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The film talks about a semi-retired sheriff (Robert Mitchum) who finds
his nemesis , an old outlaw (George Kennedy) . He is abandoned by his
band (leaders are David Carradine and John Davis Chandler) of
cutthroats for being too old to execute a bank-heist that the gang is
planning . Demystified Western was one of a group of much-imitated
which changed the concept of their particular genre each bent on
disproving a popular myth , yet tinged with humor , spoof and combining
anti-heroes , replacing cars and horses ; in addition , the inevitable
decadence of protagonists . The formula deals to enhance the comic
observations of the western originated on the decade of the 60s by the
following filmmakers : Andrew McLagen and Burt Kennedy , fine director
of this movie .
Burt Kennedy directed similar Western with comedy such as :¨Support your local gunfighter¨ (one of the best spoof Western) , ¨Support your local sheriff¨ (his highpoint) , ¨Dirty Dingus Mcgee¨ and ¨War Wagon¨ . The picture is wonderfully amused and enjoyable with Robert Mitchum as a tough but dreary sheriff with his Maverick image who uses brains as well as brawny and guns . He cleaned a lawless town in his own highly individual way but he is fired by the Mayor , rightly played by Martin Balsam . Mitchum in one of the best interpretations was much stronger actor when being something older than a straightforward hero . George Kennedy makes a robustly likable characterization . Stars have a splendid fight aboard a train towards the end ; furthermore , it contains excellent action sequences , as well as the pursuits and derailing train . Ronald Cohen's screenplay besides having more than its fair scraps of funny lines , throws up rich characters . Thus , Douglas Fowley as the old brawler likeness Walter Brennan (Support you local..) clearly relishing his comic relief . John Davis Chandler , as always, plays a sadist gunfighter. There appears uncredited Christopher Mitchum , Robert's son , along with Buddy Hackett . Film exteriors were shot in New Mexico by cameraman Harry Stradling who reflects stunningly the marvelous landscapes . Jolly and agreeable musical score by William Lava and songs by Ned Washington. The motion picture was well directed by Burt Kennedy .
Burt Kennedy during the late 1960s seemed to take over the western
genre with a cluster of good comedic films using some of Hollywood's
best. but aging male stars. The Good Guys and the Bad Guys is a prime
example of his work which never disappoints.
Robert Mitchum as an aging and then ex-Marshal and George Kennedy,an outlaw adversary of Mitchum's from the old days join forces to outwit and capture a gang of young punks that the aging Kennedy has been riding with. Since they're on the screen for most of the story together, the chemistry has to be perfect with them for the picture to work and it is.
Some Hollywood veterans also round out the cast. Marie Windsor for once is a good girl as a saloon owner with a heart of gold. Douglas Fowley plays a grizzled old timer in the best Gabby Hayes tradition. They stand out as does David Carradine as the leader of the young outlaws.
However in the scenes he's in, Martin Balsam as the town mayor steals the film. He had to be the model that Mel Brooks used for Harvey Korman's portrayal of Hedley Lamarr in Blazing Saddles.
And in the best 50s western tradition we have Glenn Yarborough singing intermittently The Ballad of Marshal Flagg in the great tradition of Frankie Laine. Personally though Yarborough does a good job, I think they should have utilized Robert Mitchum for that also.
The then Governor of New Mexico, David Cargo, makes a bit appearance at the end of the film as a reporter. Cargo, tried very hard to get the Hollywood Studios to use New Mexico for filming. I suppose this bit was one of the perks of office.
It's rollicking good entertainment, Burt Kennedy at his best.
All right,I admit it,I'm a sucker for Westerns. I grew up on them and I still watch every new one I can find. That said, this is a somewhat above average western with some pretty funny moments. Robert Mitchum spoof his tough guy image as the marshall who insists that bad guy George Kennedy,an over the hill outlaw, is still a dangerous villain. For his troubles he gets a surprise retirement party. Mitchum and Kennedy then team together to upstage the young whippersnapper bad guys. All in all, a fun "buddy" western, I think most western movie lovers will get a chuckle from this film
This movie was directed by Burt Kennedy, who also directed another great western in 65 called The Rounders, that had Henry Fonda and Glenn Ford. This one is sort of different but they both had some comedy in them. This one stars Robert Mitchum as an old sheriff who is retired against his wishes by the mayor, played by Martin Balsam, who only cares about the election coming up. George Kennedy plays an outlaw who used to big in his day but now is the third wheel in a gang run by David Carradine. Both Mitchum and Kennedy, even though they used to be enemies, sort of team up together to stop Carradine from robbing the train even though they don't have too. This movie came out in 1969 the same year as The Wild Bunch, which Mitchum turned down but this movie is closer to Peckenpah's earlier film Ride The High Country.
This Robert Mitchum/George Kennedy film was a lot of fun for me,
because until this, I hadn't seen Mitchum in too many comedies/
spoofs. El Dorado had it's funny moments, but it's wasn't a
comedy, really. Without spoiling the story, Mitchum plays an aging
sheriff hustled into early retirement by the stereotypical gas bag of
a mayor, and Kennedy plays an aging outlaw on the verge of being
ousted by his own gang. Interestingly, Kennedy's character also
illustrates the interesting concept that even outlaws of one
generation lived by a code, i.e. don't shoot a man in the back, and
as Kennedy's character says at one point, "I don't go for
unnecessary killing. Mitchum's character also has his principles, a
man who always "keeps his word" - used to hilarious effect at the
The chemistry between Mitchum and Kennedy is great, and the action is hysterical, especially the chase scene with a train heading to a rendezvous with the crooks in town. If you're in for a light-hearted, entertaining family movie, I'd definitely recommend "The Good Guys and the Bad Guys."
