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Stranded with no job and no money, Kirk Douglas bullies his way into a job at an Albuquerque newspaper then reluctantly goes out of town to cover a rattlesnake hunt for the paper.
We see a juvenile rattlesnake coiled in a box with holes poked in the lid on a dinner table next to a plate full of food. (The snake is actually dead with the rattle pulled up and shaken by some device to accompany the rattle sounds.) The snake never moves, only the rattle. The camera pulls out to show us the sherriff at the table. He drops some food off his fork into the box and says "He won't eat any steak. Maybe he'd like a little raw hamburger. Or some milk maybe, after all he's only a baby." The camera pulls out and we see that he's in a crowded diner. A hard-boiled blonde behind the counter says contemptuously "Try him with a lolly pop, sherriff." and tosses one into the box. Enter Douglas, who thinks the problem with New Mexico is that it has too much outdoors. He offers the snake his right arm and says maybe the snake would like to bite his arm, and so would the sherriff.