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[Emmett, Paden, Mal, and Conrad track a pair of bandits who stole money from a wagon train to a hideout in a canyon filled with outlaws
: [to Emmett
] You know, hangin' around with you is no picnic. Emmett
: Anybody got any ideas?
: Stella. Are you the Midnight Star herself? Stella
: I am. I'm always there, but I only shine at night.
: You know, Paden, part of what makes this work is me doing my job.
[points to his sheriff's badge
: Those fellas you came into town with are causin' some trouble. It's gonna take some straightenin' out. I just want you to know it's got nothin' to do with us. Paden
: What is it you want from me? Cobb
: Nothin'. Do nothin'. Don't get between us. Paden
: I'm a great believer in doin' nothin'. Cobb
: We understand each other then? Paden
: Don't worry about me. If you're taking on Emmett, the LAST place I want to be is between you.
: The world is what you make of it, friend. If it doesn't fit, you make alterations. Paden
: I'll drink to that.
: [lifts his drink
] To my midnight star. Stella
: Cobb's using me to stop you. So good people are being hurt because of me. That makes me mad. Some people think because they're stronger, or meaner, that they can push you around. I've seen a lot of that. But it's only true if you let it be. The world is what you make of it. Paden
: I like your attitude. But it can be risky. Stella
: I'm ready for that. How about you? Paden
: [heavy sigh
] I don't want you to get hurt. Stella
: He can't hurt me... if he's dead.
: Me, I'm riding along, minding my own business. Four cowboys come by and we decide to ride together for a while, friendly as can be. I always figure you might as well approach life like everybody's your friend or nobody is; don't make much difference. We get out in the middle of that frying pan and suddenly everybody's pointing their gun but me. I guess they admired my horse. Emmett
: [looking at Paden in his long underwear and socks
] Looks like that's not all they admired. Paden
: Yup. The whole rig. I don't care much about the rest, but I surely will miss that bay. Least they didn't kill me. That was right considerate, I thought. They were laughing when they left me. Thought it was real funny. I walked for a little while but there was no use, so I gave it up. Figured it was just bad luck.
[Emmett saves Paden's life with a sip of water from his canteen after discovering him abandoned and baking in the desert
: Pleased to meet you.
: They just jumped you out of the blue? Emmett
: I had to get up anyway.
[Paden has gotten his horse back and they're "kissing" each other
] Cavalry Sgt.
: How do I know this is your horse? Paden
: Can't you see this horse loves me? Cavalry Sgt.
: I had a gal do that to me. It didn't make her my wife.
: Baxter! Hawley! Where the hell've you been? You're late and I tell you, I don't like it. It's a bad start, boys. I got my people down there throwin' snowballs and rarin' to go. Emmett
: I'm afraid it is a bad start, friend, 'cause my name ain't Baxter, he ain't Hawley. Hobart
: You're not Baxter? Emmett
: Name's Emmett. Hobart
: You're not Baxter either? Paden
: No, I'm not Hawley. Hobart
: Goddammit. Goddammit, they ain't Baxter and Hawley! Where in the hell are Baxter and Hawley? Baxter
: [Baxter and Hawley ride up on their horses
] Quit your yellin', you old coot. We're right here.
: [Phoebe stands between Jake and an angry Tyree
] Nothing happened, Tyree. This is my job. Tyree
: Shut up. Jake
: I don't believe a lady has to explain anything to a man this ugly.
[Two deputies come up behind him, but he doesn't seem to notice
: [Comes up behind Tyree
] What's the trouble here? Tyree
: Stay out of this, Paden. Stella
: He can't do that, Tyree. Cobb's hired him. Tyree
: That's Cobb's mistake. Stella
: Come on out of there, Phoebe, you've done enough.
[Phoebe moves to leave, but Tyree pushes her back. Paden takes Tyree's gun and points it at him
: Go on home, Jake. Jake
: All I did was kiss the girl. Paden
: That's what you said in Turley. Remember how that ended? Jake
: What's the matter, Paden? You afraid I couldn't get those two behind me? Paden
: I don't want you getting anybody in my place. Jake
: [Takes his hat, faces the deputies, and points a finger at them
: [to Paden
] I should've killed you a long time ago. Paden
: [Offering Tyree's gun back to him
] Why not now?
[Tyree takes the gun and holds it under Paden's chin
: Don't do it, Tyree. I just lost one partner. If you kill him, I'll never get anyone to work in here. Tyree
: You better start looking.
[He takes the gun from under Paden's chin and leaves
: You really are a gambler, aren't you? Paden
: [Walks up to the bar
] Give me some of the good stuff.
: [picks up a bottle in the back room
] What's this? Stella
: That's the good stuff. Paden
: Yeah? How good?
[Stella smiles and pours two glasses. They toast
: Here's to the good stuff. Stella
: May it last a long time.
