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Ron Ormond (story) and
Maurice Tombragel (story)
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Release Date:
30 June 1950 (USA) See more »
When Shamrock was young, the Cat killed his parents. Now grown, Shamrock gets appointed Marshal when he breaks up a robbery attempt by Tex and his men... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

James Ellison ... Shamrock Ellison (as Jimmy 'Shamrock' Ellison)

Russell Hayden ... Lucky Hayden (as Russ 'Lucky' Hayden)

Raymond Hatton ... Colonel

Fuzzy Knight ... Deacon

Julie Adams ... Ann (as Betty Adams)

Tom Tyler ... Outlaw Leader

George J. Lewis ... Henchman Pedro (as George Lewis)

John L. Cason ... Tex (as John Cason)

Stanley Price ... Carter
Stephen Carr ... Posse Member Zeke

Dennis Moore ... Henchman Dick
George Chesebro ... Sam Ellison

Bud Osborne ... Stage Driver
Jimmy Martin ... Henchman Larson (as Jimmie Martin)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Butler ... First Bartender (uncredited)

Yakima Canutt ... Rodeo Performer (archive footage) (uncredited)

Helen Gibson ... Ma Ellison (uncredited)

Herman Hack ... Townsman (uncredited)
Bud Hooker ... Henchman Pat (uncredited)

I. Stanford Jolley ... Second Bartender (uncredited)

Ray Jones ... Barfly (uncredited)
Eugene Lay ... Shamrock as a Boy (uncredited)
Scoop Martin ... Henchman (uncredited)
Carl Mathews ... Henchman (uncredited)
Fraser McMinn ... Townsman (uncredited)
Joe Phillips ... Townsman (uncredited)
George Plues ... Stage Driver (archive footage) (uncredited)
George Sowards ... Barfly (uncredited)
Cliff Taylor ... Doctor (uncredited)
James Van Horn ... Henchman (uncredited)
Judith Webster ... Dance Hall Girl (uncredited)

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

Richard Martinsen  original story (uncredited)

Produced by
Ron Ormond .... producer
Ira Webb .... associate producer
Original Music by
Walter Greene (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ernest Miller 
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
Bud Hooker .... stunts (uncredited)
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (uncredited)
Carl Mathews .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Archie R. Dalzell .... camera operator (as Archie Dalzell)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bert Henrikson .... wardrobe
Music Department
Walter Greene .... musical director
Other crew
Moree Herring .... script supervisor
Murray Lerner .... associate executive
Robert L. Lippert .... presenter
Gloria Welsch .... dialogue director

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sudden Death" - USA (TV title)
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55 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Germany:12 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #14325)

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Movie Connections:
Remake of Branded a Coward (1935)See more »


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Phobia, 18 August 2013
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

This Lippert Picture starring James Ellison and Russell Hayden concerns a psychological phobia that Ellison has about using a revolver for other than trick shooting in a rodeo. Back in the day his parents were gunned down by the notorious outlaw The Cat who no one knows what he looks like. An interesting idea for a western, especially from a poverty row studio like Lippert.

Despite the phobia and with Hayden selling a bill of goods to the townspeople, Ellison and Hayden are made marshal and deputy to find the notorious Cat. You'll be surprised at who it is.

Hayden with his garrulousness reminds me of Gabby Hayes when the two of them partnered with Hopalong Cassidy. It's entertaining and amusing to say the least.

If some major studio had done Fast On The Draw it might have been worthwhile.

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