Four Faces West

Synopsis: Cowboy Ross McEwen arrives in town. He asks the banker for a loan of $2000. When the banker asks about securing a loan that large, McEwen shows him his six-gun collateral. The banker hands over the money in exchange for an I.O.U., signed "Jefferson Davis". McEwen rides out of town and catches a train, but not before being bitten by a rattler. On the train, a nurse, Miss Hollister, tends to his wound. A posse searches the train, but McEwen manages to escape notice. However a mysterious Mexican has taken note of the cowboy, and that loudmouthed brat is still nosing around. Who will be the first to claim the reward for the robber's capture?
Genre: Western
Director(s): Alfred E. Green
Production: United Artists
  1 nomination.
89 min

That's enough, boys.

Fellow citizens

of Santa Maria.

Today is a big day...

in the history of our

thriving community,

for we have persuaded that

noted disciple of law and order,

the greatest man-hunter

in the Southwest... make his

headquarters here,

United States Marshal

Pat Garrett.

Good morning.

Who do you see about making a bank

loan? Customary to see a banker.

That's not a bad idea.

Where is he?

Right here. Frenger's the name.

Glad to know ya. Davis is my name.

Uh-huh. Well, just what-

Too much noise out here.

Come on in.

That celebration's

for Pat Garrett.

He's the fella that gave Billy

the Kid what was coming to him.


Now, then, Davis,

what can I do for you?

I'd like to borrow a little

money. That's what we're here for.

- How much do you need?

- Oh, about $2,000.

Two thousand? I'd say that was

a lot more than a little money.

Yes, I guess it is.

Uh, stranger around here,

aren't you?

Yes, you might say that.

For a loan of that size, the bank

demands pretty good collateral.

Oh, I got the best collateral

in the world... right here.

I don't like

jokes, Davis.

That's fine.

This is no joke.

- So, that's it.

- That's it.

You'll never get

aw- away with this.

I'm not trying to get away

with anything, Frenger.

It's just gonna be an ordinary

bank loan, legal and friendly-like.

You're gonna give me the money.

I'll give you an I. O. U.

Huh! Keep your hands on the desk.

You're kind of careless,

aren't you, Frenger?

Gave me 200 too much.

People get hurt when

they get too careless.

You and I are going

for a little ride.

Better lock that safe.

A lot of dishonest

people in this world.

I guess it's true that

I have some reputation.

But I'm not claiming

any credit for that.

Because I'm backed by a

force that can't be beaten-

law and order... and justice.

Head for that

buckskin horse.

Look a little happier.

Talk to me. What'll I say?

You might try

saying your prayers.

Come on.


Well, folks, I guess I've been

up here talking long enough.

Anytime any of you have any complaints,

you can always find me in my office.

Hold it!

Get down.

Take your boots off. Take

'em off! Now see here, Davis-

Hand 'em here.

Thanks for the loan.


Howdy, Frenger. What's the

matter? Can't you afford boots?

Today when you were shouting

about law and order,

my bank was held up by a

vicious, cold-blooded killer.

Made me walk all the way

back from Coyote Canyon.

Suppose you calm down, tell me

what happened. What'd he look like?

Well, he was tall.

Wore a- Oh, looked like

any other cowboy.

I demand a posse. I'm

offering a reward of $3,000...

for the man who brings him in

dead or alive.

Wait a minute, men.

I'd like to acquaint you

with the way I work.

Sometimes these dead-or-alive rewards

are inclined to make a man too eager.

I won't stand for any

unnecessary shooting.

I want to warn

every one of you.

If you bring this man in dead, I don't

want to find any holes in his back.

That's all.

Pleasure to have

known you, Sonny.

Maybe you want to move

behind, huh, senor?

Yes. Thanks.

Didn't get your ticket,

did I?

What's the matter with

your arm? I cut myself.

Say, there's a railroad nurse

aboard. I'll get her. Oh, never mind-

Hello. I'm Miss Hollister, the nurse.

