There Was a Crooked Man… (1970)



Once upon a time, there was a crooked man. When he was good, he was very, very good. And when he was bad, it was murder…

Charm, intelligence and success in criminal career doesn\’t prevent Paris Pitman Jr. to start doing ten years in prison, in the middle of the Arizona desert. However, those years should pass quickly because of a $500,000 loot previously stashed away. New idealistic warden would only make Pitman think of getting his fortune even sooner. He starts to manipulate everyone to achieve his goal.

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Dragan Antulov <[email protected]>

Killer Pitman is sent to prison in the middle of the Arizona desert. He begins to manipulate everyone to achieve his goal : escape (he got a $ 500,000 loot buried out somewhere).

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Genre: Action,Comedy,Drama,Western

There Was a Crooked Man… (1970)
Release Date: 25 December 1970 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Kirk Douglas
  • Henry Fonda
  • Hume Cronyn
  • Warren Oates
  • Burgess Meredith
  • John Randolph
  • Lee Grant
  • Arthur O'Connell
  • Martin Gabel
  • Michael Blodgett
  • C.K. Yang
  • Alan Hale Jr.
  • Victor French
  • Claudia McNeil
  • Bert Freed

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14 Responses to There Was a Crooked Man… (1970)

  1. frankwhat

    Is Wayne Lomax the man whose money is stolen in the beginning? I heard them say "Wayne" to him so I’m assuming that’s it. It’s also the character that recognizes Pitman in the brothel through the peephole.

    His character isn’t listed on the page (at least not labeled) and I was just wondering if anybody knew who he was? Thanks!

  2. jeffyoung1

    Every body remembers the prison riot scene at the movie’s end. The female visitor character, Miss Brundidge, played by statuesque, red-head, Barbara Rhoades, is slowly undressed throughout the riot. The last we see of her she’s partially undressed and running crazily around the prison floor being jostled by the inmates.

    I believe there are missing or deleted scenes where the inmmates completely disrobed Barbara Rhoades. Several years ago in one of those female celebrity nudes magazines I came across a photo of Barbara Rhoades purportedly lifted from this movie, "There Was A Crooked Man". The photo depicts the Miss Brundidge character fleeing out of the prison into the desert, completely naked. It did look convincing to me. My question is, what happened to this risque scene? I may have answered this question myself. For 1970 it was so racy that it had to be deleted. But I never came across any mention of this deleted scene in the VHS or the DVD movie versions.

    Has anyone else come across the same information?

  3. TheArchAndroid

    and I am amazed at the lack of posts about this movie.

    Last movie Seen

    Ther Was A Crooked Man 9/10

    The Professional 8/10

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  4. zawora

    What became of the Lt Governor and also the school teacher ?

  5. pinmv

    I originally saw this back in the 70s, my brother liked it and I watched it with him a few times. I watched it again and again over the years when caught on cable.

    How did I never ever get, until now, the homosexual overtones? Did my brother? I’m afraid to ask! I never got that at ALL, not the come-ons, not the beatings and why etc.

    Amazing, kids truly don’t get subtle things like that (well, we didn’t when I was about 10, who knows what kids understand now!)

    Amazing….(p.s. I’m female, perhaps I would have gotten it if I’d been a guy)

  6. mfan0825

    i read that Mr. Douglas shows his butt and his testicles in here. please tell me that is not true. if it is, I respect Kirk for being so brave to do that.

  7. porsche1974-1

    Is there an alternate ending out there?

    Thanks in advance.

  8. wtl471629

    It starts at 8 P.M. EST! Please be sure to double check your local tv guide for the time in your area. It is a very good movie and Kirk Douglas and Henry Fonda are great together plus it has a great supporting class. If you miss it be sure to check your local tv guide because this channel is showing this movie several times in September. Enjoy!

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  10. smrfldemployee

    Does anyone know if there are any plans to release this on DVD?

  11. Oliver-50

    Here’s another greaat Warner Bros film that deserves the DVD treatment. I’m not sure why this isn’t more popular – Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda, Warren Oates – what a terrific cast!

  12. bullit2513

    So let’s say LeGoff wasn’t killed in the riot, and his plan worked out to split off with Pitman and share the $500,000. I’m assuming Paris would have double-crossed him somehow so he wouldn’t have to share his loot.

    How do you think he would have done it? I think Paris would have let LeGoff reach into the pit with the snakes and let the rattlers do his job for him. Or does anyone disagree and think Paris would have kept his word?

    "Congratulations, Major. It appears that at last you have found yourself a real war." Ben Tyreen

  13. johnyzero_2000

    Who was the actress who played the black cook at the beginning? She was only in the movie for a few minutes but she stole the show COLD with the line, "You ain’t gonna get yo’ ass shot off for no white man’s money!"

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