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There Was a Crooked Man... (1970)

A charming but totally ruthless criminal is sent to a remote Arizona prison. He enlists the help of his cellmates in an escape attempt with the promise of sharing his hidden loot.
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Whiskey
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Charm, intelligence and success in criminal career doesn't prevent Paris Pitman Jr. to start doing ten years in prison, in the middle of the Arizona desert. However, those years should pass quickly because of a $500,000 loot previously stashed away. New idealistic warden would only make Pitman think of getting his fortune even sooner. He starts to manipulate everyone to achieve his goal. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Of All the Crooked Men in All the Crooked West One of Them Was the Best! See more »

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19 September 1970 (France)  »

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Zwei dreckige Halunken  »

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Trivia

The poem recited by the schoolteacher at the dedication is "Invictus" written in 1875 by William Ernest Henley. See more »

Goofs

After escaping from prison, Pitman visits the widow Bullard and leaves the prison mule in her corral and takes a horse. After being bitten by the snake and dying, the warden takes his body back on the horse he rode, which now is a mule again. See more »

Quotes

Paris Pittman Jr.: [after discussing his hidden loot and escape plans] I'm putting my trust in all of you. Keep quiet.
The Missouri Kid: Like asking a pack of coyotes to keep quiet about a dead horse!
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Connections

Referenced in Mic Macs à Tire-Larigot (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Abide with Me
(uncredited)
Word by Henry F. Lyte (1847)
Music by William Monk 1861
Version sung by Hume Cronyn.
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Crime pays...well almost. It's easy to be a little crooked.
10 June 2002 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

I found this to be a fine western comedy. Kirk Douglas plays an incorrigible, but likable bank robber in the 1800's. Henry Fonda is a straight-laced Sheriff turn prison Warden trying to reform the cunning thief in the territorial pokey. Douglas of course intends to escape and go back to the hidden money, but he must enlist help from the likes of Warren Oates, Burgess Meredith and Hume Cronyn. This is a very enjoyable and funny film that reveals Douglas' bare butt. In supporting roles are Arthur O'Connell and Martin Gabel. Unload your six shooter and prop up your spurs; this one is worth your time.


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