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Topeka (1953)

Passed  -  Western  -  9 August 1953 (USA)
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After a series of bank robberies, Jim Levering (Bill Elliott) as Wild Bill Elliott) and his gang decide to hide out for awhile in Deer Creek where bard-and-casino owner Mack Wilson (Harry ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Bill Elliott ...
Jim Levering (as Wild Bill Elliott)
Phyllis Coates ...
Marian Harrison
Rick Vallin ...
Ray Hammond
Fuzzy Knight ...
Pop Harrison
John James ...
Marv Ronsom
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Jonas Bailey
Dick Crockett ...
Will Peters
Harry Lauter ...
Mack Wilson
Dale Van Sickel ...
Henchman Jake Manning
Ted Mapes ...
Henchman Cully
Henry Rowland ...
Cheated Gambler
Edward Clark ...
Banker Corley
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Doc Mason (as Stanford Jolley)
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After a series of bank robberies, Jim Levering (Bill Elliott) as Wild Bill Elliott) and his gang decide to hide out for awhile in Deer Creek where bard-and-casino owner Mack Wilson (Harry Lauter)) is the overlord. Wilson runs a protection racket and the town merchants have to pay him to keep operating. Jim moves in, planning to eventually take over Wilson's racket for himself. He and his men whip Wilson's gang and all but drive them out of the town and territory, and Jim wins the respect of the community. When he is made sheriff, he and his pal Ray Hammond (Rick Vallin)) decide to keep going straight. The rest of Jim's old gang join Wilson's outfit and proceed to loot the town. Jim and Ray go into action and the outlaws are either killed or jailed. The townspeople petition the governor for a pardon for both of them. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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HE TOOK TOPEKA'S BLAZING BEST...BLOCK BY BLOCK! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Not a bad gem.

I found this little B western in my "vault" today. I had it since several decades and almost forgot it. Directed by Thomas Carr, it tells the interesting story of a bunch of bank robbers, lead by Wild Bill Elliot -!!! who cross states such as Iowa, Nebraska before arriving in Topeka TX, a little town which are under the rule of racketeers, outlaws too. And guess the following...The people of Topeka, ignoring the actual activities of Elliot and his friends, propose them to protect the community from the bad men who put the town under their rule.

Some among you may say that we have already seen that before. And they would be right. But I like this kind of topic, even if we can foresee that the hero will decide to settle down once and for all, after gotten rid of the "uglies". With the help of a beautiful gal, of course...

A rare gem as I like to discover - again - some time to time.


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