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Good Girl - Bad Company

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Good Girl - Bad Company

Oct 08 1955



Dramatis Personae:

MATT DILLON

CHESTER

DOC

KITTY

MAJOR

JENNIE




L & M FILTERS 

Present

"GUNSMOKE" 


SATURDAY - OCTOBER 8, 1955

9:30 AM - 9:54:30 AM PST


SOUND: HORSE FADES ON TO FULL MIKE...ON CUE....RECORDED SHOT


MUSIC: HOLD UNDER....TRACK 1


WALSH: GUNSMOKE....brought to you by L & M FILTERS! Make today your Big Red Letter Day. Change to L & M. Superior taste - Superior filter. America's best filter-tip cigarette.


MUSIC: FIGURE AND UNDER.....TRACK 2 


WALSH: Around Dodge City and in the territory on West - there's just one way to handle the killers and the spoilers - and that's with a U.S. Marshal and the smell of - GUNSMOKE!


MUSIC: THEME HITS: FULL BROAD SWEEP AND UNDER....TRACK 3 


WALSH: GUNSMOKE, starring William Conrad. The transcribed story of the violence that moved West with young America -- and the story of a man who moved with it.


MUSIC: OUT


CONRAD: I'm that man...Matt Dillon....United States Marshal....the first man they look for and the last they want to meet. It's a chancey job - and it makes a man watchful....and a little lonely.


MUSIC: MAIN TITLE....TRACK 3


SOUND: RUSTLE OF PAPER - CHESTER HUMMING [...] KNOCK ON DOOR....OFF...


CHESTER: Who's that? 


MATT: Why don't you open the door and maybe you'll find out, Chester.


SOUND: AS CHESTER WALKS TO DOOR 


CHESTER: (FADES) Never heard of nobody knocking on this door before.


SOUND: HE OPENS DOOR


CHESTER: (OFF) It's Major Harris, Mr. Dillon. From Fort Dodge.


MATT: (GETS UP) Come in, Major.


SOUND: MAJOR ENTERS....CROSSES TO MATT 


MAJOR: (FADES ON) Marshal Dillon....


MATT: Sit down, sit down. 


MAJOR: I'll stand, thanks. Marshal, last Saturday, two United States Army soldiers were murdered while driving a supply wagon from here to Fort Dodge....a government payroll was stolen...and you seem to have taken no interest whatsoever in the matter! 


MATT: (GETS UP) Well now, Major, protecting the Army isn't exactly my job. 


MAJOR: The Army can protect itself, Marshal.


MATT: Then how come there were only two soldiers carrying your payroll? Where was the rest of the Army?


MAJOR: On maneuvers... 


MATT: On maneuvers!


MAJOR: In my command troops remain in garrison as little as possible.


MATT: Then you were asking for trouble, Major -- knowing there was a payroll coming in. 


MAJOR: Marshal, the arrival of the payroll was secret -- even the two men carrying it didn't know what it was.


MATT: Somebody knew.


MAJOR: Yes they did. Marshal, I regard this crime as a demonstration of your inability to control these Dodge City ruffians.


MATT: What - 


MAJOR: I mean it. And if no arrests are made in the matter, I'll give these bad men of yours a taste of Martial Law. We'll see how they like that. 


MATT: Now wait a minute, Major...


MAJOR: This town will be patrolled twenty-four hours a day.


MATT: Look Major, you don't know these men. You run the Army in here and they'll fight. There'll be trouble, bad trouble. 


MAJOR: They've brought it on themselves. 


MATT: No. You made a mistake and you've got to find somebody to blame it on.


SOUND: MAJOR WALKS TO DOOR...OPENS IT.


MAJOR: I want whoever committed those murders and I want that money, Marshal. Within a week. And if any more crimes are committed against the Army meantime we'll take this town over at once. Goodday, gentlemen. 


SOUND: CLOSE DOOR


MUSIC: BRIDGE


SOUND: FS DOWN STREET - THEN - FS ENTER SWINGING DOORS....SALOON BG....MATT CROSSES TO TABLE.


KITTY: (FADES ON) Hello, Matt.


MATT: Evening, Kitty. 


KITTY: This is Marshal Dillon, Jennie. Matt, this is Jennie Lane. 


MATT: How do you do, Jennie?


JENNIE: Pleased to meet you, Marshal. 


KITTY: Sit down, Matt.


