The Over-the-Hill Gang (October 7, 1969)

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The Over-the-Hill Gang
 

Released on October 7, 1969: Four retired Texas Rangers who cannot see, shoot or ride very well, run a gang of outlaws out of town.

Directed by Jean Yarbrough

The Actors: Walter Brennan (Nash Crawford), Edgar Buchanan (Jason Fitch), Andy Devine (Judge Amos Polk), Jack Elam (Sheriff Clyde Barnes), Gypsy Rose Lee (Cassie), Kristin Harmon (Hannah Rose), Ricky Nelson (Jeff Rose), Pat O'Brien (Captain Oren Hayes), Chill Wills (Gentleman George Agnew), Edward Andrews (Mayor Nard Lundy), Dennis Cross (Sheriff), Rex Holman (Deputy Dolby), Lillian Bronson (Mrs. Louise Murphy), Myron Healey (Deputy Tucker), Bruce Glover (Deputy Steel), Don Wilbanks (Big Red Connors), Robert F. Hoy (Frank Mace), Bob Herron (Lafe Jordan), Allen Pinson (deputy), Almira Sessions (Mrs. Fletcher), Burt Mustin (old man delivering telegram to Edgar Buchanan), Maggie Peterson (Ellie, Crawford's daughter), Harry Swoger (Mac), William 'Billy' Benedict (Joe, telegraph operator), Robert Karnes (Sheriff), Guy Wilkerson (Henry), Larry Michaels (Nash's grandson), Harlen Carraher (Nash's grandson), William Smith (Amos), Victor Izay (townsman).

 

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Henry Ford once said, "If you believe that you can do something, or if you believe that you cannot do something . . . either way, you are correct." He once tasked his auto engineers to create an engine with eight cylinders, and after a year of trying, they told their boss that it could not be done - it was impossible to engineer such an engine. The laws of physics would not permit it. They could not do what science told them was technically not possible. Henry Ford scratched his head a bit, and told them to spend another year trying, and see what might happen. Of course, they discovered that there was a way to create that engine. Someone recently said something that made me stop and think . . . I am not sure yet if it is always true, but I am testing it out to discover whether it is a new-to-me 'truth' that I should understand.

"Reality is not that you are weak, and dream of becoming strong, poor, and dream of becoming rich, or alone, and dream of having friends. Reality is that you are already strong, rich, and among friends. You merely dream that you are not."

Wow, I like that. I need to ponder on it a bit yet, but I like it. In this wonderful movie we have four old, retired Texas Rangers. Four of the best gun fighters of the old west who blazed their way through outlaw gangs and brought justice to the cowboy west. They are needed once again to clean out the gangsters that are running a small town in Nevada, but they may not be up to the job. They seem to be weak, almost blind, unable to shoot straight, and not physically able to get the job done as they had in the past. What is their reality? Are they too weak to run the outlaws out of town? Are they too blind to see how to beat the young sharp shooters? Are they too old to stand up to the young pups that are controlling the town today? "Hah", I say. And a double "Hah," I tell you!

Reality is that they are strong enough, smart enough, cunning enough, and willing enough to meet the baddest men of the west in a final shoot-out at Cassie's Corral. Well, Cassie's saloon, not actually a corral. And did I mention that these old Texas Rangers are some of the legends of acting from the golden age of movies? And did I mention that Cassie is played by the famous Gypsy Rose Lee herself? You've seen the movies about Gypsy Rose Lee, but have never seen her in live action? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter because you have a big, wild, funny and exciting western adventure ahead of you!

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Edward Andrews, 1969Edward Andrews and Jack Elam
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Gypsy Rose LeeGypsy Rose Lee, 1969
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Walter BrennanWalter Brennan, 1969
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