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.
From the same director
Robert Mitchum (Flagg), George Kennedy (McKay), Martin Balsam (Mayor Wilker), David Carradine (Waco), Tina Louise (Carmel), Douglas Fowley (Grundy (as Douglas V. Fowley)), Lois Nettleton (Mary), John Davis Chandler (Deuce), John Carradine (Ticker), Marie Windsor (Polly), Dick Peabody (Boyle), Kathleen Freeman (Mrs. Stone - Mother), Jimmy Murphy (Buckshot), Garrett Lewis (Hawkins), Nick Dennis (Engineer #2), Dorothy Adams (Mrs. Pierce (uncredited)), Robert Anderson (Jed (uncredited)), Jimmie Booth (Wagon Driver (uncredited)), Nick Borgani (Townsman (uncredited)), Danny Borzage (Accordionist (uncredited)), Paul Bradley (Barfly (uncredited)), Thordis Brandt (Babe (uncredited)), David Cargo (David Cargo - Reporter (uncredited)), Dee Carroll (Minor Role (voice) (uncredited)), David S. Cass Sr. (Tuber (uncredited))...
Burt Kennedy during the late 1960s seemed to take over the western genre with a cluster of good comedic films using some of Hollywood's best. but aging male stars. The Good Guys and the Bad Guys is a prime example of his work which never disappoints.
Robert Mitchum as an aging and then ex-Marshal and George Kennedy,an outlaw adversary of Mitchum's from the old days join forces to outwit and capture a gang of young punks that the aging Kennedy has been riding with. Since they're on the screen for most of the story together, the chemistry has to be perfect with them for the picture to work and it is.
Some Hollywood veterans also round out the cast. Marie Windsor for once is a good girl as a saloon owner with a heart of gold. Douglas Fowley plays a grizzled old timer in the best Gabby Hayes tradition. They stand out as does David Carradine as the leader of the young outlaws.
However in the scenes he's in, Martin Balsam as the town mayor steals the film. He had to be the model that Mel Brooks used for Harvey Korman's portrayal of Hedley Lamarr in Blazing Saddles.
And in the best 50s western tradition we have Glenn Yarborough singing intermittently The Ballad of Marshal Flagg in the great tradition of Frankie Laine. Personally though Yarborough does a good job, I think they should have utilized Robert Mitchum for that also.
The then Governor of New Mexico, David Cargo, makes a bit appearance at the end of the film as a reporter. Cargo, tried very hard to get the Hollywood Studios to use New Mexico for filming. I suppose this bit was one of the perks of office.
It's rollicking good entertainment, Burt Kennedy at his best.
De man die de wet stelt (Belgium (Flemish title) (poster title)) • Un homme fait la loi (Belgium (French title) (poster title); France) • Basta, Eu Sou a Lei (Brazil) • The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (Canada (English title)) • De gode og de skrappe drenge (Denmark) • Un hombre impone la ley (Spain) • Hyvät kaverit ja pahat kaverit (Finland) • Oi kaloi kai ta katharmata (Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)) • Jó fiúk, rossz fiúk (Hungary) • Il grande giorno di Jim Flagg (Italy)
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