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Ron Ormond (original screenplay) and
Maurice Tombragel (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 June 1950 (USA) See more »
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James Ellison ... Shamrock Ellison (as Jimmie 'Shamrock' Ellison)

Russell Hayden ... Lucky Hayden (as Russ 'Lucky' Hayden)
Raymond Hatton ... Colonel
Fuzzy Knight ... Deacon

Julie Adams ... Ann Hayden (as Betty Adams)

Tom Tyler ... Henchman Weston

George J. Lewis ... Deke Gentry (as George Lewis)
John L. Cason ... Kent (as John Cason)
Stanley Price ... Sheriff
Stephen Carr ... Henchman Butch

Dennis Moore ... Henchman Bob
George Chesebro ... Dad Ellison
Bud Osborne ... Stage Driver Bud
Jimmy Martin ... Henchman (as Jimmie Martin)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Gibson ... Mrs. Ellison (uncredited)
Scoop Martin ... Rancher (uncredited)
Carl Mathews ... Cherokee (uncredited)
Joe Phillips ... Rancher (uncredited)
George Sowards ... Rancher (uncredited)

Bob Steele ... Shamrock (uncredited) (archive footage)
Cliff Taylor ... Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
Thomas Carr 
Writing credits
Ron Ormond (original screenplay) and
Maurice Tombragel (original screenplay)

Produced by
Ron Ormond .... producer
Ira Webb .... associate producer
Original Music by
Walter Greene (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ernest Miller (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Hugh Winn 
Art Direction by
Fred Preble 
Set Decoration by
Ted Offenbecker  (as Theodore Offenbecker)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
F.O. Collings .... assistant director
Sound Department
Harry Eckles .... sound engineer
Glen Glenn .... sound engineer
Special Effects by
Ray Mercer .... special effects
Carl Mathews .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Archie R. Dalzell .... camera operator (as Archie Dalzell)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bert Henrikson .... wardrobe (as Bert Hendrickson)
Music Department
Walter Greene .... musical director
Other crew
Moree Herring .... script supervisor
Murray Lerner .... associate executive
Gloria Welsch .... dialogue

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Also Known As:
"The Last Bullet" - USA (TV title)
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56 min | West Germany:85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Narrator:Southwest terriorty, 1860: The West was young and growing. Timbered with pioneers who hoped to tame this new land into a literal paradise for their cattle and farms.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Where Hoppy's sidekicks go, 17 August 2013
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

James Ellison and Russell Hayden teamed up for a series of truly cheaply produced westerns for anemically budgeted studio Lippert Pictures. Both are known for being former sidekicks of Hopalong Cassidy back in their respective salad days.

Some truly bad editing butchered this film as Ellison tries to find the murderers of his parents from back when he was a kid. After saving sheriff Raymond Hatton's life, Hatton makes him a deputy as this same gang is operating in his jurisdiction.

Hayden is involved with the group as is his sister, but due to the bad editing I'm not sure how. The gang has a truly murderous plan involving using a Gatling gun on the whole town.

People like Ellison and Hayden because of the Hoppy connection have their following among western fans. For them this is recommended and not for too many others.

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