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The Boy from Oklahoma (1954)

Approved | | Western | 27 February 1954 (USA)
Tom Brewster, handy with a rope but not a gun, rides into town and mails his lawyer's exam. When his lack of ability with a gun is exposed, the town boss Turlock offers him the job of ... See full summary »

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Will Rogers Jr. ...
Sheriff Tom Brewster
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Katie Brannigan
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Crazy Charlie (as Lon Chaney)
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Barney Turlock
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Wally Higgins
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Pop Pruty
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Steve
Louis Jean Heydt ...
Paul Evans
Sheb Wooley ...
Pete Martin
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Shorty
Tyler MacDuff ...
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Joe Downey
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Tom Brewster, handy with a rope but not a gun, rides into town and mails his lawyer's exam. When his lack of ability with a gun is exposed, the town boss Turlock offers him the job of Sheriff but he refuses. When the mail is robbed leaving him without a job to ride to, he changes his mind. But Turlock has misjudged Tom and Tom without a gun is soon on the trail of the former Sheriff's killer and it will lead to Turlock. Written by Maurice VanAuken <vanauken@comcast.net>

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Aço de Boa Têmpera  »

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Trivia

Oklahoma connection: While his parents were touring, Lon Chaney Jr.--playing 'Crazy Charlie' in this film--was born in Oklahoma City, a half-dozen years before his father, "Man of a Thousand Faces" Lon Chaney, made his first film appearance. See more »

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When the sheriff lassos Shorty, the rope is around his arms and torso; in the next shot, it's under the arms; then back again in the next. See more »

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Version of Sugarfoot (1957) See more »

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Camptown Races
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Written by Stephen Foster
Heard at the start of the horse race
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An oddity that spawned a TV series.
30 November 2011 | by (www.2020-movie-reviews.com) – See all my reviews

Michael Curtiz must have been able to knock these undemanding programmers out in his sleep by 1953. In this one he's given Will Rogers Jr. to deal with. Rogers is an amiable enough type but he's definitely no romantic leading man. In fact, he looks as if he should have a stalk of corn protruding from the corner of his mouth and his hat pushed far back on top of his head. He plays a sasparilla-drinking stranger in this one. Drifting into a town run by a suitably devilish looking but outwardly amenable bad guy who swears Rogers in as sheriff because he thinks the gangly stranger will cause him no problems. Of course, he gets that wrong…

The Boy from Oklahoma is an agreeable enough time-waster if you're in the mood. The highlight is probably Lon Chaney Jr in a tiny role as a bible-spouting drunk who comes staggering into town to shoot it up. Rogers, who never carries a gun, manages to persuade him to accompany him to the cells after describing them as a refuge from Chaney's domineering wife. Later, he has to deal with Billy the Kid who makes an odd kind of cameo appearance before flouncing off after Rogers refuses to pick up a gun to fight him. Nancy Olson provides the romantic leading lady, and even dressed down she's way out of Rogers' league, but he ends up wearing her dad's boots anyway.

It's an oddity, and an unassuming one, but it's worth watching if you're feeling lazy and the remote is out of reach.


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