A crotchety old ranch owner fights to be able to live his life the way he wants to, and not the way other people--and the law--tell him he has to.

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John McCanless
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Paco
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Amanda McCanless
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Jimmy Whittaker
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Sheriff Pippin
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Barton Whittaker
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Sheriff Hart
Christopher Dark ...
Card Dealer
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Farm Woman
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Sludge
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Old Indian
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Grotch (as James Lydon)
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Wendell
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Mavis
Larry D. Mann ...
Bartender
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A crotchety old ranch owner fights to be able to live his life the way he wants to, and not the way other people--and the law--tell him he has to.

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McCanless - the one cowpoke crazy enough to fight the windmills of change! See more »


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22 June 1971 (USA)  »

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Cowboy John  »

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Most of the picture was shot in the American state of New Mexico but a small amount of filming was also done in Old Tuscon, Arizona and on a railway in South Dakota. See more »

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Men's Store Clerk: It's not perfume it's lilac tweed a man's cologne.
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Pastures Green (Vocal)
Composed and Performed by Rod McKuen
Editions Chanson Co.
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His one cow herd
27 November 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I can certainly see what attracted Brian Keith to the part of John McCanless in Scandalous John. It's a great chance to chew several furniture factories of scenery and not be accused of overacting. It's an actor's dream.

Scandalous John is the story of a man who has completely retreated into the legends of the old west of which his family played a part. He's only got granddaughter Michele Carey to bring him back to reality every once and a while.

This modern day Don Quixote finds his Sancho Panza in Alfonso Arrau an illegal alien who wanders on to Keith's ranch. After Carey saves Arrau from a promiscuous shooting Keith, the two become fast friends as Arrau kind of goes with the flow of Keith's delusions.

There's a great where Keith says that they're going on a cattle drive, only his 'herd' consists of one scraggly longhorn. Seeing the two of them driving this one longhorn to market is really a bit much.

There's a bit of Romeo and Juliet in the plot as well as Don Quixote as Carey falls for Rick Lenz who is the son of Simon Oakland who is trying to take over Keith's spread one way or another.

There's a bittersweet ending to this film which I won't reveal, but Scandalous John is recommended for fans of Brian Keith and people who love outrageous overacting.


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