The Good Guys and the Bad Guys
|The Good Guys and the Bad Guys|
|Directed by||Burt Kennedy|
|Produced by||Ronald M. Cohen
|Written by||Ronald M. Cohen
|Music by||William Lava|
|Cinematography||Harry Stradling, Jr.|
|Edited by||Howard Deane|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.-Seven Arts|
|Release date(s)||November 3, 1969|
|Running time||91 min.|
Jim Flagg is the marshal in the town of Progress. He hears arch-rival John McKay is headed toward town so he warns Mayor Wilker and others in Progress about rumor of a robbery. Wilker doesn't appreciate Flagg causing a panic and relieves him of his badge.
Flagg sets out on his own and discovers McKay has joined up with a band of youthful outlaws. After being taken prisoner, Flagg escapes death thanks to McKay's intervention, but the two old enemies end up in a bloody fistfight.
Taken back to town, Flagg puts McKay in a boarding house run by Mary, a widow. When the outlaws arrive, intent on robbing a train, McKay sides with Flagg in defeating their plans.
- Robert Mitchum as Flagg
- George Kennedy as McKay
- Martin Balsam as Mayor Wilker
- David Carradine as Waco
- Tina Louise as Carmel
- Lois Nettleton as Mary
Howard Thompson of the New York Times said, "Whatever possessed these three actors (Mitchum, Kennedy and Balsam) to amble through such a dinky prairie oyster stumps us. And so does the uncertain tone of the picture, methodically directed by Burt Kennedy, which only toward the end asserts itself, clearly and lamely, as a good-natured spoof." Thompson, however, did praise Harry Stradling Jr.'s cinematography.
- Howard Thompson, "The Good Guys and the Bad Guys" Nov. 20, 1969 http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9D01E3D8153DEF34BC4851DFB7678382679EDE
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