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The Showdown (1950)

Approved  |   |  Mystery, Western  |  15 August 1950 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Shadrach Jones (as William Elliott)
Cap MacKellar
Rod Main (as Henry Morgan)
William Ching ...
Mike Shattay
Nacho Galindo ...
Big Mart
Henry Rowland ...
Charles Stevens ...
Indian Joe
Victor Kilian ...
William Steele ...


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 <>

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15 August 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sleep All Winter  »

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1.37 : 1
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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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Cowboy film noire with excellent atmosphere and acting
23 October 1999 | by (Boulder, Colorado, USA) – See all my reviews

Wild Bill Elliott plays the mysterious loner out to solve the murder of his brother. The identity of his brother's killer was less mysterious to this viewer than to Wild Bill. It was fairly obvious before the film was half way over who did the dirty deed. But who cares when one is being treated to the acting of Wild Bill, Marie Windsor, and Walter Brennan. Elliot's serious, stoic stage presence was perfect for dark films like this. Too bad better directors failed to recognize his potential. Windsor and Brennan provide strong supporting characters.

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