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The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969)

An aging lawman and an aging outlaw join forces when their respective positions in society are usurped by a younger but incompetent marshal and a younger but vicious gang leader.

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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
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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
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Billy
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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 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. See more »

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Comedy | Western

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3 November 1969 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Un homme fait la loi  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was originally going to be a John Wayne vehicle. See more »

Goofs

When Flagg and McKay are running along the roof of the train, the view from inside the train shows their shadows on the cliff wall beside the tracks level with their actual position on the roof, as though the sun were nearly on the horizon throwing their shadow straight onto the cliff wall directly behind them. But when the view switches to overhead on top of the train, their shadows are directly below them as though the sun were directly overhead. This same pattern is repeated several times, camera overhead showing their shadow directly below them, then inside showing their shadows on the cliff wall out to the side. See more »

Quotes

McKay: There's only one plan and it's as plain as the nose on your face. You can't stop the train from comin' to town 'cause they got the telegraph covered. What you gotta do is stop the train from *stoppin* in town.
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For He's A Jolly Good Fellow
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Sung at Flagg's retirement presentation
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Progress Posturing.
29 November 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Good Guys and the Bad Guys is directed by Burt Kennedy and written by Dennis Shryack. It stars Robert Mitchum, George Kennedy, Martin Balsam, David Carradine, Tina Louise, Lois Nettleton and Douglas Fowley. A Panavision/Technicolor production, music is by William Lava and cinematography by Harry Stradling Jr.

The town of Progress and Marshal Jim Flagg (Mitchum) learns that old foe John McKay (Kennedy) is about and robbery is soon to follow. However, Jim has difficulty convincing Mayor Wilker (Balsam) that any thing is up, the Mayor apparently more concerned with bed hopping and feathering his own political nest. So when Wilker prematurely retires Jim, sticking one of his lap-dogs into the role of Marshal, Jim sets about doing his own investigation. Pretty soon both Jim and John, one time enemies on either side of the law, find that both of them are out of time with an ever changing West.

Amiable. Burt Kennedy's film doesn't have the best of reputations, seemingly the blend of comedy and drama not teasing out much interest from the Western enthusiasts. It's true enough to say that the main theme, that of the changing West and two men finding themselves relics of the time, is ultimately playing second fiddle to the frivolity, while the finale tips over into over zealous slapstick farcery, yet Kennedy and Shryack imbue the picture with a genuine love of the genre. The director lets the pairing of Mitchum and Kennedy unfurl naturally, whilst also giving Balsam license to have a great time, thus all key performers are ever watchable. Scenic delights await within as Chama and Silverton provide location oomph, and the action quotient is in good supply.

Disposable for sure, but fun while it's on. 6.5/10


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