MATT: (SITS) You're new in Dodge, aren't you, Jennie?


JENNIE: Oh, I've been here most a month now. 


KITTY: She's only been working at the Longbranch about a week, Matt.


MATT: How do you like it, Jennie? 


JENNIE: Fine. But I'm kinda worried now...


MATT: Oh? 


JENNIE: It's this Army business everybody's talking about. Will it be bad, Marshal?


MATT: It could be.


JENNIE: Do you think it'll happen?


MATT: It might. Especially if there's any more trouble. 


KITTY: Say, Jennie, has your corporal been in?


JENNIE: He was - earlier. 


KITTY: How do the soldiers feel about all this?


JENNIE: Well, he says they sure aren't anxious to mix it with all these gunmen and buffalo hunters and the like. But he's not my corporal, Kitty. He's just a lonely kid.


KITTY: He's not so lonely. He spends more time here than he does at the Fort. How does he manage it, anyway?


JENNIE: Well, they made him a clerk....sort of bookkeeper. His time's pretty much his own.


KITTY: He's lucky. Good safe job, too. 


JENNIE: Yeah, I suppose it is. (GETS UP) Well, I'd better get busy. I'm glad to have met you, Marshal.


MATT: Glad to have met you, Jennie. 


JENNIE: I'll see you again.


MATT: Sure.


SOUND: SHE WALKS OFF


KITTY: Nice girl. 


MATT: Ahuh...Where's she from, Kitty?


KITTY: Hays City.......last.


MATT: What's the name of this corporal who's been sniffing around? 


KITTY: Stark.....Corporal Stark is all I ever heard.


MATT: What else do you know about Jennie?


KITTY: She doesn't talk much about herself, Matt.


MATT: Maybe you can get her to.


KITTY: All right. I'll try.


MATT: Meantime I'm going to wire the sheriff in Hays City. He might know something.


KITTY: You must have some reason for all this interest, Matt. 


MATT: No, I haven't, Kitty. But I might find a reason before I'm through.


MUSIC: 1st ACT


FIRST COMMERCIAL


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MUSIC: SECOND ACT OPENING


SOUND: DOOR OPENS....FS ENTER


CHESTER: (ON) I got it, Mr. Dillon. Just came in.


MATT: What? 


CHESTER: Oh, the answer to that telegraph you sent to Hays City last night.


MATT: Oh......


CHESTER: Here.... 


MATT: Thanks.


SOUND: PAPER


CHESTER: I don't know what it says or anything...


MATT: Thanks. (OPENS IT) "Jennie Lane left Hays about a month ago with stranger called Nate Brand. Nothing against girl, but believe Brand a wild one. Regards, Clint Adams."


CHESTER: I never heard of no Nate Brand.


SOUND: No. Neither have I.


CHESTER: What's she doing ---- hiding him somewhere?


SOUND: DOOR OPENS......


DOC: (OFF) Matt...... 


MATT: Yeah, what is it, Doc? 


DOC: Trouble. 


SOUND: MATT CROSSES TO DOOR UNDER 


MATT: What kind of trouble, Doc?


DOC: (FADES ON) A shooting, out behind the Texas Trail. 


MATT: What?


DOC: It's bad, Matt. Real bad. 


MATT: A shooting's always bad. 


DOC: Yes. But this one's going to lead to a lot more shooting. Somebody just killed a soldier. 


MUSIC: BRIDGE 


SOUND: FS UNDER:


CHESTER: There he is, Mr. Dillon. Laying in them weeds over there.


MATT: How come there's no crowd around here? There isn't a man in sight. 


DOC: No.


MATT: Who told you about this, Doc? 


SOUND: FS STOP


DOC: The bartender. He said he heard a shot and went out back and found him. 


SOUND: FS 


CHESTER: He sure looks dead, all right.


DOC: (GETS DOWN) He's dead. 


MATT: Is that all the bartender had to say, Doc? 


DOC: That's about all. Except that when he went back into the saloon and told everybody there about it, they didn't move a hair.


CHESTER: I guess maybe they're thinking about the Army taking over Dodge.


DOC: Yes.


MATT: Why didn't that bartender come to me first? 


DOC: I don't know, Matt, but I got the feeling that maybe nobody knows whether you're going to be on their side or the Army's. 


MATT: They never do trust me, do they? Chester - 


CHESTER: Yes sir.


