||from Toba Kerson's notes: Ch. 1 – 2 young cowboys escaping are out on a river bank. One sleeps and the other, Clay McCord, has a focal seizure –right hand, other hand clutching his gun. See another again at the campfire later. There is a flashback to when he was a little boy and is crying next to his father who is having a seizure, same shaking hand, and making sounds and squeezing and hurting his son’s hand. Ch. 3 – There is a big seizure in a tower. He leaves his partner, Fred, saying, “Without me you are a dead man.” Goes into town where an old man remembers his father saying “he had trouble in Bingham , all eaten up inside – epilepsy – the fits – got the shaking, terrible thing to watch.” Ch. 8 – Young woman and her mother. After mother is shot, hides with young woman and tells her to get the doc, but doc has been hanged and we see him hanging. . He has another seizure. Terrible storm, moves huge cupboard to keep door closed and has another attack. Guy says, “Got the fits like your paw. What a pity. Won’t be long, you’ll be having one right in the streets.” He comes out of the seizure, beats the guy up and kills him. They hang him by his hands. Lots of violence, flashbacks to when his father would have seizures and people would laugh at him First people whom he killed, when he was still a boy, was someone who laughed at his father. The guy was standing over him and the boy just pulled his gun out and shot him. Various scenes with Lem Carter, then Governor of New Mexico who has asked all bac guys to come in and turn in their guns for clemency and $50. Ch. 14 – clip taken from this chapter because after the bullet is taken from his back he has flashbacks to many of the other scenes in which he has these epileptiforme events. Later doctor takes a bullet from his back, from an old wound that had healed over. “Who’s been putting all of this rubbish into your, head, McCourt – about epilepsy – this (bullet) was the problem – it was pressing against a nerve and literally paralyzed your arm. It was lodged inside you from an old wound you though had healed up. Everytime you put a strain on that arm…Must have been pretty bad but not epilepsy. Lem Carter says: Dr. Chase made you a whole man. I’m empowered to make you a free one.
Der Film macht streckenweise glauben, Clay McCord habe Epilepsie. Seine Behinderung - Krämpfe des rechten Arms -, die ihn zeitweise ausser Gefecht setzen, gehen aber auf eine im Rückgrat stecken gebliebene (und vergessene) Kugel, die herausoperiert werden kann. Allerdings wird Clay McCord's Vater gezeigt, wie er in der Bar einen Anfall bekommt und von der johlenden Menge hinaus auf die dunkle Dorfstrasse geschmissen wird. In diesem Fall ist weniger die Epilepsie erblich als der status des outsiders und outlaw.
Ein ähnlicher Fall:
In ""Eldorado"" ist der Hauptheld und zielsichere Pistolero genauso ""anfallsbehindert"" wie Clay McCord (siehe dort). El dorado: Cole Thornton, ein alternder Pistolero, legt der Bande des skrupellosen Viehbarons Jason Barton das Handwerk. Er rüttelt zuvor den wegen Liebeskummer zum Säufer gewordenen Sheriff von El Dorado J. P. Harrah auf. Ihm steht der aufrechte junge Messerheld Alan Bourdillion Traherne, gen. Mississippi zur Seite. Cole ist durch wiederkehrende anfallartige Krämpfe des rechten Arms behindert, die eine in seinem Rückgrat steckende Kugel verursacht.