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Jeff Carr, a special investigator, arrives in Tomahawk. His assignment is to discover who has been holding up the local stagecoach and is guilty for a series of killings that terrorize the town. Sheepman Alec Black is suspected by the local population but it is not long before Jeff realizes the man is innocent. Alec even becomes a good friend although he is in love with the same woman as him, Holly. Jeff will manage to arrest the real culprits but not before the latter try to compromise him down. Written by
The Man from Bitter Ridge is directed by Jack Arnold and collectively written by Lawrence Roman, Teddi Sherman and William MacLeod Raine. Cinematography is by Russell Metty. It stars Lex Barker, Mara Corday, Stephen McNally and John Dehner.
Jeff Carr (Barker) is a special investigator who arrives in Tomahawk to seek out who has been holding up the local stagecoach with murderous intent.
It's your standard rank and file "B" Oater of the 1950s, but one of worth to the discerning duster fanatic. Beautifully photographed by Metty out of Conejo Valley and Skeleton Canyon - in Eastman Color (check out those blues) - the pic never lacks for action (dynamite play, shoot-ups, rounds of knuckles) and mysterious political intrigue.
Characterisations are boosted by the presence of McNally and Dehner (as usual), and Corday is socko beautiful enough to off-set what is - and was - often a standard Western female role. There's some neat touches in the screenplay, such as a black sheep metaphor, the fact our hero quite often is easily disarmed! And some good old false imprisonment.
It doesn't shake your boots off but it does ruffle them regardless. Good fun. 6.5/10
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