Half Straight Full Episode – Gunsmoke, Season #07, Episode #20
Gunsmoke was hugely popular during its run, primarily for showing the darker side of the West, with its violence and lawlessness. The show’s impact and success helped make the Western genre more popular, and it’s still influencing TV shows and movies today. Among the many Gunsmoke episodes include Half Straight, directed by Ted Post and written by John Meston. This episode was the 20th of season seven, airing on February 17, 1962.
A man offers $500 for Lute Willis to kill the marshal of Dodge, Matt Dillon. When in Dodge, he meets Fanny and develops feelings for her. Not willing to give up his contract and Fanny, Lute hires an old friend to perform the task for him.
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Gunsmoke Half Straight Cast
The following actors acted in the Gunsmoke episode, Half Straight:
- James Arness as Matt Dillon
- Dennis Weaver as Chester
- Milburn Stone as Doc
- Amanda Blake as Kitty
- John Kerr as Lute
- J. Edward McKinley as Hatcher
- Elizabeth MacRae as Fanny
- William Bramley as Browder
- Howard Culver as Howard
- Lee Sabinson as Barkeep
- Jimmie Booth as Townsman (uncredited)
- Herman Hack as Townsman (uncredited)
- Dick Johnstone as Townsman (uncredited)
- Mathew McCue as Waiter (uncredited)
- Fred McDougall as Freddy (uncredited)
- Frank Mills as Townsman (uncredited)
- ‘Snub’ Pollard as Townsman (uncredited)
- John Rice as Townsman (uncredited)
- Chick Sheridan as Townsman (uncredited)
- Ray Spiker as Townsman (uncredited)
- Lucian Tiger as Townsman (uncredited)
Full Story Line for Haf Straight
Grant Hatcher hires Lute Willis, a professional gunman, for $500 to kill Marshal Matt Dillon. Grant believes it’s only best to avenge the death of his brother caused by Dillon. When asked if he could complete the job the same day, Lute tells him it’s not easy as it will take some time. Lute agrees to have it done by Friday when Hatcher gets in Dodge.
Immediately after arriving in Dodge City, Lute sees Fanny Fields and assists her in carrying her stuff in the wagon. As if in love at first sight, Lute looks forward to seeing Fanny the next day.
That evening, Lute hears that Hank Browder is staying at the Dodge House. He offers to bring the bottle of whiskey to Browder upon learning that the hotel clerk will give it to him. Browder appears to be Lute’s friend who shares the same profession.
Lute meets Fanny the next day, but Fanny worries that people will see and talk about them. Lute suggests they meet by evening, and although initially hesitant, Fanny eventually agrees. That night, the two share a kiss, and Lute confesses his love for Fanny. However, Fanny tells her that they hardly know each other. Lute’s response only made Fanny curious, sensing Lute must be hiding something from her.
The following day, Lute didn’t show up at the store where they usually meet, much to Fanny’s disappointment. Lute later meets her at her place to apologize and ask her to go away with him. Lute confesses that he came to Dodge City as a hired gunman. Fanny refuses to marry someone like him, so Lute assures her that he will no longer kill anyone. Still, Fanny tells him to give her a little time to think.
Lute goes to Browder and offers him to do the $500 job. Browder initially refused after hearing that the target was the marshal in Dodge. Lute understands that the task can be challenging, so he gives Browder enough information on performing the job. Browder insists on knowing why Lute’s offering him to do it. Lute tells him about his promise to Fanny, but he wants to get the job done as he never returned to his word. Finally, Browder accepts the offer.
As suggested by Lute, Browder shoots Dillon through his office window. However, the bullet went through Chester, who was in the room that night. Doc tends to his wounds as Kitty and Dillon attend to his other needs. Kitty doesn’t understand why someone would shoot Chester, especially since he has no enemy in town. Dillon tells her that the shot must have been for him.
