'Neath the Arizona Skies (1934)

So you're John Longhorn eh?

Well John, let's see.

Yep, Uncle Sam has a nice, tidy little something for you, John.

The earnings and interest on your oil lands amounts to just $4000.

Sign your name right here.

Oh, Chris Morrell, step up here will you please?

Hello Nina.

The money from Nina's mother's oil land is amounting to quite a pile.

About $50,000 right now.

If you can locate Nina's father and get his signature to these documents, then Nina will still remain the ward of the United States government, but you will be her guardian, legally.

That ought to be simple enough.

Or if you can bring evidence or proof that her father is dead, then that will clear the situation.

I've got a pretty fair idea that he's still alive.

Well, what did you find out?

The half-breed kid's worth 50,000 right now and if Chris Morrell locates the kid's father and he signs the papers the agent give him, as her guardian Morrell gets $50,000.

Oh, he does?

That is, if he gets to the kid's father before we get to him.

Where are we going, Daddy Chris?

We're headin' north.

Why are we moving away?

I like it here.

To see if we can find your real daddy and if we can, well we may able to scrape up enough money to send you away to school.

But I don't wanna go to school.

I wanna be a cowboy like you.

Aw, girls can't be cowboys.

Can too, I can ride as well as you can.

But you still can't be a cowboy.

What do you want?

I guess you know what we want.

There's no use of beatin' around the bush.

We came here for Nina and we're willin' to offer you a fair proposition for her.

If that's all you came for, you might just as well leave right now.

Now don't get hostile Chris, you know as well as we do that Sam Black runs things in these parts.

When he sends us out to get the girl, we're gonna get her.

Besides, he's been mighty good to you, offerin' to cut you in on that oil money.

Well anyway, she isn't here.

You can tell Sam Black for me that she's left this part of the country for good.

You can also tell him that if he'd had the nerve to come himself instead of sending you renegades, that I'd have shoved that offer right down his throat.

Now come on, get outta here, all of ya.

We'll get out, maybe she ain't here but we're not givin' up that easy.

We're watchin' you and we're watchin' the place, so don't think you're gettin' away with nothin'.

Can I come out now Daddy Chris?

Get her!

Come on Daddy Chris, hit 'em!

Look out, it's me!

What's that?

He's gone.

He got plum away from us.

We better get Sam Black and go after him.

Goodbye little pardner.

You want me to ride all alone?

Well it's the only way out for us.

What about you Daddy Chris?

Oh me, I'll be all right.

Now you ride to the second bend below and you'll hit Snake Trail, you understand?

And when you get to Bud Moore's ranch tell him that I sent you.

Tell him where I am and that I'm needin' help.

There's his tracks.

Shorty, you stay with the horses.

The rest of you scatter around that thicket.

Hey fellas, I got him, I got him!

Come on boys, Sam's got him.

Thought you said you got him.

I had him all right, but I guess he got away.

You guess he got away?

He sent that kid on alone while he stayed here to cover the trail, and that kid means $50,000 bucks to us.

Get out and see if you can round up them horses.

Is this the Moore ranch?

Used to be, but it's mine now.

Well maybe you could tell me where I can find Bud Moore.

He ain't here.

You ain't goin' nowhere.

Let go of that youngster Vic.

You been a hollerin' for kitchen help, well here it is.

Well, what are you doin' here?

Daddy sent me to find Bud Moore and he said he'd take care of me.

We'll take care of ya all right.

Go on, get in the house.

Now you let her alone, if she's gonna help me, I'll take care of her.

All right.

You ain't scared o' me are ya?

Aw you needn't worry none about him as long as I'm here.

Come on, let's go in the house huh?

Now now, there ain't nobody here but you and me.

Up you go there.

Now then, what's your name honey?

Nina Morrell.

Is your pop's name Chris?

Yes, you know him?

Yeah, I used to.

How come he ain't with ya?

Sam Black and his gang were after us and we only had one horse, so Daddy Chris told me to get on and ride him and--

Okay.

Oh Mr. Norton would you order that bowl of calico for me?

I will Miss Clara.

You haven't seen my brother Jim--

No, I haven't.

I thought if he were in town, he might want to ride back with me.

Goodbye. Goodbye.

Help!

I'll meet you at the old ranch.

Help, help!

Help, help, help!

I've been robbed, a fellow with a checkered shirt, black hat, and he had a black handkerchief across his face.

No, I tell ya I can't be mistaken.

He had on a checkered shirt and a black hat.

Why, he took $6000 from me and stuffed it into a gunny sack.

Which way did he go? Well I don't know which way he went.

So you can see for yourself there's nothing else for me to do but turn you over to the sheriff.

Seriously ma'am, you've got the wrong man.

Well why are you wearing the checkered shirt and the black hat?

Not to mention the gunny sack.

If I knew who these belonged to, I'd know who robbed the express office.

You mean they don't belong to you?

That's what I mean.

You expect me to believe that?

Well I hope you will.

And if I did, what would you do?

Well, first I'd see that my little pardner was safe, then I'd find the man that belongs to this shirt.

You wouldn't run away?

Do you think I would?

No, I don't think so.

Where'd you send your little partner?

To Bud Moore's ranch down River Valley.

Bud Moore?

Yes, I used to ride herd with him in the panhandle, you know him?

Why yes, he's my brother.

That is, he was my brother.

I don't quite get you.

Bud's dead. Oh.

He was killed in a range war last year.

Oh I'm sorry.

It was a bit of a shock at first, but I guess you can get used to anything.

Well, did Bud ever mention my name?

Chris Morrell?

Are you Chris Morrell?

Why he used to say you were the best friend a man ever had.

I guess that's puttin' it pretty strong, ma'am.

Clara.

