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Trail Street (1947)

Approved | | Western | 19 February 1947 (USA)
Bat Masterson's old friend Billy Burns convinces him to become marshal of Liberal, Kansas and help the residents fight drought and a destructive range war.

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Billy
Madge Meredith ...
Susan
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Maury
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Carmody
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Hannah
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Larkin
Phil Warren ...
Slim
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Jason (as Jason Robards)
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The Liberal Kansas area is in trouble. The town is without a Marshal and the nearby farmers are unable to grow crops due to the summer drought and trail riders that run cattle over their land. Bat Masterson arrives to bring law and order and his Deputy accidently finds a variety of wheat that will withstand the drought. But the farmers are giving up and leaving and Bat must convince tham to stay. He wants them to continue farming and also help round up the local gang of outlaws. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Die Todesreiter von Kansas  »

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Trivia

The American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-1950, incorrectly omits sixth credited Steve Brodie as Logan Maury, and mixes up the roles played by Billy House, Virginia Sale and Harry Woods. They are correct as listed above. (After being advised of the error, the American Film Institute added Steve Brodie to the cast list and now has the correct list in its Catalog.) See more »

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Although there was a drought in the area of Liberal, Kansas, located in Seward County, Kansas, Masterson was not a U.S. Marshal there. He was elected sheriff of Ford County. He was elected in 1877 and subsequently voted out in 1879. His brother Ed Masterson, not Bat, was marshal of Dodge City. See more »

Quotes

Carmody: [Walking up to Msterson] Look here, my friend, you're taking quite a load on your shoulders.
Marshal Bat Masterson: Who are you?
Carmody: I run the Oriental over there, and we take care of our own troubles here in Liberal.
Marshal Bat Masterson: You don't do a very good of it. If I hadn't to happen along, you'd have to hang this man for murder.
Carmody: You talk like a peace officer.
Marshal Bat Masterson: Every citizen is a peace officer when the peace is violated. This is a free country by statute.
Carmody: Statutes haven't reached this part of Kansas yet. You've plenty to learn, my ...
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Sweet Betsy from Pike
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Gold Rush-era American folk song
Lyrics written by John A. Stone before 1858
Played during saloon scene
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Enjoyable fluff--thanks, in part, to Gabby Hayes
15 March 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I am a fan of Randolph Scott Westerns. While some of them are amazingly clichéd (as are most Westerns of this era), his easy delivery and style really elevate the films to classic and near-classic status. While this film features yet another example of real life Western heroes being exploited after their death by Hollywood (in this case, Bat Masterson), the film works well due to him as well as excellent supporting characters. One is the always strong acting of Robert Ryan--an excellent actor who is sadly almost forgotten today. The other is the ubiquitous Gabby Hayes who has one of his best roles as the crusty and very colorful deputy. Here he is more enjoyable than in his many supporting roles for Roy Rogers and John Wayne--mostly because his part is better written and he's given more to do.

The plot is pretty much the plot of half the Westerns ever made. There are some baddies who hire a bunch of thugs to run roughshod over the locals and it's up to a do-gooder (Scott) to restore the peace and kill off the villains. However, how the plot is executed is much better than average and due to this the film is still watchable fun. Just don't expect a whole lot of innovation or uniqueness--unless you want to see what might just be Gabby Hayes' best performance.


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