There Was a Crooked Man ... (1970)

126 mins | Western, Comedy | 1970

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HISTORY

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Copyright length: 122 min. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam asst
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Men's ward
Women's ward
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Asst to the prod
Prod supv
Scr supv
Loc coordinator
Prop master
Constr coordinator
Stunt coordinator
Main titles
SOURCES
SONGS
"There Was A Crooked Man," music and lyrics by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams.
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 25 December 1970
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures
Copyright Date:
18 September 1970
Copyright Number:
LP42629
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
126
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

In 1883 Paris Pitman, the sole survivor of a $500,000 robbery staged by his gang, hides the money in a nest of rattlesnakes. While waiting for the robbery to be forgotten, Pitman is apprehended in a brothel by the diligent Sheriff Lopeman and is sent to an Arizona prison. Pitman reveals to the inmates of the prison that only he knows the location of the stolen money. Warden Le Goff summons Pitman to his office and offers to let him escape in exchange for half of the money, and Pitman agrees to the plan, but the warden is murdered by Ah-Ping, a Chinese prisoner, before their scheme can be carried out. Sheriff Lopeman is appointed the new warden, and with Pitman's help, conditions in the prison improve greatly. When Lopeman invites the governor for a tour of the prison, Pitman decides to escape. He allows three of the prisoners to be killed, and he himself kills Ah-Ping and Floyd Moon, a dim-witted gunfighter, before he makes good his escape. Lopeman, who had trusted Pitman, angrily takes pursuit. At the snakepit, Pitman unearths the money, but one of the rattlesnakes bites him on the throat and kills him. Lopeman then arrives and, following Pitman's ethics, takes the $500,000 and sets out for ... +


In 1883 Paris Pitman, the sole survivor of a $500,000 robbery staged by his gang, hides the money in a nest of rattlesnakes. While waiting for the robbery to be forgotten, Pitman is apprehended in a brothel by the diligent Sheriff Lopeman and is sent to an Arizona prison. Pitman reveals to the inmates of the prison that only he knows the location of the stolen money. Warden Le Goff summons Pitman to his office and offers to let him escape in exchange for half of the money, and Pitman agrees to the plan, but the warden is murdered by Ah-Ping, a Chinese prisoner, before their scheme can be carried out. Sheriff Lopeman is appointed the new warden, and with Pitman's help, conditions in the prison improve greatly. When Lopeman invites the governor for a tour of the prison, Pitman decides to escape. He allows three of the prisoners to be killed, and he himself kills Ah-Ping and Floyd Moon, a dim-witted gunfighter, before he makes good his escape. Lopeman, who had trusted Pitman, angrily takes pursuit. At the snakepit, Pitman unearths the money, but one of the rattlesnakes bites him on the throat and kills him. Lopeman then arrives and, following Pitman's ethics, takes the $500,000 and sets out for Mexico. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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