Hatcher arrives in Dodge City as planned. Dillon immediately spots him in town, so Hatcher tells him that he heard the marshal got shot. Their conversation led to Hatcher’s brother’s death, as Hatcher insisted that Dillon murdered him. Dillon clarified that his brother killed a man in cold blood and that he killed him in self-defense. Dillon immediately figured that Hatcher must have hired a shooter and confronted him about it. He gets Hatcher to confess that it was Lute Willis. Regardless, Dillon has to arrest Hatcher. Hatcher, refusing to go to jail, draws his gun on Dillon, who shoots and kills him in defense.
Dillon confronts Lute in his hotel room regarding Hatcher. Lute realized what had happened and why the marshal was looking for him, so he willingly cooperated with Dillon.
Browder secretly talks to Lute through a cell window to ask him about what’s happening. Lute tells him everything and tells Browder to help him get out. Browder agrees to talk to Fanny so that Lute can have an alibi at the time of the shooting.
Browder does as Lute requested. Despite Fanny’s willingness to prove Lute’s innocence, Browder stops her, afraid that the circumstances might change and will send him to jail as the actual shooter. While out on the prairie, Browder shoots Fanny to save himself.
Doc and Kitty were returning from visiting a friend when they found an empty buggy in the prairie. Doc ties the horse nearby and informs Dillon about it once they arrive in Dodge.
Meanwhile, Browder tells Lute that Fanny agrees to prove his innocence. However, Browder twisted his story, leaving out the part about Fanny’s death.
Dillon and Chester check the empty buggy and inspect the area for its owner. Not far enough, Dillon finds Fanny’s dead body. Dillon frees Lute, then tells him what happened to Fanny. Before Lute leaves, Dillon reminds him of his promise to Fanny that he won’t make any killing from then on.
Lute finds Browder at the saloon, informing him about Fanny’s death. He tells Browder that he wants the marshal dead, as Fanny would still be alive if he hadn’t put him in jail. Lute gives him the information he needs to kill Dillon, and Browder eventually agrees to complete the deed.
It appears that Lute set up Browder, knowing that the marshal would kill him in self-defense. Dillon understood that Lute wanted Browder dead without breaking his promise to Fanny. Still, Dillon knew he had to teach him a lesson. When Lute mentions that he had gone straight, Dillon tells him otherwise, especially since it only led to Fanny’s death. Dillon makes Lute realize and remember for the rest of his life that Browder got involved and Fanny died because he only went “half-straight.”
Full Script and Dialogue of Half Straight
Hey... Hey, bartender, man get a drink around here? What'll it be? Shot of whiskey. Leave it here. Bring it over here, stranger. I'll keep you company. This place is a morgue. Sit down, cowboy. This Cimarron ain't much of a town, is it? No. - My name's Grant Hatcher. - Yeah, that's what I figured. - You're Lute Willis? - That's right. I been waiting for you since yesterday. I got held up in Pueblo. I was having a good time there. You're gonna have more fun when you get to Dodge. I got your letter, Hatcher, but you didn't say how you heard about me. Santa Fe. A man named Ed Grimes. Oh, yeah. I did a job for him last spring. You did it good, according to Grimes. He seemed satisfied. This one won't be as easy. Who's your man, Hatcher? His name's Dillon. He's the marshal of Dodge. That's why I'm willing to pay you more than your usual price. I'll give you $250 now, and $250 after you've killed him. Not so sure I'm a match for a man like that. There's a lot of ways to shoot a man. I think you know most of them. You must have a pretty big grudge to want to spend $500 on him. I had a brother... Dillon killed him. Now I'm gonna get him. No. I'm gonna get him. It's the same. It's my money. Dodge about 20 miles from here? That's right. I take it you don't plan to ride in just yet. If Dillon saw me, he'd get suspicious right off. You got the money? Right here. I'll count it later. You able to get it done today? Tonight? It ain't that simple, Hatcher. It'll take me a couple of days to get the lay of the land. About the rest of the money, Hatcher, it wouldn't do you no good to run with it. I'll be in Dodge Friday. You ought to have it done by then. That'll give me enough time. It'll be a pleasure to pay you off. I'll see you later. ♪ Danny, come west to Kansas ♪ ♪ Come make a home in Kansas ♪ ♪ Born in Maine ♪ ♪ One hand on the reigns ♪ ♪ When he crossed... ♪ Either you or that hammer's left-handed. Well, that wouldn't happen if you got some of those nails that don't bend. Doc, ain't there somebody around Dodge that's got an old, sick cow that you can attend to somewheres? Ooh! Ooh! Well, now, that wouldn't happen if you held onto the hammer with both hands. Oh, there, that'll hold it. No, don't. That's a doggone good job, even if I do say so myself. That'll hold up. I'm just gonna rest. I certainly would, too, if I was you. That's one nice thing about doing a hard day's physical labor. Always nice to sit down and rest. Well, I've done a hard day's work all right. I been up since 5:00 this morning. Oh, golly, that's gonna be a good one. Well, I don't think it's gonna be fatal. It's too... too far from your heart. You had any time to make coffee this morning? No, I ain't made no coffee this morning. Well, could you do... could you do that right now? Or are you just too worn out? What do you do, Doc, go down to Delmonico's so's that you can mooch a toothpick, so's you can come up here and mooch a cup of coffee? Well, all right. ♪♪ Let me give you a hand there, miss. No, thank you. I can... manage. Where do these go? Over there in the wagon. Oh, no, really, I can manage. You must be alone. Yes. You live around here? Up river five miles. Oh, you bring the milk and eggs in to sell, is that it? Yes. Thank you for helping me. I've got to be going now. Maybe I ought to see you home. That's kind of a long ride for a girl all by herself. Oh, I make it every day. Then, I'll know where to look for you tomorrow. You mind telling me your name? Mine's Lute. Lute Willis. I'm Fanny Fields. That's a pretty name. You live here with your folks, do you, Fanny? Just my pa. He's 62. 62... He must've married late in life. He did, but he's very active. Works real hard. I'll bet he does. Uh, I've really got to go now. Don't worry about what people think. It's none of their business. Now, let me help you up. Thank you. Oh... Oh, my goodness. Thank you. Whoa. I'll look for you tomorrow around the same time. Oh, no, you really mustn't. Why not? Don't you like me? I don't even know you. That's what I'm aiming to fix, Fanny. Hello, Matt. Kitty. Matt, this is, uh, Lute Willis. Lute, this is Marshal Dillon. - Marshal. - Lute. - We were just talking about you. - Beats shooting at me. What? Well, around this town, you never know. Oh, yeah, being the marshal and all. I guess it never is a popular job, is it, Marshal? That's what I keep trying to tell him. Yeah, she wants me to run the general store. Oh, you wouldn't like that, Marshal. Well, uh, I'll be getting to bed. Good night, Miss Kitty. Marshal. Night, Lute. Well, he's new in town, isn't he? Yeah, he just rode in today, he said. What's he doing, you know? Well, he told me he was just a cowboy drifting north. When's he leaving? Oh, I don't know. Couple days, I guess. After he looks the town over. Is that why he's going to bed so early? Hey, clerk? Here, what are you doing there? Oh, it's you. I got tired of waiting. Well, I had to go out for this. Well, if I had to stand behind that desk all night, I guess I'd get me a bottle, too. Oh, but it's not for me. Mr. Browder sent me for it. Who? Mr. Browder. One of our guests. That wouldn't be Hank Browder, would it? - Oh, you know him? - Yeah, I know him. - I'll take his bottle to him. - Now, wait... - What room is he in? - But he sent for me... What room? Eighteen. But now, you be sure to tell him this was your idea. Who is it? I brought your whiskey. Lute. Lute Willis. I took it away from the clerk. - Come in, come in. - Hank, how you doing? - How you been, huh? - All right. You want one? All right. What're you doing in Dodge, Lute? Ah, just passing through. You on a job? Yeah, up north, but I can take my time about getting there. Hey, I heard about what happened to you in Tascosa. Yeah, I come close to not making it. An old gunman like you? I was hired to kill a rancher down there, Lute. Just a plain, ordinary rancher. And he darn near killed me. You been on this stuff too much, Browder. Not while I'm on the job. Not ever. But after... and that's different. At least lately it's been different. Maybe you're getting too old for this kind of work. Yeah, maybe that's part of it. What are you doing in Dodge? Same thing you see me doing. It ain't the killing that bothers