Cowboy Ross McEwen arrives in town. He asks the banker for a loan of $2000. When the banker asks about securing a loan that large, McEwen shows him his six-gun collateral. The banker hands ... See full summary »
Cowboy Ross McEwen arrives in town. He asks the banker for a loan of $2000. When the banker asks about securing a loan that large, McEwen shows him his six-gun collateral. The banker hands over the money in exchange for an I.O.U., signed "Jefferson Davis". McEwen rides out of town and catches a train, but not before being bitten by a rattler. On the train, a nurse, Miss Hollister, tends to his wound. A posse searches the train, but McEwen manages to escape notice. However a mysterious Mexican has taken note of the cowboy, and that loudmouthed brat is still nosing around. Who will be the first to claim the reward for the robber's capture? Written by
That's a tone which suits the film's unflappable star, Joel McCrea, fairly well. McCrea is a Good Samaritan bandit on the run.
He meets up with his real-life wife, Frances Dee. This is the last time they would appear on screen together. Here she gives one of her least expressionless performances. Her acting may not be of the first calibre, or even the second, but she still looks wonderful for someone on, or quickly approaching, the seasoned side of 40.
William Conrad plays a baritonal lawman here. Was this before or after he was radio's Marshal Matt Dillon in "Gunsmoke"?
"Four Faces West" is not without its problems. The entire story has an air of nebulous implausibility which betrays its Saturday Evening Post origins.
But, while the movie generates little excitement, it's still a pleasant enough way to spend a siesta some lazy Sunday afternoon.
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