- Howdy.

Get down and set a spell, friend.
Got more fish here if you're hungry.

Mighty generous of you.
I'm a generous man. Believe in it.
Make yourself at home.
Coffee there. Sweet biscuits there.

Hey, you got all the comforts.
- Yes, sir, friend. I enjoy life.

My soul's on fire with the spirit of it,
if you know what I mean.

That's fine.
Well, it looks to me like
you must be a rope drummer.

No, just the tools of my professiĆ³n.
I'm a hangman.

A hangman? Well, I declare.
On my way to hang the Bishop gang
down in Val Verde.

Oh, yeah. I heard about that.
Well, they finally got that bunch, huh?

Caught, jailed, tried and gonna hang.
Well, I sure am happy
to come across you, Mr...

Grimes. Ossie Grimes,
of the Oklahoma Grimes.

Mr. Grimes, yes, sir.
Yeah, I sure am happy I've run across...

You know, I've always been
sort of curious about your job.

Well, there's a lot more to it
than most folks think.

There's nothing worse
than a sloppy hanging.

Back in Oklahoma, I once watched them
hang a fella five times before it took.

Five times? Five?
Just exactly what do you
have to know, Mr. Grimes...

:13:36 order to make a good,
clean, professional job of it?

Well, just about everything.
You have to know how tall
your subject is, how much he weighs...

...his neck size
and how he feels about it all.

- Then you have to be certain...
- Excuse me.

You mean to say you have to know...
:13:57 the fellow you're gonna hang
feels about it?