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The Goss family live on a farm they call the dust bowl where the wind blows during the day and the coyotes howl at night. When the train is robbed, everyone thinks that Cotton and Violet were the ones that did the job, but no one has any proof. US Marshal Lloyd Richland comes into town in disguise to find the truth and he finds that the sheriff is corrupt and that the Goss family is gosh darn nice. They take in Richland and a stranded woman named Mary without any questions. Cotton believes that Sheriff Tatum shot their pa in the back, and the sheriff is now trying to plug the boys. Richland is looking for the train robbers, and at the same time is keeping an eye on Tatum and the lovely young Mary. Written by
Tony Fontana <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Foster
Played during the opening credits and often as background music
Played on an offscreen piano in the saloon
Sung a cappella by Paul Langton See more »
Marjorie Main brings her Ma Kettle characterization to this film about a southern woman who settles in the west with her two sons after the Civil War. However her two sons in Gentle Annie, in this case Harry Morgan and Paul Langton, are more like the James Brothers than the rustic Kettle clan.
The story line of Gentle Annie is similar to the 20th Century Fox film Jesse James with Tyrone Power and Henry Fonda. In fact since this took place well after the Civil War, the Goss brothers could easily have taken the James boys as role models. Morgan and Langton are outlaws who ostensibly are just trying to earn enough money to get back to the old homestead in Missouri, they never can get quite enough though. Main's wish is enough to justify a criminal career.
James Craig plays the marshal out to get the folks who are doing the robbing. And since they're robbing trains with the US mail that makes it a federal offense and Craig's jurisdiction. Craig's undercover however and sets his sights on Main's kids and works his way into their confidence. He has to because the local law enforcement is as corrupt as it gets under sheriff Barton MacLane. MacLane's a northerner who doesn't like the ex-rebel Goss family on general principles.
Donna Reed plays a stranded woman who the Gosses take in and who Craig falls for. All in all Gentle Annie is a nicely done B western from MGM, a studio that normally didn't put out that kind of product.
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