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The Savage Horde (1950)

Approved | | Western | 22 May 1950 (USA)
John "Ringo" Baker shoots an Army Captain in New Mexico in self defense and his brother, Lieutenant Mike Baker is charged with bringing him in. Ringo is on his way to Utah to see Livvy ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Baker, aka Ringo (as William Elliott)
Livvy Weston (as Adrian Booth)
Wade Proctor
Louise Cole
Glenn Larrabee (as Noah Beery)
Lt. Mike Baker
Dancer (Proctor's Hired Gunman)
Col. Price
Judge Thomas Cole
Buck Yallop
Stuart Hamblen ...
Sgt. Gowdy
Sam Jeffries
Henchman Polk


John "Ringo" Baker shoots an Army Captain in New Mexico in self defense and his brother, Lieutenant Mike Baker is charged with bringing him in. Ringo is on his way to Utah to see Livvy Weston and has an encounter with the U.S. Cavalry patrol led by his brother, and wounds Mike in making his escape. He arrives in the town of Gunlock and befriends Glenn Larrabee, owner of a small ranch whose property, and that of the other ranchers, is coveted by Wade Proctor. Ringo becomes Glenn's partner and organizes the small ranchers to fight against Proctor, who sends a fast-draw, hired gunman, Dancer, gunning for Ringo, who also has his brother and the Army closing in on him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

22 May 1950 (USA)  »

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Terror über Colorado  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Ride An Old Paint, Lead An Old Bald
Written by Stuart Hamblen
Sung by Stuart Hamblem
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Cowboy to Elliot,"Why ain't you wearin' a gun?" Elliot, " 'Cause, It makes my pants sag."
7 March 2008 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Superior Republic oater despite a title that suggests Ghengis Khan. Good screenplay, excellent cast, and occasionally good locations, lift this production beyond the routine. Most of all, there's the unsung Bill Elliot in the lead. He wasn't handsome and couldn't sing, but he was a good convincing actor who could make you believe his character was real. And best of all, no one, including Duke Wayne, was better at being plain ornery. Elliot's voice always had an edge to it that conveyed real authority. Unlike most cowboy heroes, he could have played the black hat as easily as the white one.

I like the way the screenplay makes the characters more complex than usual. In fact, notice how bad guy Grant Withers wins almost every argument with Elliott, the other ranchers and the judge. He's shrewd, knows the law and people, and is nicely underplayed by Withers. Too bad, steely-eyed Bob Steele never got the big break his talent deserved. Probably it was because of his bantam size; nonetheless, he's almost scary as the hired gunsel.

Adding his usual colorful character is that unmistakable motor-mouth Earle Hodgins as the gun huckster. Did Hollywood ever have a faster talker or a bigger snake oil salesman. Even the ladies are a cut above the cowgirl average. Booth comes across as the kind of gal any guy would like to hitch up with. Include in the mix, professional weasel Will Wright and professional nice guy Noah Beery Jr., and the movie amounts to an Oscar night among B-movie all-stars.

Joe Kane puts it all together, though a couple of seams do show-- how did Elliott get away from army custody and show up suddenly in town. Was that me, my video copy, or a lapse in the editing. Anyway he arrives just in time with a cut face and no explanation of how he got away. But that's okay. The effortless barn dance more than makes up for a possible editing lapse. So, if you've got a spare 90 minutes, give this classic 1940's face-off between a big land baron and the little guys a try.

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