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(1961)

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Const. Springer: He said you were taking along two men. Why I-I don't suppose you would consider taking me, sir?

Insp. William Gannon: You?

Const. Springer: Well, yes sir. I could lead the pack horses, stand night guard, cook...

Insp. William Gannon: You cook?

Const. Springer: No, sir.

Insp. William Gannon: But you're willing to learn?

Const. Springer: Yes, sir.

Insp. William Gannon: It could be dangerous.

Const. Springer: Well, I'm not afraid of the Sioux, sir.

Insp. William Gannon: Not the Sioux - your cooking.

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Insp. William Gannon: Did you cook this, Springer?

Const. Springer: Well, yes sir.

Insp. William Gannon: Well, what is it?

Const. Springer: Stew, sir. My mother used to make it.

Insp. William Gannon: Is your father still living?

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[Springer explains the difference between the Canadian frontier and the American frontier to a pair of U.S. lawmen]

Const. Springer: Oh, we don't have gunfighters up here.

Ben: No?

Billy: How come?

Const. Springer: There's no need. That's the difference.

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Const. Springer: Well, doesn't it ever make you think though?

Ben: About what?

Const. Springer: That you have to tie a gun to your leg wherever you go.

Ben: You mean you don't here?

Const. Springer: No.

Billy: Why?

Const. Springer: The force. You see, we arrived in this territory long before any whites moved in. The law got here first, you might say. It's the other way around in your country. The settlers come, crime gets out of hand. They pin a star on a man. Like it or not he gets the job done... but it sure makes for a lot of dead men in the street.

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The white squaw: Mr. Gannon?

Insp. William Gannon: Yes.

The white squaw: If you met a woman, a woman like me, that had been taken by the Sioux, how would you feel knowing that?

Insp. William Gannon: If I loved her, it wouldn't matter.

The white squaw: It wouldn't?

Insp. William Gannon: No ma'am, it wouldn't matter at all.

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Frank Boone: I started off with a ten-dollar horse, a bucking saddle and a rope. I went up in the hills. I caught myself a stallion and four mares. I built my herd from the ground. I fought and I clawed for twenty years. I wore out two wives, lost three sons and hung seven men for riding my brand without a bill of sale. But I build the biggest herd in Montana and nobody is going to take a head - not one - away from me without me coming after them!

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Ben: I had me a quiet woman once. Outside, she was as calm as Sunday... but inside, wild as mountain scenery.

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Opening crawl: This is the story of the men of the Northwest Mounted Police who through their never ending Devotion to God: Queen and Country have become the "Guardian of the Right" throughout the world. This story is but one episode in the history of the force "where three Gallant men faced the entire Sioux nation."

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Insp. William Gannon: It they overran a regiment, what chance have we with three hundred men?

Supt. Walker: Not three hundred men - three.

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Insp. William Gannon: What if they call our bluff?

Supt. Walker: Then I will have lost three men instead of my entire command.

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Ben: It just so happens that there are ten women for every man in Sonora.

Billy: Who said?

Ben: I said! I oughta know - I've been through over half of 'em. Been there yet if I hadn't pulled a leg muscle.

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[last lines]

MSgt. McGregor: Springer.

Const. Springer: Yes, sergeant.

MSgt. McGregor: That was a proud thing you did back there - pullin' me from under that animal - savin' my life.

Const. Springer: Thank you, sir.

MSgt. McGregor: But that doesn't give ye the right to sit that horse like a Cree squaw! Sit straight! Square your hat! Like I said, sir, more bother than he's worth.

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