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Taming of the West (1939)

Approved | | Western | 7 December 1939 (USA)
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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Rawhide
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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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Western

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7 December 1939 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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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Followed by The Return of Wild Bill (1940) See more »

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Just A Small Portion Of The West
22 June 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Wild Bill Elliott made his first of three films as knight of the plains Wild Bill Saunders in The Taming Of The West. Let no one think the entire west was tamed in this film, just a small portion of it where outlaws are running rampant.

Elliott arrives as the pleasant and peaceable stranger, in fact in many films are Red Ryder, Bill Hickok, etc., Elliott always said he was a peaceable man. It became one of the great western catchphrases back in the day.

Almost on a dare from Iris Meredith he takes a job as the new marshal and starts rounding up Dick Curtis and his band of cutthroats. But these guys are getting some heavy duty protection because they've got juice in some high places. The trick is to find the real brains behind these outlaws.

The Taming Of The West was the first of three films where Elliott played Wild Bill Saunders. He also played Wild Bill Hickok several times and was forever billed as Wild Bill in his films. Elliott films could be violent, a bit more so than the Saturday matinée crowd was normally given.

This one is not bad for a B western and Elliott is easy to take as a cowboy hero.


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