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The Showdown (1950)

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Shadrach Jones, ex-Texas State Policeman, has a ruthless determination to find and kill the man who shot his brother in the back and stole the money with which he was to buy a ranch for he ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Bill Elliott ...
Shadrach Jones (as William Elliott)
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Cap MacKellar
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Adelaide
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Rod Main (as Henry Morgan)
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Chokecherry
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Cochran
William Ching ...
Mike Shattay
Nacho Galindo ...
Gonzales
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Big Mart
Henry Rowland ...
Dutch
Charles Stevens ...
Indian Joe
Victor Kilian ...
Hemp
Yakima Canutt ...
Davis
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Pickney
William Steele ...
Terry
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Shadrach Jones, ex-Texas State Policeman, has a ruthless determination to find and kill the man who shot his brother in the back and stole the money with which he was to buy a ranch for he and Shadrach. At the saloon-hotel ran by Adelaide, Shadrach is convinced that one of the cowhands on a cattle drive by Captain McKellar to Montana is the killer, and he takes the trail-herd boss job to identify the man. McKellar preaches to Jones that he should forget revenge and let the law of retribution take care of the killer. Shadrach's hard driving of the men and his hunt for the killer makes him bitterly hated, and his retribution quest ends in a manner he has not anticipated. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Manhunt FROM TEXAS TO MONTANA! See more »

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Mystery | Western

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15 August 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sleep All Winter  »

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The entire Arizona to Montana cattle drive was filmed entirely on the Republic back lot using process photography rear projection involving stock footage and newly photographed second unit background scenes. See more »

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Vengeance or Retribution?
9 June 2003 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

This film is a surprise, you would not expect Bill Elliott, who was a B-western hero, to show up in such an artistic western as this one. It is the same type of surprise we had with "The Gunfighter" or "The Ox-Bow Incident" but those films had great actors, they only had the structure of a B-western. Anyhow this film sure deserved more credit than it got. The photography, the actors, (Elliott included) and the story are excellent. As Walter Brennan tries to convince Elliott that vengeance is wrong, that all will be taken care by divine retribution, it makes one think a lot about it, long after the film is over.


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