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Wyoming (1947)

Passed | | Western | 28 July 1947 (USA)
Small ranchers battle against a land baron trying to take their spreads.


(as Joe Kane)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Alderson (as William Elliott)
Karen Alderson
Glenn Forrester
Windy Gibson
Duke Lassiter
Lila Regan
Maria (as Mme. Maria Ouspenskaya)
Joe Sublette
Ben Jackson
Queenie Lassiter
Ed Lassiter
Sheriff Niles
Judge Sheridan
Louise Kane ...
Karen, at age 9


Charles Alderson and his wife settle in the Wyoming Territory, and form a lasting friendship with Thomas Jefferson "Windy" Gibson. Alderson's wife dies in childbirth, leaving him with an infant daughter, who he sends to Europe for an education. During the years in which she is abroad, Alderson becomes a wealthy cattle baron. The daughter, Karen, returns to Wyoming soon after it has been admitted to statehood. She finds that much of the land her father has considered as his own is now open to homesteaders, and that hostilities have broken out between the two factions. Alderson's foreman, Glenn Forrester, a former lawyer with whom Karen falls in love, warns Alderson against using violence in dealing with the homesteaders. Duke Lassiter, a smooth operator dealing in cattle rustling, sets himself up as a spokesman for the homesteaders and uses their fight with Alderson to further his own interests. When Lassister murders Windy, Alderson hires a gang of outlaws to war on the homesteaders. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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28 July 1947 (USA)  »

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Hyänen der Prärie  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Rancher Bill Elliott fights off sneaky rustler Albert Dekker
13 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Wyoming" (1947) is a very good well-plotted western with a number of fine performances, from Bill Elliott, Albert Dekker and John Carroll; and Gabby Hayes is on hand as he often is to smooth the way. It has plenty of action, conflict and some gorgeous scenery from around Jackson Hole and the Teton Range.

Bill Elliott plays a cattle rancher who has earned his right to his large ranch through blood, battles, skill and hard work, or as much right as this form of homesteading ever entails. Congress passes the Homestead Act and nestors move in, to get their 160-acre parcels. This sets up a basic land conflict. But beyond that, there is Albert Dekker who fosters a plot to set Elliott against the ranchers so that he and his gang can rustle Elliott's cattle. Dekker unfolds one irritant after another against Dekker. Meanwhile, Elliott's foreman, John Carroll, who is romancing Elliott's daughter, Vera Ralston, is caught in between as Elliott decides that only guns and violence can settle the issues.

The story starts off with Elliott first coming to Wyoming Territory and quickly telescopes the birth of his daughter, her moving to Austria with Maria Ouspenskaya, and her return when she's about 18. The beginning of the movie is mostly sunshine. Once Dekker appears, the action ramps up.

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