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23 June 1972 (France) See more »
1918. The year this man traveled the South with a portable electric chair.
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". | Add synopsis »
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Stacy Keach ... Jonas Candide

Marianna Hill ... Gundred Herzallerliebst

Bud Cort ... Jimmy

Graham Jarvis ... Doc Prittle

James Sloyan ... Piquant (as James J. Sloyan)

M. Emmet Walsh ... Warden Brodski
John Bottoms ... Lawyer

Ford Rainey ... Stanley Mae

James Greene ... Gravey Combs
Sam Reese ... Priest (as Sammy Reese)

Stefan Gierasch ... Willy Herzallerliebst

Logan Ramsey ... La Follette

Charles Tyner ... Virgil
William Mims ... Lynn

Val Avery ... Jake

Walter Barnes ... Sheriff
Charlie Briggs ... Zak
Paul Gauntt ... Jeremy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claire Brennen ... Woman Passerby (uncredited)
Martine Fraser ... 2nd Child (uncredited)
Tony Fraser ... 1st Child (uncredited)

Scottie MacGregor ... Alice Thorn (uncredited)
Pat Patterson ... Roscoe (uncredited)
Lorna Thayer ... Madam (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Smight 
Writing credits
Garrie Bateson (written by)

Produced by
Jack Smight .... producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Philip H. Lathrop (director of photography) (as Philip Lathrop)
Film Editing by
Neil Travis 
Art Direction by
Edward C. Carfagno  (as Edward Carfagno)
George W. Davis 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton 
F. Keogh Gleason  (as Keogh Gleason)
Makeup Department
Jan Van Uchelen .... hair stylist
Fred Williams .... makeup artist
Production Management
Harry F. Hogan .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Daves .... first assistant director
Art Department
Mentor Huebner .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jerry Jost .... sound
Hal Watkins .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Duke Callaghan .... camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff King .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Ray Brown .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Buddy Collette .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Gus Levene .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Michael Melvoin .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Dominic Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Der reisende Henker" - West Germany
"Kuoleman lähetti" - Finland
"La balade du bourreau" - France (imdb display title)
"Le bourreau" - France (video title)
"O Fim de um Carrasco" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Periodevon dimios" - Greece (video title)
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95 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Iceland:12 | Norway:18 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video) | USA:R (certificate #22535)

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Dyan Cannon was originally announced for the female lead.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013)See more »


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The Lord giveth…, 17 May 2017
Author: Alex da Silva from United Kingdom

…and the Lord taketh away. Stacy Keach (Jonas) is the good-natured psychopath who travels around America in his van performing an usual ceremony. He's the travelling executioner and transports his own electric chair around with him to each gig. He straps in the victim, provides a kindly speech and then flicks the switch. Then, it's a big meal and on to the next appointment. One day, it's a woman who is due to die and this seriously upsets Keach's routine. He likes her. Can he save her?

This is a dark comedy. The music is comedy music, Keach's performance keeps you smiling and there are funny episodes. One example is the scene where Keach procures a van load of prostitutes to hire out to inmates so that he can raise some money for a ludicrous plan to bring the condemned Mariana Hill (Gundred) back to life after the event. Doctor Graham Jarvis (Brittle) is the doctor who Keach is relying on for this experiment that works with rats.

Out of the cast, other than Keach, the standout performance is by sadistic warden James Sloyan (Piquant). He is the blueprint for the character in "The Green Mile" (1999) – you'll know the one I mean. There are two things to take from this film. Firstly, women are trouble. Secondly, if anyone starts talking about the Field of Ambrosia to you, get out of there fast!

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