There Was a Crooked Man...

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Released 1970

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Director:
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Released:
1970
Rating:
R

In the 1880s, Paris Pitman Jr., a double-dyed villain who is a whole lot less charming than he seems, is sent to prison. But Paris knows where a very great deal of (stolen) money is hidden, and is determined to get out so he can spend it. The virtuous Warden Lopeman wants to reform him - but will he become the latest sucker to be taken in by this crooked man?

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    Kirk Douglas

    Kirk Douglas

    Paris Pitman Jr.

    Henry Fonda

    Henry Fonda

    Warden Woodward Lopeman

    Burgess Meredith

    Burgess Meredith

    The Missouri Kid

    Warren Oates

    Warren Oates

    Floyd Moon

    Hume Cronyn

    Hume Cronyn

    Dudley Whinner

    John Randolph

    John Randolph

    Cyrus McNutt

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      • Joseph L. Mankiewicz spent many months in the first half of 1969 filming this elaborate western, mostly on desert locations. His director's cut of the film was all of 165 minutes long, greatly to the horror of Warner Brothers, who had strong doubts about the film's commercial viability in any case. The re-editing of the film was taken from his hands, and the film had no commercial showings until late 1970 - rather curiously, it was shown in Great Britain about two months ahead of its American opening. The re-cut version was 126 minutes long, with almost all Lee Grant's scenes as a frontier widow being deleted. Warners' fears about the film came to pass - it was a big box-office flop.

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