Over-the-Hill Gang, The (1969)
Front Cover Actor
Pat O'Brien Captain Oren Hayes
Walter Brennan Nash Crawford
Chill Wills Gentleman George Agnew
Edgar Buchanan Jason Fitch
Gypsy Rose Lee Cassie
Andy Devine Judge Amos Polk
Jack Elam Sheriff Clyde Barnes
Edward Andrews Mayor Nard Lundy
Ricky Nelson Jeff Rose
Kristin Harmon Hannah Rose (as Kristen Nelson)
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Western
Director Jean Yarbrough
Producer Shelley Hull; Aaron Spelling
Writer Jameson Brewer
Studio Bci / Eclipse
Language English
Audience Rating NR
Running Time 1 hr 15 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
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. — Bruce Eder
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Index 1137
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 3/9/04
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Owner NF
Links IMDB
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Folder 009
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.33:1
UPC 787364408696
Chapters
Release Date 2001
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color