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Jim is escorting a case of smallpox vaccine to a town suffering from an epidemic, but outlaws take it, wound him in the head, and leave him for dead. Suffering from amnesia, Jim stumbles into a nearby town where a saloon girl takes him under her wing. Meanwhile, the man behind the theft, Furman Crotty, uses the vaccine as leverage to get himself released from prison and demand a million dollars from the U.S. government.
Jim is aboard a stagecoach transporting vials of smallpox vaccine. A single passenger, Irish, is aboard and starts whistling. After a moment he stops, closes the window to keep out the dust, and takes out a flask disguised as a flintlock pistol. Jim asks to see it and Iris offers him a drink, and the agent explains that he’s on duty. As soon as Jim introduces himself by name, Irish attacks him...Read the full recap
Irish: There are some that say that God looks after fools, drunkards, and the United States.
The Warden: Here he is. 124AG.
Artemus: Formerly known as Furman Crotty. Grand khalif of Kansas crime. Who's been known to remark facetiously, "I regard people as flies and myself as a long-overdue insecticide." Very pretty.
Artemus: You deliver that vaccine and Jim West, maybe I'll discuss your terms.
Furman Crotty: Gordon, I'm stunned by your sentimentality. Why, you're probably the type who approves of bronze-plating baby shoes. I, of course, approving of bronze-plating the baby, but...
The Warden: I won't trouble the guards to make up your bunk, Crotty. State regulations force me to offer you this change of clothing.
Furman Crotty: And good taste forces me to refuse. Save it for Easter, Warden.
James: Cloris, when you're trying to rebuild a life, you grab any piece of lumber you can find.
Furman Crotty: There's only one Mister Crotty around here.
Silas Crotty: You sure going to a lot of trouble to put me in my place, Furman. Makes me think you're afraid of me.
Furman Crotty: I might be, Silas. If I didn't know how loyal you are.
Furman Crotty: Every time I have to kill someone who's family, I get depressed.
Furman Crotty: Welcome to Crotty's Genocide Club. the only truly liberal establishment of its kind. We'll kill anyone, no questions asked. Particularly you three.
Artemus: Crotty, this epidemic has already reached monumental proportions. Thousands more are going to die. Don't you care how many people you kill?
Furman Crotty: They're inferior. They're the great unwashed. Plymouth Rock should have landed on the pilgrims.
The sign on the vaccine box says "U.S. Dept. of Health." There has never been a U.S. Department of Heath. The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare wasn't created until 1933.
In the warden's office, Furman suggests that Artie use an Ouija board to find Jim. The Ouija board wasn't created until 1890.
Artie knocks out the masseur with the trick cane he produces out of thin air. Although the sound effect is convincing, the magician's trick cane is a lightweight metal spring that, when expanded, is essentially hollow (as can be seen in the next room when Artie pokes the wall). There is no way that someone can be hit hard enough with one to be knocked unconscious.
When Rusty interrogates the bartender, he calls him Pinocchio. The Adventures of Pinocchio
wasn't published until 1883, wasn't translated into English until 1892, and didn't receive widespread popularity until 1911.
Furman welcomes Jim and Artemus to his "genocide club." The word genocide wasn't created until the 1940s.
When "Crotty" attacks Jim at the end, his stunt double has noticeably bushier hair than Edward Asner.
Furman Crotty: Oh! what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.
Furman quotes from Walter Scott's poem "Marmion," Canto VI, XVII.
"Yet Clare's sharp questions must I shun
Must separate Constance from the nun
Oh! what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive!
A Palmer too! No wonder why
I felt rebuked beneath his eye."