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The Traveling Executioner (1970)

Stacy Keach is electrifying as Jonas Candide, an ex-Carny who in 1918 travels around the bayou with a portable electric chair. At $100 a head, he renders his services with loving care. But then he falls for a female "client".

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Cast

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Jonas Candide
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Gundred Herzallerliebst
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Jimmy
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Doc Prittle
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Piquant (as James J. Sloyan)
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Warden Brodski
John Bottoms ...
Lawyer
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Stanley Mae
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Gravey Combs
Sam Reese ...
Priest (as Sammy Reese)
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Willy Herzallerliebst
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La Follette
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Virgil
William Mims ...
Lynn
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Jake
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Stacy Keach is electrifying as Jonas Candide, an ex-Carny who in 1918 travels around the bayou with a portable electric chair. At $100 a head, he renders his services with loving care. But then he falls for a female "client".

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1918. The year this man traveled the South with a portable electric chair.

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Comedy | Drama | Western

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23 June 1972 (France)  »

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Der reisende Henker  »

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Although it was a box-office failure in 1970 and has been little-seen since, this movie was much admired by John Huston, who cast Stacy Keach in two of his own films after seeing it. See more »

Goofs

An important plot point is the existence of a portable electric chair which makes the career of "traveling executioner" possible. Unfortunately, as shown in the movie, it can't work. To perform an execution Keach "starts" a big electric generator in his horse-drawn van. But the generator has no power source! At the time the story takes place the internal combustion engine was new and rudimentary. The only transportable source of mechanical power was the steam engine. There were no diesel powered generators. Of course a steam engine large enough to produce the necessary mechanical power to turn the electric generator would have been almost as large as the van and would have required hours to build up enough steam to do the job. Also, a substantial amount of coal to make the steam would be needed. In any case, no motive power is shown and this explains why there were likely no traveling electrocutionists. Why a remote prison would not simply hang convicted criminals is likewise not explained. See more »

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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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I hope this movie goes on DVD
27 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have been searching for The Traveling Executioner. It doesn't seem to be on VHS or DVD. I saw many years ago once on TV, and the "Fields of Ambrosia" still come to mind. I want to have my son be able to see this movie that meant so much and stayed in my mind all these years. I hope demand may make someone decide to get this film out so it can be seen. My words cannot make the film come alive for my son. I think this is one of Stacy Keach's best performances and the tenderness of the story is profound. The atmosphere captured in the film and the WWI anti German atmoshpere that was happening at that time is spot on. The Executions truck is strong in my memory. Bud Cort as the sidekick for Stacy and then the person to move Stacy's character on to the fields of ambrosia was incredibly touching. I hope to see this film again.


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