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Cattle Town (1952)

Approved | | Western | 6 September 1952 (USA)
Following the Civil War, the state of Texas, needing money, sells land to a syndicate of northerners headed by Judd Hastings (Ray Teal). When Hastings demands the land, and the squatters ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Mike McGann
Ben Curran
Marian Hastings
Judd Hastings
Felipe Rojas
Keeno (as Bob Wilke)
Texas Governor
Joseph - Governor's Secretary


Following the Civil War, the state of Texas, needing money, sells land to a syndicate of northerners headed by Judd Hastings (Ray Teal). When Hastings demands the land, and the squatters refuses to vacate, the governor sends Mike McGann (Dennis Morgan) to settle the issues. Eventually, McGann gets the ranchers to move on to other areas with their cattle, which Hastings also covets. McGann also falls in love with Hastings' daughter, Marian (Amanda Blake). Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

6 September 1952 (USA)  »

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Cowboykaupunki  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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As was often the case, WB drew upon a lot of stock footage, from earlier, higher budgeted productions, to enhance the look of this one, so some long retired, or even dead performers show up in some of the crowd scenes. See more »


(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
aka "Dixie"
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Sung by Dennis Morgan in the saloon
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Irritating and very poor western
24 July 2014 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

Cattle Town is a low budget western with a fairly mundane plot and some dodgy singing thrown in.

It's a strange film that doesn't seem to know whether to be a serious Western, a Romance or a Musical. In the end it decides to amalgamate all three so we are just left with a confusing and messy hybrid. The lead actor Dennis Morgan who comes across as plain smug, and his sidekick, just don't convince at all. They are way too jovial, randomly and annoyingly bursting into some plain awful songs. It is therefore hard to take this effort at all seriously which is a shame as there was a germ of a decent film here.

I wasn't expecting much but I was expecting more than I got. Even with it's short running time I was left praying for the end well before it finished. It's not often you are rooting for the hero to be shot and killed but this is one time when it would have been a blessed relief. This is a very poor western and certainly among the worst I have seen. Avoid.

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