Special agent West is charged with the responsibility to transport the state's only supply of a smallpox vaccine to safety. On the way, West's stagecoach is ambushed by a gang, led by Silas Crotty, who steals the serum and shoots West as he tries to protect the vaccine. When West awakens in the field, he has lost his memory and his identity. Written by
Did You Know?
Crotty refers to the people who might die as a result of not getting the vaccine as "the Great Unwashed". That line originated in the novel 'Paul Clifford', by Edward Bulwer-Lytton: "He is certainly a man who bathes and 'lives cleanly', (two especial charges preferred against him by Messrs. the Great Unwashed)." ['Paul Clifford' is probably better known as the novel with the "worst opening line" in history: "It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents-except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness." The first seven words have given inspiration to the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, in which contestants think-up terrible openings for imaginary novels.] See more
A sign on the stagecoach in the opening scene reads "U.S. Dept Of Health" There was never a Department of Health; the Department of Health, Education and Welfare was organized in 1953 under President Eisenhower; it became the Department of Health and Human Services when Education became its own department in 1979. The cabinet of President Ulysses Grant consisted of eight officials: the Vice President (Schuyler Coulfax), the Attorney General (George Williams), Postmaster General (John Creswell) and the Secretaries of State (Hamilton Fish), War (William W. Belknap), the Treasury (George Boutwell), the Navy (George Robeson) and the Interior (Columbus Delano). See more
Crotty, this epidemic has already reached monumental proportions. Thousands more are going to die. Don't you care how many people you kill?
They're inferior. They're the great unwashed. Plymouth Rock should have landed on the pilgrims.