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No Less a Man Full Episode – Bonanza, Season #05, Episode #24

In preparation for a potential attack from the notorious Wagner outlaw gang, the residents of Virginia City are considering replacing their aging sheriff, Roy Coffee. They doubt his ability to confront the Wagners effectively. Adam Cartwright is one of the few who argues for Coffee to stay, but even he begins questioning this stance when the sheriff appears to be struggling with cowardice. This episode, penned by Jerry Adelman, showcases the talents of veteran actor Ray Teal, who portrays Sheriff Roy Coffee with depth and complexity rarely seen in the character. Parley Baer, famous for his role as “Chester” in the radio version of Gunsmoke, plays Mr. Amistead in this episode titled No Less a Man, originally aired on March 15, 1964.

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Main Cast

Besides the main cast, “No Less a Man,” the twenty-fourth episode of Bonanza Season 5 highlights various recurring and guest-supporting actors. The following are featured in the episode:

  • Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright
  • Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright
  • Dan Blocker as Eric ‘Hoss’ Cartwright
  • Michael Landon as Joseph ‘Little Joe’ Cartwright
  • Ray Teal as Sheriff Roy Coffee
  • John Kellogg as Bud Wagner
  • Parley Baer as Frank Armstead
  • Bill Zuckert as Browning
  • Justin Smith as Carter
  • Edward Faulkner as Bank Robber (as Ed Faulkner)
  • Ed Prentiss as Banker
  • William Corcoran as Jerry Wilson (as Billy Corcoran)
  • Bill Clark as Bank Robber
  • Adrienne Marden as Mrs. Wilson
  • Joseph Breen as Townsman
  • Rush Williams as Townsman
  • Bob Miles as Townsman
  • John Barton as Townsman (uncredited)
  • Gene Coogan as Bank Robber (uncredited)
  • Russell Custer as Townsman (uncredited)
  • Duke Fishman as Townsman (uncredited)
  • Joe Garcio as Townsman (uncredited)
  • Herman Hack as Townsman (uncredited)
  • Martha Manor as Townswoman (uncredited)
  • William Meader as Townsman (uncredited)
  • Phil Schumacher as Bank Robber (uncredited)
  • Robert Strong as Townsman (uncredited)

Full Story Line for No Less a Man

Fear grips the townsfolk as the notorious Wagner outlaw gang plots a raid on Virginia City. Concerned about their safety, they seek to replace their aging sheriff, Roy Coffee, believing him incapable of handling the looming threat. Adam stands among the minority who advocate for Sheriff Coffee to retain his position.

Full Script and Dialogue of No Less a Man

Hands up.

Aw, you found me.

Yeah, but I almost didn't.
You was hiding good that time.

Come on, I bet this
time you'll never find me.

- Let's play again.
- Well, I can't play no more.

I got a lot of work to do.
But we'll try again tomorrow.

Let's see how good
you can ride, huh?

Come on.


- Morning, sheriff.
- Martha, how's Bud?

- Fine.
- Good.

- Hi, sheriff.
- Albert. Sy.

- Ben. How are you?
- Well, well, Roy, how are you?

- Great. Just great.
- Feeling good, huh?

- Yeah.
- Good.

- What are you doing up there, fella?
- Riding a horse, Mr. Cartwright.

Tell me, Jerry, does
he handle real easy?

Oh, sure. BEN: Heh, heh, heh.

- He's getting to be quite a horsebacker.
- Sure is. Going to the office?

- Yeah.
- I'll walk along with you.

Not walk, Mr. Cartwright. Ride.

By golly, Jerry, you're
absolutely correct.

I'll ride along with you.

- What brings you to town, Ben?
- Oh, just a little business at the bank.

- How are the boys?
- Just fine.

You say hello to
them for me, will you?

Come out, say hello for yourself. We
haven't seen you out there in weeks.

Well, I've been kind of busy.
You know, with that other thing.

Roy, now, look, you
look real good, real fine.

You really feeling good?

Ben, that was just a flesh
wound. I'm as good as new.

- Whoa. Hi, Mom.
- Hello, Mr. Cartwright.

- Mrs. Wilson.
- Mr. Coffee.

