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Panhandle (1948)

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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:
Rod Cameron ...
John Sands
Cathy Downs ...
Jean 'Dusty' Stewart
Reed Hadley ...
Matt Garson
Anne Gwynne ...
June O'Carroll
Floyd Schofield
Dick Crockett ...
Rory Mallinson ...
Sheriff Jim
Charles Judels ...
Botticelli, the Barber
Alex Gerry ...
Raven McBride
Francis McDonald ...
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Doc Cooper
Henry Hall ...
Stanley Andrews ...
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 <>

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texas | brother | gun | killer | gunfighter | See more »


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)  »

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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 »


John Sands: [after he kisses her] By the way, what's your name?
June O'Carroll: June. June O'Carroll.
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Referenced in The Pink Panther Story (2003) See more »

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quite a satisfying western
25 November 2009 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the early fifties, I read some comic book stories with Rod Cameron. Later on I saw him in a western, and was always impressed by his cool, quiet, but ready to fight style. I think Clint Eastwood's characters in his westerns has a lot in common with Rod. At the time of Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, etc, Rod was certainly ahead of his times. Panhandle is one of his best , directed by Lesley Selander, who started making westerns in 1936 and could make a B film as best as it could be done. Blake Edwards(of Pink Panther fame) shared the writing of the script, which provides all that you expect from a good western. Blake also plays a very convincing bad guy. Rod is John Sands who goes to a town to find out who killed his brother. He kind of suspects who is the killer, but needs proof. He flirts with two women, Cathy Downs, who sell saddles, and Anne Gwynne who is the secretary of Mat Garson(Reed Hadley), the suspected killer. There are shootouts, quite a fistfight and also poker games. Quite a satisfying western.

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