MATT: Give Doc a hand here. I'm riding out to Ft. Dodge. 


MUSIC: BRIDGE


SOUND: FS ON WOODEN FLOOR....OPEN DOOR..ENTER....CLOSE 


MAJOR: (OFF) Marshal Dillon....


SOUND: FS CROSS TO MAJOR UNDER:


MATT: Hello, Major.


MAJOR: (FADES ON) What brings you to Ft. Dodge, Marshal? 


MATT: Murder. 


MAJOR: What? 


MATT: Murder.


MAJOR: (PAUSE) A soldier? 


MATT: Yeah.


MAJOR: Who? 


MATT: I don't know. Some private.


MAJOR: In Dodge City, of course. 


MATT: That's right. 


MAJOR: Have you arrested the murderer? 


MATT: Nobody saw it happen, Major. 


MAJOR: I see. (GETS UP) Well, Marshal, you leave me no choice. 


MATT: Wait a minute, Major. I didn't ride out here just to bring you the news. I want something from you. 


MAJOR: From me?


MATT: I want you to keep all soldiers out of Dodge for the next forty-eight hours. Put it off-limits. 


MAJOR: That's not exactly what I had in mind, Marshal.


MATT: Listen, Major: Dodge City is an armed camp; it's full of men who've fought Indians, and who've fought the War Between the States, and who've fought each other ever since they could spit. They'll fight you next, and they'll make you hate it.


MAJOR: They can't fight the Army.


MATT: They can and they will. And a lot of men'll die on both sides. But I'll make you a deal, Major --


MAJOR: A deal? 


MATT: You give me forty-eight hours and I'll find your killers. You better take it, Major -- 'cause it'll get you out of a lot of trouble. 


MAJOR: (BEAT) All right. But I want the criminals delivered here -- to me.


MATT: Sure. But I might have to kill them to get them here.


MUSIC: BRIDGE


SOUND: HORSE'S FS TO STOP......MATT DISMOUNTS AND TIES UP 


DOC: (OFF) Matt....oh, Matt...... 


MATT: Hello, Doc. 


SOUND: FS FADE ON


DOC: (FADES ON) I've been waiting for you to get back.


MATT: Anything more happen? 


DOC: Not yet. But I found a letter on that soldier -- his name was Ravetch.


MATT: Anything else? 


DOC: I dug the bullet out of him, Matt. And you know something ----- I haven't seen lead like that since I mustered out in '65.


MATT: What do you mean, Doc?


DOC: That soldier was shot with a cavalry pistol. 


MATT: He was?


DOC: I'd swear to it. 


MATT: Thanks, Doc. (FS) I'll see you later.


DOC: (FADES) Where you going? 


MATT: Into the Longbranch. I want to talk to a friend of mine.


SOUND: FS ALONG BOARDWALK...ENTER SWINGING DOORS...CROSS TO BAR 


KITTY: (FADES ON) I've been expecting you, Matt.


MATT: Have you, Kitty?


KITTY: Chester was in a while ago. He told me about that telegram from Hays City.


MATT: I've got to work fast, Kitty. There's going to be a war around here soon. 


KITTY: I found out a couple of interesting things, Matt. One is ----- Jennie's been seen riding horseback at night---toward the Arkansas, down by Brandy Bend. 


MATT: Oh.....? 


KITTY: It might have something to do with that man she left Hays City with ------Nate Brand.


MATT: Yeah.


KITTY: I think he's hiding out down near Brandy Bend. 


MATT: Any idea why? 


KITTY: Corporal Stark and Jennie went for a ride one night.


MATT: When was that, Kitty?


KITTY: The night before that Army payroll was robbed. 


MATT: Ahuh... Where's Jennie now, Kitty? 


KITTY: Over at Delmonico's having supper.


MATT: Kitty--- 


KITTY: What?


MATT: I'm the only one who can ever thank you for it, but I think you just saved an awful lot of lives.


MUSIC: BRIDGE 


SOUND: RESTAURANT BG......FS TO TABLE 


MATT: Evening, Jennie.


JENNIE: Why, hello, Marshal. Won't you sit down? 


MATT: (SITS) You sure Corporal Stark won't mind?


JENNIE: Don't be silly. Besides, he's out at the Fort. 


MATT: When did you see him last, Jennie? 


JENNIE: Oh, about noon, I guess.