How you feeling, sheriff?

Fine. Just fine.

Oh, I'm glad to hear that.
- Thank you.

Mom, don't you wanna
see what a good rider I am?

Watch. Giddyup. ROY: Unh!


- Off you go.
- It's all right, Mrs. Wilson.

Gosh, I'm sorry, Mr. Coffee.
Was that your wound?

It's all right, son. Now,
don't you worry about it.

I'm sorry you got wounded too.

My father says it never
should have happened.


Well, maybe your pa is right.

You run along now, and I'll
see you tomorrow, Mrs. Wilson.

Mr. Cartwright. Mr. Coffee.

Bye, Mrs. Wilson.

What Ed Wilson means is that I
ain't as fast with a gun as I was.

It don't take much for some folks
to start shooting off their mouths

about something that don't
concern them, does it, Ben?

Does anybody intend to
answer that knock at the door?

Well, I suppose that means me.

I don't know why I had
to be born the youngest.

So you could have respect
for your elders, that's why.

That's right. Hop to it, sonny.

Ahem. Would you please, son?

Long as you put it that way, Pa.

- Hi, Mr. Armstead.
- Good evening, Joe. How are you?

- Well, Ben, good evening.
- Well...

- How are you, Frank?
- Hoss.

Well, Browning, how's
business in Virginia City?

How have you been? - Hoss.

- Adam. BEN: Sit down,
gentlemen. Sit down.

Yeah, thank you. - Some coffee?

- Say, how about a drink?
- No, thank you, Ben.

We appreciate your hospitality,
but this is not a social visit.

We're here on a matter
of some importance.

It's about Roy Coffee.

Nothing's happened
to Roy, has it?

Something has
happened to Roy Coffee.

He's grown old. He's used up.

Well, that's a rough
way of putting it, isn't it?

There's no time
for sentiment, Ben.

I'm concerned with
something a lot more important.

Money. Dollars and cents.

Now, we're
businessmen, all of us,

including you.

We've got money invested
around here. Good money.

And we need law to
protect our property.

Well, seems to me that Roy has
done a pretty good job up to now.

What about from now on?

No, he's slowing up.

Look at that bullet he took from that
drunk drifter a couple of weeks ago.

Now, that is not the kind of
sheriff I want protecting my property.

Well, Roy's always been a...

Whatever he's been, right
now he's an old fuddy-duddy.

Gentlemen, Virginia City is growing.
It's not a one-cow town anymore.

Now, running that
sheriff's office is a business.

It has to be
handled efficiently.

You been in that
office of Roy's lately?

That looks like a compost heap.

He's got loose papers
flying all over the place.

He's got wanted posters he
probably hasn't even looked at.

Tell them about the Wagner gang.

- You see, I've got a young wife and I...
- What about the Wagner gang?

They've been operating
all around here, Ben,

shooting up towns, sticking up
banks, molesting private citizens.

They'll be hitting Virginia
City sooner or later.

You can put your money on that.

And Roy Coffee is not
the man to handle them.

Now, wait a minute. I think you're
selling Roy Coffee a little short.

You stay out of
this, young fella.

When I want your
opinion, I will ask for it.

Well, you're gonna get my opinion
when you start talking down Roy.


Please, gentlemen.

Now, let's stop arguing
and just get to the point, huh?

All right, Frank.

What is the point?

Well, Ben, we just
thought we'd drop in.

We've been talking
about this thing, and...

Well, you, Adam, Carter
and I are the four members

of the city council.


Well, Ben, the point
is Carter and I feel

that Roy Coffee
should be replaced.

Well, I'm afraid I
don't agree with you.

You don't, huh?

All right, let's ask a
more experienced man.

What about you, Ben?

It's something I've gotta
think about, certainly.

What are we gonna do for
protection for Virginia City

while you are making
up your mind, Ben?

Now, wait a minute, Armstead
said that this was a council matter,

and I don't believe you're
a member of the council.

No. But I'm one of the
citizens that voted you in

and I can be one of the
citizens that vote you out.

All right, let's calm
down, gentlemen.

We don't get anything
accomplished by losing our tempers.

Ben's right.

