A Man Called Sledge

Synopsis: Outlaw Luther Sledge and sidekick Mallory pull into the town of 3 W for an overnight stay. While Sledge heads upstairs to spend the night with long-time prostitute friend Ria and a bottle of rye, his sidekick Mallory enters a game of poker downstairs in the saloon. Frustrated with loosing their money to Mallory, two of the other gamblers shoot him dead. Alerted to the downstairs gunshot noise, Sledge descends in the saloon, pretending he's drunk, catches the two gamblers unprepared and shoots them dead. An old man who witnessed the shooting offers to serve as Sledge's witness and swear it was self-defense in case of an inquiry. The next day, Sledge leaves town to meet with the rest of his gang in the hills. He notices the old man from the saloon following him on horseback some distance away. Sledge stops the old man and asks him why he is following behind. The old man explains that he is not following Sledge but rather a convoy escorting a gold shipment. Interested, Sledge takes him at
Genre: Western
Production: Sony Pictures Entertainment
93 min

Don't anybody move.


I'm gonna have to call you.

Looks okay.

My two pairs aren't good enough.

It's all yours.

Now I'm gonna try to get my money

back with a little five card draw.

What'll it be?

- Two bottles of whiskey.

- You must be staying for a while.

Well, long enough for him

to buy the second round.

- That'll be $ 10.

- Cowboy...

...you looking for something?

Oh, shut up, Liz.

Hey, I never did see what happened.

How did the driver

get his head blown off?

- Pure accident.

- They'll blame it on us.

I just hate to see a man

get it like that.

- No reason. No reason at all.

- Let's have another deck over here.

Yeah, might change my luck.

Ain't gonna help much.

Get another bottle of whiskey

over at that table.

Looks like a big game.

Big game.

I think I'll go over and take a look.

You never just look

and you never win.

You're the worst poker player

I ever saw, Mallory.

Well, not tonight, because tonight

I feel lucky. You'll see.

- Mind if I sit in?

- Sit down.

Yeah, sit down, stranger.

- May be just the man we're looking for.

- Come on, I feel real lucky tonight.

Sledge, you made it.

- Ria.

- Sledge.

I been waiting here so long.

I thought-

I thought you'd never show up.

Will three sixes do it?

Not unless you can pair them up

with a couple of ladies.

You gave me the jack I needed.

That makes three.

Well, that lets me out.

I'm out.

Elizabeth, how about you

and me going upstairs.

I just made a killing.

It came from downstairs.

Don't go down.


Hold it.

Now, you leave that gun in its holster

and come down here slow and easy.

Looks like the only way

he's gonna make it is to fall down.

Your friend had some bad luck.

Unless you want to join him,

you'll ride out of here right now.

You heard him, get.

Well, look at that.

Lover-boy ain't finished yet.

I seen it, mister...

...murder and self-defense.



- No.

- Get inside.


- Why are you following me?

- I wasn't. I swear I wasn't.

You know who I am, don't you?

There's only one name

comes to my mind...

...after what I saw

there at the 3 W's...

...and that's Luther Sledge.

And you say you wasn't following me?

I've done a lot of things

in my time, mister...

...but getting the price

on a man's head ain't one of them.

Well, we'll just make sure of that.

What are you gonna do?

What are you gonna do?

Old man, you stink right now...

...so I'm gonna see to it

that you don't turn me in.

I'm gonna hang you up

and age you some more.

You gotta believe me,

it's the gold I've been following...

...about $300,000 worth.

In that prison there

is where they keep it overnight.

Open the gates!

Open her up. Open her up.

- What's that about?

- It's the gold. They're here, I told you.

Now cut me down.

Come on, I gotta see it!

They're here. I gotta see it. I-

I missed it.

I missed it.

How much gold did you say

they carry in that wagon?

Enough for a man to die on,

more than that, maybe.

Old man, how long has it been

since you've had a hot meal...

...some whiskey and a woman?

All in one night?

Not for a long time.

Well, if your heart will stand it,

you're coming with me.

Come on, girls, sing out.

- Get me out of here!

- Here, I'll give you a hand, Jade.

Can't even stand

on your own two feet.

Give me a hand, Millie.

Wait will I get my hands

on whoever did that.

Sledge, Sledge, Sledge,

you're just in time to see...

...what these animals

have done to my house.

I can't take it anymore.

I just can't take it.

Oh, calm down now, Jade, honey.

What'd they do?

They made a hole in my floor

and my organ fell through.

- Your organ fell through?

- That's right.

Like animals. They burrow under

my house trying to steal my liquor.

You're gonna have to do something.

Don't you worry about it, Jade,

I'll take care of it.

Well, you're gonna

have to do something about it.

- Look. Look at that.

- Now, you just leave it to me.

Sledge, you see?

Well, you're right.

Your organ fell through.

All right, come on,

get that thing out of there.

Where's Mallory?

- Got killed in a card game.

- Was two of them...

...but Sledge killed them back,

both of them.

Who's he?

Don't know much about him,

but he may be able to help.

I'll let you know. Give me a bottle

of whiskey and two glasses...

...and get him whatever

kind of soup you got back there.

Come on, old man.

Come on, sit over there.

Tell me about the gold.

Well, I'm the one

that can tell you about it.

They put it next to me in that prison,

those men guarding it.

Not more than six inches away.

Cell right next to me.

Where does that gold start from?

Comes from a group of mines

up there in Big Rock Canyon.

They take a lot of gold

out of there. A lot of gold.

They've got themselves

...just to make sure that gold

gets to the clearing-house.

Forty soldiers, armed to the teeth.

They're all handpicked.

Those fellas guarding that gold...

...they don't like to travel at night.

It's too tempting for people like you.

At night they stop

in that prison you saw.

And that ain't just a prison,

it's a fortress.

It's the only place

where that damn gold is safe.

They got a real special cell for it,

with a big old safe built into it.

Nobody's ever tried taking it.

It's been 10 years now.

Them gold riders know their business.

You gotta be loco

if you think you can take it.

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Vic Morrow

Victor Morrow (February 14, 1929 – July 23, 1982) was an American actor and director whose credits include a starring role in the 1960s ABC television series Combat!, prominent roles in a handful of other television and film dramas, and numerous guest roles on television. Morrow and two child actors were killed in 1982 by a stunt helicopter crash during the filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie. Morrow also gained notice for his roles in movies Blackboard Jungle (1955), King Creole (1958), God's Little Acre (1958), Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974), and The Bad News Bears (1976). more…

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