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The Big Bonanza (1944)

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Having been falsely court marshaled for cowardice and sentenced to prison by the Army, Jed Kilton escapes and heads to Nevada Springs to see his kid brother. There he meets his old school ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Captain Jed Kilton
Robert Livingston ...
Sam Ballou
Jane Frazee ...
Chiquita McSweeney
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Hap Selby
Lynne Roberts ...
Judy Parker
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Spud Kilton
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Judge Jasper Kincaid
Russell Simpson ...
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Dr. Ballou
Cordell Hickman ...
Abraham
Hayward Soo Hoo ...
Jimmy
Roy Barcroft ...
Sheriff Dan Pendleton
Fred Kohler Jr. ...
Henchman Roberts
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Having been falsely court marshaled for cowardice and sentenced to prison by the Army, Jed Kilton escapes and heads to Nevada Springs to see his kid brother. There he meets his old school friend Sam Ballou. But the two old friends soon find themselves on opposite sides and Sam has Jed arrested. Then when Jed's young brother sees one of Sam's men kill another man, the boy becomes Sam's intended victim. Written by Maurice VanAuken <vanauken@comcast.net>

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Drama | Western

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30 December 1944 (USA)  »

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A Grande Bonança  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Richard Arlen and Bobby Driscoll play brothers in this film despite a nearly 40-year difference in their ages. See more »

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Compare and contrast to HBO's Deadwood
23 June 2004 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

This is a bigger-budget Republic western redeemed by director George Archainbaud's handling of the action scenes. It has strikingly similar plot elements to HBO's Deadwood series, chiefly that of the cutthroat, goldmine stealing, whoremongering, saloonkeeper played by former good guy actor, Robert Livingston, who has it in for the kid who witnessed his henchmen commit murder. The latter is not a typical plot element of this era's westerns. Unlike Ian McShane in Deadwood, there's no psychological depth, just the novelty of a former white hat hero playing a very black hat villain. The child, so quiet and watchful in Deadwood, here is a shrill and unnatural Bobby Driscoll.


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