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New York newspaperman Bat Masterson thinks back on his time as a lawman in Dodge City, Kansas, when he cleaned up the lawless town and loved a saloon girl named Dora Hand. Masterson's rival for Dora's love was a scofflaw named King Kennedy, who laughs at Masterson's attempts to establish law but grudgingly admires the way he goes about it. Kennedy's jealousy of Dora leads him into deeper conflict with Masterson, even as Dora tries to maneuver Masterson into leaving town and leaving the dangerous job of marshal behind. Written by
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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 July 1950. See more »
This B western was the product of Producer Harry "Pop" Sherman and Director George Archaimbaud, both who worked prodigiously on the Hopalong Cassidy series. Pop Sherman was trying to expand his horizons with this one.
Claire Trevor who played innumerable bad gals with hearts of gold reprises another one here. She's caught between two men lawman Bat Masterson and Cattleman King Kennedy played by Albert Dekker and Barry Sullivan respectively. Barry Sullivan is a thing of beauty, all decked out in his drugstore cowboy outfit. He was competent actor, but he must have felt like a fool in that outfit.
Albert Dekker played a lot of supporting roles opposite some of the biggest Hollywood names. He rarely was a lead, this and Dr. Cyclops two major exceptions. He's good in the title role. Masterson tells this story in flashback to a young actress playing aspiring reporter Louella Parsons. Didn't hurt in 1943 to give her a plug in any film.
Albert Dekker was one of the great tragedies in Hollywood. In 1968 he hung himself after completing his last role in The Wild Bunch. He hung himself and he was all decked out in woman's clothing. I've always felt that he was a transgendered person and back in 1968 those issues were NEVER discussed. I think Mr. Dekker wanted to go out as the real person he was, a woman in a man's body.
A great cast of supporting players rounds out this film, a lot of familiar faces you'll spot. Nice entertainment.
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