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Jack McCall, Desperado (1953)

 -  Western  -  1 April 1953 (USA)
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Jack McCall is a Southerner, but joins the Union Army in the Civil War. When he is tricked into giving out the location of headquarters, he's tried as a spy and sentenced to death. He makes... See full summary »



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Eugene Iglesias ...
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Jack McCall is a Southerner, but joins the Union Army in the Civil War. When he is tricked into giving out the location of headquarters, he's tried as a spy and sentenced to death. He makes good his escape, but Hickok and Bat kill his parents to seize his plantation and money. Trying to prove his innocence, he locates Spargo after the war, who's paid off by Hickok and Bat, so that Jack is once again jailed and again escapes. He still has hopes of clearing his name, but Bat and Hickok now are after gold in the Dakotas. Written by Tony Fontana <>

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ONLY DESPERATE MEN RODE HIS TRAIL! (original ad - all caps)




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Release Date:

1 April 1953 (USA)  »

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Alçapão Sangrento  »

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(RCA Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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In 1953, Columbia Pictures distributed this film on a double bill with The Glass Wall (1953) starring Vittorio Gassman and Gloria Grahame. See more »


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Music by Richard Milburn and lyrics by Septimus Winner
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A western that combines fictional and real life western characters
18 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

Jack McCall Desperado is an interesting varient on the western story. It deals with the war of independence and the character of Jack McCall wrongly accused of being a spy.

Wild Bill Hickcock also makes an appearance as the friend of Jack's crooked cousin Bart.

The interesting blend of real people we have all heard of and their fictional and real lives make this a movie a little different from the ordinary western fair.

Also refreshingly different is the relationship between Rose, a girl who can take care of herself ie she holds up the jail to rescue Jack and tumbles from horses with a certain aplomb also!

All in all an unusual western in some respects that doesn't forget its origins and stays mainly true to formula.

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