Monday, March 8, 2010

Monday Oaters - The Over- the-Hill Gang (1969)

"We're putting the band back together!"

Well, Ok, Kiddies, I admit it, neither Jake nor Elwood are anywhere to be found in this movie, but it does have a lot of that reunion spirit. And a whole bunch of great western stars getting together for one last rodeo. The Over-the-Hill Gang  features Walter Brennan, Pat O'Brien, Chill Wills, Edgar Buchanan, Andy Devine, and Jack Elam plus a whole host of other familiar and perhaps not so familiar names and faces in the story of a group of former Texas Rangers who gather once again when their former Captain calls for help. His son-in-law is running for mayor in a small western town that has been run for too long by a corrupt mayor and his paid-off sheriff and judge, and the rangers are determined to make sure not only that the election is fair, but that the evil-doers are run out of town.

This was shot as a made-for-TV movie in 1969, and there was actually a sequel made the next year. At one point, ABC was considering the idea for a series, but that never came to pass. It's basically a pretty light adventure, but an entertaining way to spend 70 minutes with some aging stars proving not only their characters, but the actors themselves, still have the chops to get the job done.

Since it was made for TV, there's not a true trailer for this feature, but I thought I'd share with you this short promo which spotlights this and other flicks made that year for ABC's Movie of the Week:

Now, the Skinny:
Title: The Over-the-Hill Gang
Release Date: 1969
Running Time: 75min
Starring: Walter Brennan and Pat O'Brien
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Produced by: Shelly Hull
Distribution Co.: ABC

The Over-the-Hill Gang is available to watch or download for free here.
It's available (along with the sequel) on DVD from Amazon: The Over The Hill Gang / The Over The Hill Gang Rides Again [Slim Case].
And Netflix has it available for rental: The Over-the-Hill Gang.

Until next time, Happy Treasure Hunting,
-Professor Damian


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