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Release Date:
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:
Edited into The Lost Empire (1984)See more »


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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Underrated gem of 1970, 23 June 2004
Author: shepardjessica from sparks, nevada

This hard-to-find cool little film starring Stacy Keach is really special. A great performance by Keach (along with other early films of his, such as The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Fat City, Judge Roy Bean, Brewster McCloud, and The Dion Brothers) and a fascinating study of this quirky traveling man who pushed his luck. Why is this not on video or DVD?

Before Keach became a Hollywood hack (with the exception of Long Riders) he made a series of films that showed the tremendous promise he had on stage. After the TV show Caribe he seemed to slide into obscurity except for Mike Hammer. This is a charming film that slipped under the radar in 1970 and is well worth your time. An 8 out of 10.

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