Legends of Western Cinema Week – The Over The Hill Gang (1969)


This is part of the Legends of Western Cinema Week Blog Celebration being hosted by Hamlette of Hamlette’s Soliloquy, Heidi of Along the Brandywine, and Olivia of Meanwhile, in Rivendell

Tnx for letting me partake Ladies, this was sooo much fun!

“No Ranger retires perpendicularly. ” – Nash Crawford

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A group of former Texas Rangers band together to help the son-in-law of one of them who wishes to run for mayor in a corrupt town.

My Take on it – Intriguing idea that comes across in a boring and bland way.

The cast of this film is great with Walter Brennan, Chill Wills, Pat O’Brien, Andy Devine and Jack Elam all giving nice performances given their prominent history in the western genre over the decades.

The problem with this film is the believaibility of everything that transpires and that drags things down too much.

The choice to give a comic perspective on this situation helps and hinders the story tho.

It helps it because it’s far too hard to take these characters so seriously in all that they aspire to do.

It hinders it tho because it could have been so much more powerful if this had been a straight drama.

This movie was intended to be a pilot for a TV show that never happened and I can unfortunately understand why executives wouldn’t think that viewers would be interested in watching this kind of story line week after week despite having such a powerful cast.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This film and its sequel, The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again (1970), were both intended to be pilots for ABC series, but neither was picked up. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)

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