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Kentucky Rifle (1955)

 -  Western  -  1 July 1956 (USA)
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A man escorts a wagon load of Kentucky rifles through Indian territory and must find a way to get through without losing the rifles to the Indians. Unfortunately the Indians know about it, ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Tobias Taylor
Lance Fuller ...
Jason Clay
Cathy Downs ...
Amy Connors
Lon Setter
Preacher Bently
Jeanne Cagney ...
Cordie Hay
Jess Barker ...
Daniel Foster
John Pickard ...
Ruben Hay
John Alvin ...
Luke Thomas
Jed Williams
Rory Mallinson ...
Indian Chief
George Keymas ...
Clyde Houck ...
Clyde Thomas
Alice Ralph ...
Mrs. Thomas (as Alice Rolph)


A man escorts a wagon load of Kentucky rifles through Indian territory and must find a way to get through without losing the rifles to the Indians. Unfortunately the Indians know about it, and give the occupants an ultimatum: either the rifles or their lives. Written by

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His Wits, Weapons and Women, Turned Defeat Into Victory!




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1 July 1956 (USA)  »

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Kentucky Rifle  »

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1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
Jason Clay: So, what do you think, Tobias.
Tobias Taylor: Jason, we get this bunch of cotterstoves over that last mountain pass, we be droppin' them tenderfeet down into the valley of the promised land. And to think of it - it's ole Sweet Betsy that's seein' us through safe. You made this, Jason. I'll want to tell you somethin', that's the sweetest piece of shootin' iron I ever had a grip on. Kentucky rifle!
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Sweet Betsy From Pike
Sung by Chill Wills
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Awful Western that gets bad marks in every category.
18 December 1999 | by (Lansing, Michigan) – See all my reviews

This is an awful western. The plot reminds me of "The Last Wagon", but it is far from having the polish of that film. The cast includes Cathy Downs and veteran character actor Chill Wills and is largely wasted. Chill Wills' performance is particularly annoying. He spends much of his time spewing almost unintelligible praise for the Kentucky rifle. While the Kentucky rifle was surely a fine weapon, it is not exactly the gun that won the West.

The premise for this film is dumb. A wagon loaded with Kentucky rifles belonging to star Lance Fuller breaks down. The Comanches want the rifles. The Indians offer a deal. The guns for their lives. Surprisingly, those in the wagon are willing to make a deal. The Indians waste no time betraying the foolish Whites, but they don't get the rifles. After a battle in which many of the Indians are killed by the sure firing Kentucky rifles the Indians promise to allow the wagons to proceed in safety. This time they keep their promise.

Technically, this film has serious problems. Much of it was filmed indoors, and the sets have a cheap look to them. The artificial rocks have a particularly phony look about them. The lighting is confused. Daytime scenes turn to shadows without warning. This aspect of the film reminds me of "Plan Nine from Outer Space".

I rented this film twice. I wanted to see if it was as awful as I remembered it from the first time. It was.

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