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The Dalton Gang (1949)

Approved  |   |  Action, Western  |  21 October 1949 (USA)
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Deputy Marshall Larry West goes undercover to find out who has been terrorizing the territory, Navajos or the Dalton Gang.

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Cast

Cast overview:
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Robert Lowery ...
James Millican ...
Sheriff Jeb
Greg McClure ...
Emmett Dalton aka Missouri Ganz
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Polly Medford (as Betty Adams)
Byron Foulger ...
Amos Boling
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Judge Price
George J. Lewis ...
Chief Irahu (as George Lewis)
Ray Bennett ...
J. J. Gorman
Marshall Reed ...
Joe - Wounded Man
Cliff Taylor ...
Doctor
Cactus Mack ...
Stage Driver Ed
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Deputy Marshal Larry West arrives in Rincon to investigate the murders of several ranchers. Blackie Mullet, leader of a gang working for the local land-and-water company, tries to convince Larry that the Indians are responsible for the killings, while Larry's old friend newspaper editor Amos Boling and his assistant Polly Medford tell him they suspect the land company and that Blackie is actually head of the infamous Dalton gang. Sheriff Jeb Marvin locks Larry up after he kills Missouri Ganz in self defense. Friendly Indians, led by Chief Irahu, free Larry and he goes on the trail of Blackie and the gang. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Outlaw Hunt!... for the most daring bad men of a dangerous era...

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Action | Western

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21 October 1949 (USA)  »

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Outlaw Gang  »

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The newspaper office has swinging front doors. Obviously the office set was redressed from a saloon set, but nobody bothered to change the doors. See more »

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Amos Boling: [Kidding Larry and Polly] you ought to get married, you two thigs, and raise a whole crop of knuckleheads.
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The 'non-de-plume' Daltons Ride Again.

This "Donald Barry Production", an ego (for Barry)/marketing tagline only devised by Producer Ron Ormond, and Ormond is the ONLY credited Producer on this film, starts off with about three minutes of newspaper headlines detailing robbery, murder and general mayhem in Missouri escapades of The Dalton Gang, backed by montage stock footage scenes, interlaced with escalating reward posters for Guthrie (Lee Roberts), Blackie (Robert Lowery) and Emmett (Greg McClure) Dalton. When next seen, Emmett is "Missouri" Ganz, Blackie is Blackie Mullett and Guthrie is just plain Mac, all working for J. J. Gorman (Ray Bennett) somewhere many miles west of Missouri in Navajo country.

The real/reel story starts when U. S. Marshal Larry West (Don Barry), sent to investigate the goings-on in Navajo country, finds a wounded cowhand named Joe (Marshall Reed) on the trail, and takes him to town. The Gorman Gang (formerly the Dalton Gang), disguised as Navajo Indians, ambushed Joe thinking he was the Marshal they had been tipped off about by gang member Ray Henderson, whose role name was not 'Delivers message'. So, West asks the none-too-bright Joe to pose as West, so that he, the real West can poke around unobserved using the name of Rusty Stevens.

This ruse only lasts about three minutes before Mac (the former Guthrie Dalton), who knows West, arrives and blows the cover. The rest is punch and counter-punch before West and town Sheriff Jeb Marvin (James Millican) join forces with the beleaguered Navajos to put an end to the Dalton Gang, now known as the Gorman Gang.

Once past the meaningless prologue, this one is heads-and-shoulders above the usual Ron Ormond-June Carr offerings, mainly because Julie Adams shows real quick she wasn't destined to remain long on Poverty Row; J. Farrell MacDonald's and Byron Foulger's performances, and the excellent camera work by the under-rated Ernest Miller who, for a change of pattern on Ormond productions, was given a chance to employ many set-ups on various scenes, including lots of close-ups, even in the action scenes.

Walter Greene's music is his usual bass-thumping mess, which still makes it better than what some guy named Barber tossed in on some of the revisionist-version tapes on John Wayne's Lone Star westerns.


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