Type
Scripted
Premiered
Oct. 16, 1957
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
30 min.
Country
USA
Network
ABC TV Network
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Sheriff Clay Hollister Tombstone Territory

Sheriff Clay Hollister

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Sheriff Clay Hollister Quotes

03x08 - Premature Obituary Season 3 / Episode 8: - Premature Obituary

Harris Claibourne: It appears to me you better lock him up.
Sheriff Clay Hollister: Well, maybe he just doesn't want to see her.
Harris Claibourne: More likely he doesn't want *her* to see *him*.
Sheriff Clay Hollister: Well, I can't jail him for that.
Harris Claibourne: Look, he's no tramp, Clay. He comes from a good family, educated. When he sobers up, it could be all he needs is that girl.
Sheriff Clay Hollister: All right, Cupid, I'll see the county boards and lodges him.
03x08 - Premature Obituary Season 3 / Episode 8: - Premature Obituary

Sheriff Clay Hollister: Where'd you find him?
Deputy: In the front of the bank.
Sheriff Clay Hollister: The bank, huh? Well, we'll let him use one of our vaults until Flagstaff sends for him.
03x08 - Premature Obituary Season 3 / Episode 8: - Premature Obituary

Sheriff Clay Hollister: We'll try to make you comfortable.
Ike Cobb: I'll be comfortable, when I shoot that star off your chest and off of every lawman!
03x08 - Premature Obituary Season 3 / Episode 8: - Premature Obituary

Sheriff Clay Hollister: Take care of him, Harris. I'm going in!
03x07 - The Legend Season 3 / Episode 7: - The Legend

Dan - Stagecoach Driver: You aren't going after him alone are you, Clay? He's a killer!


Sheriff Clay Hollister: I'm not alone.
03x07 - The Legend Season 3 / Episode 7: - The Legend

Jay Pell: A real live murderer at large out in those hills somewhere. I wish I could meet him.
Sheriff Clay Hollister: Why?
Jay Pell: The deadliness! The ruthlessness! That's the stuff legends are made of.
Sheriff Clay Hollister: It's men with pens, not guns, that make legends, Mr. Pell.
03x07 - The Legend Season 3 / Episode 7: - The Legend

Jay Pell: I suppose Buffalo Bill, Calamity Jane aren't real people.
Sheriff Clay Hollister: Bill Cody got famous for slaughtering cattle and wearing long hair. Poor old Calamity...
Jay Pell: But they are famous!
Sheriff Clay Hollister: For things they didn't do. What they're famous for never happened except in Ned Buntline's head - a little man with a sharp pen and an inkwell full of blood.
03x07 - The Legend Season 3 / Episode 7: - The Legend

Sheriff Clay Hollister: Has anyone ever done a story on Clay Hollister's life for the Eastern papers?
Jay Pell: Never.
Sheriff Clay Hollister: How do his gunfights stack up against Crane's? Just how many has he killed?
Jay Pell: Mister Pell, that's a piece of arithmetic you don't do around here - not if you're Hollister's friend.
03x07 - The Legend Season 3 / Episode 7: - The Legend

Kirby Crane: Put up the gun or I'll jail you.
Sheriff Clay Hollister: Maybe, maybe not. Maybe you can't climb over bullets.
03x07 - The Legend Season 3 / Episode 7: - The Legend

Harris Claibourne: Well, I guess I can start setting type.
Sheriff Clay Hollister: You better wait to see how the story ends.
03x07 - The Legend Season 3 / Episode 7: - The Legend

Jay Pell: [to Kirby] You and your blowhard brother - coyotes! Coyotes kill sheep. It takes a man to walk into two guns and kill. A man like this.
Sheriff Clay Hollister: So you finally got your story, huh?
Jay Pell: "Today in the parched hills near Tombstone, I watched a killer die - Sam Crane, the Southwest's deadliest outlaw."
Sheriff Clay Hollister: "Same Crane - a coward who killed for greed and out of ignorance."
Jay Pell: Wellll, we've got two writers around.
Sheriff Clay Hollister: Then change the part about coyotes. Coyotes are smart like, ah, like this one here. He decided to talk rather than hang.
Jay Pell: You mean about his brother's killings?
Sheriff Clay Hollister: Mm-hmm - especially the last one, where Sam killed the stage guard for a fee paid by a writer gathering information on Western outlaws.
Jay Pell: That's a lie!
Sheriff Clay Hollister: You paid... and you'll finish paying with ten years of your life for conspiracy to commit murder - in Yuma prison where you'll meet most of the outlaws in the territory. You can write their stories.
03x06 - The Horse Thief Season 3 / Episode 6: - The Horse Thief

Sheriff Clay Hollister: I don't like it, Quint. It's too quiet.
Deputy Sheriff Quint: Maybe they cooled off.
Sheriff Clay Hollister: In a saloon? Buckhorn's bad enough when he's sober. When he's liquored up - look out!
03x06 - The Horse Thief Season 3 / Episode 6: - The Horse Thief

Harris Claibourne: Clay! Remember he's got two guns.
Sheriff Clay Hollister: Yeah? So have I.
03x06 - The Horse Thief Season 3 / Episode 6: - The Horse Thief

Jess Buckhorn: Aren't you goin' to do somethin', Griffin?
Sheriff Clay Hollister: Come on, Buckhorn.
Jess Buckhorn: No, wait a minute. He hired me to make trouble for the indians.
Fred Griffin: He's lying. Would you take the word of a drifter?
Jess Buckhorn: I was no drifter when you needed my gun to get the indian lands so you could sell it to the railroads.
Sheriff Clay Hollister: [to Griffin] You're a smart lawyer. You should know the penalty for persecution and fraud, not to mention inciting a lynch mob. Will you join us, Mr. Griffin?
03x06 - The Horse Thief Season 3 / Episode 6: - The Horse Thief

