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The Maverick Queen (1956)

Approved | | Western | 3 May 1956 (USA)
A Pinkerton detective goes undercover to infiltrate a gang of thieves whose boss is a feisty lady saloonkeeper. Complications ensue.

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Kit Banion
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Kit Banion, a Virginia-born beauty and product of post-Civil War chaos, has settled in Wyoming and prospered; acquiring a fortune and a hotel, which, like the owner bears the name of "The Maverick Queen."---a title picked up by Kit in her earlier days in Wyoming when she took every unbranded steer and put her own brand on it. Love and trouble enter her life in the person of a Pinkerton detective posing as Jeff Younger, nephew of the infamous Younger brothers. He is dedicated to catching Butch Cassidy and the members of The Wild Bunch. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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First picture in Naturama, Republic's widescreen process. See more »

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The Maverick Queen
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Joni James
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Sigh, poorly written piece that could have been so much more.
6 November 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Tough gal Kit Banlon opens a hotel and saloon out in frontier Colorado that soon becomes a haven of gamblers and gunfighters. With notable patrons being none other than Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. Fighting off the romantic advances of Sundance, Kit's life gets more interesting when she becomes attracted to a relative of the Younger Brothers' outlaw posse. Or is he? Whispers in the shadows point to the handsome stranger perhaps being a law man on the trail of the infamous Wild Bunch. Kit could very well be jeopardising much more than a unfulfilled romance if she falls in with the stranger.

Directed by genre prolific Joe Kane and based on the novel written by Zane Grey, The Maverick Queen is something of a wasted premise. All the elements are in place for a twisty psychological Western, the story is a sound one and the characters at first glance look to have potential for gusto and intrigue. But it just doesn't come together, either thru one dimensional male characters or thru lazy writing, it ultimately ends up being a damp squib. A squib briefly sparked by Barbara Stanwyk {Kit} in one of her later career tough feminine roles, and pretty as a picture Mary Murphy who also gets to show a bit of spunk. But the girls can't carry the picture alone. Barry Sullivan was a safe and amiable actor, he however was far from being a leading man able to carry a picture, thus here as the leading protagonist he struggles badly as he tries to make the tepid Kenneth Gamet screenplay work. It's a surprisingly weak adaptation from the man who wrote The Flying Leathernecks and the hugely enjoyable Coroner Creek, while Kane himself has to take some of the blame for letting the film plod when it should be zippy. There's a nice kicker in the finale that saves the piece from rotting at the bottom of the B Western barrel, but it's just not decent enough to warrant a second glance and both Stanwyck and the audience deserved better. 4/10


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