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Burl Ives - Anyone have Only Way Out is Dead (1970)

I finally found a movie I've been seeking for for years. Well, I mean I've found out its name and why it's so hard to locate it.

The movie is a "made for TV movie." It was released in 1970, and stars Stuart Whitman. It involves an illegal effort to live forever.

It's a real thriller, believe me. The thing is this: I really want to see it again. Do any of you readers have a copy of it? Now I don't mean a pay money online site copy, but a copy that can be put (hopefully) on YouTube or something like that?

There's just something unique about Burl Ives playing the role of a bad man.

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LeaPea2417 wrote on December 18, 2015, 7:36 PM

I have not heard of this movie before. I hope you find a copy of it to view.

DWDavisRSL wrote on December 18, 2015, 7:36 PM

I haven't heard about this movie but now that I know about it I will be on the lookout.

JohnRoberts wrote on December 18, 2015, 8:01 PM

Burl Ives often played bad men. He won the Academy Award for playing a mean rancher in The Big Country.

RuthCox wrote on December 18, 2015, 8:07 PM

I don't recall seeing "Only Way Out Is Dead" but I do recall Burl Ives as a bad guy in "The Big Country" which I enjoyed, but then, I like westerns.

VinceSummers wrote on December 18, 2015, 8:16 PM

Yes, that is probably the best-known example.

VinceSummers wrote on December 18, 2015, 8:17 PM

Yes. He's one mean bad guy, though in a sense he is seemingly fair.

RuthCox wrote on December 18, 2015, 9:06 PM

Yes, I guess even bad guys have a code of honor, sometimes.

lookatdesktop wrote on December 18, 2015, 9:57 PM

Vincent, you might try Snag films at the following URL location go here if you are interested. I can't tell you that you will find that particular made for t.v. movie, but you might want to check it out at

VinceSummers wrote on December 18, 2015, 10:07 PM

I've been meaning to do that, Anthony. In fact, I'd like a download of it. I have quite a few gigabyte (hundreds) of downloaded video so that I might never lose a production.

cmoneyspinner wrote on December 18, 2015, 10:40 PM

Sounds interesting. Burl Ives is a good but kind of unacknowledged actor. Most people try just think of him singing “Have a holly jolly Christmas!” :) But almost all the movies I've ever seen in him, he was really good!

lookatdesktop wrote on December 18, 2015, 11:14 PM

Did you know that, in fact, some YouTube videos are not downloadable. They don't allow some to be downloaded while they allow many more to be freely downloaded. I don't really get it. Either it's okay to download videos or it isn't. But why do they block certain ones? Do you ever run into this type of problem?

VinceSummers wrote on December 19, 2015, 7:21 AM

No, I have no problems. There are some they want to charge for, but that is allowed. It isn't YouTube, as I understand it, but the one posting. They can do that. I never make a video view purchase - never.

lookatdesktop wrote on December 19, 2015, 8:29 AM

I don't either. My browser indicates that the video player embedded in the browser to view YouTube videos is called the HTML5 player. they used to use Flash player by Adobe, but this was soon replaced with the HTML5 player. If you don't have an add-on downloader of some kind like Real or another 3rd party product you can not download anything by right clicking on the HTML 5 information via the video frame area. There are problems also with what is now called the Real Times Player. It doesn't seem to work as a file or media downloader, at least it doesn't work in my browser.

lookatdesktop wrote on December 19, 2015, 8:35 AM

Do you remember the song Burl Ives used to sing called, "Mama don't need no beans, no rice, no coconut oil, all she needs is brandy handy all the time." My mother bought an entire album of his music. He also narrates the cartoon movie, "Rudolf the red nosed reindeer."

FreebieJunkie wrote on December 19, 2015, 9:39 AM

Maybe your local library branch participates in the WorldShare Inter-Library loan, and they could get a copy for you? I know a lot of people come into our library asking for copies of old made for TV movies, and they can usually get it from someplace. I hope this helps!

VinceSummers wrote on December 19, 2015, 3:55 PM

I'd never heard of this. It sounds interesting. I can check, but I suspect they're too small to participate. On the other hand, they've made great advances.

morilla wrote on December 20, 2015, 2:00 AM

The original title was The Man Who Wanted to Live Forever - - which, I think, was the U.S. title. (The title you are providing is the European one -,_The_(1970) ... see also ) As the piece notes, there's yet another title - The Heart Farm .

I know you want YouTube, but I did find it (maybe) on several channels where you have to join to watch it. (One of the channels, you had to be able to understand French.)

VinceSummers wrote on December 20, 2015, 7:43 AM

To join, is there some fee involved? I am very limited and cannot spend money in that way. If it's free, and if it's dependable, I don't mind.

morilla wrote on December 20, 2015, 8:07 AM

I haven't got a clue as I didn't look that closely. Enter the title I gave you with "(1970)" and see what you find.

cmoneyspinner wrote on December 21, 2015, 7:44 PM

I remember him for narrating Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer AND for being “Big Daddy”, Paul Newman's dad, in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”.