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The title "Vigilante Terror" tells you what this action packed little
western is all about.
The Brewster gang has been terrorizing the town of Pine Top with their daring robberies. Brewster (George Wallace) along with his gang which includes Sperry (Denver Pyle) are hunting ex gang member Jed Hamlin (John James) who has left the gang. Jed is the brother of Tack Hamlin ("Wild Bill" Elliott) who comes to town looking for him.
Tack meets up with Jed but are attacked by a vigilante group headed by Saloon owner Brett (Myron Healey). In the gunfight that follows, Tack is shot (Don't worry folks, it was only a crease). Believing him dead, the gang captures and hangs Jed.
Returning to town Tack meets up with old pal Strummer Jones (Fuzzy Knight) and while sharing a beer with his friend, he saves a gambler from being lynched. Mayor Winch (Henry Rowland) is impressed and offers Tack the job of sheriff. He accepts and appoints Strummer as his deputy and the two begin cleaning up the town.
Meanwhile the stagecoach is robbed by the Brewster gang wearing identical calico masks. The calico is traced to Matt Taylor's (I. Stanford Jolley) store. Taylor by the way, has a beautiful young daughter Lucy (Mary Ellen Kay). The vigilantes seeking a scapegoat for the robbery, grab Taylor and attempt to lynch him. Tack saves him and hides him out in his mountain cabin.
The vigilantes are contemplating action against Tack and Strummer. Mine owner Gene Smith (Robert Bray) exercises on the side of caution but Brett favors stringing the boys up. Matt Taylor is discovered and brought back to town. Brett fires up the crowd which includes henchmen Zon Murray and Richard Avonde as well as, townsmen Stanley Price and Edward Cassidy, to drag Tack, Strummer and Taylor out to be hanged. Fortunately sharp shootin' Lucy comes to their rescue. In the meantime, the Brewster gang robs the Wells Fargo office and Sperry is wounded.
A posse is formed and with the urging of Smith pursue the Brewster gang as do Tack and Strummer. Finally, the gang is cornered and...........................................................
Elliot as always gives his usual no nonsense, totally serious performance. No quirks this time around. Knight again gets to play it straight rather than the comic sidekick for which he is remembered. With the name of Strummer, I was expecting him to take out a guitar at some point. And Myron Healey was up to his double crossing best as the chief bad guy.
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