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A Covenant with Death (1967)

A convicted murderer kills his hangman. Then it is discovered that he actually didn't commit the murder he was convicted for.

Director:

Lamont Johnson

Writers:

Stephen Becker (novel), Saul Levitt | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Maharis ... Ben Lewis
Laura Devon ... Rosemary
Katy Jurado ... Eulalia Lewis
Earl Holliman ... Brian Talbot
Arthur O'Connell ... Judge Hockstadter
Sidney Blackmer ... Col. Oates
Gene Hackman ... Harmsworth
John Anderson ... Dietrich
Wende Wagner ... Rafaela Montemayor
Emilio Fernández ... Igancio
Kent Smith ... Parmalee
Lonny Chapman ... Musgrave
Jose De Vega ... Digby
Larry D. Mann ... Chillingworth
Whit Bissell ... Bruce Donnelly
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Storyline

A handsome Latino judge in a USA border town in the 1920s navigates two different cultures, not quite fitting into either, while trying to woo two different women in unconventional ways for either culture, to oversee an execution and, later, to officiate a murder trial.

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The line between lust and love and murder is sometimes as fragile as Louise Talbot's lovely neck. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 January 1969 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Un pacto con la muerte See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In conversation, a town member talks about the "Blackfeet" native Americans. Digby (Jose de Vega) corrects him indicating that Blackfoot is both singular and plural. However, several sources approve either Blackfoot or Blackfeet as plural, q.v. official web site for the Blackfeet Nation. See more »

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An overlooked gem of a film
5 October 2012 | by Tony RomeSee all my reviews

Thanks to Warner Archive for releasing this film on DVD this past September. It would appear that this film was an attempt to make a major film star out of TV actor George Maharis. His performance as the young, inexperienced judge was very well executed. Earl Holliman shines as the convicted suspect. This is film is noteworthy for an early performance by Gene Hackman as a police officer. His performances echos what would soon come later, in his role as Popye Doyle in "The French Connection," The romance portion of the film may be predictable, but overall the acting is well done, and the photography is great. The best selling novel "A Covenant with Death," by Stephen Becker is given fair treatment in this adaptation. I would defiantly recommend this film ***


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