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There Was a Crooked Man...

USA, English, 126 mins

  • Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Writer: David Newman; Robert Benton
  • Producer: C.O. Erickson; Joseph L. Mankiewicz

CGiii Comment

Definitely worth a look - especially to see how an older gay couple are portrayed in the incongruous setting of a Western.

It really is rather touching...beautifully managed.

Mankiewicz won 4 Oscars throughout his career and worked with the biggest names - here, he shows humour and a sensitivity that would seem out of place in a Western - but, it works.

It works well.


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The(ir) Blurb...

Charm, intelligence and success in criminal career doesn't prevent Paris Pitman Jr. to start doing ten years in prison, in the middle of the Arizona desert. However, those years should pass quickly because of a $500,000 loot previously stashed away. New idealistic warden would only make Pitman think of getting his fortune even sooner. He starts to manipulate everyone to achieve his goal.

Cast & Characters

Kirk Douglas as Paris Pitman, Jr.;
Henry Fonda as Woodward W. Lopeman;
Hume Cronyn as Dudley Whinner;
Warren Oates as Floyd Moon;
Burgess Meredith as The Missouri Kid;
John Randolph as Cyrus McNutt;
Lee Grant as Mrs. Bullard;
Arthur O'Connell as Mr. Lomax;
Martin Gabel as Warden LeGoff;
Michael Blodgett as Coy Cavendish;
C.K. Yang as Ah-Ping;
Alan Hale Jr. as Tobaccy;
Victor French as Whiskey;
Claudia McNeil as Madam;
Bert Freed as Skinner

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