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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:
Rod Cameron ...
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Matt Garson
Anne Gwynne ...
June O'Carroll
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Floyd Schofield
Dick Crockett ...
Elliott Crockett
Rory Mallinson ...
Sheriff Jim
Charles Judels ...
Botticelli the Barber
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Raven McBride
Francis McDonald ...
Crump
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Doc Cooper (as J.Farrell MacDonald)
Henry Hall ...
Wells
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Tyler
Jeff York ...
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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22 February 1948 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

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 »

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

John Sands: Sentinel? I know people in Sentinel.
Jean 'Dusty' Stewart: I hope you been getting letters from 'em regular. Last time they took a census, Boot Hill had quite a population.
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Getting One Slick Article
26 May 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Panhandle, B western for Allied Artists stars Rod Cameron as a fugitive in Mexico who when he finds out that his brother has been killed in the Panhandle area of Texas right on the Oklahoma line comes north to settle accounts. The bad guy here is Reed Hadley who is the town boss where the brother was a crusading newspaperman.

Cameron has two women vying for him as well, Cathy Downs and Anne Gwynne. Both aid him at crucial times in his quest.

Hadley is one slick article however and he's got a lot of gunslingers on his payroll. One of them is future producer/director Blake Edwards who plays a punk gunfighter working for Hadley. Edwards also co-wrote Panhandle

Another reviewer compared Cameron's character to some of Clint Eastwood's heroes. I certainly haven't seen that kind of speed with a gun outside of such Eastwood classics like High Plains Drifter. Edwards and Cameron seem to be decades ahead of their time.

This is a B western, but it's pretty grim stuff, not at all like a Gene Autry or Roy Rogers Republic western. No real production values and Rod's speed is a bit unreal, but the film is nicely acted and not for the Saturday matinée crowd.


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