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Panhandle (1948)

Approved | | Western | 22 February 1948 (USA)
John Sands, a former Texas marshal turns to ranching, and later to a gunfighter when he sets out to prove that casino/saloon owner, Matt Garson, had his brother, a newspaperman, killed.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean 'Dusty' Stewart
Matt Garson
June O'Carroll
Floyd Schofield
Dick Crockett ...
Elliott Crockett
Sheriff Jim
Botticelli the Barber
Raven McBride
Doc Cooper (as J.Farrell MacDonald)
Jeff York ...
James Harrison ...


John Sands (Rod Cameron), formerly a Texas marshal whose talents with guns caused the law to turn against him,is a fugitive in Mexico, when he learns from "Dusty" Stewart (Cathy Downs)that his brother in the Texas panhandle, Billy Sands (John C. Champion), her fiancé and crusading newspaperman, his been mysteriously murdered in Sentinel, Texas. Despite the price on his head, Sands comes north to the panhandle to find his brother's killer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

22 February 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Rächer von Texas  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


(U.K. television release)| (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Writer/producer John C. Champion and leading lady Cathy Downs fell in love and were engaged briefly during the making of this film. See more »


Obvious stunt double for Rod Cameron (John Sands) in bar-room fight, as stand-in has lighter colored hair and a different hair style. See more »


Floyd Schofield: You're a big man, Mr. Sands. We're always polite to celebrities.
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Referenced in The Pink Panther Story (2003) See more »

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Better than average vintage Western B movie
13 November 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

John Sands is a famed ex lawman ,most celebrated for having faced down Billy the Kid .He is now living in Mexico ,having fallen foul of the law in the States,and is working as a storekeeper when news reaches him that his brother has been murdered .He vows to return to America to avenge his brother despite knowing full well this places him at risk of arrest . He is drawn into enmity with the ruthless Matt Garson who is also his rival for he hand of Garson's secretary (Joan O'Carroll)and to complicate matters he law is on his tail.

Blake Edwards -a man mostly known for his acerbic comedic scripts-co wrote this movie and the screenplay is above average for the genre, and the era .Add some lively action ,including the old genre staple of a bar -room brawl ,and some capable performances and the result is a good and watchable B movie that devotees of the Western will especially enjoy

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