you, Browder. I known you too long for that. Must be something else you're scared of, like maybe getting killed yourself. Now, don't you tell nobody that, Lute, please. Now, this is the only way I know to make a living. Why would I tell anybody? I'll be all right in a day or two. I always am. Yeah, till the next man you kill. At least I get 'em killed. Give me credit for that. Sure, Browder, sure. I'll see you around. Hello, Fanny. Hello. Here. You mustn't. There we go. I timed it just about right, didn't I? Shh, you'll have people talking. Well, I don't care, so long as they're talking about us. Oh, look, Fanny, you don't want people to see us, well... why don't you meet me this evening? I could come out to your place. Oh, no, Pa'd have a fit. Why? Doesn't he let you see callers? No. Well, that's downright mean. I know, but I can't change him. Well, we don't have to worry about him. You can get away from the house, can't you? What do you mean? After supper. Tell him you have to go out to the barn for something. Tell him anything. I'll meet you out there. I don't know if I'd dare. Course you'd dare. There's nothing to be afraid of. All right. Then it's settled. I'll see you tonight. Oh! Oh. Oh, you forgot to tell me where your place is. Oh, you go upriver about five miles to the first big bend, and our place lies about a quarter of a mile due north. - I'll find it. - Bye. Oh, I had to do that. I've been thinking about you all the time. I'm in love with you, Fanny. I ain't never been in love before in my whole life. Oh, Lute, you mustn't say that. Why not? It's true. Because you hardly know me. I know all I need to know. I love you, Fanny. Don't that mean nothing to you? Oh, Lute. - Mmm. Oh, no, Lute, we mustn't. - Why? Why not? I guess maybe it's because it's I who don't know you. Well, what do you want to know about me, Fanny? Tell me. It's not that easy. You haven't heard nothing, have you? People haven't been saying anything about me, have they? Lute, you're hurting me. Have they? No, of course not. Why should they? Lute, there isn't something you ought to tell me, is there? No. What are you talking about? I mean, you're not trying to hide something, are you? Why do you say that? Lute... I don't know what it is, but something's wrong. I know something is wrong. ♪♪ Hello, Fanny. Hello. I'm sorry if I scared you. Why did you come here? I had to talk to you. Why? Fanny, I been doing a lot of thinking. Maybe for the first time in my life. Then I was right. Something is wrong. What is it, Lute? - I want you to come away with me, Fanny. - What? Oh, I'll marry you... First town we hit. I want you, Fanny. I want you for good. Oh, Lute. But you still haven't told me why you acted so funny the other night, why you left and everything. Fanny, I came here to Dodge to kill a man. What? It's true. It wouldn't hardly be the first man I'd ever killed, either. No. No! Lute, I-I couldn't marry a killer. Now, you listen to me. What's past is past. If I tell you I won't kill no more, if I swear to it, what then? But why did you have to kill? It don't matter now, I tell you. It's over with. Ain't that enough? But who did you come here to kill? It don't make no sense, Lute. Why do you have to kill somebody? I don't have to kill anybody. I don't have to do anything I don't want to. It's just something I got caught up in. I can get out of it anytime I want. Then get out of it. Get out of it now. I'm going to... that's what I wanted to tell you. You'll come with me, won't you, Fanny? - You will come? - I don't know. - Give me a little time. - How much time? A few days, a week. Oh, Lute, why did you have to tell me? You'd have found out about it anyway, sooner or later. You love me, don't you, Fanny? Oh, Lute! Evening. Feeling better? I'm all right. How would you like a job? What? There's $500 in it. Whoever heard of one professional gunman offering a job to another? Well, you're hearing about it now. There's $250 in there. You get the rest when you finish the job. I still don't get it. There's a U.S. marshal here in Dodge. Matt Dillon? Oh, no. Shut up and listen to me, will you? You don't have to face him. I wouldn't myself. He sits in his office late every night. All you got to do is walk by and get him through the window. It couldn't be easier. If it's so easy, why ain't you doing it? Personal reasons. That ain't good enough, Lute. I want to know. All right. It's a girl. I promised her I'd quit. I want to quit and that's