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The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969)

M  |   |  Comedy, Western  |  9 September 1969 (USA)
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Marshal Flagg, an aging lawman about to be retired, hears that his old nemesis, the outlaw McKaye, is back in the area and planning a robbery. Riding out to hunt down McKaye, Flagg is ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Flagg
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McKay
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Mayor Wilker
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Waco
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Carmel
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Grundy (as Douglas V. Fowley)
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Mary
John Davis Chandler ...
Deuce
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Ticker
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Polly
Dick Peabody ...
Boyle
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Mrs. Stone (Mother)
Jimmy Murphy ...
Buckshot
Garrett Lewis ...
Hawkins
Bobby Riha ...
Billy
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Storyline

Marshal Flagg, an aging lawman about to be retired, hears that his old nemesis, the outlaw McKaye, is back in the area and planning a robbery. Riding out to hunt down McKaye, Flagg is captured by McKaye's gang and finds out that McKaye is no longer the leader of the gang, but is considered just an aging relic by the new leader, a youngster named Waco. Waco orders Mackaye to shoot Flagg, and when Mackaye refuses Waco abandons both of them. Flagg then takes Mackaye back to town only to find out that he has been "retired", and when he sees how clueless and incompetent the new marshal and the city fathers are, he persuades Mackaye that it is up to the two of them to stop Waco and his gang from ravaging the town. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The last of The Wildest Bunch shoots it out with a new breed of gunslinging glory-seekers.

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Comedy | Western

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9 September 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un homme fait la loi  »

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Trivia

Robert Mitchum admitted he regretted making this film. See more »

Goofs

The train worker carrying the shotgun fires that shotgun at least ten times during scene in the tunnel where everything goes black. The sound effect for the shotgun had been established in previous scenes. The shots were far to close together to allow for any reloading; and since he was carrying a double barrel shotgun that many shots would have not been possible. See more »

Quotes

McKay: Waco!
[holds his right hand over his gun, challenging Waco]
Waco: You got style, McKay; I'll give you that much.
McKay: [Waco shoots first and wounds McKay. McKay pivots, fires, and kills Waco] I thought I could beat 'im.
Flagg: You beat him.
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Soundtracks

The Ballad of Marshal Flagg
Music by William Lava
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Glenn Yarbrough
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Not enough to recommend it, but not a bad time-passer.
29 August 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

There really isn't much new to "The Good Guys and the Bad Guys" to distinguish it from dozens of other westerns. In other words, it's made up of a lot of very, very familiar story elements--story elements that were used better in previous films. You get a lot of films like "High Noon" and "Rio Lobo"--where it's just a lone sheriff or a sheriff and a friend trying to fend off an evil gang. The only big difference is that the film is supposed to be a comedy....though most of it really isn't all that funny. The only reason you might want to see this is Robert Mitchum (who is watchable in anything), but he's certainly done better westerns.

The film begins with the Marshall (Mitchum) telling the Mayor (Martin Balsam) that a gang of bandits is coming to town to rob them. However, the Mayor doesn't seem the least bit concerned--after all, it's the 20th century and the age of train robbers is in the distant past. In fact, to shut up the Marshall, they decide to retire him in a big surprise ceremony. But the now ex-Marshall isn't about to just disappear and he intends to stop the bad guys anyway. The problem is that there are just too many. Can Gary Cooper...I mean, John Wayne...no, I mean Robert Mitchum, stop them? Sorry about the confusion--as I said, it sure had a VERY familiar plot and I've seen these folks (and many others) in similar films.

Now I am NOT saying that this is a bad film. But it's definitely recycled and the humor is anything but funny. As for the main stars, Mitchum and George Kennedy, they try their best and aren't bad--it's just ashamed they weren't given more with which to work. A time-passer and nothing more. Oh, and by the way, the music is pretty god-awful--and sounded more like something you might have heard a decade earlier and sounded very out of place for 1969.


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