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Robber's Roost is an unusual western, the color scenery does not look like anything I have seen before, it has a very young Richard Boone as a chief of one gang which is hired by rancher Bruce Bennett together with his enemy Peter Graves, the chief of another gang. Bennett, which is paralyzed, thinks that by doing this he will not be robbed, but his sister Sylvia Findley knows he is playing with dynamite. George Montgomery is the man that gets hired by Boone and who is looking for his wife's killer. The story is by Zane Grey, who used to write pages and pages describing the locations of his stories and you can see that the cinematography tries to live up to Grey. It is quite interesting seeing a different Richard Boone with no mustache, giving quite a performance as the type of character that he would keep on playing for so many films after,
George Montgomery has as his source for this western no less a western
writer than Zane Grey in Robber's Roost. Two outlaw gangs, one headed
by Richard Boone the other by Peter Graves are employed at the ranch
owned by brother and sister Bruce Bennett and Sylvia Findlay.
Bennett who is now a paraplegic for reasons not really explained in the story has hired two outlaw gangs as ranch hands, the theory being that one will watch the other especially since Boone and Graves hate each other's guts. It actually works for a while.
Into the mix comes Montgomery who joins up with Boone's gang. He's got his own agenda for mixing in all of this business. And he too is a wanted man.
The Zane Grey story translates well to the big screen. This is definitely one of George Montgomery's better B westerns.
This movie wasted a good cast and film stock.
George Montgomery and Richard Boone should have switched roles. Boone would have brought out the subleties of a good man masquerading as a bad guy.
Montgomery's career might have profited by playing a slick bad guy.
Who the heck was Sylvia Findley? why was she given the female lead? You've got Montgomery, Boone, William Hopper and Peter Graves all lusting after her. I don't see what the big deal was.
It also makes little use of Leo Gordon. When you have a big, intimidating guy like that, use him! He made a bigger impression opposite John Wayne in "Hondo" or as a convict in "Riot In Cell Block 11".
They should have given the guy with the guitar some better songs to sing.
At least the colors were good.
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