Synopsis: Two Virginians are heading for a new life in Texas when they witness a stagecoach being held up. They decide to rob the robbers and make off with the loot. To escape a posse, they split up and don't see each other again for a long time. When they do meet up again, they find themselves on different sides of the law. This leads to the increasing estrangement of the two men, who once thought of themselves as brothers.
Genre: Western
Director(s): George Marshall
Production: Columbia Pictures
93 min

Quiet, folks.

I hereby christen you Windy Miller.

Look out for your eyes.

- AI, where is Windy?

- I haven't seen him since last night.

Anybody here seen him?

- No!

- Look out!

Put it up over the lights.

- Little previous, ain't you, Jim?

- It won't be long, brother.

You did?

- You got anything to say, Bud?

- Sure, I'm guilty, Judge.

I've been away so long from towns and

people, I just didn't know what I was doing.

I was with Sherman down in Georgia.

- How long's this fella been in jail?

- Since this morning, Your Honor.

- What time this morning?

- 3:
00, I reckon.



I sentence you to 11 and a half hours in jail.

Sentence to set back to 3:00 this morning.

- Now hightail it out of here.

- Thank you, Judge.

What's next?

Dan Thomas...

and Tod Ramsey.

You boys get up there.

You're charged with trespassing

on private property...

of farmer O. V. Martin.

And of stealing a hog, which was recovered

at the point of a musket.

Don't you Johnny Rebs know

it's against the law to go stealing of?

It wasn't against the law

for Sherman down in Georgia.

- What he means...

- I know what he means.

- How do you plead? Guilty or not guilty?

- Not guilty.

- What's that?

- Not guilty.

Why, Constable, you said the farmer

caught them red-handed.

He sure did, Your Honor.

We took the pig, Judge...

but we're not thieves. We were hungry.

We hadn't eaten for several days...

and we got kind of tired

of people closing doors on our faces...

just because we have

the wrong kind of uniform on.

Have you got anything to say

before sentence is pronounced?

We only came up to work on the railroad,

and we found that finished.

We're on our way to Texas.

Texas? It's a mighty good place

for the likes of you two.

You, Lee, and Beauregard,

and the rest of that rebel riffraff...

can get together down there...

and maybe you can start

another secession movement.

You dirty Yankee!

Danny, wait a minute.

You can't do that in this court.

What's the matter with you?


Order in the court.

You young whippersnappers.

I find you both guilty.

I'm gonna fine you $50 apiece.

And as for you,

I'm gonna make an example out of you.

I'm gonna hold you for contempt of court...

and fine you another $50.

We haven't got $50,

let alone him having $100.

Take them away. Next case.

Bats Delaney.

Take your hands off them.

Here's the fine for both of them.

That's a little bit irregular, Mr. Miller.

Everything's irregular

in this two-by-four court.

Including your remark

about Lee and Beauregard.

There's $20 for the fine of Bats Delaney.

Come on, Bats.

- He ain't entered his plea.

- He pleads guilty.

That $20, and the fine's only $10.

Take the change and get some of the stink

out of this place.

Come on.

Court's dismissed.

Come on.

- Mr. Miller?

- What do you want?

- We'd just like to thank you.

- Yeah, thanks a lot.

Don't give it a thought.

What outfit you boys with in the war?

Jeb Stuart's cavalry,

army of Northern Virginia.

I might've known it.

Nobody but a Virginian or a Texican

would jump a judge in his own court.

We'd like to work that money off,

if you'd let us.

Ain't often a stranger will

do you a favor like that.

I ain't no stranger

where a Johnny Reb is concerned.

I'm a Texican myself.

You boys still hungry?

I got the same appetite

I brought to town with me three days ago.

Bats, take them down

to Camp 18 and feed them.

And keep your nose out of that jug.

You boys look me up at the fight tonight.

Come on, I gotta get rid

of them high-collar dudes from Chicago.

Who is that one-man cyclone?

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Horace McCoy

Horace McCoy (April 14, 1897 – December 15, 1955) was an American writer whose hardboiled novels took place during the Great Depression. His best-known novel is They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1935), which was made into a movie of the same name in 1969, fourteen years after McCoy's death. more…

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