MATT: Anybody with him?


JENNIE: Private Ravetch. (BEAT) Corporal Stark didn't shoot him, Marshal. They were good friends. They worked together in the bookkeeping office. 


MATT: I see. That's a good job, isn't it? Handling expenses, figuring out the payroll. Things like that. 


JENNIE: I....I don't know. He never talked about it much. 


MATT: Also he'd be in a good spot to know when to expect payroll money in, wouldn't he? Even when it was kept secret...... 


JENNIE: You'd have to ask him, Marshal. (SEX) But this isn't why you found me here, is it?


MATT: Of course not, Jennie. I'm sorry. You look real pretty tonight.


JENNIE: Why, thank you, Marshal. You really mean that?


MATT: Sure....sure I mean it. 


JENNIE: (BEAT) Marshal -- I have to work late tonight, but I can get off tomorrow. I know it's bold of me..but couldn't we maybe take a ride together? There'll be a moon...


MATT: Where would we ride to, Jennie?


JENNIE: Oh, I don't know..anywhere. Maybe down along the Arkansas. I know -- let's ride down toward Brandy Bend.


MATT: All right, Jennie -- we'll ride down toward Brandy Bend.


MUSIC: SECOND ACT


SECOND COMMERCIAL


[MUSIC:] VAMP.......


JINGLE: 


SOLO: MAKE TODAY YOUR BIG RED LETTER DAY 

YOUR L & M RED LETTER DAY

SUPERIOR TASTE AND FILTER 

IT'S THE MIRACLE TIP

MAKE TODAY YOUR BIG RED LETTER DAY 

CHANGE TO L & M TODAY!


DUET: L & M'S GOT EVERYTHING 


GAL: SUPERIOR TASTE...


GUY: AND SUPERIOR FILTER...


DUET: GET L & M TODAY!


MORROW: This is it! L & M - superior taste and filter. Superior taste from tobaccos especially selected for filter smoking. Tobaccos that are richer, tastier...light and mild. And L & M's superior filter is white...pure white - truly the miracle tip because when it's added to L & M tobaccos it actually improves your enjoyment of this great cigarette. Next time you buy cigarettes look for the big red letters L & M -- smoke L & M filters - America's best filter tip cigarette.


JINGLE:


REPRISE: L & M'S GOT EVERYTHING 

GET L & M TODAY.


MUSIC: THIRD ACT OPENING


MATT: The idea of a moonlight ride by the river with as pretty a girl as Jennie Lane was fine -- except that it was going to end with a man dead: either me or her friend Nate Brand. She was obviously leading me into an ambush, and there wasn't a thing I could do but go cheerfully along. I met her the next night and we started out. But a mile or so before we got to Brandy Bend I pulled up and suggested we dismount and let the horses blow a little.


SOUND: HORSES MOVE A LITTLE...FS AS MATT AND JENNIE WALK OFF A BIT AND STOP 


JENNIE: They won't run away, will they?


MATT: The horses? No...don't worry. Here's a good place to sit.


SOUND: HE SITS...SHE WALKS ABOUT A LITTLE 


MATT: What's the matter, you nervous, Jennie? 


JENNIE: No...no, of course not.


MATT: Sit down and take it easy, then.


JENNIE: All right. (SITS) This better? 


MATT: Sure. Nice night, isn't it? 


JENNIE: Yes..it's beautiful. 


MATT: You're not even looking at it. Something on your mind, Jennie?


JENNIE: No. Why should there be? 


MATT: You tell me. 


JENNIE: It's nothing, Marshal.. Really. 


MATT: Let me ask you something, Jennie -- did you ever see a man killed?


JENNIE: What! Why'd you say that? 


MATT: Did you?


JENNIE: Yes...once...in a saloon. 


MATT: Tell me -- did he have a fair chance? 


JENNIE: Of course. He even drew first. 


MATT: Then you never saw a man shot in the back...or ambushed?


JENNIE: What're you driving at, Marshal? 


MATT: Oh, I'm just thinking about people, Jennie. Like sometimes a person isn't really bad -- he just falls into bad company. 


JENNIE: What's that got to do with me?


MATT: I think it sort of goes against your grain -- the idea of a man being killed without a fair chance.


JENNIE: (BEAT) Why'd you come with me, Marshal? 


MATT: Somebody had to. 


JENNIE: I suppose you know about everything.


