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The Taming of the West (1939)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  7 December 1939 (USA)
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Bill Saunders arriving in a lawless town is quickly made Marshal. But when he arrests the gang members, the victims refuse to testify. However one rancher is willing to testify and when the... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Bill Elliott ...
Iris Meredith ...
Dick Curtis ...
Rawhide
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James Craig ...
Henchman Handy Clem
Stanley Brown ...
Henchman Slim
Ethan Allen ...
Judge Bailey
Kenneth MacDonald ...
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Victor Wong ...
Cholly Wong
Charles King ...
Rancher Jackson
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Bill Saunders arriving in a lawless town is quickly made Marshal. But when he arrests the gang members, the victims refuse to testify. However one rancher is willing to testify and when the gang kills him, Bill jails the killers. This causes the gang leader Rawhide to reveal the identity of the big boss and Bill goes after him. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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The law reached only as far as his guns could shoot! See more »

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7 December 1939 (USA)  »

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Ao Amparo do Terror  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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During the street shootout in the opening scene, Pepper (Iris Meredith) shoots Wild Bill Elliott's hat off. At the time, he was standing directly in front of a large window, and the bullet should have gone directly through it as it passed through the hat. See more »

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Lively Little Programmer
31 December 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Lively little matinée programmer, thanks to some spirited dialog and the two leads. Elliott shows a larger range of moods than usual, while Meredith makes a convincing tomboy. Their chemistry together remains engaging for this type movie. Also, Taylor's comedy relief is subdued and doesn't intrude on the story. Note too that veteran baddie Charles King plays a good guy (a rancher), for a change.

This may be the only oater I've seen where one girl (Meredith) hard rides and shoots in order to save another girl trapped in a run-away wagon. At the same time, the predictable crash is spectacular. Too bad, however, the action never leaves the scrubby LA area, even though the rocky locations are well used by director Deming. All in all, it's a better than average matinée western with that gritty cowboy lead, Wild Bill Elliott, in charge.


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