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Release Date:
1 April 1956 (USA) See more »
While doing a good deed, the title hero has to shoot a man in self defense, and go into hiding. His... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Howard Duff ... Tom 'Blackjack' Ketchum

Victor Jory ... Jared Tetlow
Margaret Field ... Nita Riordan (as Maggie Mahoney)

Angela Stevens ... Laurie Webster
William Tannen ... Dee Havalik

Martin Garralaga ... Jaime Brigo

Don C. Harvey ... Mac Gill
Jack Littlefield ... Burl Tetlow
David Orrick McDearmon ... Bob Early (as David Orrick)
Ken Christy ... Sheriff Mach
Robert Roark ... Ben Tetlow

Pat O'Malley ... Doc Blaine
Sydney Mason ... Matt Riordan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Victor Adamson ... Townsman (uncredited)

John L. Cason ... Spade - Henchman (uncredited)

Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Charles Horvath ... Townsman (uncredited)
Wes Hudman ... Grat Barbey (uncredited)

Jack Kenny ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Townswoman (uncredited)
George E. Mather ... Andy Tetlow (uncredited)

Kermit Maynard ... Townsman (uncredited)

Mike Ragan ... Spade - Henchman (uncredited)

Ralph Sanford ... Happy Harrow (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Jerry Carson (uncredited)

Directed by
Earl Bellamy 
Writing credits
Louis L'Amour (novel "Kilkenny")

Luci Ward (screenplay) and
Jack Natteford (screenplay)

Produced by
Sam Katzman .... producer
Cinematography by
Fred Jackman Jr. (director of photography) (as Fred Jackman)
Film Editing by
Saul A. Goodkind 
Art Direction by
Paul Palmentola 
Set Decoration by
Sidney Clifford 
Production Management
Leon Chooluck .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Floyd Joyer .... assistant director
Sound Department
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound (as Josh Westmoreland)
Charles Horvath .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunt double (uncredited)
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... conductor
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Duning .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Irving Gertz .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Marlin Skiles .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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76 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Blackjack 'Tom' Ketchum:You can find law and order in a town, all right. It's a little harder to find it in the people.See more »


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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Wooden, preposterous, silly -- disappointment, 6 June 2014
Author: chipe from Brooklyn NY

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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