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I despair of seeing many rare vintage films on TCM UK.So i was very surprised to find this entertaining western in a midweek afternoon schedule.Dennis Morgan here becomes the standard singing cowboy.He must have known that the writing was on the wall when Warner's cast him in this film.However that was probably more to do with their desire to cut down their list of contracted actors.Morgan is supported in the comic sidekick role by George O 'Hanlon,of the Joe McDoakes series.There is a lot of action in a routine plot and Dennis takes every opportunity to sing a song.Its no classic but it is well worth a view if TCM ever show it again.
He rides, he romances, he's fast with his fists and--best of
all--bursts into song at the drop of a hat, displaying a formidable
Irish tenor. It's talented and quite beloved Dennis Morgan, nearing the
end of a lengthy film career.
The story's about the governor of Texas who sends Cowboy Morgan to keep the peace between ranchers and a land baron. After many film roles from heavy dramas to light comedies, Dennis still looks good and plays his hero role with substantial conviction.
Morgan gets to sing more songs and in more varied situations than you could shake a stick at, and even his adversaries seem to have their savage beasts tamed by this cowboy's melodious strains.
The film isn't ever going to win any prizes; it's just interesting and enjoyable to see and hear one who was born to be a star go through these western paces before riding off to the sunset. Also of special interest is a young (and most attractive) Rita Moreno in an early--and of course Mexican--role.
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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I must admit i like watching all the old westerns, enjoyable enough, would be a candidate for a remake (without the singing). Good storyline but the singing holds it back from being a better western movie. I would rate it a version of a type of Roy Rodgers movie. Unfortunately the only actor i rate as below par is the main star himself, not believable as a cowboy as well as his sidekick Shiloh, but i'm sure there must have been a reason to cast these two actors. All the other actors/actresses have made a successful career since this movie and it is quite interesting reading to see how some of them have made it,especially the two female actresses .
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