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“I would rather hear my dog bark at a crow
than a man swearing he loves me.”
--Beatrice from MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.
1(two-shot) over Wallace’s shoulder.
Buck: I’m obliged to you.
2(medium close-up) Wallace: For what?
3(close-up) Buck: For befriending a man who didn’t deserve one.
4(two-shot) over Buck’s shoulder.
Wallace: Deserving had nothin’ to do with it.
5(sound cue) saloon piano.
6(medium close-up) Buck, staring a his cup as he sipped the spirits,
then looking up: I need to clear the air. My Dad & I were just not close
before his death, so it is good to know that there was someone who
looked after him--but just because you were his friend, that don’t mean
we have to be friends. My father was one man, I’m another.
7(medium close-up) Wallace: Whoa, hoss, rein up a bit--I think my damn
whiskey is kicking up some past dust. Hey, I expect nothing from you,
especially now--& I don’t expect thanks for befriending a man that most
folks spit on.
8(two-shot) the men in profile, Buck: Uh-huh--it’s just some things that
Wallace: No worries.
9(sound cue) flute & harmonica.
10(medium close-up) Buck: Antlered Buck was once a grand rancho. There
were horses sired there that could out run the wind.
11(two-shot) angle on Wallace: And I have no doubt that one day your ranch
will rise again.
Buck: Where can I pick up some brood mares & a decent stallion?
12(medium close-up) Wallace: I hate to say it, but Cash Bronson’s probably
got the best stock to choose from.
13(close-up) Buck: To hell with that--Bronson & I will meet soon enough. If I
have to I’ll ride clear to Silver City to buy some horseflesh.
14(medium wide shot) The two men just standing & drinking--Salina no longer
out in the back yard; after a quiet moment.
Wallace: You’ll probably need to take on a hand.
15(sound cue) six-string guitar chords, Indian seed rattle.
16(two-shot) angle on Buck: You looking for a part-time job?
17(medium close-up) Wallace, his eyes twinkling:
--Hey, I didn’t always wear this apron. I used to be a fair wrangler.
18(close-up) a grin widening on Buck’s face.
19(medium close-up) Wallace: No, there is this half--breed that used
to work for your Pa a bit. I’ve seen him around the stock pens. He’s
a top bronc-buster--calls himself Johnny Eagle.
20(two-shot) angle on Buck:
--Sounds like a good man, I’ll be looking him up.
Wallace: He won’t be hard to find. I hear he hangs out at the Cantina.
21(medium wide-shot) Buck: Thanks for the hooch & the palaver.
He started for the door.
22(sound cue) harmonica slide.
23(two-shot) Buck turned back toward him.
Wallace: That was a serious offer we made on your place. There might come
a day when you get that old itch to see what’s on the other side of those hills;
if that happens, just pull up & ride. If you sell to us, you will always be welcome
24(medium close-up) Buck, still smiling, arms folded:
--I’ve seen the other side of those hills, & the mountains beyond. Right now
I’m headed for the bathhouse; after that I doubt I’ll be scratching anything.
25(two-shot) Wallace: There are those who will appreciate your cleanliness.
Buck: Does your daughter have any suitors?
Buck: How many daughters you got?
26(medium close-up) Wallace, laughing: One is more than enough--but know
this, Miss Salina is the hog’s drawers, the cat’s butt--& she knows it. So far
she hasn’t taken up with any of these local tomcats. I think she scares most
27(close-up) Buck: I like her.
28(close-up) Wallace: So does Thor Bronson.29(sound cue) snare drum & saxophone.
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