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The Meanest Men in the West (1978)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Western  |  29 May 1978 (Sweden)
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A compilation of two episodes of "The Virginian" TV western series. Season 1 episode "It Tolls For Thee" (1962) guest star Lee Marvin, and season 6 episode "Reckoning" (1967) guest star Charles Bronson.

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Judge Henry Garth (archive footage)
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Harge Talbot Jr. (archive footage)
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Kalig Talbot (archive footage)
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Eva Talbot (archive footage)
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The Range Boss (The Virginian) (archive footage)
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Quinn, Kalig Gang (archive footage)
Don Mitchell ...
Preble, Harge Gang (archive footage)
Sara Lane ...
Elizabeth Garth (archive footage)
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Arnie Doud, Harge Gang (archive footage)
Brad Weston ...
Keeler, Harge Gang (archive footage)
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Bassett, Harge Gang (archive footage)
Gary Clarke ...
Steve Hall (archive footage)
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Harge Talbot Sr. (archive footage)
Warren J. Kemmerling ...
Sharkey (archive footage) (as Warren Kemmerling)
Jan Stine ...
Eddie, Shiloh Rider (archive footage)
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An outlaw plans to kidnap the owner of a ranch and hold him for ransom. But first he has to get rid of the foreman whom he knows will stand in his way. So he tells his brother, whom he blames for their mother's death, that the foreman whom his brother knew betrayed him. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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29 May 1978 (Sweden)  »

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Der gefährlichste Mann des Westens  »

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Harge Talbot, III is born on July 3, 1887 as written in the family ledger of births. A few days later, Kalig quotes the famous Lizzie Borden skipping-rope rhyme. However, the Borden murders did not take place until August of 1892. See more »

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7 July 2007 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

What was this?! A complete botch. Kalig uses his half-brother Harge Talbot Jr (who he secretly hates for the death of his mother when he was born) in a plan to seek revenge against the judge who sent him to prison. Honestly I couldn't be bothered revealing much more because I came away feeling really gypped after expecting to get some Charles Bronson and Lee Marvin interaction. However their scenes are obviously edited together from totally different productions, which are supposedly two episodes of the western TV show "The Virginian". It's actually quite embarrassing and erratically staged. The way certain scenes are worked in are terrible, confusing and extremely unconvincing that found my snickering at the stock footage. Especially when Bronson and Marvin share the screen. Just look at those studio shots! ugh! From be it to the slipshod editing, what also brings it down was the non-existent direction, tacky music score and unusual photography. There so many odd filming techniques that try to cover it. It's just so hard to cut up this one because it's just lazy work. L.J Cobb also shows up on the same reel as the grizzled Marvin. Even with these names, everyone is pretty much on the sideline slumming it, with Marvin constantly staring and sneaking about. Gee, he might have just been as a viewer. The conventionally patchwork story is predictable from the get-go, with little purpose and a drone-like narrative that loosely draws up the two episodes together for one wretch story. Which manages to also drag. Sam Fuller's name is attached to it, but it's a fizzled effort. Even on their own, they wouldn't have made for anything of interest. The action sequences are useless and muddled. Pointless, just pointless.


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