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There Was a Crooked Man... (1970)

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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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Paris Pitman, Jr.
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Woodward W. Lopeman
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Dudley Whinner
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Floyd Moon
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The Missouri Kid
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Cyrus McNutt
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Mrs. Bullard
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Mr. Lomax
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Warden LeGoff
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Coy Cavendish
C.K. Yang ...
Ah-Ping
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Tobaccy (as Alan Hale)
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Whiskey
Claudia McNeil ...
Madam
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Skinner
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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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Once upon a time, there was a crooked man. When he was good, he was very, very good. And when he was bad, it was murder...

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Western

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Release Date:

19 September 1970 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Zwei dreckige Halunken  »

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Trivia

Twelve rattlesnakes were used for a key scene but failed to hiss on cue. The hissing had to be dubbed in during post-production. See more »

Goofs

The angel that Whinner draws on the wall of their cell looks slightly different at the end of the scene than the beginning. See more »

Quotes

Paris Pittman Jr.: [at dedication of new prison dining hall] On behalf of the men, I'd like to express to the lieutenant governor, and to you, warden, and to the schoolteacher, and the other distinguished guests, and all those law-abiding citizens out there, just how much all this means to us in here. Imagine, after all we've been, all we've done to society
[lifts plate, smiling]
Paris Pittman Jr.: we get chicken - and green peas - and mashed potatoes!
[beams, then flings plate at the wall over warden's head]
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Referenced in Continental Divide (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Betsy from Pike
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Traditional American ballad
lyrics written by John A. Stone prior to 1858
version sung by Alan Hale
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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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