Come on let's go up to my place and change that shirt.

There'll be a lot of people looking for it.

Yes, ma'am, I mean Clara.

Nina's mother was a full blood old sage.

She married a good for nothing white man who left her two months before the kid was born.

Her mother died.

Hello Clara.

Chris, this is my brother Jim.

I'll make you some coffee before you go.

Well thanks ma'am, I mean Clara.

So you're Jim.

What about it?

Nothing, only I came to for a minute when you changed shirts with me at the creek.

Well why don't ya tell her?

In the first place, because it'd break her heart.

In the second place, because snakes like you usually die of their own poison.

What was that noise?

Why, Jim was showin' me his gun and it dropped out of his hand.

Have some coffee Jim?

Not now, later.

I'm glad to have met you.

Same to you.

How do you like Jim?

Well some men are like books written in a strange language, and that makes it awfully hard to read them.

I hope I wasn't wrong in reading you, Chris.

Oh no, ma'am.

You were telling me about Nina just before Jim came in.

Well Nina--

That guy recognized you, he knows you pulled that job at the express office.

I told you not to stop.

Well I thought it'd be a good way to hang it on him and leave us in the clear.

Where's the money?

The old hollow stump.

Let's go get it.

In order to protect her interests, we started out to find Nina's father.

Sam Black and his gang figured that she was worth a lot of money.

Luckily, I got the best of them and stampeded their horses and made a getaway.

Well I guess I'd better be going.

Oh no, you'd better take this one, it's Jim's.

Thank you.

You'll bring Nina back won't you?

I sure will, Clara.

Thanks a lot.

Goodbye Chris.

Here pig, pig, pig Oink, oink, oink.

Pig, pig, pig, pig.

Hey kid, come here.

What's your name?

Nina Morrell.

Nina Morrell? Yes, sir.

Daddy Chris is my daddy.

How come?

She rode in lookin' for Bud Moore.

Vic made her stay.

I didn't know Chris was a squaw man.

He ain't, neither.

What do you mean?

She ain't his kid, she's your kid.

How do you know?

Chris and me was there when she was born and for two days after when your wife died.


Come here kid, I want to talk to ya.

I'll bet that's the bunch that belongs to Sam Black and his gang.

Gosh, I wish I had somethin' to put on my dogs, they're sure sore.

Well it was your fault for lettin'

Morrell stampede the horses, now go find him.

Well where'll I go?

I don't know of any place around here to get horses.

I don't care where you get 'em, get 'em.

Hey you fellas, wait a minute!

Wait a minute there.

Them's our horses. Who's ours?

Sam Black and the boys.

Sam Black?

That's the man I wanna see.

Well come on, we're camped right over yonder.

Got our horses back.

Sam Black? That's me.

You lookin' for a half-breed kid named Nina Morrell?

You said it. I got her.

What's the idea?

I'll exchange if you count me in.

For how much?

10,000 and--

What's the and for?

Chris Morrell's scalp, do you know him?

Yeah, where do I find him?

Clara Moore's homestead, I'll show ya how to get there.

You're on.

Good, you cut me in for 10,000 and bring the scalp of Chris Morrell to my ranch and I'll turn the kid over to ya.

Where's your place?

Here, I'll show ya how to get from the Moore homestead to my ranch.

Why Matt Downing, you old buzzard.

Chris Morrell.

I know from the what the kid said you couldn't be far away.

Well is she all right?

Where is she?

At the Byrd ranch, used to be Bud Moore's.

Dad's there too. Her dad?

Yeah, come on, I'll tell you all about it on the way.

It's a cinch.

All right, I'll be seein' ya, come on fellas.

50/50 on that money for the kid.

Sure, but we'll go split that express money first.

Look!

Vic got me.

Vic Byrd?

He made me rob the express office and he got the money.

You know where he went?

Yeah, to the ranch to get your kid.

To give her to Sam Black.

Please don't tell my sister about me.

Get him into a doctor, quick, and bring the sheriff back with you.

Where's Chris Morrell?

He's gone. Where?

I don't know.

Take a look inside, she might be lyin'.

There's nobody inside. All right.

You're ridin' with us, maybe you can remember where he went.

Look out now, look out, hold on tight, I'm gonna buck ya!

Hold on now, oh he's a regular old sun fish this horse is.

What's the idea?

Well you see, she's my kid, Vic.

I just found it out, my kid.

Yeah, well she's worth 10,000 bucks to me.

What do you mean?

I told Sam Black I'd turn her over for 10,000.

Well you're out of luck, she's worth more than that to me.

You better change your mind, Tom.

You heard me.

You keep your hands off my kid.

I ain't takin' orders from you.

Daddy, Daddy Chris!

Sam Black and his gang.

Look out, Chris!

They won't get my kid.

Who told you she was yours?

Matt told me, and Vic told me about Sam Black and his gang wantin' her.

I got an idea without us takin' any more chances.

Empty.

Hey fellas!

One left.

Fellas!

Hey you!

Hey you fellas!

Hey there, trade you the woman for the kid.

How about it?

Hey fellas, what's the matter with ya, ya deaf?

Trade you the woman for the kid, did you get it?

No, not in a million years!

Don't worry little pardner, I wouldn't give you up for anything.

Hey Sam Black, are you listenin'?

Yeah, say it.

How'd you like to trade me for the woman?

Sure.

You're on, come out with your hands in the air and we'll send the woman at the same time.

Only one cartridge left, and I've got an idea.

Come on.

Come on.

Be sure and use that last bullet right.

Goodbye, cowboy.

Keep going Clara, no matter what happens.

Now rush 'em.

Help!

Help!

That kid's comin' with me.

Oh no she's not.

Where's Nina?

Black took her.

Naughty, naughty!