So let's get down
to just the facts.

Ben, we are the four
members of the city council.

But in order to make a decision,
we have to have a majority.

Now, Carter and I both
feel that Coffee should go.

But we need your votes.

Now, how long is it gonna
take you to make your decision?

I'm gonna need a little
time to think about it.

All right, so you need a
little time to think about it.

Well, will you at least agree
to a temporary solution?

Depends on what
that solution is.

Well, considering the crisis
we have on our hands...

What crisis?

The Wagner gang,
that's what crisis.


I think Browning is speaking
for the majority of the town.

They're very much concerned,

and we've got to do
something about it.

Now, since you won't give
us your vote to oust Coffee,

then we're asking you to come
in temporarily as his assistant.

At least until the four of
us can reach an agreement.


Well, as his deputy.

Armstead, Roy Coffee's been
a friend of ours for a long time.

An old friend.

I can't just barge in there
and tell him how to do his job.

Then give us your
vote to replace him.

You can't have it
both ways, Cartwright.

If you're so afraid of hurting
this old friend of yours,

you ought to protect him
against hurting the town.

It's a good solution, Adam.

The town will feel safer

and give your father
time to think it over.

All right, I'll try it.

Good man.

Good man.

Well, gentlemen, I think we needn't
impose further on your hospitality.

You've made me feel much better.
You see, with this young wife of mine,

- and the Wagner gang operating...
- Do come on, Carter. Come on.

Good night, Joe.

Good night, gentlemen.

I think you did the
right thing, Adam.

If there's gonna be trouble,
Roy may really need some help.

I sure don't look
forward to telling him.

Well, I know. But still,
I can't help worrying

about Roy handling
somebody as...

Well, as tough as the
Wagner gang all by himself.

Well, maybe Roy ought to get
himself a good fast gun for a deputy.

Well, that's Adam's job.

Find out what Roy is really
capable of handling these days.

Who knows how tough that
Wagner gang really is, anyhow?

Hyah! MAN 2: Hyah!

Hyah! Hyah!

- Hello, Mr. Burrow.
- Hi there.

Well, here we are, son.

I've got a lot of
work to do now.

So you run along home
and I'll see you tomorrow.

All right, sheriff.

Well, howdy, Adam.

To what do I owe
the honor of this visit?

Oh, I just thought I'd
drop by for a while, Roy.

Well, that's mighty nice of you.

You couldn't have picked
a worse day, though.

Got lots of work to do.
Just look at that desk.

Paperwork. It's a lot of
nonsense and a big waste of time,

but that's the way it is now.

I used to run this office
with no paperwork at all.

Now a man could just
about drown himself in it.

Would you believe that I
spend more than half my time

just reading and writing?

It's enough to
ruin a man's eyes.

Now, somebody's been
messing around with my desk.

I left my glasses right
here in plain sight.

Thanks, Adam.

Was there something that
you wanted to see me about?


All right. I'll be with
you in a minute.

There was a letter that I
should have answered here.

Now, look at that.

This joker was killed in Red
Bank more than three months ago.

Here it is now.
Here's that letter.

"Sheriff Coffee, Virginia City,
we are holding Red Thomas..."


I wanna talk to you.

About what?

Uh... About helping you.

About helping me? Heh, heh, heh.

Now, what kind of talk is that?

Well, I thought I could do
some work around here.

You know, as
sort of an assistant.

I sure am much obliged,
Adam, but I don't need no help.

I had a couple of deputy
sheriffs a time or two,

but all they did was
about get in my way.

Well, I just thought, you know, on
account of the wound, you know...

Adam, I'm just sick and tired
of hearing about that wound.

It was just a little
nick in the flesh.

And these people seem to be
more pained about it than I am.

Yeah. Well, the thing is the...

Well, the town council...

Drat, the town council. What
are they dithering about now?

Wait a minute.

You're a member of that
town council, ain't you?

Maybe this is your idea, huh?

No, no, no.

But I was outvoted, and so I
had to go along with the idea.

Just what was this idea?

Well, they feel you
need some help.

They feel that I need some help.

Adam, will you stop bothering
me and go back to Ponderosa?

