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(TV Series)

(1959)

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[Johnny has been washing his face in a horse trough after a long walk through the desert]

Bart: Hey you, Reb. Hey you, Reb! This here water is for horses; it ain't for no jackass.

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[Johnny finds his father's deputy drunk in a jail cell]

Johnny Yuma: Come on, let's get some coffee in you and get this place straightened up before Pa gets back.

Jess: John, you should have come back sooner.

Johnny Yuma: Jess, what's wrong with you? What's happened to this town? Where's my Pa? Where's my Pa?

Jess: Oh, Johnny...

Johnny Yuma: Jess, where's my Pa!

[cut to shot of a gravestone reading "Ned Yuma: 1820-1867]

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[discussing the death of Johnny's father]

Johnny Yuma: Did they shoot him in the back?

Jess: They didn't have to - there were enough of 'em in front of him.

Johnny Yuma: Was he alone?

[Jess doesn't reply]

Johnny Yuma: Why was he alone?

Jess: You don't understand how it happened.

Johnny Yuma: I understand. Where was the rest of the town? All his friends? Where were you... Deputy?

Jess: Where were you, Johnny? The war's been over for more than a year.

Johnny Yuma: Has it? Well, there's different kinds of wars. There's wars that don't end just 'cause a white flag goes up or somebody signs a piece of paper? There's wars that go on inside.

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Johnny Yuma: If you leave everybody else will.

Elmer Dodson: There's just the quick and the dead with Dolph Pierce in between. The jackals will inherit the Earth - at least this part of it - and they're welcome to it.

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Johnny Yuma: I remember something you wrote in your paper - something about for everybody there's a time to decide... that's when the brave man chooses and the coward steps aside.

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Elmer Dodson: John, I read those letters you wrote your father. They were cool, but beautifully expressive. You know, you could be a writer.

Johnny Yuma: I wanted to say things the way you did.

Elmer Dodson: After all my brave words, I ought to be ashamed, but they smashed my press; promised to smash my head and I don't want my head smashed so I'm not staying. I looked at death and trembled. I'm sorry if my brave words have misled you.

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Emmy: What did he ever do for you? He cared more for honor and duty and the law than he did for his own family.

Johnny Yuma: You never thought about anything but your own skins.

Emmy: Why did you run away a dozen times before you were fifteen years old? Why did you go to war - to fight for a cause? Why you didn't know what a cause was. It was just another kind of running away. Well, why don't you keep on running? All you can do around here is make trouble for the rest of the town.

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Elmer Dodson: [to Johnny] You've got a lot to see. I think one day you'll have a lot to say, but you can't write it unless you've lived it. Maybe that was my mistake.

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[last lines]

Jess: Where will you go?

Johnny Yuma: Here and there. It doesn't matter.

Jess: Johnny...

[hands Johnny a sawed-off shotgun]

Jess: It was your Pa's.

Johnny Yuma: Thanks. And Jess - I don't think that badge is a bit heavy for ya.

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[first lines]

[spottimg Johnny walking down street wearing his Confederate cap]

Bart: Hey, Dolph, lookee there! Some stray Reb come here to roost.

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Pierce: Miss Emmy, you didn't even go to your own brother's funeral. Now, Bart back here tells me he's liable to have to kill your nephew, too. 'Course now, I ain't of a mind to let him do it, but just in case he does, are you figgerin' on missin' that funeral, too?

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[Dodson is packing his wagon to leave]

Johnny Yuma: Are you turnin' out like the rest of 'em?

Elmer Dodson: I'm just a small businessman going out of business.

Johnny Yuma: You're closin' down the Bulletin because of them?

Elmer Dodson: That's correct. Oh, yes, I saw what you did to one. Anytime they want to, my poor innocent lamb, they'll devour you the ravaging jackals they are.

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Johnny Yuma: Why haven't you sent for government troops?

Elmer Dodson: We have. We're still waitin'. I guess they're too busy attending to the defeated Confederacy or the undefeated Indians.

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Outlaw Gang Member: Hey, Bart, here comes your rebel friend. I think he just come back from visitin' his dad.

[drawing his pistol]

Bart: I'm going to get his nose.

Pierce: Bart! When I tell ya - not before. 'Course you can sort of rile him up in the meantime.

Bart: Hey you, Yuma! Did you have a nice talk with your daddy? How did he look to you, Reb - a little pale? Hey you, Reb! You better hightail it out of here while you can. I'm gonna get your nose! Big brave soldier boy backin' down.

[singin to the tune of "Dixie"]

Bart: Oh, I'm glad I'm not in the land of cotton / The Rebs lost the war and their bones are rottin' / Look away, look away, look away, Johnny Reb.

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Emmy: We're just trying to keep the town together. After all, somebody's got to show some sense.

Johnny Yuma: Sense! You try to make sense with the ones who killed your own brother?

Emmy: Just because my brother was a fool doesn't mean the rest of us don't have to go on livin'. He let himself be goaded into being shot dead. Your father was a fool, Johnny.

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Elmer Dodson: So the town died and so did your father.

Johnny Yuma: You and Pa - you were the two people I...

Elmer Dodson: John, I loved your father like my own brother, but I'm not anxious to join him. I'm sorry if that sounds cruel or cowardly.

Johnny Yuma: But the things you wrote - that's mostly what set me off to readin' and wonderin'.

Elmer Dodson: Stay ignorant, John. Ignorance is the greatest comforter of all.

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Jess: I got no right wearin' a badge. It just got too heavy for me since they killed your father.

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Johnny Yuma: Don't push.

Bart: Don't push? Why you Rebs ought to be used to bein' pushed. Well, we pushed you clear from Gettysburg through Georgia. You gotta admit you been pushed real good.

Johnny Yuma: Yeah... the war's done.

Bart: So it is, but... I'm not. Nah, I'm going to enjoy pushin' you real good.

[Johnny knocks Bart down, dunks him in the horse trough then pulls his pistol and cocks the trigger]

Johnny Yuma: Now you don't push me no more. I'll blow your eyeballs out - both of 'em.

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