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Blackjack Ketchum, Desperado (1956)

Approved | | Western | 1 April 1956 (USA)
While doing a good deed, the title hero has to shoot a man in self defense, and go into hiding. His peace is interrupted when a cattle baron rides into his territory, and decides to settle ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Margaret Field ...
Nita Riordan (as Maggie Mahoney)
Laurie Webster
Jaime Brigo
Jack Littlefield ...
Burl Tetlow
David Orrick McDearmon ...
Bob Early (as David Orrick)
Ken Christy ...
Robert Roark ...
Ben Tetlow
Sydney Mason ...
Matt Riordan


While doing a good deed, the title hero has to shoot a man in self defense, and go into hiding. His peace is interrupted when a cattle baron rides into his territory, and decides to settle there. When no locals want to sell, Jared Tetlow turns to murdering the locals with his hired gun Dee Havalik, and starting a range war. Blackjack finds he has to kill the Tetlow gang off one by one, to restore peace in this movie sharing nothing in common with its real-name historical outlaw. Written by Henry G. Herron <hgherron@wsuhub.uc.twsu.edu>

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1 April 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hämnaren från bergen  »

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1.85 : 1
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Jared Tetlow: I want Dee Havalik freed by that coroner's jury... fair and square.
Grat Barbey: Well, how fair... and how square?
Jared Tetlow: Well, I don't mean a packed jury or a bought jury. What I mean is... a jury of towners.
Grat Barbey: Not no cattlemen on it, nor ranchers?
Jared Tetlow: That's the idea. The local cowmen have become prejudiced against the Four T and should be kept off the jury in the best interest of justice.
Grat Barbey: You mean you're going to give them a free rein?
Jared Tetlow: The Four T brand represents progress... and power. Ordinary people are afraid of ...
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Wooden, preposterous, silly -- disappointment
6 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

I really wanted to like this Western, but had to give it 5 out of 10 stars. It increasingly became painful to watch. The acting was wooden, especially Howard Duff's, and many others in the large cast. The main fault in the movie is the preposterous overblown script. I'll give a few examples: The heroine rides out to the bad guys' camp at night (a place she isn't familiar with and has no "right" being there), and lo and behold overhears the plan to stampede the herd, which resulted in the death of her father. The rich, powerful leader of the bad guys kills many leading citizens at point blank range, just like that. The bad guys easily intimidate a jury into voting a bad guy innocent. In one incredible move, the bad guys buy up all the guns and ammunition in town, so the good guys' posse is helpless! Another unheard of thing (so many silly stuff, one after another, I never saw in another movie) is that the bad guys have so many cattle and no place to water them, that they have to buy upland in the area, but no one will sell to them. One silly plot ploy after another.

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