Give your nice pa

and them brothers of
yours my regards, huh?

Roy, I would consider
it a personal favor

if you would let me stay around.

It's gonna be pretty embarrassing
if I have to tell the town council

- that you threw me out.
- Heh, heh, heh.

Seeing as how I let
them swear me in.

Let them swear you in?

Yeah, as a... Sort of a deputy.

Adam, you serious about this?

That's a fine how
do you do, ain't it?

Look, maybe I
could just help out

with the paperwork or
something, you know?

All right, you can stay around if
you're of mind to. Do some paperwork.

But all I'm gonna ask is
that you stay out of my way

and don't bother me, huh?

Now, I'll get
back to this letter.

What would you want me to do?

I would like you to do nothing.

I just want you to
stay out of my way.

You said you wanted to do
some paperwork, and I said fine.

There's papers
there, papers here.

There's papers there,
there's papers everywhere!

- Uh-oh. Excuse me.
- Roy?

You know, I didn't
recognize this place.

It kind of makes you feel as
if I ought to wipe off my feet

before I come inside.

Thank you.

You've sure done a job on
straightening this place out.

You know what I'm gonna do?

I'm gonna recommend you to
council for town housekeeper.

Don't do me any favors.

But it is. It's a lot more
efficient than it was.

There's a place for everything
and everything in its place.

Kind of reminds me of the way
Mary used to run her kitchen.

You never did know
my wife, did you?


Well, Adam, let me just
say this. It's kind of rough

when you build your whole life
around something or somebody

and lose it.

After my wife died,
I was really lost.

Maybe if we had children it
wouldn't have been so bad.

But she was the
only family I had,

so that's why I had to go out
and get myself another family.

Another family?

Yeah. The people of Virginia City,
they've been my family for years now.

It's my job to
take care of them.

Well, from what I hear, they're
gonna need that care real soon.

How do you mean that?

Well, the whole town is
talking about this Wagner gang

that's supposed to
show up in a few days.

Don't you ever fret
about that Wagner gang.

I can take care of
that scum, believe me.

And I'm not gonna let them
harm my town in no way.

You can put that in
your pipe and smoke it.

Now, I've been telling you and
telling you, trouble is coming.

What we wanna know

- is what are you doing about it?
- Doing?

We have got to do something
about the Wagner gang.

Now, there's going to be a
showdown, and a bloody one.

What do you plan to do about it?

Well, the only thing I plan
to do is to avoid a showdown,

especially a bloody one.

You call that doing your job?

Yeah, that's what I call it.

The only thing is, I
believe you gentlemen

are a little confused
as to just what my job is.

What are you talking about?

My job is to protect the
people of Virginia City,

not to get them killed.

Now, if you gentlemen will excuse
me, I'll stretch my legs a little.

Well, you need any more proof?

Proof of what?

That you've gotta vote
Roy Coffee out of here

and put in a man who
knows what he's doing.

I think Roy knows
what he's doing.

And we know what
he's doing too. Nothing.

I don't understand you, Adam.

The biggest depositors in the
Virginia City Bank are you Cartwrights.

If the Wagner gang
cleans out that bank,

you stand to be
the biggest losers.

Well, if we're not worried,
maybe you shouldn't be either.

Excuse me.

What in the world are you doing?

We're just putting some
bars on that window.

Have you taken
leave of your senses?

Well, I don't think so.

You expect the Wagner gang to just
come crawling in through the window?

Windows of a bank that nobody's
making any effort to defend?

What's to keep them from just
walking right in through that front door?

Well, nothing, I guess.

Roy, for heaven's sake.

And you, Adam Cartwright,
helping with this nonsense.

Oh, you just wait till I spread
this piece of news around.

Excuse me.

Sure spends a lot of
time getting mad, don't he?


Mad as a wet hen.

He came by the office later and
said that he and Carter and Browning

were gonna come out
here later on this evening.

Well, we're always happy
to extend our hospitality

to members of the town council.

Yeah, well, I think there's something I
ought to tell you before they get here.

What's that?

Well, things are getting
pretty tense in town.

I may be headed for
trouble. I don't know.

But I've decided to stand
with Roy, all the way.

