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Raw Edge (1956)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 24 March 1956 (USA)
In 1842 lawless Oregon, a gunfighter seeks vengeance when his innocent brother is lynched and his beautiful Indian wife is claimed by the local tyrant.


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Complete credited cast:
Tex Kirby
Hannah Montgomery
Tarp Penny
John Randolph
Emile Meyer ...
Pop Penny
Herbert Rudley ...
Gerald Montgomery
Sile Doty (as Robert Wilke)
Dan Kirby (as John Gilmore)


In the lawless Oregon country of 1842, local magnate Gerald Montgomery decrees that any unattached woman belongs to the first taker. Dan Kirby is lynched, starting a stampede to claim his half-Indian wife Paca. Trouble starts with the local tribe, but worse is in store when Dan's tough brother Tex rides in. The zeal of Montgomery's men to protect him from Tex is tempered by their lust for Hannah, who'd be his widow. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Her love ... for the first man to claim it ! The strongest ... the boldest ... or the fastest with a gun !


Romance | Western


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24 March 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Meute lauert überall  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



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2.00 : 1
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Film debut of John Gavin. See more »


Although the film is set in 1840, it features repeating rifles that weren't invented until the 1870s. See more »


Written and Performed by Terry Gilkyson
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One most desirable woman
22 May 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Set in the days of the Oregon Territory, Raw Edge is one of your more adult westerns made during the Fifties at a time when westerns were trying to compete with westerns shown on television. The Saturday matinée kids of the Thirties and Forties did not see westerns that were about sex.

John Gavin married to Mara Corday insults Yvonne DeCarlo in the eyes of her husband Herbert Rudley who is the local Ponderosa owner in the area. But this guy has a lot more power than Ben Cartwright ever dreamed of. He's a veritable medieval lord of the manor and he's in charge of the women who in pioneer Oregon are the most valuable commodity around.

Gavin is hung as per Lord Rudley's orders and Mara Corday who is a mixed racial women is then 'assigned' to Robert J. Wilkie also per Lord Rudley's orders. That's how it is in his part of Oregon.

That is until former Texas Ranger Rory Calhoun arrives in town and is greeted with his brother's lifeless swinging body. He wants answers and wants them now.

Which presents a peculiar conundrum for a lot of people. They're all under Rudley's thumb, but they also realize that there's still a shortage of women and Yvonne DeCarlo's one most desirable woman. And she'd also be a wealthy widow. And Corday has a tribe of relations ready to take up her cause as well.

All in all Raw Edge with its emphasis on sex and women as valuable commodities is an unusual, but entertaining western. Besides those I've mentioned look for good performances from Rex Reason as a cynical gambler and a father and son pair of lowlifes, Emile Meyer and Neville Brand.

Definitely one adult western.

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