Tribute to a Bad Man

Synopsis: Jeremy Rodock is a tough horse rancher who strings up rustlers soon as look at them. Fresh out of Pennsylvania, Steve Miller finds it hard to get used to Rodock's ways, although he takes an immediate shine to his Greek girl Jocasta.
Director(s): Robert Wise
Production: MGM
95 min


It was the spring of 1875

I ran westward from Laramie


... when I first saw Jeremy

Rodock Valley

If I ever had another name,

never knew

the same would have

was always the valley Jeremy Rodock

the horses in the region were called

.. Rodock Horses /. i

when hanged a horse thief,...

... that was:

Justice Lord Rodock from

=. = I was a boy, when I entered the valley

Mr. Rodock

When I left him, had ceased to be


Had learned that men died easily

What they did,

not die easily

How to be cruel ,

and how not to be

I What is not love...

... and what is .

That's how it all began

So I started to become a man in the Valley


Hey, this is what is called

get on time.

Only you should not appear when shots



until you know who is who.

I do not know yet.

I am Jeremy Rodock.

That does not tell me anything.

The owner of these lands and

containing horses.

Was returning to my house from Cheyenne,...

... When I saw a couple of horse thieves


And I've just taken a bullet in the back


Come on, give me a hand.

We have to go after them.

With a horse for two

and you half dead?

Live Leave a vulture,

and eat you to the bone.

Left arm off me, do not touch

left arm.

Help me to ride.

Yes, and I'll take you home.

And nothing else there.

Have too glib to how young you are.

Head to Big Spring.

Do not know where he is.

Where are you, boy?

From Pennsylvania.

? Pennsylvania?

And your parents

know how far you are from home?

Hey, mister,

'm willing to help...

... but I have to put up with insults.


Head west,

and now I think it insults.

... With horses, women and whiskey

There is nothing better than life

What's your name, boy?

Steve Miller.

Where are you from?

I've already said, my friend.

I have to be grateful, but do not spoil


What have you come here?

I'm looking for work.

What work?

In my village,

worked in the store.

In Store.

Do you understand anything about horses?

Not much.

But I learn quickly.

If not, do not tell me.

The first lesson is this:

The horse is the slave of man,

but treat him as a slave...

... and thou shalt be a man.

Do you remember?

Yes, sir.

Why not kill those rustlers


I have just killed a squirrel in my life.

Wait till I tell

rescue a shopkeeper.

Love in the light of the moon

Rodock Lord! Rodock Lord!

- Is not that razor ready, boy?

- Yet.

'll Be dead in 24 hours...

... as I do not bring this lead body


And I still do not want to die.

I still have to spend many good times.

Not hurt much, fear not.

To me, of course not, but


Not want to leave... invalid.

've Never done this...

... before.

Ever, have you taken

the heart of an apple?


Forward then.

I am the apple.

... Oh, how beautiful life

How beautiful life

Good whiskey, horses, and

a woman for evenings...

... I find myself alone...

How do you feel, son?

'm... I'm... fine.

Hey, do not go faint

above me, piece of chicken.

I'm all right.

Rodock Lord!

Rodock Lord, please.

Someone is coming.

Depart from fire, boy.

Fire Depart.

Is Waity.

Download it.

Indians? ?


There are no Indians in these parts.

I've never seen a dead


Was a good man.

Y was very fond of horses.

Have been the same who attacked me.

Do guard an hour, and then I will relieve you


As day is done, we will go

to find his murderer.

We spent half a day searching for the two men...

... they killed Waity

But we lost their tracks

near Valle de La Mare

Recreate sight, boy.

All horses are Rodock.

Look closely at the foals.

Soon they were weaned,

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Michael Blankfort

Michael Seymour Blankfort (December 10, 1907 – July 13, 1982) was an American screenwriter, author and playwright. He served as a front for the blacklisted Albert Maltz on the Academy Award-nominated screenplay of Broken Arrow (1950). He was born in New York City and died in Los Angeles. more…

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