This satirical western concerns the robbery by Paris Pitman Jr. (Kirk Douglas) and the lure of the hidden loot somewhere in the desert. Paris has robbed Lomax (Arthur O'Connell) and hidden the money in a pair of women's bloomers. He… More This satirical western concerns the robbery by Paris Pitman Jr. (Kirk Douglas) and the lure of the hidden loot somewhere in the desert. Paris has robbed Lomax (Arthur O'Connell) and hidden the money in a pair of women's bloomers. He drops off the garment in a rattlesnake pit for safekeeping and heads for a bordello. The robbery victim identifies Paris as the robber when he sees him through a voyeuristic peephole frolicking with two joy girls. Lomax summons the sheriff Woodward Lopeman (Henry Fonda) and Paris is arrested, tried, and sent to prison. The warden (Martin Gabel) offers to let him escape in exchange for a share of the loot, but a Chinese prisoner kills the warden before Paris can escape. The new warden is Lopeman, now limping from a gunshot fired by Floyd Moon (Warren Oates) and intent of enacting prison reform. Lopeman invites the governor to dedicate the prison's new mess hall, and Paris uses the opportunity to escape by creating a diversion with explosives. The Missouri Kid (Burgess Meredith) is an infamous prison resident who has grown agoraphobic after years in jail. He refuses to escape, content to grow marijuana in his cell rather than risk life on the outside. Paris returns to the snakepit for the money but is bitten on the neck by a poisonous serpent and soon dies. Lopeman recovers the body, the money and heads back to prison. He pauses at the gates as he decides to resume his duties as warden or take off for Mexico with the money. Alan Hale and Victor French also appear in this ironic western. Hume Cronyn and John Randolph are hilarious as two bickering homosexuals.