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Gerald Drayson Adams (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
16 January 1953 (Finland) See more »
The Denbow family hope to freeze out homesteaders by denying access across their land; but to evade a murder charge... See more » | Add synopsis »
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'Davy Crockett' star Fess Parker dies
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 18 March 2010, 9:09 AM, PDT)

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Joseph Cotten ... Kirk Denbow

Shelley Winters ... Jane Stevens
Scott Brady ... Glenn Denbow
Suzan Ball ... Lottie
Minor Watson ... Matt Denbow
Katherine Emery ... Camilla Denbow
José Torvay ... Bandera (as Jose Torvay)
Douglas Spencer ... Clayton Vance
John Alexander ... Max Wickersham

Lee Van Cleef ... Dave Chittun
Richard Garland ... Charlie Fentress
Robert Anderson ... Ezra McCloud

Fess Parker ... Clem McCloud
Ray Bennett ... Sheriff Brogan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Adamson ... Barfly (uncredited)
Carlos Albert ... Vaquero (uncredited)
Carl Andre ... Townsman (uncredited)
Emile Avery ... Rustler (uncredited)
Mary Bayless ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Bob Burns ... Mr. Elliott - Townsman (uncredited)
Forrest Burns ... Rancher (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Rancher (uncredited)
John Davidson ... Townsman (uncredited)
Joe Dominguez ... Tomas (uncredited)
Henry A. Escalante ... Vaquero (uncredited)
Clem Fuller ... Polk (uncredited)
Beatrice Gray ... Mrs. Brogan (uncredited)

David Janssen ... Lottie's Dance Partner (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Townsman (uncredited)
Leo J. McMahon ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jennings Miles ... Townsman (uncredited)
Monte Montague ... Townsman (uncredited)
Alex Montoya ... José (uncredited)
Henry Orozco ... Townsman (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Barfly (uncredited)
Lalo Rios ... Pepe (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ... Bartender (uncredited)
Tom Smith ... Barfly (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Joe - Bartender (uncredited)
Forrest Taylor ... Doctor (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Vaquero (uncredited)
Connie Vera ... Nina (uncredited)
Billy Wilkerson ... Vaquero (uncredited)

Directed by
Hugo Fregonese 
Writing credits
Gerald Drayson Adams (screenplay) and
John Bagni (screenplay) &
Gwen Bagni (screenplay)

Polly James (additional dialogue)

Houston Branch (story) &
Eugenia Night (story)

Produced by
Leonard Goldstein .... producer
Ross Hunter .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Hans J. Salter 
Cinematography by
Charles P. Boyle (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Virgil W. Vogel  (as Virgil Vogel)
Art Direction by
Bernard Herzbrun 
Nathan Juran 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Ruby R. Levitt 
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Richard DeWeese .... sound (as Richard De Weese)
Carl Andre .... stunts (uncredited)
Emile Avery .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry A. Escalante .... stunts (uncredited)
Clem Fuller .... stunts (uncredited)
Leo J. McMahon .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Thomas .... costumes
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Other crew
William Fritzsche .... technicolor color consultant

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78 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:Approved (certificate #15809) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Pretty Good Western, 28 March 2012
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

A tyrannical rancher and his two sons defend their huge ranch spread against encroaching homesteaders.

Pretty good western, with Cotten and Brady fitting easily into their roles. I like the way the movie starts since the characters are too ambiguous to tell how the story will end. Most westerns, on the other hand, are all-too predictable in that respect. However, as the movie progresses battling sides begin to form and the outcome becomes more predictable.

The producers do a good job making the scale of the film-- with its cattle drive and wide open spaces-- appear bigger than it is. I suspect from some locations that the production actually never left the greater LA area. Also, I really like Brady as the headstrong Glenn; he injects real energy into the part. Of course, Shelley Winters is Shelley Winters. She makes a good floozie, but a not so good ranch lady. Still, it's a fine supporting cast, Van Cleef in an early bad guy role, plus Fess Parker doing a walk-on. But check out the luscious Suzan Ball as Lottie. Her brief life was indeed a tragic one.

Universal turned out a number of Technicolor oaters during this period. I imagine the westerns were upgraded to color in order to compete with early TV. They were usually done cheaply but smartly, and this, all in all, is one of the better ones.

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