all. You know, that's so wild-crazy, I'm half a mind to believe it. I don't care if you believe it or not. You want the money, Browder? $500 ain't bad. Tell me something, Lute. If you're quitting the business, what do you care if this job gets done or not? I never went back on my word yet. All right. I'll do it tonight. I'll see you tomorrow. You bet you will. ♪♪ ♪♪ How is he, Doc? Well, Kitty, he's... he's all right. - Here, will you hold that arm up for me? - All right. Well, the bullet went through his flesh there. He's gonna have a sore arm for a while, but there's no bones broken. Well, that's good. - Hello, Matt. - Hello, Kitty. I-I'm sorry, Chester. I would've been here a lot sooner, but I-I just heard about this. Oh, that-that's all right, Miss... Yeah, look out, you're gonna spoil him, Kitty. Well, Doc, I-I guess you figure if a man ain't half-dead, there ain't no sense into fussing over him. Has Doc given you any coffee? Oh, he ain't given me nothing but a lot of misery. Well, I'll fix you some. Now, just heat that up. It's on the stove. - Mmm. All right. - Thank you. Mm-hmm. Here, I'll give you a hand. Oh, thanks, Matt. You know, I-I just don't understand this. Chester doesn't have an enemy in this town. The whole thing just... It just doesn't make any sense. Well... that's the trouble, Kitty. I'm afraid it does. See, Chester was bending over my desk with his back to the window when the whole thing happened. He may not have any enemies, but I sure do. Oh, Matt. Hey, Doc, I'm gonna take a look around town. I'll be back later. Yeah, fine. I'll just keep him here tonight, Matt. Why? Well, of course, I want to watch this. That is, unless you want to bleed to death. Well, I'm sure getting out of here first thing in the morning, I can tell you that. You bet you are. Coffee'll be ready in a minute. Thank you, Miss Kitty. You're welcome. Well, I just been down over at the post office, Mr. Dillon. You know there ain't a single piece of mail for us there. Well... we're probably better off, Chester. Well, sometimes I don't understand you. I-I don't think you'd care if we never got no mail. Well, mail usually spells nothing but trouble for me. Well, that could be, yeah. Do you know him? Yeah. You better stay here. Hello, Hatcher. Marshal. What's the matter, something wrong? No, I, uh... I heard you got shot. You heard I got shot? Where'd you hear that? Down the trail. Cimarron. Well, I'm sorry to disappoint you. I don't care one way or the other. I don't exactly bear you no goodwill, Dillon. That was two years ago, Hatcher. That's time enough for you to understand. Understand what? That you murdered my brother? Your brother killed a man in cold blood. And he tried to kill me when I went after him. I wish he had killed you. Hatcher... Who'd you hire, Hatcher? What are you talking about? You hired a gunman. I want to know his name. Gunman? You don't have guts to come after me yourself, but you hired somebody else to do it for you. Now I want to know who it is. You gonna tell me who it is, or am I gonna beat it out of you? What's his name? Lute Willis. Now, that's better. Now you're going to jail. Me? What for? I was in Cimarron last night. I can prove it. Doesn't make any difference. You're guilty anyway. Oh, no, no. You're going too far. I won't take it. You're going to jail. I won't take it! ♪♪ Get away from it. What's going on, Marshal? Been looking all over town for you. Why? What for? I guess you heard that shooting out there a while ago? I heard a couple of shots, yeah. That was your friend, Grant Hatcher. He told me all about you just before I killed him. I guess you didn't kill him soon enough. Not as far as you're concerned. He told you he hired me, did he? And you're after me for the shooting last night, - is that it? - That's part of it. You're making a mistake, Marshal, but let's go. ♪♪ Uh, I had to get me a box to stand on. Glad you came. What's going on? You know that man the marshal killed? He's the one that hired me. Well, I'll be darned. He told the marshal about me; that's why I'm in here. That ain't good. You're darn right it ain't, but you’re gonna get me out. - Me? - Yeah. That marshal's got some funny ideas, Browder. One of them is that he holds the man that does the hiring just as guilty as the man that does the killing. That's why you didn't tell him about your hiring me. That's right. But I'm gonna tell him, all right, if you let me down. Who said I was letting you down? I'm here now, ain't