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Director:
Writers:
Kenneth Gamet (screenplay)
Brad Ward (story)
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Release Date:
15 December 1955 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
They were all running out at the same time ... his luck ... his bullets ... his woman ! See more »
Plot:
A Marshal must face unpleasant facts about his past when he attempts to run a criminal gang out of town. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Worthwhile Western See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Randolph Scott ... Marshal Calem Ware

Angela Lansbury ... Tally Dickenson
Warner Anderson ... Hamer Thorne

Jean Parker ... Cora Dean
Wallace Ford ... Dr. Amos Wynn
John Emery ... Cody Clark
James Bell ... Asaph Dean
Ruth Donnelly ... Molly Higgins

Michael Pate ... Harley Baskam
Don Megowan ... Dooley Brion

Jeanette Nolan ... Mrs. Dingo Brion
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Adamson ... Saloon Waiter (uncredited)
Harry Antrim ... Mayor Kent (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Rancher (uncredited)
Rudy Bowman ... Townsman (uncredited)
Barry Brooks ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bob Burns ... Townsman (uncredited)
Don Carlos ... Juan Tobrez (uncredited)
John L. Cason ... Dean Ranch Hand (uncredited)
Edwin Chandler ... Minor Role (uncredited)

G. Pat Collins ... Gambler (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Barfly (uncredited)

Richard Farnsworth ... Townsman (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frank Ferguson ... Abe Deland (uncredited)
Duke Fishman ... Townsman (uncredited)
Leonard P. Geer ... Townsman (uncredited)
Augie Gomez ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Dingo Brion (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Spectator in Opera Box (uncredited)
Reed Howes ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Barfly (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jay Lawrence ... Townsman (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard ... Townsman at Stage Coach (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Townsman in Front Row (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... Townsman (uncredited)
Peter Ortiz ... Hiram Hayes (uncredited)
Jack Parker ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Bartender (uncredited)
Jerry Schumacher ... Barfly (uncredited)

Guy Teague ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Townsman (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... Tony Cabillo - Barber (uncredited)
Wally West ... Townsman (uncredited)
Charles Williams ... Mr. Willis (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph H. Lewis 
 
Writing credits
Kenneth Gamet (screenplay)

Brad Ward (story)

Produced by
Harry Joe Brown .... producer
Randolph Scott .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
 
Cinematography by
Ray Rennahan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Havlick 
 
Art Direction by
George Brooks 
 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Abby Singer .... assistant director (as Abner E. Singer)
 
Sound Department
Frank Goodwin .... sound
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
John P. Livadary .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
George DeNormand .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Mike Lally .... stunts (uncredited)
Guy Teague .... stunt double: Randolph Scott (uncredited)
Wally West .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Paul Sawtell .... conductor
 
Other crew
Jerry Antes .... choreography
David Breen .... assistant to producer
Henri Jaffa .... Technicolor color consultant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Marshal of Medicine Bend" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
78 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) (passed with cuts) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #17621) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Goofs:
Continuity: When bad guy Harley Baskam is preparing to face the marshal for the second time, from a rear view he has on both gloves, when the camera cut to his front, one glove is off his right hand.See more »
Quotes:
Marshal Calem Ware:Men, Cody Clark is buying drinks. He won all bets.
Cody Clark:That's right. Drinks are on the house...and everybody is welcomed!
Marshal Calem Ware:You can also take up a collection for burying Dingo. Add this
[money]
Marshal Calem Ware:to it.
Cody Clark:That's right nice of you Calem. Funny how a man softens to another when once he's killed him.
Marshal Calem Ware:I don't know about that. I'd do as much if it were your funeral.
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Worthwhile Western, 15 July 2001
Author: Eric Chapman (caspar_h@yahoo.com) from Pittsburgh, PA

Sort of an early "Unforgiven" in some ways. Also similar to director Lewis' "Terror in a Texas Town" though thankfully not as goofy or campy. You get a real sense of the wild west slowly being tamed, of it making the uneasy transition from a violent, lawless land to a reasonably civilized place where law and order stand a chance. I liked Randolph Scott's metaphor for the town, that it's like a wild animal that keeps getting kicked, and sooner or later it's going to do more than just snarl and growl miserably; it's going to bite back.

Scott makes a good, twinkle-eyed loner hero and Angela Lansbury is quite attractive as his leggy showgirl love interest, (though she would begin playing mothers of grown children just a few years later) but their romance is rather obligatory and uninspired. Both the villains are effective, Warner Anderson as the unscrupulous (what else?)womanizing businessman and Michael Pate as the sinister gloved gunman (Lewis seems to have a thing about gunman wearing gloves). Anderson's line deliveries are extremely flat and matter of fact, which just makes him that much more detestable somehow. He's like a greed machine, no heart, no emotion whatsoever.

At first glance this may seem like no more than just another passable western, but it's got some meat on its bones. And Lewis really shines when it comes to building the suspense leading up to the inevitable bar room showdown between the bad guy and the good.

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