Sheriff Clay Hollister: Harris, you're a great comfort to me.
Harris Claibourne: You just need someone to talk to.
Sheriff Clay Hollister: No. No, but sometimes my conscience does. How 'bout some dinner?
03x05 - Payroll Robbery Season 3 / Episode 5: - Payroll Robbery

Sheriff Clay Hollister: He's dead.
Jake Conroy: Too bad. Three men can do a lot with 50,000. How about splittin' it three ways?
Sheriff Clay Hollister: You'd never make it come out even that way, Jake
03x05 - Payroll Robbery Season 3 / Episode 5: - Payroll Robbery

Jake Conroy: That Judge Holden threw the book at me.
Harris Claibourne: You got off easy. You deserved the rope.
Jake Conroy: Yeah? I'd be in Mexico right now buyin' and sellin' judges like him if hadn't been for that buggy.
Sheriff Clay Hollister: Cheer up, Jake. It takes time to make a master wheelwright. You'll have that time up in Yuma - the rest of your life.
03x04 - The Writer Season 3 / Episode 4: - The Writer

Ferguson: Sorry, Sheriff, I guess I spoke to you at the wrong time. I'm Ferguson from Washington.
Sheriff Clay Hollister: Yeah, I know. Editor Claibourne told me you wanted to talk to me.
Ferguson: That's right.


Sheriff Clay Hollister: You almost lost your chance.
03x04 - The Writer Season 3 / Episode 4: - The Writer

Ferguson: So President Arthur sent me out here to investigate your mounting crime and lawlessness. He feels that Tombstone is a blot upon the entire country. Your Boot Hill is proof enough of that.
Sheriff Clay Hollister: Mr. Ferguson, wherever there's sudden wealth there's always sudden death - whether it be a diamond strike in Africa or a silver strike in Arizona.
Ferguson: What's your opinion, Claibourne?
Harris Claibourne: There is crime and lawlessness in Tombstone, yes. That's in the nature of a boomtown. But, most important, our law has never lost the upper hand.
03x04 - The Writer Season 3 / Episode 4: - The Writer

Elizabeth Blythe: How about your Apaches? You don't seem to have them under control.
Sheriff Clay Hollister: They're more a matter for the military - General Crook and the cavalry - though we do work hand and hand.
Elizabeth Blythe: The famous General Crook?
Sheriff Clay Hollister: He's be more famous if he could catch Geronimo.
03x04 - The Writer Season 3 / Episode 4: - The Writer

Elizabeth Blythe: They're very interested in reading about the Apache Wars back east.
Sheriff Clay Hollister: Yeah. We'd rather read about 'em, too.
03x04 - The Writer Season 3 / Episode 4: - The Writer

Ferguson: Don't let anything happen to *that* on the way, or Miss Blythe is a goner.
Sheriff Clay Hollister: Yeah. First you have to shoot 'em, then you have to keep 'em alive.
03x04 - The Writer Season 3 / Episode 4: - The Writer

Sheriff Clay Hollister: How are you at writing obituaries?
03x04 - The Writer Season 3 / Episode 4: - The Writer

Harris Claibourne: How long did it take you to run down Pete and the other one?
Sheriff Clay Hollister: Wore out two horses, but that takes care of the Chandler outfit. I won't need keys to keep the ones on Boot Hill out of trouble.
02x12 - Death is to Write About Season 2 / Episode 12: - Death is to Write About

Harris Claibourne: Your own words prove you're wrong. You said Reardon was a hired gun, right?
Sheriff Clay Hollister: Right.
Harris Claibourne: Well, a hired killer has to be hired. Whoever does the hiring usually has a reason for wanting somebody killed. Now who would want to have Armbruster killed?


Sheriff Clay Hollister: Whoever has the other part of this.
02x12 - Death is to Write About Season 2 / Episode 12: - Death is to Write About

Dan Harlan: That judge said I was supposed to hang, Sheriff, not starve to death!
Sheriff Clay Hollister: Is there anything special you want?
Dan Harlan: Yeah - a hacksaw and a gun!
Sheriff Clay Hollister: Will you settle for a steak?
02x12 - Death is to Write About Season 2 / Episode 12: - Death is to Write About

Sheriff Clay Hollister: Three hundred miles of rugged mountain country. It may not be Kyber Pass, but we have a healthy respect for it.
02x04 - Day of the Amnesty Season 2 / Episode 4: - Day of the Amnesty

Sheriff Clay Hollister: Listen carefully, Jobe. As far as I'm concerned you and your partner are nothin' but murderers, amnesty or no. But I'm not going to run you out of town, 'cause I want you here - I want you real close. And if you so much as wiggle a trigger finger, I'm going to haul you in.
Wally Jobe: Sheriff, we ain't goin' to wiggle nothin', 'less somebody else wiggles first... In case you want us, we'll be over in the Oriental saloon, celebratin' our new standin' in the community.
02x04 - Day of the Amnesty Season 2 / Episode 4: - Day of the Amnesty

Sheriff Clay Hollister: Jobe! There's somethin' for you to remember. There's one man the amnesty doesn't include.
Wally Jobe: Who?
Sheriff Clay Hollister: Me.
02x04 - Day of the Amnesty Season 2 / Episode 4: - Day of the Amnesty

Harris Claibourne: Jobe had it figured right at the Oriental.
Sheriff Clay Hollister: What do you mean?
Harris Claibourne: Wonder if he knew he was playing for such high stakes when he said this was the only town he was ever in where a singleton ace beats two of a kind.

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