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Al Jennings of Oklahoma (1951)

Passed | | Action, Romance, Western | 17 January 1951 (USA)
Bank robber serves his time in prison, tries to go straight.

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Margo St. Claire
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Alice Calhoun
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Lon Tuttle (as Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams)
Raymond Greenleaf ...
Judge Jennings
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Marshal Ken Slattery
John Ridgely ...
Railroad Detective Dan Hanes
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Ed Jennings
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Fred Salter
Helen Brown ...
Mrs. Salter
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Pete Kincaid
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Sammy Page
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Buck Botkin
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'Doc' Wrightmire (as Edwin Parker)
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The four Jennings brothers are Lawyers. When Al has a brother murdered, he goes after the murderer. He outdraws him but a witness says it was murder. Escaping the Sheriff he take refuge on a cattle ranch only to learn all the hands are rustlers. With a price on his head Al joins them and becomes an outlaw. His fame grows as does the reward for his capture. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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The Real True-To-Life Story Of The Last Of The Great Outlaws As Told By Al Jennings...."himself"! See more »


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17 January 1951 (USA)  »

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Al Jennings de Oklahoma  »

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1.37 : 1
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After killing Marsden, Jennings leaves the house and holsters his pistol, however in the next shot he has his pistol in his hand again See more »

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Frank Jennings: Any of the old bunch still around?
Lon Tuttle: Not many. Fred Salter is in jail for cattle rustling. Sammy Page and Doc Wrightmire got themselves hung for horse stealing. And the last I heard of Pete Kincaid, he was down in Indian country for his health. He got a sudden attack of lead poisoning running away from a posse. That leaves me and Buck and Slim Harris.
Frank Jennings: Things must be pretty quiet around here.
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Bland, Despite Duryea
26 August 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Lawyer Al Jennings discovers he likes robbing better than lawyering, but then tries to straighten out. Yet the past has a way of catching up, especially if there's a relapse back into robbing.

Badly flawed western, with a spotty screenplay, uninspired direction, and indifferent acting. Pairing ace villain Duryea with malt-shop Storm is like pairing Dillinger with Shirley Temple. Unfortunately, Duryea pretty much walks through his role as Al Jennings. Too bad, because given a good script and quality direction, few could deliver more memorable performances than slick-haired Duryea. Yet it looks like his career was on a downturn here since he went into TV (China Smith) the following year (IMDB).

I just wish director Nazarro could have heightened the drama with a few close-ups. Instead, his camera remains at an impersonal distance, which doesn't help. Then too, there's sloppy attention to detail. Note how after the wild buckboard chase, Storm looks like she just stepped out of a fashionable beauty salon. Even her over-sized hat is un-windblown. Sure, this is minor, but it all adds up, including sloppy staging as when the posse tries to catch the gang at the Diamond B ranch.

In my little book, the oater's a bland waste of talent, whose best feature may be the Technicolor photography, even if action never leaves LA environs. Too bad all around, especially for fans of the great Dan Duryea.


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