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Powder River (1953)

Approved | | Western | 8 June 1953 (USA)
In 1875, ex-lawman Chino Bull becomes temporary town marshal when his gold prospecting partner is robbed and killed in Powder River country but Chino runs into the murderous Logan brothers.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chino Bullock
Frenchie Dumont
Mitch Hardin
Debbie Allen
Loney Hogan
Raymond Greenleaf ...
Victor Sutherland ...
Mayor Lowery
Lame Jack Banner
Will Horn (as Bob Wilke)
Harry Carter ...
Bo Curry
Pike Kendreck
Post Park ...
Stagecoach Driver
Richard Garrick ...
Ferry Master
Archer MacDonald ...


Ex-marshal Chino Bull has hung up his guns until his prospecting partner is shot dead. Chino then takes over as the law in town, forming a friendship with gun-man Mitch Hardin and making enemies of the Logan brothers. When Hardin' girl from the east arrives, he makes her pretty unwelcome - as does his new flame, saloon owner Frenchie. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Release Date:

8 June 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Honor sin fronteras  »

Box Office


$985,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film is loosely based on the book "Wyatt Earp, Frontier Marshal" by Stuart N. Lake (Boston, 1931). However, the characters were changed and only certain incidents from the original were used. See more »


Version of Frontier Marshal (1939) See more »


Love Me, Love Me, Love Me
Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Eliot Daniel
Sung by Corinne Calvert
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A great oater
3 June 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Rory Calhoun was a staple hero in all kinds of films during the 50s. His performances were always great, abetted by his handsome, rugged looks and the ease into which he fit into a number of hero roles. In this one, a kind of standard western, he plays an ex-lawman who returns to the trade when his partner is killed. During the time he cleans up the town, defeats bad guys played by veteran character actors Carl Betz and John Dehner, gets his semi-revenge, on the antihero, played by Cameron Mitchell, wows the French bombshell, Corinne Calvert and, of course, gets the girl. It's great 50s entertainment with a total lack of CGI action, extensive blood and gore and good honest villains and good guys. (*sigh) They just don't make movies like this any more. Watch for it on the late show. There's no DVD or video listed. Calhoun was always worth the price of admission.

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