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Cripple Creek (1952)

Approved | | Western | 1 July 1952 (USA)
Lawmen infiltrate bandit gang to catch mining crooks.

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Bret Ivers
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Julie Hanson
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Larry Galland
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Silver Kirby
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Strap Galland alias Gillis
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Denver Jones
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Emil Cabeau
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Marshal John Tetheroe
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It's 1893 and gold is being smuggled out of the country. Instead of stealing gold bars, the outlaws are stealing high grade ore, having it smelted, and then having it plated to look like lead. The Government sends agents Bret and Larry who arrive in Cripple Creek posing as Texas gunfighters. Bret finds the smelting operation and Larry learns of the payoff. But the crooked town Marshal is suspicious of the two men and the reply of his inquiry to Texas exposes them putting their lives in danger. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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For every man who struck gold - a hundred tried to take it away from him! See more »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Silver Kirby: Now I wonder what Cabeau saw in those two to worry about?
Denver Jones: Maybe it's the way they sling the artillery... Texas-style: low and handy.
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Detective aspects unbelievable, too lucky. Trite dialog.
5 September 2014 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

I can see why Westerns eventually withered after seeing this one. It was competently produced and had a surprisingly good and familiar cast, especially of the bad guys. George Montgomery sure looked the part.

What bothered me the most is the facile and unbelievable way the characters followed and watched each other, moved about and sneaked in and out of hideouts. The heroes conveniently and luckily see so much from their second floor room. … … They follow a horse-drawn wagon undetected and see so much (also undetected) from a high-up perch.

The best example of this: twice George Montgomery sneaks undetected into a highly populated bad-guy mine-smelting operation, quickly sees and grasps the entire operation and has the great luck of being next to a shipping stencil that shows the place (San Francisco) and pier number where the contraband is shipped out of the US. Then a secret service agent goes to the pier and happens to see a Chinaman depositing an envelope into a postal collection box. What luck, the agent has the post office examine all the letters in the box, and they find a letter going to a reputable citizen in Cripple Creek telling him to pay off the bad guys for the gold delivery. That bit of "luck" solved the case.

And then the dialog was filled with so many trite clichés.

The big surprise ending (which I won't divulge) wasn't important, but was unbelievable and unnecessary.


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