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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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In the original script Rod Cameron's character was supposed to be killed, but that ending was scrapped. 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 »


Jean 'Dusty' Stewart: You dirty, no good, backslidin' sidewinder! Try to cheat me will you?
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Remade as The Texican (1966) See more »

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John Sands: Even Billy the Kid backed down from him!
16 February 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Panhandle is directed by Leslie Selander and written by John C. Champion and Blake Edwards. It stars Rod Cameron, Cathy Downs, Reed Hadley, Anne Gwynne, Blake Edwards, Dick Crockett and Rory Mallinson. Music is by Rex Dunn and cinematography by Harry Neumann.

John Sands (Cameron) has to return to his gunfighter ways when news reaches him that his brother has been murdered...

Filmed in Sepiatone and a little more serious than many other 1940's Westerns, Panhandle is a satisfying experience for genre enthusiasts. Formula is rife as we would come to know it in Oaters, though, as picture ticks off the check list: badman turned good who is forced to turn bad again for revenge, romance tingling in the air, quick draw shoot-outs, punch-up, weasel villain and his hired cronies, poker games with the inevitable cheat called out and the "hooray" finale. All of which is nicely directed and performed by the cast. The location scenery doesn't get much chance to shine through, and in truth the Sepiatone does little to improve the picture, but this is easily recommended to the Western faithful. 7/10

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