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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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Vinnie Marr
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Gideon Skene
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Jeptha Marr
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Champ Clanton
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Rita Molyneaux
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Tiny
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Brannigan
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McWhinny
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Duval
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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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The Last Great Battle of the West! 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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(Western Electric Wide Range System)

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1.37 : 1
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Jane Wyatt, who plays Lee J. Cobb's daughter, was actually one year older than Cobb. 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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