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Buckskin Frontier (1943)

Approved | | Action, Western | 14 May 1943 (USA)
A railroad man and the owner of a freight line battle for control of a crucial mountain pass.

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Jeptha Marr has built the town of Pawnee, Kansas, and established a successful freight company. He sees his fortunes at risk due to the encroachment of a new railroad, spearheaded by Stephen Bent. Marr sends his right-hand man Gideon Skene to disrupt Bent's activities. Bent takes an unusual tack in dealing with Marr's opposition: he woos Marr's daughter Vinnie. But the unscrupulous forces of a third opposing figure, the ruthless Champ Clanton, create an uneasy alliance between Bent and Marr. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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MAGNIFICENT SAGA OF THE BUILDING OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Action | Western

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14 May 1943 (USA)  »

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La vallée infernale  »

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1.37 : 1
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This was one of two dozen Walter Wanger & Harry Sherman films re-released theatrically in the 1940s by Masterpiece Productions, and ultimately sold by them for USA television syndication in 1950. It was first telecast in New York City on WCBS Saturday 22 April 1950. See more »

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Fine Cast in Complex Story
21 May 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Looks like producer Sherman took a break from his Hopalong Cassidy series to make this non- programmer. It's well produced with plenty of extras, even if the action never leaves the greater LA area. Dix makes an affable good guy as he tries to get a railroad built that Jory wants to sabotage for selfish reasons. Cobb's the wild card whose freight-haulers also want to sabotage Dix. In fact, the plot's a rather interesting mix of shifting alliances, along with a fine cast of movie veterans and up-and-comers like Wyatt and Cobb (he plays an old man though only a young 31). Good seeing the great Albert Dekker in a sympathetic role since he usually specialized in villains or wacko's (e.g. Among the Living {1941}). Also surprising is Jane Wyatt who makes a lovely, spirited ingénue, and ex-heavyweight champ Max Baer who's good enough to steal the film.

There's not much good action until the slam-bang finale, which makes effective use of the arid SoCal scrublands. The main part is interesting enough as the various characters clash before deciding which side they're on. Still, I wonder whose idea it was to interrupt the finale with cross-cutting to Wyatt and Lane deciding who it is they really love, and in front of a crummy background set, no less. I guess that's my only real complaint, though the earlier massed brawl is clumsily choreographed. Anyway, it's a decent enough western without being anything special.


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