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The Bushwhackers (1951)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jefferson Waring
Marshal John Harding
Sam Tobin
Cathy Sharpe
Artemus Taylor (as Lon Chaney)
Myrna Dell ...
Norah Taylor
Frank Marlowe ...
Peter Sharpe
William Holmes ...
'Ding' Bell (as Bill Holmes)
Ward Wood ...
Second Henchman (as Bob Wood)
Charles Trowbridge ...
Justin Stone
Deputy Yale
Stuart Randall ...
Gordon Wynn ...
John Quigley (as Gordon Wynne)


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 <>

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October 1951 (USA)  »

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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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good actors, low quality.
7 August 2006 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Some films, like Citizen Kane, still look actual even though it was made in 1941. Others, like The Bushwhackers from 1952, seem older than those talkies of the early thirties. The reason? A very, very low budget and a director that really belonged to TV. The actors are excellent, and it is surprising to see them together in a western were obviously lowering the cost was so crucial. John Ireland is Jefferson Waring a man that after the civil war is over goes west because he does not want to use guns anymore. There he meets Dorothy Malone and her father, who print the newspaper and also Wayne Morris, the marshal. There is also a bad guy, Lon Chaney and his mean daughter Myrna Dell, not counting the notorious always mean Jack Elam. A very similar story made an excellent western some years later, "The Violent Men". I enjoyed "The Bushwhackers" because of the actors and also the amusing primitive, low quality type of film making, something rare in the westerns of the fifties.

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