I? All right. Now, here's what I want you to do. There's this girl, Fanny Fields, she'll be at the grocery store tomorrow afternoon around 1:00. She drives her buggy in every day. Now, you be there tomorrow. Yeah, what'll I tell her? Tell her I'm in jail for the shooting, but tell her I didn't do it. - Is that all? - Not hardly. Tell her that she's got to be my alibi. Now, when the marshal comes out to see her, she's got to say that I was with her that night, out by her place. She's got to do that. Now, you tell her, Browder. All right, all right. Make it strong. If I don't get out of here, you're coming in here with me. Quit worrying, Lute. I'll take care of it. I better get out of here now. - So long. - So long. ♪♪ ♪♪ Miss? Miss? Hey, hold up there. Uh, you're Fanny Fields, ain't you? Yes. What do you want? Uh, Lute Willis sent me. Lute? Where is he? He's in jail. Why is he in jail? What has he done? I'll tell you, but let's get out of the way here in case somebody rides by. Uh, follow me. ♪♪ Come and sit down. But I want to know about Lute. Well, that's what I'm here to tell you. Well, then, tell me. It's a long story. I've known Lute Willis for about five years off and on. I-I can't hear a word you're saying. Well, I ain't gonna shout it. All right, now tell me. Lute wants you for an alibi. A what? He wants you to tell Marshal Dillon that he was with you the other night. But why? Well, there was a shooting, and Marshal thinks Lute done it. But he didn't, did he? No, it wasn't Lute. Well, then I'll tell the marshal. No, you won't. What do you mean? I can't take the chance, Fanny. You might change your mind later. Or the marshal might prove that Lute wasn't with you. Then Lute would tell him about me, and I'd be in jail. I still don't understand what you mean. It don't matter. What's that for? You're awful pretty, Fanny, but a man's got to look out for himself. I'm sure glad I came along, Doc. I wouldn't have missed seeing Clara and her husband and that new baby for anything in the world. They sure seem happy, don't they? Yep. You ought to try that sometime. What do you mean? Well, I mean you ought to get Matt to quit playing with guns and buy a little spread out here and settle down with you and start raising things. Oh, I'd look cute out digging potatoes all day, wouldn't I? A lot cuter than he would. Whoa, whoa. Who do you suppose that is? Whoa, whoa. I wonder what an empty buggy is doing way out here. I sure don't know. I don't see a soul. Don't you think you ought to tie him up? Yeah, that's a good idea. I'll tie him to that tree over there. We better let Matt know about this as soon as we get back. Hey, Lute. Did you see her? Of course I did, but I can't wait here long. Somebody might see me. What did she say? Is she gonna stand by me? You bet she is. She's all primed. That little gal sure is in love with you, Lute. How was she? What did she say? Was she... What did she say? Here now, slow down. She's fine. She said for you to quit worrying. And I told her clear that you didn't do the shooting. That seemed to please her. Yeah? There was just one thing, though, but it ain't important. What? What was it? Oh, it's just that she's seen a couple men out on the prairie. She got the idea they was following her. But it ain't nothing. You know how women are. Doggone it, Browder, why didn't you ride out with her? It only would've taken you a couple hours. I was tired. I went and took a nap. But quit worrying, Lute. You're worse than she is. Probably nothing but a couple of cowboys coming into town. I got to get away now. I'll see you later. Browder? Browder. You lose the trail, Mr. Dillon? No, no, it leads right over in there. You better stay out here, Chester. I'll go and take a look. Chester! Is she dead? Yeah. Oh, my goodness. You was right, Mr. Dillon. That-that must have been Fanny's buggy. That's just terrible. Who-who would want to kill a nice girl like her? I don't know. What's Lute Willis gonna say? Yeah, she was his only alibi. Yeah, well, he sure don't have one now. Chester, if I get her in the buggy, do you think you can get her back to her place? Yeah. All right. ♪♪ Come out into the office. What? What's this all about, Marshal? I'm gonna turn you loose. Oh, you found Fanny. She told you she was with me? And you wouldn't believe me. I found her all right. I told you, Marshal, I wasn't anywhere near Dodge that night. Why didn't you tell me when I put you in jail? Well, you wouldn't have believed