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[High-Spade explains to Lola why Lin has been pursuing his brother, 'Dutch']

High-Spade Frankie Wilson: Well, that's the way it was. The old man sired two sons. One was no good... never was any good. Robbed a bank... a stagecoach. Then when he came home and wanted to hide out, the old man wouldn't go for it. So Dutch shot him... in the back.

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Waco Johnnie Dean: What was I saying?

Lola Manners: You were talking about yourself.

Waco Johnnie Dean: Where did I stop?

Lola Manners: You didn't. But you can now. I already know all about Waco Johnnie Dean, the fastest gun in Texas.

Waco Johnnie Dean: Texas? Lady, why limit me?

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[Lin McAdam and High-Spade are signing up for the shooting contest]

Bartender: Who would you be?

High-Spade Frankie Wilson: High-Spade Frankie Wilson... with a hyphen. That's what I sit on when I get tired.

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Lin McAdam: Awful lot of law for a little cowtown.

Wyatt Earp: This is the kind of cowtown that needs a lot of law.

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Wyatt Earp: That's Dutch Henry Brown. I thought you said you didn't know him.

Lin McAdam: I said I didn't recall the name.

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Wyatt Earp: Pick out a name and write it down.

Lin McAdam: All right if I use my own name?

Wyatt Earp: Some folks do.

Lin McAdam: Yeah... some folks do.

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Joe Lamont: Indian smoke always means the same thing... trouble.

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Lola Manners: You never know when a girl might need a bullet.

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Sgt. Wilkes: You're a man after my stamp. Wish we'd have had you with us at Bull Run. We might not have run so fast.

Lin McAdam: Well, I wanna tell you somethin'. I was with you at Bull Run. So was High-Spade.

High-Spade Frankie Wilson: Only we was on the other side.

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High-Spade Frankie Wilson: Did you ever wonder what he'd think about you hunting down Dutch Henry?

Lin McAdam: He'd understand. He taught me to hunt.

High-Spade Frankie Wilson: Not men. Hunting for food, that's alright. Hunting a man to kill him? You're beginning to like it.

Lin McAdam: That's where you're wrong. I don't like it. Some things a man has to do, so he does 'em.

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High-Spade Frankie Wilson: Where's that Steve boy? Drinkin' whiskey?

Lola Manners: He's dead.

High-Spade Frankie Wilson: Sudden, wasn't it?

Lola Manners: Very. He was killed by that gentleman standing at the bar. The one that's looking at us.

High-Spade Frankie Wilson: Don't seem right for people to go around killing nice folks like...

Lola Manners: He's not "people". He's Waco Johnnie Dean.

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[after Lin wins the Winchester 73 rifle]

Dutch Henry Brown: How much will you take for it?

Lin McAdam: It's not for sale.

Dutch Henry Brown: That's too bad. That's too much gun for a man to have just for... shootin' rabbits.

Lin McAdam: Or for shootin' men in the back.

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[after Lola and Steve escape from the Indians into the cavalry camp]

Lola Manners: Do you mind if I kiss you?

Sgt. Wilkes: No, ma'am, I'd like it. Providin' your man don't mind.

[she kisses him]

Lola Manners: That's for savin' my life.

Sgt. Wilkes: Now you disappoint me. I thought it was 'cause I'm pretty. Got some coffee boilin' on the fire. Wanna just sorta help yourself?

Lola Manners: Oh, coffee. You know, now that I look at you... you ARE pretty.

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Opening title card: This is the story of the Winchester Rifle Model 1873, "The gun that won the West." To cowman, outlaw, peace officer or soldier, the Winchester '73 was a treasured possession. An Indian would sell his soul to own one.

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High-Spade Frankie Wilson: We've hit a lot of towns, Lin. What makes you think he'll be here?

Lin McAdam: He'll be here.

High-Spade Frankie Wilson: We've been wrong before.

Lin McAdam: He'll be here.

High-Spade Frankie Wilson: On account of that?

[High-Spade indicates the Winchester '73 rifle that is the top prize at Dodge City's Fourth of July shooting competition]

Lin McAdam: If he isn't here already, that gun'll bring him.

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High-Spade Frankie Wilson: You're about ready to fall out of the saddle. Why don't we rest up a little?

Lin McAdam: I'm not that tired.

High-Spade Frankie Wilson: Four or five hours ain't gonna make any difference. We have been chasin' since... since I can't remember.

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Lin McAdam: You've been real fine people, High-Spade, riding along with me.

High-Spade Frankie Wilson: That's what friends are for, isn't it. At leastways, that's the way you dad always said it.

Lin McAdam: Yeah, he did, didn't he? He said if a man had one friend, he was rich. I'm rich.

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Dutch Henry Brown: What happened at the Little Big Horn?

Joe Lamont: Haven't you heard? Sioux jumped Custer - wiped out his whole command. Yes sir, it's getting to be mighty tough country to travel... without a gun.

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Young Bull: All white men are thieves. In peace, they steal our land; in war, they steal our women. And you are a white man!

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Lin McAdam: Say, ah, about these Indians. It seems like they hardly ever attack at night.

Sgt. Wilkes: Why?

Lin McAdam: Well, they figure if they are killed in the dark, the Great Spirit can't find their souls and whip 'em up into heaven... or something like that.

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Lin McAdam: Yeah, I hear 'em.

High-Spade Frankie Wilson: I told you night riding wasn't smart.

Lin McAdam: I guess you did.

High-Spade Frankie Wilson: Now we're smack in the middle of 'em.

Lin McAdam: I guess you're right again.

High-Spade Frankie Wilson: Being right ain't gonna do us any good. What do we do now?

Lin McAdam: Well, keep riding.

High-Spade Frankie Wilson: With injuns all around us?

Lin McAdam: Maybe you'd feel better if we stopped?

High-Spade Frankie Wilson: Ah... no.

Lin McAdam: Well, then maybe we better just keep riding.

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High-Spade Frankie Wilson: It was such pretty hair. I've had it ever since I was a kid. A little thin on top... but I sure would like to keep it.

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Dutch Henry Brown: Haven't I seen you somewhere?

Lola Manners: I've been somewhere.

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Dutch Henry Brown: Do you want in on this Tascosa deal?

Waco Johnnie Dean: I didn't ride out here to pick blueberries.

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