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Trail Street (1947)

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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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Cast overview:
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Ruby Stone
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Deputy Billy Burns
Madge Meredith ...
Susan Pritchard
Steve Brodie ...
Logan Maury
Billy House ...
Carmody
Virginia Sale ...
Hannah Weeks
Harry Woods ...
Lance Larkin
Phil Warren ...
Slim
Harry Harvey ...
Mayor of Liberal
Jason Robards Sr. ...
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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19 February 1947 (USA)  »

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Die Todesreiter von Kansas  »

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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 »

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Marshal Bat Masterson: What do you want, Carmody?
Carmody: [Smiling] Look here, Bat. These citizens here have elected me spokesman...
Marshal Bat Masterson: Listen here, fella, there's only two kind of people I allow to call me Bat: good friends and people I like. You don't belong in either group.
[Carmody stops smiling]
Marshal Bat Masterson: Now, whatta yuh wanna say?
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The Only Pebble on the Beach
Lyrics by Harry Braisted
Music by Stanley Carter
Sung in saloon
Based on poem by Braisted
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Long lost Randolph Scott western slight disappointment.
24 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Do a title search on Randolph Scott and TRAIL STREET is the one film missing from the list you've seen. One of 4 films Scott made at RKO during his prime (1947) the others are always easy to get. Liberal, Kansas is just southwest of Dodge City and is a powder-keg about to explode between the trail-riders who drive the longhorns into Trail Street, the town's main street, and the sod-busters who feed our bellies. It'll take a strong man like Bat Masterson to step between the two groups and bring the town to order. More I won't say, except that Scott movies usually have just one pretty girl and this one has three. RANDOLPH SCOTT always played men you could look up to for their sense of honor, courage, level-headedness and willingness to do the right thing. Fifty years ago parents could send their kids to a Scott movie with confidence they'd learn positive values. ROBERT RYAN co-stars in this film, playing a good guy for a change. In real life, RYAN was one of the many WORLD WAR II HEROS who starred in America's movies. How sad what we get these days. George Clooney teaches our young that we ought sympathize with suicide bombers, while Steven Spielberg teaches there is no moral difference between the Olympic athletes murdered in 1972 in Munich and the Palestinian terrorists who killed them. Hollywood 2005 derives their moral compass from too much cocaine and too much commitment to the wacky left. I wonder how all this plays out in Liberal, Kansas. Liberal, after all, was not a dirty word 150 years ago when the city was named.


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