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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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Cast overview:
Kit Banion
Jeff Younger
Lucy Lee
Howard Petrie ...
The Stranger
Emile Meyer ...
Leo Malone
Sheriff Wilson
George Keymas ...
Pete Callaher


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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Release Date:

3 May 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi amante es un bandido  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)



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2.35 : 1
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First picture in Naturama, Republic's widescreen process. See more »


Featured in That's Action (1977) See more »


The Maverick Queen
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Joni James
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Classic Stanwyck
10 April 2001 | by (Denver, CO) – See all my reviews

Stanwyck's portrayal of the outlaw woman Kit Banion is an all-time classic. This role sets the standard for strong western women in the cinema. Stanwyck perfect for the role of the beautiful and strong-willed Kit Banion, leader of the Wild Bunch outlaw gang who can ride and shoot with the best of them. Stanwyck more than holds her own, matching wits and pistol shots with outlaws and lawmen alike. However, her lawless days are numbered when she falls in love with a Pinkerton agent (Barry Sullivan) who infiltrates the gang. Good supporting cast with familiar supporting actors. Visually pleasing with great western scenery, shot on location in southrn Colorado. Exciting action scenes liven up a sometimes plodding script. Well worth watching. A must see for fans of classic westerns.

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