Rancher helps a friend claim a spread he's inherited, only to get involved in his murder.

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Koko ...
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Mary Ellen Kay ...
Jackie Reynolds
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Joshua Slim Pickens / Ma Pickens
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Carrie Hurley
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Daniel Hurley
John Daheim ...
Dusty Hurley aka John Stocker
Louise Beavers ...
Mattie, Jackie's Maid
Chester Clute ...
Lawyer Davis
Clarence Straight ...
Mail Man Driving the Hack
The Republic Rhythm Riders ...
Ranch Workers, Musicians
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The Hurley's own a lumber mill and want to harvest all the timber in the valley. They kill the Forester and substitute their brother Dusty in his place. Dusty then says all the trees are infected and must be cut down. But Rex Allen is suspicious and writes to the Forestry Department. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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8 February 1952 (USA)  »

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Cavaleiro do Colorado  »

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Keep an eye on the scene when Rex and the sheriff ride into town to inspect the Hurley Mill office. When they get off their horses, the animals are left to move along on their own in the street. However when both men leave the office after finding the letter addressed to Allen, the horses are tied to a hitching post. See more »

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Down by the Riverside
Traditional Gospel Song
Performed by Rex Allen and The Republic Rhythm Riders
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REX AND HIS BOYS STRUGGLE WITH THE ELEMENTS AS WELL AS WITH VILLAINS.
13 May 2003 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

The last and certainly one of the better singing cowboys, Rex Allen, stars here in this fast-moving Republic "B" western, accompanying his pal Slim Pickens, in their initial matchup, to be on hand at Slim's home in Colorado where he expects to benefit from the bequest of the estate of a deceased relative, Zeke Reynolds, consisting of substantial timber holdings. To Slim's surprise, there are other claimants who think they will be heirs to the estate: Jacqueline Reynolds (Mary Ellen Kay), a distant cousin, and a brother/sister duo, Dan and Carrie Hurley (Fred Graham/June Vincent), owners of the Hurley Lumber Mill, whose business practices include overharvesting of trees, bringing about flash flooding while destroying cattle grazing land in Pine Valley. The Hurleys are guilty of crimes more serious than unsavoury commercial methods, and Rex and his employees, including Slim and the vocalising "Republic Rhythm Riders", find themselves in a range war between timbermen and ranchers who are avidly seeking to catch the Hurleys in the midst of committing their misdeeds. Typical of Republic productions in this genre, COLORADO SUNDOWN provides a great deal of furious fight footage, a runaway stagecoach corralled by trick riding and several musical numbers which appear at incongruous moments, including the traditional folk song "Down by the Riverside" (during a flood!) with performances from Allen, Kay, Pickens and the "Rhythm Boys". Director William Witney downcranks his camera during fight scenes, as is his wont, for by marginally slowing filming speed, action appears to be extraordinarily violent, and with the physically capable Allen and veteran stunt coordinator Graham on hand, these passages leave an indelible impression during the course of this interesting low-budget work.


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