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The Devil and Leroy Bassett (1973)

Sheriff Ben Trask (Elliott Lindsey)is chasing a speeding car driven by Keema GReywolf (Cody Bearpaw) and his wife (Imagene Goodshot)when Keema's car has a blowout and crashes into a ravine.... See full summary »


Robert E. Pearson


Robert E. Pearson (original screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Cody Bearpaw Cody Bearpaw ... Keema Greywolf
John F. Goff ... Leroy Bassett
George 'Buck' Flower ... Wilbur Bassett
James A. Ward James A. Ward ... Melvin Bassett (as James Ward)
Dick Winslow ... Charlie Zornes
Elliott Lindsey Elliott Lindsey ... Sheriff Trask
Bobbie Shaw Chance ... Twila Zornes (as Bobbi Shaw)
Hal Bokar Hal Bokar ... Frank Nechero
Lilyan McBride Lilyan McBride ... Alma (as Lillian MacBride)
Christopher Geoffries Christopher Geoffries ... Deputy Miller (as Siegfried Anton)
James Beach James Beach ... Deputy Hoover (as Jim Beach)
Don Epperson Don Epperson ... Sgt. Don
James Howard James Howard ... Sgt. Dudley
Robert Padilla Robert Padilla ... Hector Chavez (as Bob Padilla)
Gordon James Gordon James ... Officer in Jail


Sheriff Ben Trask (Elliott Lindsey)is chasing a speeding car driven by Keema GReywolf (Cody Bearpaw) and his wife (Imagene Goodshot)when Keema's car has a blowout and crashes into a ravine. Keema blames the sheriff and in his anger draws Trask's gun, wounds the sheriff and kills his deputy. He escapes to Texas but is captured and held for extradition. The Basset brother, Leroy (John F. Goff), Wilbur (George 'Buck' Flower) and Melvin (James A. Ward), take Keema from Deputy Hector Chavez (Robert Padilla as Bob Padilla), and Keema releases Chavez with a message of revenge for Sheriff Trask. Keema and the Bassetts drive to a secluded mountain cabin, inhabited by Charlie Zornes (Dick Winslow), his wife Alma (Lilyan McBride), and their deaf-mute daughter, Twila ('Bobbi Shaw'), take the Zornes' camper and attempt to escape the roadblocks and posse headed by Trask. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Tale of Hillbilly Hate and Redneck Revenge! See more »


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Wilbur Bassett: I don't feel so good Leroy.
Leroy Bassett: You should a took the medicine the doctor gave you for the worms like you was suppose to Wilbur.
Wilbur Bassett: But it taste so bad Leroy. I rather have them worms!
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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 8 (2002) See more »


Hey Leroy
Lyrics and Music by Les Baxter
Sung by Don Holiman
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Solid early-70s drive-in fare
3 June 2017 | by jordan-64422See all my reviews

The three Bassett brothers - Leroy, Wilbur & Melvin - plot to break their Native American friend, Keema, out of police custody. Keema was arrested for killing a deputy and wounding Sheriff Trask and was in the process of being extradited out of Texas. Leroy is a God- fearing, Bible quoting lunatic played by John F. Goff. Goff is over- the-top in his rantings at times, but this was a very good performance. George "Buck" Flower plays the mostly-drunken Wilbur and James Ward plays the youngest brother, Melvin. The fact that Leroy's name is in the title of the film is somewhat misleading. The film is not about Leroy Bassett at all, it's about a revenge story surrounding Keema (Cody Bearpaw) and Sheriff Trask (Elliott Lindsey). Keema holds Trask responsible for the death of his wife, which led Keema to shoot the two police officers.

As far as the plot goes, more time could have been spent on the sheriff, as it would have helped the ending of the film and a decision made by Trask. Instead the story focuses on first the brothers and their plan, then the evading of the authorities by Keema and the brothers. This detracts from the story, but what story is told is still solid.

Director Robert E. Pearson has a low budget but he makes good use of locations. The story takes place in a rural setting and has a western feel to it, and the climax takes place in snow-covered hills in the mountains. It may not be stylish, but the camera-work and production are very good.

The Devil and Leroy Bassett has a few issues with story focus but is still a very good rural crime/revenge story. 7/10.

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Release Date:

20 February 1976 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Pistol-Packin' Leroy See more »

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Pecos, New Mexico, USA See more »

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