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The Bushwhackers (1951)

 -  Western  -  October 1951 (USA)
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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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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)
Myrna Dell ...
Norah Taylor
Frank Marlowe ...
Peter Sharpe
William Holmes ...
'Ding' Bell (as Bill Holmes)
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Cree
Ward Wood ...
Second Henchman (as Bob Wood)
Charles Trowbridge ...
Justin Stone
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Deputy Yale
Stuart Randall ...
Slocum
George Lynn ...
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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Western

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October 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Rebel  »

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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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An interesting low-budget western.
23 December 2000 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Using a theme that became quite popular decades later, Amateau scores well on his directorial debut. The original title of this movie was to be "The Rebel" however, producer Broder was unable to keep his hands off anything he was involved in, hence the uninspired title. It is interesting to note that Director Amateau years later in his TV show "Dukes of Hazzard" named the automobile "The Rebel." Ireland is perfectly cast as the emoting Civil War veteran, only seeking peace, but willing to fight and kill to get it. The supporting cast is extremely interesting, featuring the, by then has-been Morris, Tierney, Dell, and Chaney. Considering that Ireland, Chaney, Tierney, and Morris were renown for their drinking bouts, working on this picture must have been a real challenge. The end result is a very good, if dated western, featuring some of the finest acting put on celluloid.


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