Scandalous John

Scandalous John

1971 Theatrical Poster
Directed by Robert Butler
Produced by Bill Walsh
Written by Bill Walsh
Starring Brian Keith
Alfonso Arau
Michele Carey
Cinematography Frank Phillips
Edited by Cotton Warburton
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release dates
June 22, 1971
Running time
113 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Scandalous John is a 1971 American comedy-drama film directed by Robert Butler and produced by Walt Disney Productions. It stars Brian Keith and Alfonso Arau.[1] The music was scored by Rod McKuen.


John McCanless was once a gunslinger and has become a cranky old rancher. There is a plan to build a dam which would flood his property. John has no intention of selling his land and is determined to fight the dam to the end if necessary.


Production notes

Production Dates: mid-Sep--mid-Dec 1970

According to Filmfacts, portions of the picture were shot on location at the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. Studio publicity adds that the ranch used in the film was the Oliver M. Lee Ranch near Alamogordo, NM, and that Alamogordo and the nearby city of Las Cruces were also location sites. The "Warbag" scenes were shot at Arizona's Old Tucson Studio, which was constructed in 1939 and served as the location site for more than sixty film and television Westerns, according to studio publicity and a January 1971 Beverly Hills Independent article. The runaway train sequences were filmed in South Dakota, along the Black Hills Central Railroad line between Hill City and Keystone.


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