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Coroner Creek (1948)

Passed | | Western | 1 July 1948 (USA)
A man is bent on taking revenge on those responsible for his fiance's death.

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Della Harms
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Sheriff O'Hea
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Abbie Miles (as Barbara Reed)
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Andy West
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Ernie Combs
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Leach Conover
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Frank Yordy
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Walt Hardison
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Stew Shallis
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Tip Henry
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McCune
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Bill Arnold
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With the help of Kate Hardison (Marguerite Chapman), the Coroner Creek hotel keeper, Chris Danning (Randolph Scott)learns that Younger Miles (George Macready)is the man who killed his fiancée. Chris is hired by rancher Della Harms (Sally Eilers)as her foreman, and plots his revenge against Miles. But one of the latter's henchmen cripples Chris' trigger-hand. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Randolph Scott Trademark: Cinched up chin strap. See more »

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Randolph Scott's character is being shot at, making a bullet hole on a barrel above his head. The hole disappears in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff O'Hea: How's that lovely daughter of mine, Miles?
Younger Miles: Abbie's fine, Sheriff. We were just talking about her.
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Referenced in Bye Bye Braverman (1968) See more »

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Grim, Realistic Revenge Western
30 November 2001 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Coroner Creek" marked a departure for Randolph Scott in the character he plays. He usually played square-jawed righteous heros with a clear set of moral values. In this film he plays a character bent solely on revenge, even to the point of almost shooting the villain in the back as he tries to escape. He is driven by hate and has few if any redeeming qualities.

Scott is on the hunt for the person responsible for his fiance's death. He finally tracks him down in the town of Coroner Creek and sets out to force a final showdown. True to the Hollywood Production Code of the day, Scott's character sees the error of his ways at the end.

"Coroner Creek" boasts an excellent cast. George Macready plays the chief villain in a cold, cruel and calculating manner. Marquerite Chapman is the nominal heroine who tries to get Scott to change. Sally Eilers as a rancher and Barbara Read as Macready's alcoholic wife are the other female characters. Edgar Buchanan plays the spineless sheriff who eventually finds his courage and Wallace Ford plays Scott's only real friend and ally.

The rest of the cast is made up of many veterans of "dusters" both of the "A" and "B" variety. On the wrong side of the law are Forrest Tucker, Douglas Fowley and Joe Sawyer. On the right side of the law are Russell Simpson, William Bishop and Forrest Taylor. Charlie Stevens appears as (what else?) an Apache who provides Scott with information on the killer. And if you look close you'll see Joe DeRita (of the Three Stooges) and Dewey Robinson as bartenders.

"Coroner Creek" was a grim, realistic western for its time. Don't miss the brutal encounter between Scott and Tucker about half way through the film.


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