me. I could've talked to Fanny about it. I'll tell you the truth, Marshal. I didn't want to get her involved in this. But after I'd been locked up here for a while, I figured there wasn't no other way. Afraid I got some bad news for you, Lute. I found Fanny, all right. When I found her, she was dead. What? About a mile out of town. She was shot. Fanny... Fanny shot? I can't believe it. I can't believe it. Who would've done a thing like that? I was hoping maybe you could tell me. When I find him, I'll kill him. You're forgetting something, aren't you? What? Seems to me you told Fanny you weren't gonna do any more killing. Oh, yeah. Yeah, I forgot. Maybe you better tell me who it was, Lute. I don't know who it was. How would I know? I won't go back on my word. I won't do no more killing. I promised her that. I don't understand just why you're letting me go. I got no alibi now. 'Cause I believe you. Thanks. Evening, Browder. Hello, Lute. It worked, huh? He had to let you out, didn't he? Yeah, he let me out, all right, but he didn't have to do it. What do you mean? Fanny alibied for you, didn't she? Fanny's dead, Browder. Somebody shot her. No. Where? Where did it happen? About a mile out of town. Oh, that's a shame. I'm sorry, Lute. She seemed like a mighty nice little gal. I've been thinking about the men she mentioned to you. It must have been them, after all. By golly, you're right. I'd forgot about them. She didn't describe them to you, did she? I'd sure like to find them. I don't blame you. But no, she didn't say nothing more than what I told you. Here, have a drink. You must need one. Wait a minute, I'll fetch you a glass. Give me a glass of that. Here you are, Lute. Thanks. Say, I'll help you look for them fellas if you want me to. - There's something else. - Oh? The marshal. I still want you to kill him. What for? Hatcher's dead, ain't he? I ran into Hatcher just before the marshal caught up with him. He'd heard somewhere about the shooting, and he figured I'd kill the marshal for him. - So? - He paid me off. I got the money right here. It's yours just as soon as you finish the job. Yeah, but... I want him killed, Browder. If he hadn't have locked me up, Fanny would still be alive. How do you figure that? I'd be meeting her out in the prairie. Now, either you finish the job and collect the $500 or else you pay me back the $250 you've already got. It ain't gonna be easy. The marshal's probably keeping his eyes pretty wide open now. I'll tell you how easy it's gonna be. He always stops by the Long Branch late, after most everybody else has gone to bed. There's an alley nearby he's got to walk through on his way back to his office. Well? All right, I'll do it. Good. Let's drink to it. I-I think this is the worst thing that's ever happened around here. Yeah. Too bad she ever got mixed up with a man like Lute Willis. Yeah, she's young, romantic. Well, that old man of hers would never let her out with anybody. She sure would be a lot better off if he had. Yeah, that's the truth. By the way, how's Chester? Oh, he's doing fine. Won't even go to bed. He's over there drinking coffee and reading magazines. Good for him. Well, better be going, Kitty. I'll see you later. Good night. In the alley, Marshal! Look out! That was close. He's dead. Who is he? He's the one that killed Fanny. What are you doing that for? You must have wanted him dead pretty bad. What do you mean by that? Don't try to fool me. It's too late for that. You got nothing on me, Marshal. You're coming with me. Let's go. I've changed my mind, Willis. I brought you out here to give you the beating of your life. I thought it might teach you a lesson. But I guess, if you haven't learned it by now, you never will. I told you I'd gone straight, Marshal. If you'd have gone straight, Fanny would be alive right now. Are you blaming me for what happened to Fanny? I am. Well, I didn't kill her. You didn't kill Browder, either, but you fixed it so he'd be killed. What's the difference? That's got nothing to do with Fanny. You know, if you'd gone straight, Browder wouldn't have been in the picture. But you couldn't do that, could you? You had to go half straight. Now, you think about that, Willis. You think about it and live with it for the rest of your life. ♪♪ ♪♪
Behind the Scenes of Half Straight
Dodge House’s lobby underwent renovation after season 6. The clerk’s desk is now to the right of the stairs.
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