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Blackjack Ketchum, Desperado (1956)

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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Tom 'Blackjack' Ketchum
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Jared Tetlow
Margaret Field ...
Nita Riordan (as Maggie Mahoney)
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Laurie Webster
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Dee Havalik
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Jaime Brigo
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Mac Gill
Jack Littlefield ...
Burl Tetlow
David Orrick McDearmon ...
Bob Early (as David Orrick)
Ken Christy ...
Sheriff Mach
Robert Roark ...
Ben Tetlow
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Doc Blaine
Sydney Mason ...
Matt Riordan
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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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Western

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1 April 1956 (USA)  »

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Hämnaren från bergen  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.85 : 1
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Sheriff Mach: Tetlow, if you're so legal you ought to know I can't clear your man, Havalik. Only a coroner can do that - at an official inquest.
Jared Tetlow: Well, under the circumstances, that seems like an unnecessary formality.
Dee Havalik: Yeah, and I ain't wasting my time listening to some jury tell me a lot of stuff I already know. Besides, Carson got no more lead than he asked for.
Sheriff Mach: Did I hear you refuse to appear before the coroner's jury?
Dee Havalik: Well, you ain't deaf are you?
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Wooden, preposterous, silly -- disappointment
6 June 2014 | by (Brooklyn NY) – 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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