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The Over-the-Hill Gang (1969)

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One of the better and more diverting of ABC's first full season of made-for-television movies, The Over-the-Hill Gang was a low-budget Western with a gimmick: Get a bunch of elderly actors, known either for their leading roles in the 1930s, or for playing comic sidekicks (and Walter Brennan was a lot of both categories) through the 1950s, and put them together in a plot. The result was this enjoyable oater about a quartet of retired Texas Rangers (Pat O'Brien, Walter Brennan, Chill Wills, Edgar Buchanan) who take on the corrupt mayor (Edward Andrews) of a small Nevada town where O'Brien's daughter (Kris Nelson) and newspaper editor son-in-law (Rick Nelson) live. Jack Elam represents the bad guys' muscle with his usual threatening aplomb, and Andy Devine gets a lot of mileage out of his role as a corrupt, inept judge. The other surprise in the cast is Gypsy Rose Lee, looking radiant as ever, portraying an admirer of the former rangers, in what was her final screen appearance, and such familiar old faces as Myron Healey, William Benedict, and Elmira Sessions in supporting roles. When O'Brien and company realize that they're no longer fast enough to do the job with guns, they decide to use their wits instead, outsmarting and outflanking the villains. The pacing by director Jean Yarbrough (whose own career went back to the 1920s, and whose last film this was) is a little leisurely, but the script is fairly clever and it's a lot of fun watching the veteran actors chewing up the scenery, with Devine having the most fun of all in an unusual role as a villain.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Classics , Comedy , Western
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Studio:
Thomas/Spelling Productions

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Cast

Pat O'Brien
as Captain Oren Hayes
Walter Brennan
as Nash Crawford
Edgar Buchanan
as Jason Fitch
Ricky Nelson
as Jeff Rose
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½

I remembered this being a lot better back in 1969 than it was this time around. It seems soooo made for television and although it was amusing, it wasn't hilarious or anything. Great cast.

James Higgins
James Higgins

110905: Quaint. Had me laughing a few times. As my father used to say, and as played out in this film, "old age and treachery will always win over youth and skill".

John Redshaw
John Redshaw

While its nice to see the old time character actors all gathered together the script is silly and a good deal of the acting weak. Gypsy's last film, she looks remarkably good considering she was dying of cancer at the time.

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