Bearcats!: Season 1, Episode 0

Powderkeg (1971)

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Just before World War I, two adventurers are hired to bring back a hijacked train from Mexico.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chucho Morales
Cyrus Davenport
Paco Morales
Tisha Sterling ...
Beth Parkinson
Melodie Johnson ...
Miss Baker
Ricardo Sandoval
Juanita Sierra-Perez
Joe De Santis
Jay Novello ...
Pablo Sandoval
William D. Gordon
(as Jim L. Brown)
Todd Martin


A Mexican bandit is about to be executed in the United States. So his brother takes over a train and holds the passengers as hostages unless his brother is released. Now both the Americans and Mexicans are baffled as to what to do. But one of the passengers, who wrote the letter for their captor, has a suggestion; call Hank Brackett and Johnny Reech, two mercenaries. Which they do. And as expected they do come up with a plan but the President of the Railroad is not sure if it will work. Written by <>

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Released theatrically in the UK, as the supporting feature to The Chastity Belt (1971). See more »


Hank Bracket: If you're thinkin' he was brought up in a barn, ma'am, it was nothin' that fancy. It was a wickiup.
Miss Baker: You mean an Indian dwelling?
Hank Bracket: He's not even quite civilized yet.
Miss Baker: Well, you don't look like a savage.
Johnny Reach: Oh, I'm tame. Family came out of Kansas. My stepmother raised me - she was pureblooded Chiricahua.
Miss Baker: Oh, you lived with her.
Johnny Reach: Her people, yes ma'am, after Pa passed away. Still can't sit horse with a saddle on it or sleep on a bed. Sorry.
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Unusual action film, very well done, interesting premise
24 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Powderkeg! was a movie filmed in 1971 starring the well known actor Rod Taylor, and Dennis Cole as two men living in the southwest just prior to WWl. It based around the premise that the pair had 'cleaned up' a couple of rough towns in self-defense, then other towns had come to them seeking help in doing the same for their communities. They had to get 'mercenary' about this and their fee was a blank check. "If you can put a price on it, you don't need 'em bad enough"! The two are contacted by a railroad magnate after one of his trains is hijacked, his best friend killed, and the friends daughter among the 73 people being held by the Morales gang, former revolutionaries turned bandits and murderers. The leader, Chuchu, (Fernando Lamas) has taken the hostages to be exchanged for his brother, being held in a small town jail after a raid by the gang. The plot then centers around Brackett and Reach (Taylor and Cole) devising a plan to seize the train and free the hostages, which they do cleverly and successfully. The movie served as the pilot for the show Bearcats!, which unfortunately, only lasted one season, mostly due to being up against the Flip Wilson show, well established and carrying high ratings. But for one memorable season, Taylor and Cole thrilled many a young lad and sometimes even the Dads as well, with an unusual, well done show with a very original premise, unlike so much of the drivel that 'graces' TV these days! My thanks to all involved in the show, I will never forget it.

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