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Old Oklahoma Plains (1952)

Approved | | Western | 25 July 1952 (USA)
One-time cavalry officer Rex Allen, between jobs as a star rodeo rider, is asked by his former commanding officer, Colonel Bigelow, to help settle a dispute between the army and local ... See full summary »

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Koko ...
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Slim
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Arthur Jensen
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Chuck Ramsey
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Lieutenant Spike Connors
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Colonel Charles Bigelow
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Henchman Cameron
Stephen Chase ...
Geneal William Parker
The Republic Rhythm Riders ...
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One-time cavalry officer Rex Allen, between jobs as a star rodeo rider, is asked by his former commanding officer, Colonel Bigelow, to help settle a dispute between the army and local ranchers. The cavalry has commandeered a large parcel of land needed to test their newly-designed tank and prominent rancher Jenson has encited the locals to rebel at this intrusion. It is up to Rex and his sidekick, Slim, to thwart Jenson and convince the residents that these army tests are essential. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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25 July 1952 (USA)  »

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Golpe Traiçoeiro  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Features Army Girl (1938) See more »

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The Lonesome Road
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Sung by Rex Allen with The Republic Rhythm Riders
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Times Change
5 February 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It's too bad that General George S. Patton never got to see Old Oklahoma Plains. As he described himself and as George C. Scott repeated in Patton, he was an old horse cavalryman and sad to say he recognized that the day of the cavalry had passed and the day of armor and mechanized warfare had begun in World War I. The tank was introduced there, but it was a prototype similar to the tank you see in this film.

Rex Allen is an old cavalryman in this film and he's been hired by the army to mediate a dispute between ranchers and the army about the use of government land for grazing stock. The army now wants to use their grazing land for tank testing. Roy Barcroft who raises horses for the cavalry as his biggest customer stands to be wiped out and he rouses up the other ranchers.

In a way I can't blame Barcroft, but times change and technology is what changes them. But he's Barcroft playing his usual crafty villain and his craftiness gets a young officer killed.

The word treason is thrown around in this film and remember this is the Cold War years when the film came out. Young John Crawford who got a dishonorable discharge and served with Allen is a willing and eager henchman for Barcroft. He learns his lesson a bit too late here.

Slim Pickens is along providing his usual sidekick comic relief. Old Oklahoma Plains is a good action film with an interesting subject for a western.


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