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The Good Guys and the Bad Guys

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A movie directed by Burt Kennedy

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Director: Burt Kennedy
Genre: Comedy, Western
Release Date: 3 November 1969 (Sweden)
1 review about The Good Guys and the Bad Guys

A "keystone cop" type of western

  • Mar 28, 2011
It is hard for some people in this film to distinguish the good people from the bad. The film is filled with humor, as well as lots of shooting. In fact, the comedian Buddy Hacket appears for about a minute without getting his name mentioned among the credits, and John Carradine, who usually plays a fearsome man, has a long comedy part.

It is around 1900. There are many cars on the street of this western small town. Robert Mitchum has been the town marshal for twenty years. He is approaching old age. He hears that an older acquaintance of his, George Kennedy, a train robber, is coming to town with his gang to rob the train. Mitchum tries to persuade the mayor to allow him to form a posse, but the mayor is more interested in the election, coming up in two weeks, and doesn't want to rile up the citizens. (This comes second to his interest in sleeping with the wife of another man.) The mayor protects himself against Mitchum's protestations by retiring him. Undaunted, Mitchum decides to go after the man himself. He captures Kennedy, but the mayor doesn't want a disturbance and doesn't want him placed in jail. Mitchum brings him to his place and Kennedy is surprised to find that there is a toilet indoors.

The gang comes to town and one of them shoots Mitchum's friend in the back. Mitchum is now more determined than ever to stop the gang and their robbery. The problem is that he is one oldish man against a gang of young men. Kennedy is outraged by the back shooting and agrees to join Mitchum in stopping the gang. They decide to board the speeding train and force its driver to drive through the town without stopping so that the gang will not be able to rob it. Or, so they think.

Viewers will enjoy the almost "keystone cop" antics on the train by conductors who think Mitchum and Kennedy are robbers (Carradine is one of them) and the chase by the town people after the train, led on by the mayor who sees an opportunity to gain good publicity. Will the overly-honest Mitchum consider Kennedy a good guy now since he helped him and most likely saved his life?

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