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The Raiders (1952)

Approved | | Western | November 1952 (USA)
A rancher who has staked a claim during the California gold rush goes after the gang of murderous claim-jumpers who have stolen his claim and murdered his wife.

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Jan Morrell
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Elena de Ortega
Barbara Britton ...
Elizabeth Ainsworth
Morris Ankrum ...
Alcalde Thomas Ainsworth
Richard Martin ...
Felipe de Ortega
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Marty Smith (as Palmer Lee)
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Marshal William Henderson
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Hank Purvis
John Kellogg ...
Jack Welch
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Sam Sterling
Virginia Mullen ...
Abby Cummings
Margaret Field ...
Mary Morrell
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Frank Morrell
Carlos Rivero ...
Ramon Castillo
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Mountain Jim Ferris
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In 1849, during the California gold rush, prospector Jan Morell and his brother Frank plan to save enough gold in order to buy good farming land in the Napa Valley. One day, while Jan and Frank are prospecting in a nearby river bed, a gang of thugs and claim jumpers led by Jack Welch and Hank Purvis ransack Jan's cabin, steal his gold dust and kill his wife. One of the thugs, Purvis, also takes the cameo brooch Jan gave to his wife. When Jan and Frank return to the cabin and discover the tragedy, Jan swears vengeance. In town, at the local saloon, the killers spend their newly found gold loot at the gambling table. Jan and Frank arrive at the saloon where they start inquiring about the possible whereabouts of the gang who robbed them. The thugs are aware of this and decide to kill the two brothers upon their leaving the saloon. Frank is killed and Jan is wounded but manages to ride away. He is found by Mexican Felipe De Ortega who takes him to his home where his sister Elena nurses ... Written by nufs68

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The wild Sierras thunder to the last great gold mine wars ! See more »

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Riders of Vengeance  »

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A great 1950's cowboy
16 May 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I hadn't seen this movie before or the actors in it but found it easy to engage with. Richard Conte plays Jan Morrell a gold prospector in California before it became a state of the union. His cabin is attacked by bandits who steal his gold and kill his wife. hey leave him for dead but he is saved and goes on the hunt for the gang.

The costumes are typical 50's with lots of colour and all beautifully clean. The girls outfits are stunning - Jan Morrell gets a choice of two new women in his life - I guess the frontier life meant that you had to move on quickly !

OK, it is a bit creaky here and there but if you want a good afternoon cowboy - give it a chance.


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