The Last Musketeer (1952)

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Cattle buyer Rex Allen rides into Taskerville and sees two men toss Slim Pickens, a water diviner hired by the local ranchers, into a wagon. Rex chases the wagon to the barn of rancher Lem ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Koko ...
Mary Ellen Kay ...
James Anderson ...
Russ Tasker
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ...
Barney, Tasker's Foreman
Monte Montague ...
Matt Becker
Johnny Becker
Al Bridge ...
Lem Shaver (as Alan Bridge)
Stan Jones ...
Sheriff Blake
The Republic Rhythm Riders ...
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Cattle buyer Rex Allen rides into Taskerville and sees two men toss Slim Pickens, a water diviner hired by the local ranchers, into a wagon. Rex chases the wagon to the barn of rancher Lem Shaver, where he learns from Slim that Russ Tasker, a wealthy rancher and owner of the only artesian-fed reservoir in the valley, has charged such high prices for water that the ranchers are bankrupt. Tasker's henchmen kill rancher Matt Becker and have his son Johnny branded as an outlaw. Rex learns that the Beckers had found a meager water supply and Rex suspects that is what led to the killing and the charges against Johnny. With the aid of Slim and Johnny's sweetheart, Sue, Rex finds that the Becker spring is fed from the same underground lake that feeds Tasker's well-guarded reservoir. But Rex is jailed for aiding Johnny. Written by Les Adams <>

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IN ACTION AGAIN! Rex Allen THE ARIZONA'...hard hittin'...straight shootin' cactus country cowboy with a hankerin' for adventure and a smile for a sweet senorita! See more »








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1 March 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Último Mosqueteiro  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Down in the Valley
Sung by Rex Allen with The Republic Rhythm Riders
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The Local Ponderosa Owner Wants Even More
29 July 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Though what musketeers of any kind have to do with this story I don't know, Rex Allen stars in this fine B western where cattle buyer Allen gets involved with the problems of a valley and the small ranchers who are being starved out by James Anderson owner of the local Ponderosa who also controls all the water in the valley with a reservoir he's built and maintains with gunmen.

His father built the Ponderosa, but the son wants to make it bigger yet by driving all the other ranchers out and then damming up an underground river that feeds the reservoir and selling electric power to surrounding cities. In 1952 still a lot of the country had not yet gotten public power courtesy of one of the New Deal's most innovative and progressive agencies, the Rural Electrification Agency. The plot would have resonated well in the rural market area though not as well as in the Thirties. In that sense though good and still somewhat topical this would have found a bigger market in the Thirties.

Rex and sidekick Slim Pickens also have to contend with young lovers Mary Ellen Kay and Michael Hall whose father is killed by Anderson and his men and is seeking vengeance. Hall's understandable grief and quest for Anderson's hide might upset plans that Allen has to bring Anderson down legally.

Both Rex Allen and Slim Pickens have a background in rodeo, in fact Slim Pickens was a rodeo clown. About six or seven minutes in the film is devoted to Slim's routine with a bull like you would have seen in his younger days.

This is a pretty serious western and a good one showing Rex Allen to good advantage as a cowboy hero.

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