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The Meanest Men in the West (1978)

PG | | Western | TV Movie 4 May 1978
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)
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Preble, Harge Gang (archive footage)
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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)
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Steve Hall (archive footage)
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Harge Talbot Sr. (archive footage)
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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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4 May 1978 (Italy)  »

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Der gefährlichste Mann des Westens  »

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The gun used to kill Harge Sr. in 1864 was a Colt Single Action Army revolver or similar revolver with an ejection rod under the barrel. This type of revolver was not made prior to 1873. See more »

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Only for die hard Fuller, Marvin, or Bronson fans.
23 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Dull western is actually two episodes of "The Virginian" from the 1960s, one starring Charles Bronson and the other starring Lee Marvin, edited together and released theatrically almost 20 years later. The episodes are connected in that Marvin and Bronson are supposed to be half brothers, although they didn't appear together in their respective episode and their stories not originally connected. The only reason I wanted to see this film is that one of the two episodes was written and directed by the great Samuel Fuller ("The Big Red One," "The Steel Helmet," "Shock Corridor," etc.), but you'd barely notice when watching this routine TV western. There are flashes where you can see seeds of something better, such some basic story concepts (Fuller wrote and directed the Lee Marvin episode), Fuller's usual knack for action, and, of course, Bronson and Marvin. However, it's all undone by cheap television production values, such as cheap sets, bad photography, and painful overuse of stock footage. Marvin is good, but he seems to just be going through the motions, as does Fuller. Really, there's nothing to recommend here unless you're a Fuller, Marvin, or Bronson completionist.


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