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The Traveling Executioner (1970)

Stacy Keach is electrifying as Jonas Candide, an ex-Carny who in 1918 travels around the bayou with a portable electric chair. At $100 a head, he renders his services with loving care. But then he falls for a female "client".

Director:

Jack Smight

Writer:

Garrie Bateson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stacy Keach ... Jonas Candide
Marianna Hill ... Gundred Herzallerliebst (as Mariana Hill)
Bud Cort ... Jimmy
Graham Jarvis ... Doc Prittle
James Sloyan ... Piquant (as James J. Sloyan)
M. Emmet Walsh ... Warden Brodski
John Bottoms John Bottoms ... Lawyer
Ford Rainey ... Stanley Mae
James Greene ... Gravey Combs
Sam Reese Sam Reese ... Priest (as Sammy Reese)
Stefan Gierasch ... Willy Herzallerliebst
Logan Ramsey ... La Follette
Charles Tyner ... Virgil
William Mims William Mims ... Lynn
Val Avery ... Jake
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Stacy Keach is electrifying as Jonas Candide, an ex-Carny who in 1918 travels around the bayou with a portable electric chair. At $100 a head, he renders his services with loving care. But then he falls for a female "client".

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1918. The year this man traveled the South with a portable electric chair.

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Comedy | Drama | Western

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bödeln See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dyan Cannon was originally announced for the female lead. See more »

Goofs

An important plot point is the existence of a portable electric chair which makes the career of "traveling executioner" possible. Unfortunately, as shown in the movie, it can't work. To perform an execution Keach "starts" a big electric generator in his horse-drawn van. But the generator has no power source! At the time the story takes place the internal combustion engine was new and rudimentary. The only transportable source of mechanical power was the steam engine. There were no diesel powered generators. Of course a steam engine large enough to produce the necessary mechanical power to turn the electric generator would have been almost as large as the van and would have required hours to build up enough steam to do the job. Also, a substantial amount of coal to make the steam would be needed. In any case, no motive power is shown and this explains why there were likely no traveling electrocutionists. Why a remote prison would not simply hang convicted criminals is likewise not explained. See more »

Connections

Edited into The Lost Empire (1984) See more »

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It was released on video in UK...
19 September 2008 | by mark-lonsdale-1See all my reviews

This film was released in the UK on video as I have a copy I bought from a video seller many years ago. It is a rare film though as I'd never seen a copy for sale before and only isolated copies on amazon since, selling for something ridiculous like £85! It's an interesting film, with good music, but like a lot of the science fiction films from around this era, overall it just doesn't quite work. Would never get made now though - and certainly not like this, so perhaps I should be glad it got made at all. Keach very good in the central role. After all your good reviews, I'll give it another look. If anyone would like a copy of the film email me and maybe I could sort one out for you. mark.lonsdale@ntlworld.com


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