he must know you're back by now wondering where he is. You're the one he's hiding from!
Johnny Ringo, Sheriff: Then I'm the one who has to find him.

Johnny Ringo, Sheriff: What happens now? Does it get any easier?
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: No, it'll happen anytime you face a man. The badge will help, but it won't change what happens to you inside... however, it does give you the right to fight for what the badge stands for. The important thing is never abuse that right. I know you never will.

"Johnny Ringo: The Stranger (#1.32)" (1960)
Jeff Blake: I told you, Cully, the art of karate is for the experienced. The hand must be conditioned, made hard.
Johnny Ringo: It's too bad you couldn't use your head in karate. Cully's got the hardest head I know of.

Johnny Ringo: Tell me, Mr. Blake, what are you plans now?
Jeff Blake: I guess I'll be going back to Boston in a couple of weeks. Perhaps I'll even paint again.
Johnny Ringo: Have you finally decided whether to lose yourself or find yourself.
Jeff Blake: A little of both. Excuse me.
[approaches Lil Blanchard and the two walk off arm-in-arm]

"Johnny Ringo: Black Harvest (#1.27)" (1960)
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: He's dead.
Johnny Ringo: I'm afraid he died ten years ago, Cully

[last lines]
Paul Connell: These things that happened... they'll haunt me the rest of my life.
Johnny Ringo: Paul, you saw what a memory did to one man. You'll be a lot wiser if you do everything you can to make your sister forget all this. Then, maybe, she'll have a chance to remember something else.
Paul Connell: What?
Johnny Ringo: How to speak. Goodbye.

"Johnny Ringo: The Rain Man (#1.9)" (1959)
[first lines]
[Johnny and Case mop the sweat from their faces]
Case Thomas: Oh, it's mighty hot.
Johnny Ringo: Now what makes you say that?

[last lines]
Case Thomas: There are a couple of clouds up there, Johnny. Do you think it's gonna rain?
Johnny Ringo: Don't ask me, ask him.
[Johnny, Case, Laura and Cully look down at The Rain Man who is shoulder deep in the hole he's digging as punishment]

"Johnny Ringo: Kid with a Gun (#1.12)" (1959)
Johnny Ringo: Laura, I'm not sayin' it's just her imagination. I'm sayin' there's nothing to back up her story. Now what do you want me to do? Go out there and plant a body in the middle of the that clearing so she won't look like a liar?
Laura Thomas: You're not calling it imagination... You're calling her a plain liar!

"Johnny Ringo: Dead Wait (#1.8)" (1959)
Johnny Ringo: Take care of things while I'm gone.
William 'Cully' Charles Jr., Deputy: All three rings, maestro.

"Johnny Ringo: Cully (#1.2)" (1959)
Johnny Ringo, Sheriff: I didn't kill that boy's father, Laura. That's the truth. I swear it!
Laura Thomas: Well, why do they do it? Why do people make up stories like that?
Johnny Ringo, Sheriff: I don't know, Laura. I've often wondered about that myself. Maybe it's the animal in some men or the weakness or the aching to talk about it or simple ignorance. You name it.