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Scandalous John (1971)

A crotchety old ranch owner fights to be able to live his life the way he wants to, and not the way other people--and the law--tell him he has to.

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Robert Butler

Writers:

Bill Walsh (screenplay), Don DaGradi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Keith ... John McCanless
Alfonso Arau ... Paco
Michele Carey ... Amanda McCanless
Rick Lenz ... Jimmy Whittaker
Harry Morgan ... Sheriff Pippin
Simon Oakland ... Barton Whittaker
Bill Williams ... Sheriff Hart
Christopher Dark Christopher Dark ... Card Dealer
Fran Ryan ... Farm Woman
Bruce Glover ... Sludge
Richard Hale ... Old Indian
Jimmy Lydon ... Grotch (as James Lydon)
John Ritter ... Wendell
Iris Adrian ... Mavis
Larry D. Mann ... Bartender
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A crotchety old ranch owner fights to be able to live his life the way he wants to, and not the way other people--and the law--tell him he has to.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cowboy John See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This western movie is a re-working of Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra's Don Quixote legend (The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha) transferred to an American western setting. See more »

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Men's Store Clerk: It's not perfume it's lilac tweed a man's cologne.
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Pastures Green
Written and Performed by Rod McKuen
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His one cow herd
27 November 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I can certainly see what attracted Brian Keith to the part of John McCanless in Scandalous John. It's a great chance to chew several furniture factories of scenery and not be accused of overacting. It's an actor's dream.

Scandalous John is the story of a man who has completely retreated into the legends of the old west of which his family played a part. He's only got granddaughter Michele Carey to bring him back to reality every once and a while.

This modern day Don Quixote finds his Sancho Panza in Alfonso Arrau an illegal alien who wanders on to Keith's ranch. After Carey saves Arrau from a promiscuous shooting Keith, the two become fast friends as Arrau kind of goes with the flow of Keith's delusions.

There's a great where Keith says that they're going on a cattle drive, only his 'herd' consists of one scraggly longhorn. Seeing the two of them driving this one longhorn to market is really a bit much.

There's a bit of Romeo and Juliet in the plot as well as Don Quixote as Carey falls for Rick Lenz who is the son of Simon Oakland who is trying to take over Keith's spread one way or another.

There's a bittersweet ending to this film which I won't reveal, but Scandalous John is recommended for fans of Brian Keith and people who love outrageous overacting.


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