MATT: I think Private Ravetch got killed by Corporal Stark because he found out about the payroll deal between you and Stark and Nate Brand.


JENNIE: Sure. Well, what're you going to do now? 


MATT: I'm going to ride to Brandy Bend with you. 


JENNIE: But why? 


MATT: Because I'm gambling that you're still decent enough inside to let me have that fair chance I was talking about.


JENNIE: That's quite a gamble, Marshal.


MATT: Yeah. But we'll ride slow -- you'll have a little time to think about it. 


MUSIC: BRIDGE 


SOUND: HORSES' FS UNDER


MATT: Make a nice camp down here. Plenty of wood -- get your water right out of the river there. Real nice -- don't you think, Jennie? (PAUSE) A man could hide out easy down here.


JENNIE: Marshal...


MATT: He could be safe here -- even while the Army was trying to move into Dodge and a lot of men were being killed over it. Yes, it's real peaceful down here...


JENNIE: (LOW) Marshal, I can't do it! 


MATT: (LOW) All right, tell me, Jennie. 


JENNIE: That big cottonwood up ahead..on the left.


MATT: Okay. Now keep moving. When we get close, I'm going to ride ahead fast. You stay back --out of gunfire. 


JENNIE: All right. 


SOUND: THEY CONTINUE TO RIDE AT A WALK


MATT: (NATURAL) Yeah, it sure is pretty down here, Jennie. Maybe some day we can come down and go fishing. The river's full of catfish. Ever eat a real catfish dinner? They can be mighty good if they're small enough. (RIDE A LITTLE..THEN) All right, stay back, Jennie! 


SOUND: HE SPURS HORSE AND IT TAKES OFF...A COUPLE OF SHOTS FROM NATE BRAND..MATT RETURNS THE FIRE..BRAND YELLS AS HIT...MATT'S HORSE GOES DOWN...ONE MORE SHOT FROM MATT...THEN HE WALKS OVER TO BRAND 


MATT: (UP) Jennie! Jennie!


SOUND: SHE RIDES UP...DISMOUNTS..WALKS UP


MATT: He's dead, Jennie.


JENNIE: (SHE SEES HIM AND SOBS)


MATT: I had to do it. 


JENNIE: I know. (SLOWLY STOPS SOBBING) I'll be all right, Marshal. 


MATT: Sure.


JENNIE: He killed your horse. I'll show you where he hid his -- and the payroll money.


MATT: Okay, Jennie. 


JENNIE: Then you can take me back..to jail. 


MATT: Yeah. But there's one thing, Jennie -- what you did tonight is going to get you out of jail real soon. 'Cause I'm going to see you get your chance, too. 


MUSIC: CURTAIN


CONRAD CLOSING 


WALSH: And now our star, William Conrad.


CONRAD: I'm telling you - the day you change to L & M - that's the day -- Your Big Red Letter Day. No filter stacks up with L & M's pure, white miracle tip......and I know you'll go for L & M's taste....superior taste you get from L & M's superior tobaccos - richer, tastier tobaccos. Next time look for those Big Red Letters on the L & M pack.


MUSIC: THEME


WALSH: "GUNSMOKE" produced and directed by Norman Macdonnell stars William Conrad as Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal. Our story was specially written for "GUNSMOKE" by John Meston, with music composed and conducted by Rex Koury. Sound patterns by Tom Hanley and Ray Kemper. Featured in the cast were: Virginia Christine and John Dehner. Parley Baer is Chester, Howard McNear is Doc, and Georgia Ellis is Kitty.


SOUND: SWELL AND FADE OUT UNDER


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MUSIC: THEME


40 SECOND BUMPER (AT END OF SHOW) 


WALSH: Recently many of your cards and letters have requested an evening time for Gunsmoke Radio. In response to these requests, the makers of Chesterfield and L & M Filters will now also bring you Gunsmoke every Sunday evening at 6:30 PM Eastern time. So now you can take your choice - and hear Gunsmoke transcribed at the time that is most convenient - either on Sunday evenings or Saturday at this time. 


And remember, the makers of Chesterfield and L & M Filters also present Gunsmoke for your enjoyment on television. Tonight - watch an entirely different Gunsmoke show on the CBS Television network. Check your local TV listings for time and channel.


MUSIC: THEME TO FILL 


ANNCR: (LIVE SYSTEM CUE) This is the CBS Radio Network

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