The River's Edge

Synopsis: A murderous thief on the run with stolen loot forces a poor rancher to guide him across the desert into Mexico. Accompanying them is the rancher's wife, who happens to be the killer's former girlfriend.
Director(s): Allan Dwan
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
87 min

The river's edge

~ The river's edge ~

~ The end of a journey ~

~ There's no returning ~

~ There's only tomorrow ~

~ The river's edge ~

~ Another love's kisses ~

~ No longer burning ~

~ To fill us with sorrow ~

~ Glad are we to lose ~

~ The sting of yesteryear~

~ Glad are we to see ~

~ A springtime reappear~

~ And so we stand ~

~ The fates can't ignore us ~

~ A new world before us ~

~ At the river's edge ~~

- Well, you picked a hot day, mister.

- I always do.

- Fill her up, will ya?

- You bet.

Mighty nice transportation

you got here.

- I'll sell it to you.

- No, thanks.

- Gonna do a little huntin'?

- Well, I hope to.

You know a guy around here

named Cameron- Ben Cameron?

Sure, I know Ben.

If you need a guide, he's your man.

He knows this country

like the palm of his hand.

That's what I hear.

How far is his place?

Oh, about 22 miles straight ahead.

Then you take the left fork.

I don't know whether Ben's taking on

any new hunters right now though.

Got himself a new wife. He stays, uh,

pretty close to home these days.

Well, can't say I blame him.

Is she a nice girl?

- Awful nice girl. Pretty as

a picture. City girl. - Uh-huh.

Kind of a redhead, about, oh-

about 5 foot 3?

Yeah, that's right.

Say, you must know her.

They got married up in San Francisco,

right after Ben got back from Korea.

Excuse me.

Well, that does her.

That'll be 9.42.

I have to haul the stuff.

It kind of ups the price a little bit.

Here's 10. What sort

of place does he run?

Well, it ain't much right now, but Ben'll

have her working before he's through.

- He runs 25- maybe 30 head of cattle.

- Uh-huh.

Straight down the road.

Ben, look out!

Stay where you are!

Ben, are you all right?

Did he gore you?

Nah, he just stomped

on me a little.

- Son of a gun is real happy about it, isn't he?

- Let me see.

Look, I'm okay. It's just a bruise.

It happens all the time on a ranch.

- Ben!

- Don't get so excited about it.

I got to brand this fella.

Isn't- Isn't there some other way

you can do that besides burning them?

Yeah, yeah, sure. I- I could tie a letter

to his tail that said he was mine.

Meg, you don't have to run out here

every time I get mixed up with a cow.

That bull might've hurt you!

All right, Ben.




Ben, come in here right now!

Ben, come right in here!

- Wait-Wait a minute. Here. It's simple.

- Ben!

Just shut it off!

Oh, shut up!

Just shut up! That's all.

I told you not to use it. I told you

I had to clean out the water tank.

If I listened to every stupid story

you told me, I'd go crazy!

- Don't get sore at me. It's your own fault.

- Where's my towel?

You just won't listen!

I bet you will from now on.

- I'll bet you don't know

what'll happen from now on.

Oh, get out of here!

Go on. Get out!

All right. All right.

Look, but that stuff

dries fast in this climate.

You don't hurry up, you'll need

a whisk broom instead of a towel.

- Leave me alone!

- All right.

Honey, what'd you do with that

calf medicine I had in the cabinet?

- What calf medicine?

- The only calf medicine I had.

It was right here

in a tin can.

You mean that stuff

that looked like brown water?

- I threw it away.

- You threw it away?

It cost 11 bucks!

Well, how did I know

it was calf medicine?

What'd you think

I had it there for, a keepsake?

Eleven bucks thrown away.

Maybe it'll make the rocks grow.

Well, I didn't do it on purpose,

and I'm sorry, and that's all I can say.

And if you're so worried about the money

- You've turned down three jobs this month already.

You bet I did. I'm gonna turn down

the next three too.

Sure, sure!

At a hundred dollars a week.

Meg, I'm not a guide.

I'm a rancher.

Can't you understand that?

This is a cattle ranch.

I mean, it's not much now,

but it can be, if I take care of it.

There isn't any fun

in our lives, Ben.

There's nothing but work from the time

we get up in the morning...

until the time we go

to bed at night.

There isn't even a bath!

Honey. Honey, there will be.

Butane is

a very explosive gas.

This safety valve is supposed

to be closed when using...

like I've told you

maybe 60 times.

You don't close it, she blows up,

and you've got a nice mess to clean up.

I don't have any mess

to clean up. You have.

Eh, that's pretty good.

Wha-What was it?

It was a cake, you big goon. Or have you

forgotten today was your birthday?

I guess I had.

No. You never think

about anything...

except those ugly-looking cows,

and you never have.

You can start thinking right now where

you're gonna find yourself another filly...

because this one's

jumping the fence.

Aw, come on.

Now, don't talk like that, Meg.


Hey, come on.

Come on. Come on.

I'm sorry. Look, what can I do, huh?

You can get the truck unloaded

so you can drive me into town.

And throw in

some oats and some hay.

Boy, I sure can pick 'em.

I figured you'd fade in the stretch. I did

think you'd make it around the first turn.

Oh, it isn't that, Ben.

I'm not such a quitter.

Oh, honey, Meg.

What's the matter

with us, honey?

We just shouldn't have gotten married

in the first place, Ben.

I like it.

Where would you be if I-

- Go ahead. Finish it.

- Oh.

Where would I be if you hadn't gotten me

out of California and married me?

Serving nine more years in the

penitentiary for violation of parole.

Meg, forget it.

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Harold Jacob Smith

Harold Jacob Smith (July 2, 1912 – December 28, 1970) was an American screenwriter. His screenplay for The Defiant Ones won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1958. more…

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