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The Over-the-Hill Gang

1969

Captain Oren Hayes (Pat O'Brien) of the Texas Rangers takes a break to visit his daughter (Kristin Harmon) in a neighboring town. When he arrives he find's his daughter Hannah's husband Jeff (Ricky Nelson) is running for Mayor against a corrupt town boss, Nard Lundy (Edward Andrews). Lundy has no intention of allowing the free election of the honest Jeff Rose, so he has his henchmen beat them up. Hayes then calls for the help of some his old buddies in the Rangers.



The Over-the-Hill Gang is a 1969 TV-movie Western (genre) comedy about aging Texas Ranger Division starring Walter Brennan and Pat O'Brien (actor). Chill Wills, Edgar Buchanan, Andy Devine, and Jack Elam play supporting roles. The film was written by Richard Carr and directed by Jean Yarbrough.
The plot concerns a young newspaper editor who is conducting a campaign to unseat the town's "tinhorn mayor." The mayor is backed by a "gun-happy sheriff" and a "whiskey-soaked judge." The editor's campaign receives a boost when he is joined by a former Texas Ranger and "three of the fightin'-est straight shooters around."
The movie premiered on October 7, 1969, as the American Broadcasting Company ABC Movie of the Week.< name="TVguide" />
A sequel called The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again was produced the following year, with Brennan, Wills, Buchanan, Devine, and Burt Mustin reprising their roles while Fred Astaire replaced O'Brien as the second lead. Both movies doubled as a Television pilot for a projected weekly series, but American Broadcasting Company ultimately passed on the idea.
In 1971, George Allen became the head coach of the Washington Redskins and he began to acquire many veteran players to bolster the Redskins depleted roster. In erence to this movie, the Redskins were nicknamed, "The Over-the-Hill Gang."

Cast

  • Walter Brennan as Nash Crawford
  • Pat O'Brien (actor) as Captain Oren Hayes
  • Chill Wills as Gentleman George Asque
  • Edgar Buchanan as Jason Fitch
  • Gypsy Rose Lee as Cassie
  • Andy Devine as Judge Amos Polk
  • Jack Elam as Sheriff Clyde Barnes
  • Edward Andrews as Mayor Nard Lundy
  • Ricky Nelson as Jeff Rose
  • Kristin Harmon as Hannah Rose (as Kristen Nelson)
  • William Smith (actor) as Amos
  • Myron Healey as Deputy Tucker
  • Burt Mustin as Old Man
  • Almira Sessions as Mrs. Fletcher
  • Robert Karnes as Sheriff
  • Dennis Cross as Sheriff
  • William 'Billy' Benedict as Joe (Telegrapher)

Remake


The main characters appeared nearly 20 years later in 1988 thanks to writer/director Burt Kennedy as secondary players to an outlaw portrayed by Willie Nelson, with legendary Western (genre) stars portraying them. Richard Widmark co-stars as Captain Oren Hayes, Chuck Connors as Nash Crawford, Jack Elam as Jason Fitch and Stuart Whitman as Gentleman George Asque. Elam had the distinction of being one of the bad guys in the original to becoming one of the good guys in the semi-remake, which centers around the former Texas Rangers trying to capture an "over-the-hill" outlaw List of Old West gangs led by Nelson in Once Upon a Texas Train.



Category:American television films
Category:ABC Movie of the Week
Category:1969 television films
Category:Films directed by Jean Yarbrough
Category:Western (genre) comedy films
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