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2 November 1953 (UK) See more »
After six years spent in Mexico a penniless Brett Stanton and his gang return to Carson City intending to make a quick dishonest buck. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jeanne Crain ... Linda Culligan

Dale Robertson ... Brett Stanton

Richard Boone ... John Ringo

Lloyd Bridges ... Gar Stanton

Carole Mathews ... Cynthia London

Carl Betz ... Deputy Phil Ryan

Whitfield Connor ... Jim London
Hugh Sanders ... Sheriff Bill Gifford

Rodolfo Acosta ... Joe Mendoza
Pascual García Peña ... Pig
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Adler ... Barney (uncredited)

James Best ... Deputy Gig (uncredited)

Larry J. Blake ... Ticket Seller (uncredited)

Chet Brandenburg ... Townsman (uncredited)
Harris Brown ... Bank President (uncredited)

Harry Brown ... Bank Cashier (uncredited)

Ralph Bucko ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)

Steve Carruthers ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Kit Carson ... Deputy (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Jack (uncredited)

Tristram Coffin ... Easterner Wanting Hotel Room (uncredited)
Leo Curley ... Harry Wade (uncredited)
Richard H. Cutting ... Mr. Davis (uncredited)
John Daheim ... James J. Corbett (uncredited)
Alan Dexter ... Flint (uncredited)

King Donovan ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Cinch (uncredited)
Jane Easton ... Saloon Singer (uncredited)
Douglas Evans ... William Brady (uncredited)

Frank Ferguson ... Easterner at Training Camp (uncredited)

Barbra Fuller ... Mrs. Adler (uncredited)
Kay Garrett ... Mr. Logan (uncredited)
Joe Gilbert ... Dice Table Dealer (uncredited)

Leo Gordon ... Russell (uncredited)

Don Haggerty ... Bob Thrailkill (uncredited)

Chick Hannan ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)

Harry Harvey ... Saloon Waiter (uncredited)

Percy Helton ... Old-Timer at Training Camp (uncredited)
Harry Hines ... Stewpot (uncredited)

Earle Hodgins ... Cooch Dance Barker (uncredited)
Anthony Jochim ... Blister (uncredited)

I. Stanford Jolley ... Gunslinger at Ringside (uncredited)

Jack Kenny ... Townsman (uncredited)
Perk Lazelle ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Jimmy Lennon Sr. ... Fight Announcer (uncredited)

Mathew McCue ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Tom McDonough ... Deputy Tex (uncredited)
George Melford ... Old-Timer Outside Saloon (uncredited)

Kansas Moehring ... Townsman (uncredited)
King Mojave ... Barker (uncredited)
Gordon Nelson ... Doctor (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Bob Fitzsimmons (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Cornerman (uncredited)

Joe Ploski ... Townsman (uncredited)

Maudie Prickett ... Indignant Townswoman (uncredited)
Ed Randolph ... Chuck-a-Luck Dealer (uncredited)
Richard Reeves ... Gunslinger at Ringside (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo ... Townsman (uncredited)

George Selk ... Old-Timer (uncredited)
Jerry Sheldon ... Poker Player (uncredited)

Charles Smith ... Henry (uncredited)

Charles Soldani ... Indian (uncredited)

Charles Tannen ... Cashier (uncredited)

Jack Tornek ... Townsman (uncredited)

Blackie Whiteford ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)

Directed by
Harmon Jones 
Writing credits
George W. George (written by) and
George F. Slavin (written by)

Produced by
Leonard Goldstein .... producer
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Charles G. Clarke (director of photography)
Film Editing by
George A. Gittens 
Costume Design by
Dorothy Jeakins 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stanley Hough .... assistant director
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
Chet Brandenburg .... stunt double: Don Haggerty (uncredited)
John Daheim .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunt double (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Music Department
Lionel Newman .... musical director
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Earle Hagen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Lionel Newman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Raksin .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Chet Brandenburg .... stand-in: Don Haggerty (uncredited)
Jerry Bryan .... dialogue director (uncredited)

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81 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Debut of Leo Gordon.See more »
Mendoza:He says the medals belong to him... he stole them himself.
Brett Stanton:Well, tell him the next time to steal something with some gold in it.
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Three gang's a crowd in a robbery, 16 August 2008
Author: weezeralfalfa from United States

Offbeat, if predictable, color western of the early '50s, with a cast of big name major players. You will probably have to catch it as a Saturday morning western on Fox channel, as it doesn't appear to be available on VHS or DVD.

The plot surrounds the designs of 3 small outlaw gangs to make off with the substantial take of ticket sales and bets on the historic heavyweight bout between "Gentleman" Jim Corbet and challenger Bob Fitzsimmons in Carson City, Nevada, shortly before the turn of the century. Dale Robertson is the well-spoken tall dark and handsome leader of one of these gangs, a strong cue that he is the leading man of this yarn. The leaders of the 3 gangs and the sheriff seem all too familiar and chummy with each other to ring true. As 3 supposedly notorious outlaw gangs, one would think the sheriff would have at least one outstanding warrant against each. Instead, he offers to deputize the leaders of each, to supposedly ensure that their gangs won't pull any shenanigans during this big media event. The other 2 leaders immediately turn down this offer, but Robertson eventually accepts it and arm twists the other two very reluctant leaders to follow suit. Of course, each still plans to make off with the bonanza, together, if not alone.

Jean Crain, as the one time girlfriend of Robertson, doesn't get much screen time, despite top billing. She is the romantic object contested between Robertson and man-about-town Jim London. Crain and Robertson go back and forth several times about whether they want to hook up again, but we can guess the eventual outcome, after Robertson decides which side of the law he wants to be on.

Richard Boone plays Johnny Ringo, leader of one of the gangs. If that name sounds familiar, "the" Johnny Ringo was a notorious badman in Texas and around Tombstone, AZ, and enemy of the Earp brothers, with as much legends as facts surrounding his name. You will no doubt encounter his name occasionally in other Westerns. Since we have an exact date for the present yarn, in the fight, I can say that "the" Johnny Ringo had been in the grave for 15 years. An imposter? Lloyd Bridges plays Robertson's brother(as different in looks from Robertson as one can image brothers to be!) Lloyd doesn't buy into his brother's ambiguity as to which side of the law he wants to be on, and eventually comes to grief.

The fight itself receives minimal screen time and appears a rather dull affair. The champs look to have pitifully ordinary physiques compared to present day contenders. Could have used Errol Flynn to give the fight a bit of charisma. At least they got it right that Fitzsimmons emerged the new heavyweight champion(but reportedly only after his wife yelled a new punching strategy during a bout).

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