Jimmy Drew arrives at the train looking for his sister Ruth. He was told in St. Louis at a saloon that she was seen with the train after she left there. When he tells Lank Carr where she was from he tells Jimmy no woman with that background could be on the train. As the argument heats up, Lank pulls a knife and tries to stab Jimmy who shoots and kills him. Lank's blind uncle hears the confrontation. Jimmy is caught and saved from a lynching by the Major. Jimmy's sister Ruth who is remarried to a school teacher spots him and tells Jimmy that she did have a past she has tried to put behind her. Jimmy is so hurt he decides not to defend himself until his sister tells the truth at the trial. Jimmy then gives his defense and the uncle and brother confess about hearing the fight and hiding the knife. Ruth is relieved to learn her husband does not care about her background.
Did You Know?
While riding on the wagon with Ruth, Major Adams declares, "The Bible says that each of us is born with guilt trailing us, and I believe that." Unless it was a general statement on original sin, Adams may specifically be referring to Isaiah 5:18, "Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope" (KJV). See more
I'm the woman Jimmy was looking for. I'm the woman from the Satin Slipper. I'm his sister. He didn't know anything about me. Nobody did. I thought it was all past and forgotten, that I would never have to think about it again. I know what I did was wrong. I never thought that it wasn't. But I'm starting a new life. You've all left something behind you, something that you don't want to carry with you. You want the West to be a new start, a new kind of life.
Performed by Shelley Winters See more