: [Sits at Emmett's and Paden's table
] Now, let's talk about you chaps. Paden
: We'd rather stay. Sheriff Langston
: Well, we'll see about that. I'm Sheriff John Langston. As you may have guessed, I am not from these parts. Paden
: You're kidding. Sheriff Langston
: But the good citizens of Turley have taken me in their embrace and for one simple reason: I maintain the peace. So, when strangers come to town, I always ask them their business. Have you come for the hanging? Emmett
: [Shakes his head
] I'm just meeting a guy here and moving on. So far I ain't been able to find him. Sheriff Langston
: Well, in my town, if you're looking for someone, you ask me. Emmett
: All right. He's a young guy, full of juice, about my size, wears a fancy two-gun rig. Sheriff Langston
: [Scratches his head for a moment
] I know where that gentleman is.
[Scene shifts to the local jail
[watching two guys start to gang up on Mal
: Doesn't look quite fair. Emmett
: Which way do you mean?
[Paden comes back to the fire the night after Conrad is killed
: Where you been, Paden? Paden
: Oh, I was just, uh... checking the, uh...
: Geez, Paden, her old man ain't even cold yet.
: I was hoping you'd changed your mind about the job. Paden
: You didn't tell me you owned a saloon. Cobb
] Oh, that ain't the half of it, friend.
[reveals his sheriff's badge
: Welcome to heaven.
: From what I've seen, Paden doesn't seem to care about money. Cobb
: Ha! Paden doesn't seem to care about anything, except he does. You just can never tell what it's going to be. Howdy, Mr. Slick. Slick
: Sheriff. Cobb
: Let me tell you about your friend Paden. A long time ago, me, Paden, Tyree, and a couple of other fellas did a lot of riding together. On business, and business was pretty good. We moved around a lot, the way you have to in that line of work. Somewhere along the way, we picked up this dog. One of us took to feeding it, so it followed us everywhere. Well, one day we're leaving this little Missouri town, in kind of a hurry with a bunch of the locals hot on our tail. Somehow this dog got tied up with Tyree's horse. Tyree went flyin'.
: Well, Tyree was pretty mad when he got up, and, being Tyree, he shot the dog. Didn't kill him, though. The next thing you know, Paden's down off his horse, and he's holdin' this dog, sayin' we should go on without him. I thought he was kidding, except he wasn't. Tyree was ready to plug 'em both - all this with the posse ridin' down on us.
[Paden has entered
: I thought we were pals after all that riding we did together. All of a sudden he's worried about some mutt. Well, we did like he asked. We left him, and he went to jail for a dog. You want to hear the funny part? Paden didn't even like that damn dog. Paden
: It evened out in the end. They locked me up; the dog sprung me.
: Where's the dog now? Paden
: He left me. Cobb
: C'mon, Paden... I'll buy you a drink.
[Cobb gives Paden his first amount of wages from the saloon
: This is a lot of money. Cobb
: Told you this was a sweet setup. Paden
: It is that. Cobb
: Maybe you could run it without Stella. Paden
: This is her life. I'll go before she does. Cobb
: Easy, boy. Just a suggestion. Paden
: Yeah, well, thanks but forget it.
: [Cobb and Paden meet Tyree as he's being released from jail
] Hey, Tyree, look who's here. Our old riding buddy. I invited Paden to join us, but he's not havin' any.
: [Tyree gets on his horse and rides up to Paden
] Where's the dog? Cobb
: [to Paden
] You owe me thirteen dollars. Yah!
[rides away with Tyree and others
: Thirteen. Bad luck.
: [Emmett, Paden, Jake, and Mal are about to ride into town to face McKendrick, Sheriff Cobb and his deputies. Emmett turns to the others
] I'll see you 'round. Paden
: Last one at the Midnight Star buys. Jake
: You're on. Let's get 'em! Mal
: [Emmett and Jake ride down the hill into town. Before following, Mal turns to Paden
] Hey, Paden. Good luck.
: [Paden has just been locked in a cell with Jake who is sentenced to hang
] Making a big mistake. Jake
: That's what I told 'em!
: You're wearing my hat. What else you got that's mine? Hat Thief
: Mister, I don't know what you're talking about. Paden
: [Hat Thief puts his hand on his gun
] I hope your fingers aren't tickling my ivory handled Colt. You stand up real slow and let me see and you might live through this night. Hat Thief
[draws his gun as he stands and Paden shoots him
: What a waste. This could have been such a sweet deal for us. Paden
: Yeah, Bad luck. Paden
: Goodbye Cobb. Cobb
: Goodbye Paden
: Compliments to you Miss Stella. This is what I call a saloon. Stella
: Thanks. That's what I call it too. Paden
: And I know what I'm talking about. Stella
: You like a good saloon? Paden
: It's the only place I'm happy. Stella
: Me, too! What's wrong with us?