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Four Guns to the Border (1954)

Approved | | Western | 1954 (UK)
An outlaw gang on the lam encounters former associate Simon Bhumer and his gorgeous daughter, who's drawn to their leader Cully.

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Cully
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Lolly Bhumer
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Bronco
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Simon Bhumer
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Maggie Flannery
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Dutch
Charles Drake ...
Jim Flannery
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Yaqui
Nestor Paiva ...
Greasy
Mary Field ...
Mrs. Pritchard
Robert F. Hoy ...
Smitty (as Robert Hoy)
Bob Herron ...
Evans (as Robert Herron)
Regis Parton ...
Cashier (as Reg Parton)
Donald Kerr ...
Town Loafer
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At a desert inn, Cully's outlaw gang meet former associate Simon Bhumer, now planning to retire on a farm with his wild, luscious daughter Lolly. On a stormy night, Cully and Lolly almost have an affair, broken up by Simon who still has a fast draw. But later, as the gang heads for the border after a bank robbery, they encounter the Bhumers and a band of renegade Apaches. It's soon a question of who is pursuing whom. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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1.37 : 1
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The Bhumers and Cully's gang are going in opposite directions when they first meet; yet their paths cross again the same night. See more »

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don't miss this superior Western
15 October 2011 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

This is a very enjoyable movie, though you wouldn't know it from its low (5.8) user rating. I guess that rating is due to its rather friendly disposition -- no evil bad guys, no murders, not so much action. There is a lot of amiable camaraderie amongst the protagonists, and maybe the theme of the movie (good women civilizing their menfolk) doesn't turn most Western fans on.

However, if you disregard this movie, you are missing a superior B-Western (or mediocre A-Western). It was directed by a TV and movie actor familiar to most of us, Richard Carlson, who acted in over 100 productions, including "The Creature From the Black Lagoon" and "King Solomon's Mines." Among the film's many pluses are:

¶ a surprisingly superior cast beginning with Rory Calhoun. As one reviewer said, "the rest of the cast is first choice with the a young Colleen Miller and remarkable supporting actors (the Best of Universal's contract actors) : Walter Brennan, John McIntire (in only a handful of scenes) and Charles Drake."

¶ By far, the best actor and scene in the movie is from Nina Foch. Calhoun and Drake used to be friends and hellions in town. Both apparently were friendly with Koch, who ended up marrying Drake, who became sheriff. Calhoun moved away, but continued as an outlaw. The best scene in the movie is when Calhoun returns to town to stage a fist fight with sheriff Drake as a diversion while his gang robs the bank. Great are Calhoun's reminisces with Koch, and Koch's breaking up of the fistfight.

¶ the entire production was competent and pleasant -- cinematography, scenery, color, music, direction, acting, etc.


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