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There Was a Crooked Man

There Was a Crooked Man

Kirk Douglas
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz Cast: Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
, Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
, Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
Joseph L. Mankiewicz


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An offbeat 1970s black-comic Western with an all-star cast, this Joseph L. Mankiewicz film is set in 1883 in Arizona. Paris Pitman, Jr. (Kirk Douglas) is the leader of a band of outlaws that steals $500,000 from a wealthy businessman named Lomax (Arthur O'Connell). The other gang members die in a shootout, but Pitman escapes and hides the loot in women's underwear and drops it into a snake pit. After Lomax recognizes Pitman in a brothel, he is arrested by Sheriff Woodward Lopeman (Henry Fonda). At the territorial prison, Pitman bribes Warden Le Goff (Martin Gabel), offering him a share of the hidden money if he lets him escape. But before the scheme is carried through, the warden is killed by a prisoner. Lopeman becomes the new warden, and he is bent on ridding the prison of corruption. Pitman convinces Lopeman that he will cooperate with the reforms, then he uses the new freedoms given to him to plan an elaborate escape with several other men. The escape is to take place during an inspection by the governor. The screenwriting team for this film was Robert Benton and David Newman, who had penned the brilliant Bonnie and Clyde. ~ Michael Betzold

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/2021
UPC: 0883929741731
Original Release: 1970
Rating: R
Source: Warner Archives
Sales rank: 18,015

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirk Douglas Paris Pitman. Jr.
Henry Fonda Woodward Lopeman
Hume Cronyn Dudley Whinner
Warren Oates Floyd Moon
Burgess Meredith Missouri Kid
Arthur O'Connell Mr. Lomax
Martin Gabel Warden Le Goff
John Randolph Cyrus McNutt
Michael Blodgett Coy Cavendish
Claudia McNeil Madame
Victor French Whiskey
Lee Grant Mrs. Bullard
Jeanne Cooper Prostitute
C.K. Yang Ah-Ping Woo
Bert Freed Skinner
Gene Evans Col. Wolff
Pamela Hensley Edwina
Barbara Rhoades Miss Jessie Brundidge
Bart Burns Actor
Ann Doran Actor
Byron Foulger Actor
Karl Lukas Actor
Larry D. Mann Actor
Paul Newlan Actor
Paul Prokop Actor
Alan Hale Tobaccy
J. Edward McKinley Governor

Technical Credits
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Director,Producer
Lee Adams Songwriter
Joan Barton Special Effects
Robert Benton Original Story,Screenwriter
Edward Carrere Art Director
Roger Creed Stunts
C.O. Erickson Executive Producer
Keogh Gleason Set Decoration/Design
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Gene Milford Editor
David Newman Original Story,Screenwriter
Al Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Charles Strouse Score Composer,Songwriter
Perc Westmore Makeup

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