Lightning Bender

Institute History

  • 1984 Directors Lab


This is an unusual western set in 1877. Young James Bender finds his long lost father in a Kansas insane asylum, and sets off with him for home. But his father has other ideas; he believes, they are famous outlaws named Sly Dan Taggett and Lightning Bender and leads them on a series of rouge misadventures to recapture the spirit of the wild west. In the end, mistaken for lawmen, they save a town from an evil landowner, and James discovers he's become the hero his father believes him to be.


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