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The Lonesome Trail (1955)

Approved | | Western | 1 July 1955 (USA)
A veteran of the Indian wars, Johnny Rush returns to his home to find that it has been confiscated by a cattle baron taking over in the valley. Rush also finds that his girl is engaged to ... See full summary »

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A veteran of the Indian wars, Johnny Rush returns to his home to find that it has been confiscated by a cattle baron taking over in the valley. Rush also finds that his girl is engaged to the baron, because the girl's fathers' ranch is in financial jeopardy. When Rush loses the use of his gun arm in a fight with the barons henchmen, he learns to use a bow and arrow for defense...with deadly consequences. Written by Buxx Banner <buxx572@aol.com>

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A BULLET ECHOED EACH STEP HE TOOK ON A PATH OF TERROR! (original ad - all caps)

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Old Trapper: You don't never use a bow on a man, boy, only on animals.
Rush: Yeah. That's right. Only on animals!
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Bow and Arrow Showdown
17 April 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Lonesome Trail is a no frills adult western done in the last years of Lippert Pictures. This kind of material was being done more and more on television. In fact with a little reworking I could easily have seen this story as a Gunsmoke episode.

John Agar is home from the Civil War and finds his father dead and the land taken over by Earle Lyon and a gang of gunslingers he's gathered to enforce his will. Other neighboring properties like those belonging to Douglas Fowley and Edgar Buchanan have been taken as well. And Buchanan's daughter Margia Dean is set to marry Lyon mainly to save the family ranch.

An ambush leaves Agar nearly dead, but Ian McDonald an Indian and Fowley save Agar and teach some skill with a bow and arrow. That sets up a really interesting and unique climax as Agar faces down the bad guys.

Adele Jergens is also on hand as a saloon hostess who's seen her best days gone by. Her scenes have some real bite to them. And Wayne Morris for some reason has top billing though he plays a supporting role as a supportive bartender to Agar.

The Lonesome Trail may be no frills and lack a whole lot of production values, but the cast all give a real good ensemble performance. Western fans will approve.


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