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Trail Street (1947)

Approved  |   |  Musical, Romance, Western  |  19 February 1947 (USA)
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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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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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Bat Masterson mentions to Allen Harper that he has ambitions to be a journalist someday. The real Masterson lived to be sports editor of the New York Morning Telegraph. See more »

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Steve Brodie's moustache changes several times. One time it is solid all the way across, another time it has a 1/2" gap in the middle, and sometimes it had a peak and other times it didn't. See more »

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Allen Harper: [Trying to read his fiancee's letter, which is all crumpled] Billy, you've got this thing so messed up I can't read it.
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Allen Harper: Oh, you've been readin' it!
Billy Burns: Oh, you and me ain't got no secrets from each other, do we?
Allen Harper: Well, I hadn't planned on sharing my girl with you.
Billy Burns: Mebbe not after you're married, eh? She wants you to go ridin' with 'er. I've got Red all saddled up ready to go!
Allen Harper: Well, why didn't you say so? I've got to get dressed.
Billy Burns: [as Allen is putting on a tie] No, ...
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Sweet Betsy from Pike
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Masterson of Kansas
22 December 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

After cleaning up Dodge City (with a little help from Wyatt Earp) Bat Masterson goes to Liberal, Kansas where they've got a nice little range war going. Plus a rather interesting scheme of sharecropping.

Randolph Scott is Bat Masterson and he's after villains Billy House and Steve Brodie who are driving homesteaders off their farms. The homesteaders they are driving off are in a sharecropping scheme financed by Robert Ryan. Seems as though he's staking the various farmers to a parcel of land to homestead for a percentage of profit from their crop. Ryan's about to lose his shirt as a result of all the shenanigans.

As portrayed by Scott, Bat Masterson is a stand-up western hero who has a passion to go east and become a reporter which we all know he did later in life.

Anne Jeffreys and Madge Meredith are involved in a romantic subplot involving Brodie and Ryan which is a little silly and does detract from the action. Anne Jeffreys does sing nice though.

Of course Gabby Hayes as always provides the great comic relief.

A good addition to the Randolph Scott collection of westerns. Also interesting because his later western films don't have him as wearing a hat as white as the one here.

This review is dedicated to Kasey Hayes of the Professional Bull Riders who is a proud resident of Liberal, Kansas, a town with a great tradition whether Bat Masterson marshaled there or not.


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