The Good Guys and the Bad Guys

Synopsis: Marshal Flagg, an aging lawman about to be retired, hears that his old nemesis, the outlaw McKaye, is back in the area and planning a robbery. Riding out to hunt down McKaye, Flagg is captured by McKaye's gang and finds out that McKaye is no longer the leader of the gang, but is considered just an aging relic by the new leader, a youngster named Waco. Waco orders Mackaye to shoot Flagg, and when Mackaye refuses Waco abandons both of them. Flagg then takes Mackaye back to town only to find out that he has been "retired", and when he sees how clueless and incompetent the new marshal and the city fathers are, he persuades Mackaye that it is up to the two of them to stop Waco and his gang from ravaging the town.
Genre: Comedy, Western
Director(s): Burt Kennedy
Production: Warner Bros.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

Right you are, Mrs. Peters.

It's a civic disgrace. The work of the devil.

Don't worry, Ed.

The house will be open right after election.

Good. Good. Good.

Oh, good.

Come on, Howard.

So long, Charley.

Dirty thing.

Take your hands off me!

Bye. No hard feelings anymore.



This is for you, Jim, for being

the nicest marshal we've ever known.

All right, girls, let's hear it for the marshal.

- Hip, hip, hooray! Hip, hip, hooray!

- Hip, hip, hooray! Hip, hip, hooray!

- Hip, hip, hooray!

- Hip, hip, hooray!

Well, back to the office.

Public servant's work is never done.

- Mayor.

- Yes?

Oh, Flagg. Good morning.

Gonna need about 20 men.

Volunteers for a posse.

- Posse? Did you say posse, Jim Boy?

- That's right.

You have them

bring their guns and ammunition,

meet me over at the courthouse,

and I'll get them sworn in and we'II...

Wait a minute, Jim. Now wait.

What is all this posse talk?

You know that train that's due Saturday

with the money for the new bank?

- Yes.

- Well, I think there's gonna be a holdup.

- Holdup?

- That's impossible.

John McKay has been seen in the territory.

And who the hell is John McKay?

Who the hell is John McKay?

For your information,

Mayor Wilker and Deputy Boyle,

John McKay is one of the most wanted

outlaws in the country.

Oh, you mean Big John McKay,

that old-time train robber.

- That's right.

- Sure, I remember now.

I read about him in the pulp books.

He used to be pretty famous

around the time

the James boys was cutting up.

The James boys?

Ye gods, that's over 20 years ago!

Yeah, but wasn't he killed,

somewhere down in Texas?

Well, if he was,

I wouldn't be standing here

saying he's planning a holdup,

now would I, Mr. Boyle?

Yeah, but the book said that...

I don't give a damn what the book said,

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Ronald M. Cohen

Ronald M. Cohen (December 23, 1939, Chicago, Illinois – April 21, 1998, Los Angeles, California) was a US American screen writer and film producer. His screenwriting career started in the 1960s and he studied Film at New York University. His screenwriting career encompassed Blue (1968 film), the 1977 film Twilight's Last Gleaming and the 1984 TV series Call to Glory. In 1977 he wrote a script for the movie adaption of Lothar-Günther Buchheims novel Das Boot, but it was rejected by Buchheim. For his screenwriting for the Series American Dream he was nominated for an Emmy in 1981. His last finished work was the screenwriting for the successful 1997 TV film Last Stand at Saber River starring Tom Selleck. He was in a relationship with actress Julie Adams. more…

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