Rufus Ryker: I had somethin' I wanted to talk over with you, Starrett. Joe Starrett: Whatever business you and I got, we can talk over right here. Rufus Ryker: I'll just lay it on the barrel-head
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Shane 1953
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Rufus Ryker:
I had somethin' I wanted to talk over with you, Starrett.
Joe Starrett:
Whatever business you and I got, we can talk over right here.
Rufus Ryker:
I'll just lay it on the barrel-head then. How would you like to work for me?
Joe Starrett:
I'm workin' for myself. I've done enough workin' for others.
Rufus Ryker:
Wait till I tell ya: I'll pay ya top wages, more than you can make on this patch of ground.
Joe Starrett:
Nope. I'm not interested.
Rufus Ryker:
I haven't said it all. You can run your cattle with mine. What's more, I'll buy your homestead. Set a price you think is reasonable, you'll find me reasonable. Is that fair?
Joe Starrett:
You've made things pretty hard for us, Ryker, and us in the right all the time.
Rufus Ryker:
Right? You in the right? Look, Starrett, when I come to this country, you weren't much older than your boy there. We had rough times, me and other men that are mostly dead now. I got a bad shoulder yet from a Cheyenne arrowhead. We made this country. Found it and we made it. With blood and empty bellies. The cattle we brought in were hazed off by Indians and rustlers. They don't bother you much anymore because we handled 'em. We made a safe range out of this. Some of us died doin' it but we made it. And then people move in who've never had to rawhide it through the old days. They fence off my range, and fence me off from water. Some of 'em like you plow ditches, take out irrigation water. And so the creek runs dry sometimes and I've got to move my stock because of it. And you say we have no right to the range. The men that did the work and ran the risks have no rights? I take you for a fair man, Starrett.
Joe Starrett:
I'm not belittlin' what you and the others did. At the same time, you didn't find this country. There was trappers here and Indian traders long before you showed up and they tamed this country more than you did.
Rufus Ryker:
They weren't ranchers.
Joe Starrett:
You talk about rights. You think you've got the right to say that nobody else has got any. Well, that ain't the way the government looks at it.Look
Rufus Ryker:
I didn't come to argue. I made you a fair proposition.
Joe Starrett:
What about the others?
Rufus Ryker:
Shane already knows he can work for me anytime.
Joe Starrett:
The other homesteaders.
Rufus Ryker:
Look, be reasonable! After all, there's just so many hands in a deck of cards.
Joe Starrett:
Then I've got to say no.
Rufus Ryker:
You don't give a man much choice do you, Starrett?

Transcript:
I had something I wanted to talk over with you.
Whatever business we got, we can talk over right here.
I'll just lay it on the barrelhead, then. How'd you like to work for me?
I work for myself. Done enough working for others.
RUFUS: Wait till I tell you.
I'll pay you top wages. More than you make on this patch of ground.
No, I'm not interested.
I haven't said it all. You can run your cattle with mine.
What's more, I'll buy your homestead.
Set a price you think is reasonable, you'll find me reasonable.
Is that fair?
You've made things hard for us, and we're in the right.
Right? You in the right?
When I came to this country, you weren't much older than your boy.
We had rough times. Me and other men that are mostly dead now.
I got a bad shoulder yet from a Cheyenne arrowhead.
We made this country, we found it and we made it...
...with blood and empty bellies.
Cattle we brought in were hazed off by Indians and rustlers.
They don't bother you much any more because we handled them.
We made a safe range out of this.
Some of us died doing it, but we made it.
Then people move in who never had to raw-hide it through the old days.
They fence off my range and fence me off from water.
Some of them plow ditches, take out irrigation water.
So the creek runs dry sometimes and I gotta move my stock because of it.
And you say we have no right to the range.
The men that did the work and ran the risks have no rights?
I take you for a fair man, Starrett.
I'm not belittling what you did, but you didn't find this country.
There were trappers here and Indian traders before you.
- They tamed this country. - They weren't ranchers.
Rights. You think you've the right to say nobody else has got any.
That ain't the way the government looks at it.
I didn't come to argue. I made you a fair proposition.
JOE: What about the others?
RUFUS: Shane knows he can work for me. JOE: The other homesteaders?
RUFUS: Look, be reasonable.
After all, there's just so many hands in a deck of cards.
- Then, I've got to say no. - You don't give a man much choice.
How do you feel about it, son? Would you like to go partners with me?
I don't want trouble with your father. We don't want anyone to get hurt.
JOE: Joey ain't quite of age, Ryker. - How about it, son?
MARIAN: Come here, Joey.
RUFUS: I don't want you to be sorry, Starrett.
I'll see you.
What do you make of him?
He's no cow-puncher.
No. He doesn't look the part.
I like Starrett too, but I'll kill him if I have to.
- I'll kill him if I have to. - You mean I'll kill him if you have to.
[MAN CHUCKLES]
I can't have any run-in with the law. You heard Grafton.
Just get Starrett in here. It wouldn't take much to bait him.
Well, lookie here.
Lookie here.
Why don't we just gun him and get on with it?
One's run already. It won't take much to stampede the rest.
Remember, Wilson, you got to make this look right to Grafton.
[WILSON CHUCKLES]
[THUNDER RUMBLING]

Clip duration: 382 seconds
Views: 12
Timestamp in movie: 01:07:22
Uploaded: 23 September, 2021
Genres: drama, western
Summary: A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.


Actors

Rufus Ryker - Emile Meyer
Joe Starrett - Van Heflin