Run for Cover

Synopsis: Odd little Western that gets off to a snappy start when a man (Matt Dow) is mistaken as a train robber. After the town's sheriff shoots the kid he's riding with, Dow clears his name and ends up as the new sheriff. He romances a Swedish woman and settles in to a peaceful life only to find that the boy has a few secrets of his own.
Genre: Western
Director(s): Nicholas Ray
Production: Paramount Pictures
93 min



Run for cover

Run for cover, I-ay

Head for the hills

Hit the trail

When trouble's on the run

Run for cover

Don't find yourself

Locked in jail

For something

You ain't done

Run for cover

Run for cover

Run for cover


If your love has been blessed

With an angel face

But the devil

Has roped her soul

Better ride for the plains

And the open space

And forget every kiss

You stole

Run for cover

Run for cover

I-ay, I-ay

Men who are slow on the draw

When bullets start to fly

Run for cover

Men who have broken the law

But still don't wanna die

Run for cover

Run for cover

Run for cover, I-ay

Though a man thinks he's born

With a hero's heart

He's afraid

When he's on his own

Just a fool takes a chance

In a hero's part

When he's facing

The odds alone

You must run for your life

Like the wind

To live another day

Run for cover

Run for cover

Run for cover

Run for cover

(Horse nickers)

Take it easy, mister.

You want to announce yourself

When you come up

behind somebody.

Didn't know there was anybody

in here.

You see my tracks?

Wasn't looking for any.

Just came to water my horse.

Go ahead.

I know most of the people

around here,

And they're friendly.

So am I.

But I don't like surprises.

You might have shot me

for doing nothing at all.


Wouldn't have done you

much good to be sorry

If you'd plugged me.

How old are you?

Well, let's put it this way.

You stand a whole lot

better chance

Of being able to vote someday

Now that you've learned

not to sneak up on people.

I can take care of myself.

I don't need no lessons

from you or anybody else.

All right.

All right what?

You're not sore

because I pointed a gun at you.

You're sore

because you got scared.

Anybody who don't get scared

Looking down the wrong end of

a gun barrel ain't very bright.

But if you wanna feel

like Billy the Kid

And get tough about it,

go ahead.

That is, unless you happen

to be Billy the Kid.

In which case,

I withdraw my offer.

No, I ain't Billy the Kid.

I didn't think you were.

We wouldn't be

standing here talking.

My name's Dow.

Matthew Dow.

Davey Bishop.

Glad to know you, Davey.

I guess I was acting

like a kid at that.

Don't know when you got

a better right.

20, huh?

Yes, sir.

Where you headed?


just over the pass.

We can ride together.

You going there?

Going that way.

Not much doing there.


You know somebody

in Madison?


Can't figure

why'd anybody

Wanna go to

a dead place like that

Unless they had to.

You have to?

I live there.

What do you do

for a living?

Most anything

that comes up.

Odd jobs, mostly.

Look like you'd make

a good ranch hand.

$20 a month and keep?

No, thanks.

Been around much?


That's for me. I'm gonna

light outta here pretty soon.

See what's going on

in the rest of the world.

Lookin' for excitement, huh?

Sure, why not?

No reason. Felt the same way

myself when I was your age.

(Train whistle blows)

Just about makes it

every time.

Got held up last month.

Right along here

when she was barely moving.

Lost all the payroll money.

Thought you said nothing ever

happened around here.

That sure lit the fuse.

Had posses out

all over the place.

Never did find 'em.

You ask me, the sheriff

wasn't too anxious to.

Talk was, it might have been

the Gentry gang.

There's two fellas up ahead,

right at that same spot.

We can handle

two of 'em.

If they're holdup men,

they won't be alone.

There'll be plenty of others

hiding around the brush

Where they can

throw down on us.

I only see two.


That hawk's been

following me all day.

In case you thought

I didn't draw on you

'Cause I couldn't

handle a gun...



That's the signal. That's what

they did the last time.

Sometimes it don't matter

so much how fast you are.

It's where you put

the first bullet that counts.

Put that gun down,

or they'll kill us.

I got a wife and family.

I don't wanna get killed

for somebody else's money,

No matter how much it is.

Holy smokes.

How do you like that?

They thought we were bandits.

(Train whistle blows)

How far is it to town?

'Bout ten miles.

We'd better get there quick.

Awful lotta money

to have dumped into your lap.

Man wouldn't have to work

the rest of his life.


Let's get going.

You carry it.

I'll follow you.

What's the matter?

Don't you trust me?

Like you said,

that's an awful lot of money.

Since you brought it up,

how do I know

You won't plug me in the back

and make off with it yourself?

One of us

has to take that chance.

What are you trying...

Where's the sheriff?

Over in his office, I guess.


We got held up.

Hey, Scottie!

The whole gang

woulda jumped us.

There wasn't anything else

we could do.

Round up some horses.

What happened?

Somebody held up

the train again.

Anybody hurt?

No, we didn't

give 'em a chance this time.

Soon as we seen they had us,

we... well, we threw out the money

And told Sam

to pour on the coal.

How many of them

was there?

We couldn't tell

for sure.

When the first two

fired on us,

I knocked Larry back

out of the way.

Did you get

a good look at 'em?

One of 'em

was riding a pinto.

I didn't stare

too hard.

Last time,

they give me this

Just for being a little slow

getting my hands up.

Let's grab a rifle, boys!

We gonna ride around

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Winston Miller

Winston Miller (June 22, 1910 – June 21, 1994) was an American screenwriter, film producer, and actor. He wrote for 62 films and television shows between 1936 and 1976. He began as an actor in silent films, appearing in eleven films between 1922 and 1929. He was the screenwriter for many TV series including Wagon Train Episode 13, Season 1 in 1957: "The Clara Beauchamp Story" with Nina Foch and Shepperd Strudwick. Earl Bellamy was the director. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the younger brother of silent film star Patsy Ruth Miller. He died in Los Angeles from a heart attack. more…

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