If I'm wrong, I may
need your help.

And I don't know whether I
really have the right to ask for it

because the only thing I've got
backing me up is my feeling for Roy

and just my faith in the man.

And Roy hasn't
come up with any plan

about how he's gonna handle the
Wagner gang if they do show up?

I don't know. We spent the
greater part of the afternoon

putting bars on the bank window,
so he must have some kind of a plan.

Well, Roy's an old friend.
We all have faith in him.

What about the folks in town?

Well, there's a lot of talk
about the Wagner gang.

They all feel sure
that they're coming,

and they have quite a
few doubts about Roy.

Browning's influence, huh?

Oh, yeah, he's been
talking a lot against Roy

these past few
days, that's for sure.

There's always somebody
who thinks a fast gun

- is the only way to settle things.
- Well, trouble is, people believe him.

I've lived pretty close to
Roy these past few days.

And I believe in him.

No matter how he wants
to handle that Wagner gang.

And you wanna know
if we're in back of you?

Well, I agree with you.

And I think you'll find that the boys
and I will be with you, if you need us.

Thank you.

That must be the
duly-elected representatives.

- Well...
- Good evening, Ben. Adam.

- Armstead.
- Adam.


Adam told me you were coming.

- Well, sit down, gentlemen.
- Thank you.

Ben, we have got to have your
decision on Roy Coffee right now.

You mean Adam's
decision and mine.

No, yours. We know
how Adam feels.

I warn you, Ben, the
town is in no mood

for any more shilly-shallying.

Well, Mr. Browning,
maybe you could tell me

what the town is
in the mood for.

Just this.

That we get rid of
Roy right now, fire him.

Swear in anybody.

Anybody who's man enough
to do what has to be done,

which is to strap on a gun,

swear in the biggest
posse he can raise

and stand ready to shoot
it out with the Wagner gang

if one of them so much as
sticks his nose into Virginia City.

After all, we gotta
protect our women.

Ben, this is no
reflection on your family.

This is nothing personal.

We're just here in the best interests
of the community as council members.

Well, as a member
of that council,

I think it's in the best
interests of the community

to retain the services
of Roy Coffee as sheriff.


Ben, don't you see?

By withholding
your vote on this,

you are reducing the council
to absolute helplessness.

Well, I don't see how
putting our trust in Roy Coffee

reduces us to
absolute helplessness.

Maybe you think that
the work of a sheriff

should be done by a younger man.

But as far as I'm concerned,

a fast gun has never taken
the place of experience.

Or the wisdom that
comes from that experience.

Ben, I have said it
before and I'll say it again.

We voted you in and
we can vote you out.

Yes, you can vote us out.
Come election time next spring.

We do not have to wait till next
spring to get protection for ourselves.

Now, if the council won't do it,

and if that has-been
shell of a sheriff won't do it,

we can do it ourselves.

Ben, trouble is
gonna come of this.

And when it comes,

it's gonna land right
on your shoulders.

Yours and Adam's.

The town knows
how Carter and I feel.

Yeah, I guess we all
know how you feel, Frank.

- If any harm comes to my wife...
- Oh, come on, Carter.

I'm so sick and tired of
hearing about your wife.

Well, thanks for backing me up.

I was backing up your
faith in Roy Coffee.

Yeah, and I know how
dangerous that can be.

I'd understand if you
changed your mind.

I won't change my mind.

- Coffee. I've got some news.
- Yeah? What is it?

The Wagner gang was
seen not 15 miles from here

the day before yesterday.

Well, Fred, what are you
getting all bent out of shape for?

If they're 15 miles
away from here,

they're certainly not in
Virginia City, are they?

Now, that is typical
of your thinking.

Well, how do you
think I ought to think?

Virginia City is on the way up.

It's growing, it's
attracting new business.

What do you think is gonna
happen when it gets known

that business gets no
protection from the law?

Now, what are you talking
about, business gets no protect...?

What's going on here?

You mean these?

Yes, I mean those.

Well, little Jerry Wilson was
practicing and he locked me in the cuffs.

And then he went down
the street to get some candy.

He must have took
the key with him

because I couldn't
find it here anywhere.

