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The Gun and the Pulpit (1974)

TV-PG | | Western | TV Movie 3 April 1974
A young gunslinger on the lam impersonates a preacher, brings hope to his parishioners and law-and-order to a town terrorized by a strongman's bunch.


Daniel Petrie


William Bowers (teleplay), Jack Ehrlich (novel)

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Complete credited cast:
Marjoe Gortner ... Ernie Parsons
Slim Pickens ... Billy One-Eye
David Huddleston ... Mr. Ross
Geoffrey Lewis ... Jason McCoy
Estelle Parsons ... Sadie Underwood
Pamela Sue Martin ... Sally Underwood
Jeff Corey ... Head of Posse
Karl Swenson ... Adams
Jon Lormer ... Luther
Robert Phillips ... Tom Underwood
Larry Ward ... Max
Joan Goodfellow ... Dixie


In the days of the "Wild West", a gunslinger, with a price on his head, discovers the body of a traveling minister who has been killed in an ambush. Fearing those who are following him, he assumes the dead minister's identity. Written by Baroque <gopher_baroque@hotmail.com>

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When you're running from the law any disguise is safe, even the clothes of a preacher...until you let the role go to your head.





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Release Date:

3 April 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arma şi amvonul See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Head of Posse: Ernie Parsons, having been found guilty by a jury of your peers...
Ernie Parsons: I didn't see any jury.
Head of Posse: Well, they was around. Anyway, what difference does it make. You gunned down Windy Jones and he was one of our most beloved and respected citizens.
Ernie Parsons: I heard he was the town drunk.
Head of Posse: Well, now that he's dead, he's one of our town's most beloved and respected citizens.
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15 July 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

About seven years earlier Robert Mitchum essayed the character of a gunfighter/preacher in Five Card Stud. Although that film was far better than The Gun And The Pulpit, this made for television is a cut above average for television film. It also has the unassailable casting of Marjoe Gortner as a false preacher.

As we know Marjoe who was only using his first name when being a child preacher did a documentary exposing the racket that huckster evangelism is. So it's fitting and proper that he play a phony preacher in The Gun And The Pulpit, a gunfighter on the run who exchanges clothes with a dead preacher on the road to escape a posse.

There's plenty of trouble in the town where he takes up the pulpit, the local Ponderosa owner David Huddleston is leaning on everybody with his gunfighters on the payroll. Marjoe's fast draw wins him a lot of admirers most especially Estelle Parsons and her nubile young daughter Pamela Sue Martin. She's the reason he's staying. And there's also Slim Pickens who knows his secret and his real identity, but knows the town needs a savior. {pun intended}.

This western moves real nice with the kind of plot that was standard fare for the front row matinée kids of the 30s and 40s. Marjor is a good western hero, maybe he should have gone into that line of work.

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