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The Bushwhackers (1951)

Approved | | Western | October 1951 (USA)
An evil arthritic rancher and his murderous daughter are having settlers killed to prevent them from selling their land to the railroad.

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Jefferson Waring
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Marshal John Harding
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Sam Tobin
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Cathy Sharpe
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Artemus Taylor (as Lon Chaney)
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Norah Taylor
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Peter Sharpe
William Holmes ...
'Ding' Bell (as Bill Holmes)
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Cree
Ward Wood ...
Second Henchman (as Bob Wood)
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Justin Stone
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Deputy Yale
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Slocum
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Guthrie
Gordon Wynn ...
John Quigley (as Gordon Wynne)
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Plot here has Confederate veteran Jeff Waring arriving in Independence, Missouri shortly after the Civil War, and intending never again to use a gun. He finds that rancher Artemus Taylor, an arthritic despot, and his henchies, Sam Tobin and Cree, are forcing out the settlers in order to claim their land for the incoming railroad. The plot nearly predates "The Great Train Robbery" in age but the gritty execution and well-acted performances take it out of the norm... way out, in a couple of instances. Brassy Myrna Dell is on hand as Taylor's independent daughter, only slightly less meaner than her father, and the always welcome Dorothy Malone is the pretty school marm on the side of good. Needless to say, Ireland's passive outlook on life changes before the end. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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REVENGE - Frightening in it's Naked Fury!

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Jefferson Waring: I can't feel a thing for ya, Taylor. You're a beaten old man and I'm not sorry. You've ruined so many lives yours isn't even a down payment.
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a civil war vet, turned pacifist, becomes involved in a range war
8 October 1998 | by (Tecumseh ok) – See all my reviews

At times this seems like two separate movies:the first half is a mature study of a disgruntled war vet-the second half degenerates into a routine shoot 'em up. Ireland is great as the brooding war vet, Tierney(as in "Resevoir Dogs")the sullen villain. Chaney is reminiscent of Barrymore as the wheel-chair bound cattle baron. Highlight of the film is Chaney's damning accusation "You lose, soldier. You lose again!" Once the fireworks begin,all is predictable. Morris shows flashes of real talent as the corrupt town sheriff; Dell is good as the vixen. This one almost seems to be a pimer for the Ireland directed "Hannah Lee" that was released the following year. Worth staying up for, or at least setting the VCR.


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