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(1951)

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Rev. Griffin: If I live to bury Joe Madden, I'll say only four words over his grave: This was a man.

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Joe Madden: I got a knack at healing. I know something about it.

Sam Leeds: Look, you're a great horse doctor, Joe, and...

Joe Madden: There isn't much difference between a horse and a human. At least I know how to get started. You wouldn't even know that.

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Lt. Glidden: Do you realize that men have been given as much as twenty years in federal prison for giving liquor to an Indian?

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[Describing why it's a crime to giving whiskey to Indians]

Lt. Glidden: You see they don't drink to get drunk. Their drinking is like praying. And then they kill.

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[Leeds and Griffin are surrounded why Indians]

Sam Leeds: No bullets, no protection... not even anything worth taking a last look at.

Reverend Griffin: It is God's earth, man. You wouldn't reject it in the hour of your death.

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Sam Leeds: I guess the winning hand always comes up after the game has been played. That's the way it always is.

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Mr. Keon: The kid can ride!

Joe Madden: How do you know?

Mr. Keon: I ought to know, I'm his Pa.

Joe Madden: There might be a big war party out there.

Bert Keon: Let me ride my own horse, and there's not an Indian pony that will even smell his dust.

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Sam Leeds: I like your notion, Reverend, that Apaches are just evils the Lord created to try honest men. I'm saved! I'm not an honest man.

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Sam Leeds: Some men are makers. They got to sweat for what they want. I'm a taker. I got to be one.

Sally: You could be good and honest.

Sam Leeds: I saw my father work his heart out on a lathe in Bridgeport. He died young and he died broke. He was an honest man. I never want to be one.

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Sam Leeds: Look, Reverend, you give a dog a bad name and everybody throws a stone at him. Sure, I gamble. I drink, too. I killed a man who was trying to kill me. This is a rough country and you got to take care of yourself.

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Sally: It's a kind of pity that I only like bad men and want to make them good.

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Sam Leeds: You feel it's my fault that you're out here, huh?

Rev. Griffin: I put no blame on you now.

Sam Leeds: Well, if it'd make you feel any better, you were right.

Rev. Griffin: About what?

Sam Leeds: I never really cared about the town needin' water, I just wanted to show what a smart fellow I was - I wanted Sally to see that, and make a fool out of Joe. Now I only wish I could tell her I was wrong - about a lot of things.

Rev. Griffin: She will know.

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Rev. Griffin: Sam Leeds and I have fought together - we saw death ride up to us. I feel I know this man - there's good in him - the kind of good that will help the town you love so much, Joe Madden.

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Joe Madden: Sally, I've been thinking about Sam - - Sam and me. He's done fine tonight. In a bad spot like this, he's the best help a man could have.

Sally: Sometimes it's easier to be brave than honest, Joe.

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Rev. Griffin: Woman, thy name is Babylon and Abomination!

Betty Careless: Don't call me names! Just make me an offer on the building - - and remember - - I won't take a loss!

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Sally: You'll have to go without me Sam. Maybe I'm selfish. All I want is what every woman wants - a home - a place in the town where she lives - and an honest husband.

Sam Leeds: Yeah, it all adds up kind of dull and tame - - like Joe Madden.

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