Go West

Synopsis: Embezzler, shill, all around confidence man S. Quentin Quale is heading west to find his fortune; he meets the crafty but simple brothers Joseph and Rusty Panello in a train station, where they steal all his money. They're heading west, too, because they've heard you can just pick the gold off the ground. Once there, they befriend an old miner named Dan Wilson whose property, Dead Man's Gulch, has no gold. They loan him their last ten dollars so he can go start life anew, and for collateral, he gives them the deed to the Gulch. Unbeknownst to Wilson, the son of his longtime rival, Terry Turner (who's also in love with his daughter, Eva), has contacted the railroad to arrange for them to build through the land, making the old man rich and hopefully resolving the feud. But the evil Red Baxter, owner of a saloon, tricks the boys out of the deed, and it's up to them - as well as Quale, who naturally finds his way out west anyway - to save the day.
Director(s): Edward Buzzell
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
80 min

- Any of you boys got change for 10 cents?

- No, sir.

Well, keep the baggage.

Tickets for the West at this window!

One ticket for the West, end of line.

Yes, sir. That'll be $70, please.

There's your $70.

Don't bother counting it.

- There's only $60 here.

- I told you not to count it.

You need $10 more.

It's highway robbery.

No wonder you're behind bars.

I'll get that other $10.

Someday I'll be president of this railroad,

and when I am...

Hey, mister.

Is this the right way for my brother

to get on the train for the West?

Not unless they're throwing

a masquerade party out West, it isn't.

- All we wanna know is where's the train.

- The train? It's out on the tracks.

It seldom comes in here.

Come on, Rusty, I'll buy you a ticket.

Where's your $70?

You only got $10?

What did you do with the other $60?

You buy a snake?

I can't get you a ticket

if you ain't got enough money.


- You two gents are heading West, partner?

- Not me. Just my brother.

You see, I got no money.

So he's going West.

When he gets off the train,

he'll pick up some gold and send it to me.

They say the gold is laying

all over the streets.

All over the streets you find the gold.

The way he's dressed, he looks like

he was laying all over the streets.

Of course the gold is all over the streets,

but they won't let him take any.

He's a tenderfoot.

You wear those shoes,

you've got tender feet, too.

Those are shoes?

I thought that was fungus with buttons.

All right, suppose he's got tender feet.

You don't pick up gold with feet.

No, you don't understand.

A tenderfoot is an easterner.

Out West, they shoot at anything

that looks Eastern.

They'll blow his head off if he goes

out West with that flea incubator.

What's the matter with that hat?

It cost a lot of money.

- How much did it cost him?

- I don't know. He stole it.

- What's the idea?

- Wait a minute!

I'm just trying to save his life.

- You love your brother, don't you?

- No, but I'm used to him.

Now, this is the kind of hat

they're wearing this season.

This is the 1870 model.

It's what they call a pioneer's cap.

Isn't that tail supposed to be in the back?

Not on him.

- That's genuine beaver.

- It's pretty.

I'll stroke it. It's still my hat, you know.

That'll be $10.

- You want $10 for that old beaver?

- I'm not in business for love.

I was in love once and I got the business.

But that's another story,

and a very unpleasant one, too.

Why should he buy a hat?

He ain't got enough money for a ticket.

You can always get a ticket.

But this is the last hat of its kind.

The Beavers have stopped making them.

They're all out playing football. $10.

He's a poor boy. He'll give you $1.

You take it?

I'll take it, but I'm only making $1 on it.

Rusty, give him $1.

What floor was that on?

First business I've ever done

with a dust storm.

It'll cost me $1 to have this cleaned.

$9 change, please.

- What change?

- That's $10.

Yes, so it is.

Money lover.

A dollar's a dollar,

and every dollar is taking me further West.

Us, too.

- What are you laughing at?

- That hat.

It looks ridiculous

with that coat he's got on.

- What's the matter with that coat?

- They clash.

I have a coat that goes with that hat.

Have you got a moment?

Come over here, son.

Now, this is a coat that's really a coat.

There's the finest deerskin jacket

I've ever seen.

Looks like it was made-to-order.

Now, let's see.

That's $20 plus $1. That's $21.

We meet you halfway. We give you $1.

You must have come the short way.

- Come on, Rusty. Give him $1.

- That's fine.

- Adios, gentlemen.

- $9 change, please.

- Change?

- That's $10.

So it is.

- Say, it looks a lot like the other one.

- It should.

Here's your change.

It's a pleasure to do business

with a man like you.

Our slogan is,

"The customer is always right. "

Say, did you see something

flying across here?

- Might have been a pigeon.

- No, it wasn't a pigeon. It was green.

- Must have been a frog.

- It had numbers on it.

Those were the license plates.

I guess it's my... No, it isn't.

I can't seem to locate

that $20 you gave me.

What $20? We no give you $20.

We give you $2.

$1 for the hat, and $1 for the coat.

That's right, yes,

but you gave me two $10.

Sure, and you give us $18 change.

$18 from $20 is $2.

- And you got mixed up.

- So stupid of me.

There's something corrupt

going on around my pants...

and I just can't seem to locate it.

If you think we're crooked,

we give you another $1.

I'm sorry if I had you fellows

pegged wrong.

I must have misunderstood you.

$9 change, please.

- You wouldn't wanna give me $1?

- No.

How about giving me 10 singles

and I'll give you 9 singles change?

- But we got no singles.

- I just gave him $18.

He sends money home to his mother.

- You want $1?

- Not if it's gonna cost me $9.

- You should watch your money.

- I'll watch my money. You watch him.

$9 change, please.

One, two, three, four, five,

six, seven, eight, nine.

You count good, but where's the change?

- Didn't I just give it to you?

- No.

Rusty, did he give it to you?

You must have given it to yourself.

Somebody's giving it to me.

You know, all I want to do is go West...

not go broke. Good day, gentlemen.

- You forgot something.

- Now what's the matter?

- The sales tax.

- What sales tax?

For the stuff you just sold us.

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Irving Brecher

Irving S. Brecher (January 17, 1914 – November 17, 2008) was a screenwriter who wrote for the Marx Brothers among many others; he was the only writer to get sole credit on a Marx Brothers film, penning the screenplays for At the Circus (1939) and Go West (1940). He was also one of the numerous uncredited writers on the screenplay of The Wizard of Oz (1939). Some of his other screenplays were Shadow of the Thin Man (1941), Ziegfeld Follies (1946) and Bye Bye Birdie (1963). more…

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