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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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Jean 'Dusty' Stewart
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Matt Garson
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June O'Carroll
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Floyd Schofield
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Elliott Crockett
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Sheriff Jim
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Botticelli the Barber
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Raven McBride
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Crump
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Doc Cooper (as J.Farrell MacDonald)
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Wells
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Tyler
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Jack
James Harrison ...
Harland
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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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SEE The fiercest man-to-man fight ever caught on film! The last, wild stand of the Panhandle outlaws! The women who were more than a match for Texas badmen! See more »

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22 February 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Rächer von Texas  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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

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1.37 : 1
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The original plan was to shoot this western on 16mm film stock. Financing was then raised so that the film was able to be shot on 35mm stock. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Floyd Schofield: You're a big man, Mr. Sands. We're always polite to celebrities.
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Remade as The Texican (1966) See more »

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Rod Cameron seeks the killer of his brother
17 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched a non-sepia black and white version of "Panhandle", with French credits but in English. "Panhandle" features Rod Cameron in the lead as a man out to avenge the murder of his brother. His problem is that he cannot get evidence against the man he suspects, Reed Hadley. The first and last thirds of this film see the most action. The middle part meanders but holds interest in its scenes rather than plot progression, with Cameron not really doing much of anything that pays off against Hadley.

Cameron is why I watched this. I like his style, which is no-nonsense and straight ahead. He's a commanding presence on screen, quite bold and imposing except around women when he becomes more amiable and even bumbling. Despite his drive, there's also something hidden in him in his roles, not exactly bitterness but a kind of fatalistic element. Two women grace the screen in this one. One is the feisty, diminutive (5' 4") and beautiful Cathy Downs, who was memorable fending off her husband Clifton Webb in "The Dark Corner" (1946). It was mostly westerns and TV work after that. She's Cameron's brother-in-law. It's her husband that's been killed, so she assists Cameron. The other gal works for Hadley, and she's Anne Gwynne (5' 5"), a solid actress with a substantial career in films. Both ladies have to look up to Cameron at 6' 4". Reed Hadley has a deep bass voice and is known for "Racket Squad", the 1950 series. Blake Edwards, who co-wrote, is a young and eager gunslinger.

The writing and direction of this one make it a little different than the typical western of the time. This one's heading into the adult western direction a bit.


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