Better than average fare with a good train chase sequence.Nothing wrong done in this movie but nothing great either.This movie will please most western fans.A better screenplay would have really taken it to a better level.Great performance by David Carradine which helped him in his carreer.....
For those who like western's, this one has it all. For those who don't,
the same applies.
The ageing Marshal teams up with the ageing bandit to oust the bad young guys, hopelessly out-numbered of course. Naturally with age comes experience and the bad guys are defeated as the (ex) Marshal (played brilliantly by Mitchum) walks into a hail of pistol fire flanked by his new(ish) best friend (Big John Makay- aka George Kennedy)and dispenses justice with both barrels.
The likable old drunk is shot in the back by one of the bad guys, the whores aren't shown as harlots, the mayor gets it anywhere he can and the new Marshal is stupid. Hardly surprising.
Oh, and of course, there's a love interest for the Marshal- and a cute little blonde boy who looks to Mitchum as a substitute father. There's an almost hilarious train sequence and a train chase with a difference. For those women who find westerns aren't really their thing but are made to watch them by boyfriends, this one has a big plus: Robert Mitchum, for all that he is playing a character who is supposed to be past it looks pretty fine. Likable enough, but don't take it too seriously- its not meant to be.
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"The Good Guys and the Bad Guys", released in 1969 gave two wily screen
veterans, Robert Mitchum and George Kennedy, a chance to have some fun in
western that pokes a lot of fun at itself and the times that it was
portraying. It's the turn of the century and the local town marshal,
Flagg, played by Mitchum, is still taking himself seriously as the town
marshal, even though the town sees him as a reminder of the unpleasant
and not much of a positive image for the town's future. Flagg does sense
that an upcoming robbery could occur, as he hears that a long-time
adversary, Big John McKay, played by Kennedy, is in the area and heading
a gang of young outlaws. Mitchum wants to get a posse together, but the
town gets him a retirement party, instead, and accepts a sit-back and wait
attitude. Mitchum goes after the gang on his own, manages to capture
(Kennedy), but finds that the young band was going to oust McKay anyway,
characterizing him as too old and too slow to be of any use. Kennedy
decides to help the marshal capture the gang, thus he becomes one of the
good guys, and the two take out after the bad guys.
Director Burt Kennedy always seemed to produce at least one scene that would be pure slapstick. This was no exception, as one will see from viewing the wild chase scene at the end of the film. Glenn Yarbarough, former lead singer of the folk group, The Limelighters, has a nice rendition of a tune that sets the stage for Marshal Flagg. To the viewer, enjoy, and don't expect this film to get serious, it was made simply for relaxation and fun.
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Burt Kennedy wrote some curiously interesting Westerns for director
Otto Boetticher and star Randolph Scott in the 50s. As a director,
Kennedy was no better than routine. Of course it's hard to enliven
retrograde Westerns like this one, or like John Wayne's late "The Train
Robbers." Serious Westerns were declining in popularity because the
television schedule was full of them and because by the time this one
was released the turmoil was no longer on the plains of Texas but on
the streets of New York. Three years later, "Dirty Harry" would make
the transfer clear.
The Westerns were ripe for ridicule and they came in for their fair share -- "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "Cat Ballou." "The Good Guys and the Bad Guys", after introducing a theme involving the obsolescence of bandits and gunfighters, dismisses it and turns into an attempt at comic farce. It doesn't work because it's simply not funny enough.
Aging good guy Mitchum and aging bad guy Kennedy -- neither of whom looks particularly aged -- meet and team up to foil a train robbery. The train -- un-held-up -- roars through the station at the town of Progress and the bandits and the entire town race after it, bullets flying, a light-hearted gallop in the musical score. Wagons fall apart and spill their occupants all over. More than one wagon. Several wagons fall apart, wheels flying everywhere. Does anyone think that, in itself, is amusing? Maybe kids who have never seen a movie before. To an adult it looks more like desperation. The locomotive must necessary crash over a cliff taking several empty cars with it.
Not to demean the cast. Both Mitchum and Kennedy do fine in their roles, as well as can be expected. Two of the Carradines have small roles, and it's great to see Marie Windsor again, Queen of Noir. Nois Nettleson does well in a small part too, and she's quite handsome.
But after reducing the broth, there's nothing much to see here folks. Move along now.
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This Movie is Great ! Beautiful Tina Louise is in it !!! Tina is a great actress as well as a beautiful woman. Tina was only two years out of Gilligan's Island when this movie was made.She is a wonderful person as well,with her work at the NYC schools.She now has a wonderful daughter Caprice Crain who is a mainstream writer.In this movie she is so beautiful and her performance is outstanding.Tina is perfect for this part.I bought this movie due to Tina's Great performance .And this is a good movie with Robert Mitchum,as I remember Robert from Thunder Road made in western NC.Robert was from my mom and dads generation and remember Robert from lots of movies from the 40s and 50s.
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