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Noon Wine

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Directed by Sam Pekinpah

Jason Robards   Olivia de Havilland   Theodore Bikel

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Royal Earle Thompson’s (Robards) 1890’s dairy farm located in Southern Texas is failing due in part to his own laziness. His wife, Ellie (De Havilland), and two small sons help best they can, but it’s not enough.

When drifter Olaf Helton (Per Oscarsson) offers to help, Royal hires him and watches as his Swedish laborer sets the farm on a path to profitability.

One thing Olaf failed to tell the Thompsons is that he’s a fugitive from a mental institution, and that a cigar-smoking bounty hunter is tracking him down.

When the man shows up, Royal, fearing he’ll lose Olaf, takes an axe to the fella, dropping him with one hard blow. Royal is arrested and put on trial, and now must face the wrath of his neighbors and alienation of his feaful family.

Original air date: November 23, 1966