I never heard of anything
so ridiculous in my life.

The sheriff of an important
town sitting around handcuffed

with a gang of bank
robbers on our very doorstep.

Son, be careful.

What's he so mad
about, Mr. Coffee?

Oh, I think he's just a little
nervous about that Wagner gang.

Pooh. You could handle
them with your hands tied.

Well, now, maybe we
hadn't better go that far, huh?

- Unlock me, will you, son?
- Sure.


Now, wait a minute.

Now, it's no secret.

We all know it. The
Wagner gang is coming.

And what is the council
doing about it? Nothing.

What is our so-called
sheriff doing about it?


Now, since we obviously can't
depend on the council or on the sheriff,

I say let's organize
to protect ourselves.

Roy Coffee has been taking
care of this town for years.

For too many years.

I say it's time someone younger,
someone more capable, takes over.

Now, we have got
to do something.

It's a matter of

I say we stick with the law.

So do I. MAN 2:
The law? What law?

There is no law

against protecting our
homes, our property.

There is no law
against acting like men.

There is no law that
says a man can't stand up

for what's right and fight.


- Now, if you men...
- Hey, Mr. Browning.

May I say a word, please, sir?

Go on home, grandpa.
It's way past your bedtime.

Go on home, old man.

Let the sheriff talk.

Let's see what old
grandpa has to say.

Let's find out why we
should all be cowards.

This could be very interesting.

Thank you, sir.

Friends, I don't wanna
take much of your time.

I just wanna say that
I've been sheriff here for...

Well, since before a
lot of you were born.

I've always given you my best.

And, as far as I know,
I never let you down.

I never asked anything in return
because all I was doing was my job.

But now I am. I'm gonna
ask you for something.

I'm gonna ask you to let me
handle this thing in my own way.

Please, do this one thing
for me. Let me handle it.

- That's all you've got to say?
- That's all.

Well, I am buying drinks
for the men in this town.

I don't mean the cowards.

I mean the men. Come on.

Some people in this town are
sure spoiling for a fight, huh?

Yeah, there's some
bad ones all right.

What are you gonna
do about them?

Well, Adam, like I told
you, they're part of the town,

and the town's my family.

Now, if you got some bad children
in the family, they're still your children.

You gotta protect them,
even from themselves.

You're late.

- You run into any trouble?
- No.

I scouted Cold Creek.
It's a pushover, Wagner.

Then I went by Virginia City.

Virginia City? Nobody
told you to go there.

I know.

But it's got the biggest
bank in the whole territory.

And I don't see why we don't hit it
instead of all this penny-ante stuff.

The sheriff of Virginia City
is a man named Roy Coffee.

He's been around a long time,

and that means he's
been plenty smart.

And tough.

You saying you're
afraid of him, Wagner?

I ain't saying no such thing.

Ain't a sheriff
living I'm afraid of.

Look, Wagner, I
scouted that town today.

And I saw your
famous Roy Coffee.

He's an old man.

All right.

Virginia City is next.

But I'm telling you one thing.

It ain't gonna be easy,

old man...

or no old man.

Adam, will you please stop
fooling around with them guns.

You're making me nervous.

Roy, I gotta talk to you.

I'm busy.

It's important.

- Now, can't you see I'm busy? Later.
- No, Roy. Now.

All right. Enough is enough.

Adam, now, I've been going
along with this silly game

of letting you play lawman

just because the town council
thinks I need a little help.

But now you're really
getting in my way.

You're forgetting that
I'm the sheriff here.

Not for long.


What do you mean by that?

Roy, I was hoping I
didn't have to tell you...

but you're gonna be replaced.

Replaced. You're pulling my leg.

I wish I was.

This is my job. Nobody's
gonna take my job.

Oh, yes, they are.

Half the council has
voted to let you go.

- But they do can't. I'm a duly-elected...
- Yes, they can, Roy.

Just as soon as they vote me
and Pa off the council, you go.

After all these years?

Roy, I know how you must feel.

And it's not much
thanks for all those years.

Why didn't you tell me earlier?

I thought the council
would change their mind.

