The Gun and the Pulpit
|The Gun and the Pulpit|
|Directed by||Daniel Petrie|
|Produced by||Paul Junger Witt (executive producer)
Paul Maslansky (producer)
Tony Thomas (associate producer)
|Written by||Jack Ehrlich (novel)
William Bowers (teleplay)
|Music by||George Tipton|
|Cinematography||Richard C. Glouner|
|Edited by||Terence Anderson|
The Gun and the Pulpit is a 1974 American television film directed by Daniel Petrie. It was based on Jack Ehrlich's 1972 novel The Fastest Gun in the Pulpit. Filmed at Old Tucson, it was a television pilot for a series to star former evangelist Marjoe Gortner.
Gunfighter Ernie Parsons escapes hanging for the killing of a disreputable character by the false testimony of a woman attracted to him. During his escape, he finds the body of a murdered minister. Searching the corpse, Ernie discovers a letter from a town who have invited the deceased man sight unseen to be their town minister. Ernie appropriates the victim's clothes and belongings to escape his pursuers and vows revenge on the minister's murderer.
Welcomed to town, Ernie's first action is to preside over a funeral of Sam Underwood, a man murdered on the orders of town boss Mr. Ross. Attracted to Underwood's daughter, Ernie decides to stay, using his gunfighter skills to stand up to Ross.
Ernie is disgusted by the cowardice of the townspeople, dismissing Ross's men as mere cowboys wearing pistols as opposed to professional gunfighters. With his men cowed by the preacher's gunfighting skills, Ross hires a professional gunfighter to kill him.
Differences from novel
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- Marjoe Gortner as Ernie Parsons
- Slim Pickens as Billy One-Eye
- David Huddleston as Mr. Ross
- Geoffrey Lewis as Jason McCoy
- Estelle Parsons as Sadie Underwood
- Pamela Sue Martin as Sally Underwood
- Jeff Corey as Head of Posse
- Karl Swenson as Adams
- Jon Lormer as Luther
- Robert Phillips as Tom Underwood
- Larry Ward as Max
- Joan Goodfellow as Dixie
- p.221 Terrace, Vincent Experimental Television, Test Films, Pilots, and Trial Series, 1925 through 1995: Seven Decades of Small Screen Almosts McFarland, 1997