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Judge Roy Bean V.1 (2004)

Judge Roy Bean is the classic Western television series of 1955 that is based on one of history's most colorful characters: Judge Roy Bean. The real Roy Bean was nicknamed the ""Hangin' Judge"" for notoriously sending dozens of men to the gallows with the motto, ""Hang 'em first, try 'em later."" But despite accounts that say otherwise author Jack Skiles states that although Bean threatened to hang hundreds of men, few were actually sentenced to the gallows, and even then, prisoners were usually allowed to escape their execution.

First five episodes of the vintage frontier series following the true life adventures of Solomon-like Judge Roy Bean.

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Judge Roy Bean V.2 (2004)

Five (more) episodes of the vintage frontier series following the true life adventures of Solomon-like Judge Roy Bean.

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Judge Roy Bean - Volume 3 (1956)

Four (more) episodes of the vintage frontier series following the true life adventures of Solomon-like Judge Roy Bean.


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The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)

A remarkable blend of otherwise disparate philosophies about legendary men, this 1972 film was inspired in part by the epic dimensions of a John Milius (The Wind and the Lion) script, which was toned down by Paul Newman's charmingly eccentric approach to the title character, who in turn was deepened by director John Huston's sensitivity to the subject of fleeting dreams. The story concerns the famous outlaw-turned-lawmaker who rules over an empty stretch of the West that gradually grows, under his iron fist, into a thriving town. The film follows the quirky Bean's episodic adventures as the years pass and a variety of colorful characters come and go, including the muse who captivated his soul, the actress Lily Langtry (Ava Gardner). Huston's textured approach has an almost Altmanesque feel to it, though he demands more (and rewardingly so) obvious performances from the cast, particularly a hilarious cameo by Stacy Keach as the one tough-as-nails SOB who makes Bean a tad nervous. Highly entertaining. --Tom Keogh