May I see your arm?

Oh, I must have misunderstood. I

thought you accidentally cut yourself.

No, a rattlesnake bit me.

I had to bleed it myself.

You should have seen

a doctor immediately.

Well, all a doctor'd

do is bleed it. Perhaps.

How long ago did this happen? Not long.

I'll have to clean this.

This may hurt.

Do you feel nauseated? No'm.

Don't do that! Well,

it has to be bandaged.

Yes, but with

something clean.

Would you hold this,


You may feel quite ill in a little

while, but that's a natural reaction.

Don't be alarmed.

I'll be right here.


There you are, Mr. -

McEwen. Ross McEwen.

Try to be

as quiet as possible.

If you need anything,

have the conductor call me.

I hope you feel better

now. I'm sure I will, ma'am.

That's his saddle.

I remember the markin's.

Looks like he didn't swap horses, or

he wouldn't have cached his saddle.

We know one thing

- He's still around here, holed up someplace.

Yes, he wouldn't be fool enough to get

on a train, where people might see him.

That's right. Unless he's

smart enough to figure...

that we wouldn't think

he'd do a fool thing like that.


Get the horses, Glen.

Can you show us

where you found it?

You'll have to hold the train a few

minutes. We've got orders to search.

Why? What's up?

Lookin' for someone.


That's our business.

Oh, all right.

Go right ahead, then.

We ain't lettin' him

cut in on the reward.

You two wait for the end car. All right.

Nothing in

the other cars.

Well, I didn't think he'd be

on a train coming this way.

He wouldn't get

on any train...

with a $3,000 reward

on his head.

Yes, that's his horse,

all right.

Sure is

a peculiar brand.


Indians are coming!

You're gonna be scalped!

I'm gonna scalp ya.

I'm gonna scalp ya.

Shh. Go away.


You sick. Where have you

been? For goodness' sakes.

I thought you fell off

the train!

I'm sorry he bothered you. He's

had too much train, I guess.

Well, I think

you'll live, Mr. McEwen.

Kind of looks

that way, ma'am.

Going all the way through

to El Paso?

No. Why? Is that

where you're going?

No, I'll be stationed at the new

railroad hospital in Alamogordo.

Well, I asked for it.

Back home, it all sounded

so exciting.

Nurse for the railroad, new frontiers, the

- the romantic West.

"The romantic West. "

Look at it.

I got a sneaking suspicion you

like your East better than the West.

Like it?

Why, there's no comparison.

All you've got here is miles of rocks

and desert and hills with no trees.

We've got a lot of wonderful

- Rattlesnakes?

- Buenas dias, seorita, seor.

- Good morning.

I hope the news of the washout

has not interfered with your plans.

- Washout?

- Oh, perhaps you have not heard yet.

Very big rain ahead.

The tracks have gone out.

We will all have to leave

the train at Albuquerque.

Albuquerque Palace Hotel,

right this way.

This way for the Palace Hotel.

Well, folks, looks like there won't

any trains out of here for maybe a week.

Hold on, now. The agent here has fixed things

up for you so you can stay at the hotel.

The railroad will pay the bills

and take care of the baggage.

Now, if there any of you who

can't wait for repairs on the road,

there's a mail hack that'll take you to

Gallup on the other side of the washout.

More than likely save you

a day or two.

What time the hack leave?

00 tomorrow morning.

- 5:
00, senorita.

- Mr. And Mrs. Winston and Junior.

- Trotter. Help with baggage.

- We'll take care of everything, Mr. Trotter.

Put me down for a seat.

Monte Marquez.

How about you, senorita? 5:00

in the morning? No, thanks.

One for McEwen.

Well, Miss Hollister, I guess

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C. Graham Baker

Charles Graham Baker (July 16, 1883 – May 15, 1950) was an American screenwriter and director. He wrote for more than 170 films between 1915 and 1948. He and his father invented the game of Gin rummy in 1909. more…

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