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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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Storyline

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

Aspect Ratio:

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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Breezy, fairly fun TV movie
8 August 2012 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

It's pretty obvious that the made-for-TV movie "The Gun and the Pulpit" was a television pilot in disguise. It didn't get picked up by any network for a series, and maybe that's for the best. Not that this movie is awful, but I think writers would have soon run out of ideas for this gunfighter- disguised-as-a-preacher character. I think this idea works best as a one- shot, and the movie does a fairly good job at that. Marjoe Gortner is pretty good as the main character, showing a sense of humor as well as a lot of enthusiasm. (Though his resemblance to B movie actor Michael Dudikoff is unintentionally funny.) There are some genuinely funny moments here and there, and the movie unfolds at a brisk clip and never outstays its welcome. This movie isn't hard to find - it's apparently fallen into the public domain, so many video companies are selling it - so keep an eye out for it.


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