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Colorado Sundown (1952)

 -  Western  -  8 February 1952 (USA)
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Rancher helps a friend claim a spread he's inherited, only to get involved in his murder.



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Complete credited cast:
Rex Allen ...
Rex Allen
Koko ...
Koko (as Miracle Horse of the Movies)
Mary Ellen Kay ...
Jackie Reynolds
Joshua 'Slim' Pickens / Ma Pickens
Carrie Hurley
Fred Graham ...
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


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 <>

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murder | lumber mill | rancher | timber | dog | See more »







Release Date:

8 February 1952 (USA)  »

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Colorado Sundown  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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
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Performed by Rex Allen and The Republic Rhythm Riders
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Rex and Slim versus the Timber Barons
6 December 2004 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

Siblings Carrie and Daniel Hurley are trying to start up their timber mill by trying to have all the trees in the valley chopped despite the fact the forest rangers saying it will hurt the ranchers by exposing the land to erosion and flash floods. They also inherit a ranch with timber that can be cut down, but find themselves coheirs with Jacqueline Reynolds, arriving from the east, and Slim Pickens, coming from Texas with his ranch foreman Rex Allen. The Hurleys try to buy out Jacqueline and Slim's portions of the ranch claiming that the trees are infected with a blight and must be cut down, which will ruin the property, but Rex and Mattie, Jacqueline's maid, go stop them from signing the document. The Hurley's next plan is to have their younger brother, Dusty (a black sheep even for this family) impersonate a forestry official (using the documents of an official poisoned by the Hurleys) to order the trees cut down. Rex writes the forestry department for advice on the matter, and his letter is stolen by Dusty, who takes it back to Carrie, who poisons him to prevent him from telling Rex of their scheme. The Hurleys accuse Rex of Dusty's murder, but he is called to prevent rains from flooding the valley. Excellent entry in the Rex Allen series with plenty of action and great direction from director Witney. The script could have used some work in the beginning since the Hurley's motives at the beginning (before they inherit the ranch) aren't clearly explained. The film has a bunch of great fights including Rex vs. Graham (Daniel Hurley) started by Rex throwing a punch while riding past him on Koko. Pickens and Beavers (Mattie) both give good comic relief performances here. An all around winner. Rating, based on B westerns, 10.

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