You know, Roy, you've
spent most of your life

protecting this
family, as you call it.

Like a lot of families,

they don't appreciate
what you've done.

But aside from that...

I think we ought to try and look
at this thing from every angle.

Now, I'm not saying
you're not a good sheriff,

but you know you shouldn't
have gotten shot by that drunk.

I don't think it could have
happened five years ago.

You know it's nothing
to be ashamed of,

but, man, we do get
slower as we go along.

Listen, Roy,

it's no disgrace
to need glasses,

draw the gun a little slower.

Adam, you don't
understand either.

None of you do. There's
nobody in this whole town

that understands my job.

Now, if I didn't think that I
could do a good job, I'd quit.

Now, out of my way
and let me get on with it.

The Wagner gang is coming!

The Wagner gang is coming!

The Wagner gang is coming!
The Wagner gang is coming!

The Wagner gang,
they're on their way.

We've got a
plan, let's go to it.

All right, that's far enough.

Roy said he doesn't want any shooting,
so there's not gonna be any shooting.

But the Wagner
gang is on the way in.

Well, let them come.

This business is going to go
just the way Roy wants it to go.

You're gonna let them
ride into town and take over?

If that's what Roy wants.

Now, we don't care what Roy
wants. We're the town and...

You're not the town.

You're just a bunch of
Browning's roughnecks.

All right, drop your guns.

You too.

Now, go on back to your homes

Where is everybody?

This could be a trick.

- What do you think he's up to?
- I don't know.

Let's find out.

So you're the famous
sheriff of Virginia City.

You give up carrying your guns?

That's right. There ain't
gonna be no gunplay.

Everybody run away?

I ordered the
town off the streets.

So go ahead, do what you
come to do and get on out.

Nobody is gonna try and stop us?

I don't wanna see
nobody get hurt.

You're smart.

Money ain't worth
getting hurt for.

Yes, sir, when you
get old, you get smart.

- No money back here.
- Huh?

Open the vault.

Where's the money?

- It's not here.
- I can see that. Where is it?

I don't know.

I don't know, I tell you.
The sheriff took it all away.

That's why nobody out
there tried to stop us.

All right, what did he
do with the money?

I don't know. He
wouldn't even tell me.

Well, he'll tell me.

Let's get that old
man, listen to him talk.

Now, wait a minute.

Just in case we run
into trouble out there,

let's take him with us.

He'll make a nice hostage.

All right, the windows.

Getting in here was easy.
How are we gonna get out?

That old man.

I'll kill him.

By golly, Roy, you did it.

- It worked.
- Yep.

And nobody got hurt neither.

Let's get down. We don't wanna
give them nothing to shoot at.

Hold it.

We're just wasting ammunition.


Now listen to this!

You can keep shooting
all day if you're of mind to.

Or for a week or for a month.

But you ain't
getting out of there.

And you can keep on
looking out through them bars

till you starve to death.

Or if you prefer my
jail, where you'll get fed,

just throw out your guns.

I guess that's it.

All right, Wagner, come on.

Come on, right over there.

Over here.

Well, that's that, huh?

Is it?

While you're here, why don't
you tell Roy that he's being fired.

This is as good a time as any.

Aw, now, Ben, I...

Roy, that was a
great piece of work.

I understand that you want this.

I told him you were gonna
get a better man for the job.

Somebody with a faster gun.

Well, I sure feel better.
About my wife, I mean.

Avoiding all that
violence and bloodletting.

I guess it takes more than
a fast gun to be a sheriff.

Yep. Takes a man.

And it takes a man to
admit his mistakes too,

and we made one, a bad one.


I was wrong, Roy.

I'm sorry.

It's all right, Browning.

- Hi, Mr. Coffee.
- Hello, Jerry.

Will you play bank
robbers with me?

Sure, just as soon as I get my gun.
- No.

My mommy doesn't want
me to play with guns anymore.

I wanna be like you.

I think maybe your
mommy has got something.

Come on, let's go
for that walk, huh?

Ain't he cute?

- Hey, sheriff.
- Hi.

- Johnny, nice to see you.
- Howdy, sheriff.

Hey, sheriff. Hi. MAN 3: Hey.

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