The Gun and the Pulpit (1974)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Hybrid Western, Religious Drama  |   Release Date - Apr 3, 1974 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 74 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Former evangelist Marjorie Gortner had a brief flurry of activity as an actor in the early 1970s. Gun and the Pulpit was a made-for-TV movie designed as the pilot for a potential Gortner series. Marjoe plays a gunslinger who disguises himself as a preacher to escape a false murder charge. He finds that his somewhat direct proselytizing technique--wielding a six-gun whenever faced with hostile nonbelievers--makes him popular throughout the west. Gun and the Pulpit was filmed on location at the Old Tucson studios, originally built in 1940 for the Columbia feature Arizona and currently a major Southwestern tourist attraction. The film's premise was workable, but not with Marjoe Gortner; Merlin Olsen came along in 1981 with a more successful variation on the theme, Father Murphy.

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disguise, false-accusation, gunfighter, minister, preaching