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The Great Bank Robbery (1969)

Three separate plans to rob a top-security bank in the western town of Friendly, Texas, circa 1880.

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Rev. Pious Blue
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Sister Lyda Kebanov - Forger
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Ranger Ben Quick
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Slade
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Papa - Juan's Father
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Juan
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Mayor Kincaid
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Brother Lilac Bailey - Art Forger
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Secret Agent Fong
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Jeb (as Elisha Cook)
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Mrs. Applebee
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Brother Dismas Ostracorn - Explosives
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Sheriff of Friendly
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Brother Jordan Cass - Tunneling
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The Great Gregory - Balloonist
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Lyda Kabanov and her assortment of buddies pose as leaders of the only church in Friendly, Texas, their intention being to rob the fortress-like bank built by the Brothers James, Dalton, and Younger to house their ill-gotten gold. Arriving in town on dust-covered feet, Lyda is introduced by phony evangelist Pious Blue as "my cousin" and she promptly opens her dress and displays her voluptuous charms. Written by alfiehitchie

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Comedy | Western

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Trivia

Bob Steele's character name is Duffy. He also played a character named Duffy two years earlier in F Troop (1965). See more »

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In earlier scenes of Lila riding the horse, there are three flowers on her left leg. The last scene she has five flowers on her left leg. See more »

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References Cool Hand Luke (1967) See more »

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Heaven Helps Him Who Helps Himself
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
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Madcap Bank Caper
27 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

About five years before this film hit the movie theaters, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World proved a box office success. It was a cartoonish, madcap collection of skits bound together by its central theme--a race to find a buried treasure.

One might wonder if the success of that film inspired The Great Bank Robbery and other films. TGBR is also cartoonlike and wacky. Like Mad World, it features competing factions out to find wealth--this time to rob a bank of its gold. It does not boast the array of film and television stars that Mad World does, but there are a few: Zero Mostel, Kim Novak, Clint Walker, Claude Akins, Larry Storch, Sam Jaffe, Elisha Cook, Jr.

I am not sure what rating the film earned, but it contains some nudity that might deserve an R, which is surprising, because the film has the feel of a Disney product, like The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975). It even features two songs with words by Sammy Cahn.

In the end, this is an uneven film. But if you like the kind of mugging you can expect from Larry Storch or Zero Mostel, it has a certain charm.


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