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Wounded while stopping the James gang from robbing the local bank, a cowboy wakes up in the hospital to find that he's been elected town marshal. He soon comes into conflict with the town banker, who controls everything in town and is squeezing the townspeople for every penny he can get out of them. Written by
This was one of two dozen Walter Wanger 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 17 June 1950. See more »
Marshal, I'm the mayor here. Aren't you overstepping your authority?
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Above Average Western with Wide Open Action and a Good Cast
Wild Pacing with a Lot of Western Movie Ingredients Paraded Out for WWII Movie Audiences. Explosives, Gun Battles with Many Shooters On Both Sides, a Brawling Saloon Brawl that is a Stuntman's Showcase, Cattle Stampede, and More Outlandish Outdoor Shenanigans.
The Wartime Audiences Sure Got Their Money's Worth With This One. An Aging Richard Dix Shows Heroics, Honor, and Precise Marksmanship, Although He is Nicked by Incoming Bullets at Least Five Times. Albert Dekker is a Dandy Villain and Victor Jory is On Hand as an Ambiguous Mysterious Player in All the Doings. It's Never Certain Where He Stands and that Adds a Bit of Intrigue.
Jane Wyatt Just Sparkles On Screen and is a Cute as They Come. Overall, a Rousing, Never Boring, Wide Open Western that is Entertaining. Willie Best Will Certainly Get Noticed as a Racial Stereotype and Comedy Relief, but is Shown Respect Throughout by the "Good Guys".
Note...There is a Propaganda insertion ("When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again") as WWII was raging on, to boost morale. A musical number that was popular during the Civil War it is here delivered by leggy George Cohan types.
Note 2 The Print shown on TCM in 2015 was washed out and pretty shoddy. One assumes it is the best available. There is no contrast and it has a white-washed look. If it is the best out there, Film-Restorists-Archivists should be on the look out for better source material.
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