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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.

Director:

Daniel Petrie

Writers:

William Bowers (teleplay), Jack Ehrlich (novel)
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Cast

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
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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.

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-PG

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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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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Great TV Movie, A Joy To Watch
3 October 2009 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

In The Gun And The Pulpit, Marjoe Gortner stars as an outlaw running from a hanging party, who stumbles upon the body of a deceased preacher. Assuming his identity and his assignment, he ends up inciting the townspeople of an oppressed community against villainous big-wig David Huddleston and cleaning up the town of Huddlestons cronies.

The endlessly glib Gortner, who was no doubt cast due to the fact that he was (no joke) a real life fraudulent Pentacostal minister, is charismatic and well cast as the gun-fighting conman and heads a great supporting cast of character actors including Slim Pickens and Pamela Sue Martin.

This has probably the most clever script ever in a seventies TV movie western (by Academy Award nominated screenwriter William Bowers) with excellent tongue-in-cheek humor and wordplay in some fantastic scenes. One of which involves a miracle gunfight and an excellent cameo appearance by Geoffrey Lewis.

Great fun.


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