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The Over the Hill Gang

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Director  Jean Yarbrough
Music director  Hugo Friedhofer
Language  English
6/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Western
Country  US
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Writer  Jameson Brewer, Leonard Goldberg
Release date  October 7, 1969
Sequel  The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again
Cast  Walter Brennan (Nash Crawford), Edgar Buchanan (Jason Fitch), Andy Devine (Judge Amos Polk), Jack Elam (Sheriff Clyde Barnes), Gypsy Rose Lee (Cassie), Kristin Harmon (Hannah Rose (as Kris Nelson))
Similar movies  The Texas Rangers, Gangsters of the Frontier, Texas Lawmen

The Over-the-Hill Gang is a 1969 TV-movie Western comedy about aging Texas Rangers starring Walter Brennan and Pat O'Brien. Chill Wills, Edgar Buchanan, Andy Devine, and Jack Elam play supporting roles. The film was written by Richard Carr and directed by Jean Yarbrough.


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The plot concerns a young newspaper editor who is conducting a campaign to unseat the town's "tinhorn mayor." The mayor is backed by a "gun-happy sheriff" and a "whiskey-soaked judge." The editor's campaign receives a boost when he is joined by a former Texas Ranger and "three of the fightin'-est straight shooters around."

The movie premiered on October 7, 1969, as the ABC Movie of the Week.

A sequel called The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again was produced the following year, with Brennan, Wills, Buchanan, Devine, and Burt Mustin reprising their roles while Fred Astaire replaced O'Brien as the second lead. Both movies doubled as a pilot for a projected weekly series, but ABC ultimately passed on the idea.

In 1971, George Allen became the head coach of the Washington Redskins and he began to acquire many veteran players to bolster the team's depleted roster. In reference to this movie, the Redskins were nicknamed, "The Over-the-Hill Gang."


  • Walter Brennan as Nash Crawford
  • Pat O'Brien as Captain Oren Hayes
  • Chill Wills as Gentleman George Asque
  • Edgar Buchanan as Jason Fitch
  • Gypsy Rose Lee as Cassie
  • Andy Devine as Judge Amos Polk
  • Jack Elam as Sheriff Clyde Barnes
  • Edward Andrews as Mayor Nard Lundy
  • Ricky Nelson as Jeff Rose
  • Kristin Harmon as Hannah Rose (as Kristen Nelson)
  • William Smith as Amos
  • Myron Healey as Deputy Tucker
  • Rex Holman as Deputy Dolby
  • Bruce Glover as Deputy Steel
  • Allen Pinson as Deputy
  • Burt Mustin as Old Man
  • Almira Sessions as Mrs. Fletcher
  • Robert Karnes as Sheriff
  • Dennis Cross as Sheriff
  • William 'Billy' Benedict as Joe (Telegrapher)
  • Don Wilbanks as Big Red Connors (Mayor Lundy's New Recruits)
  • Robert F. Hoy as Frank Mace (Mayor Lundy's New Recruits)
  • Bob Herron as Lafe Jordan (Mayor Lundy's New Recruits)
  • Unknown as Little Billy Ford (Mayor Lundy's New Recruits)
  • Unknown as Barton Brother #1(Mayor Lundy's New Recruits)
  • Unknown as Barton Brother #2 (Mayor Lundy's New Recruits)
  • Harlen Carraher as Nash's Grandson
  • Larry Michaels as Nash's Grandson
  • Harry Swoger as Mac (Bartender)
  • Remake

    The main characters appeared nearly 20 years later in 1988 in writer/director Burt Kennedy's Once Upon a Texas Train, with famous Western stars portraying them. Richard Widmark co-stars as Captain Oren Hayes (replacing Pat O'Brien), Chuck Connors as Nash Crawford (originally Walter Brennan's role), Jack Elam as Jason Fitch (initially portrayed by Edgar Buchanan) and Stuart Whitman as Gentleman George Asque (Chill Wills' part). Elam had the distinction of moving from being one of the bad guys in the original to becoming one of the good guys in the semi-remake, which centers around the former Texas Rangers trying to capture an "over-the-hill" outlaw gang led by Willie Nelson.


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