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24 March 1956 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Rory Calhoun ... Tex Kirby

Yvonne De Carlo ... Hannah Montgomery
Mara Corday ... Paca

Neville Brand ... Tarp Penny
Rex Reason ... John Randolph
Emile Meyer ... Pop Penny
Herbert Rudley ... Gerald Montgomery

Robert J. Wilke ... Sile Doty (as Robert Wilke)

John Gavin ... Dan Kirby (as John Gilmore)
Gregg Barton ... McKay
Ed Fury ... Whitey

William Schallert ... Missionary
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beulah Archuletta ... Indian woman (uncredited)
Emile Avery ... Montgomery Rider (uncredited)
Gertrude Chorre ... Indian (uncredited)
Paul Fierro ... Frenchie the Bartender (uncredited)
Robert F. Hoy ... Five Crows (uncredited)
Richard James ... Clerk (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Townsman (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... Townsman (uncredited)
Francis McDonald ... Chief Kiyuva (uncredited)
Julia Montoya ... Indian Squaw (uncredited)
Charles Soldani ... Indian (uncredited)
Tony Urchel ... Indian (uncredited)
Henry Wills ... Townsman (uncredited)

Directed by
John Sherwood 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Harry Essex 
Robert Hill 
William Kozlenko  story
James Benson Nablo  story

Produced by
Albert Zugsmith .... producer
Michael Baird .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Irving Gertz (uncredited)
William Lava (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Maury Gertsman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Russell F. Schoengarth  (as Russell Schoengarth)
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Alfred Sweeney 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Ruby R. Levitt 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph E. Kenney .... assistant director (as Joseph E. Kenny)
Ray DeCamp .... assistant director (uncredited)
George Lollier .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Frank H. Wilkinson .... sound
John Kemp .... sound (uncredited)
Edward L. Sandlin .... sound editor (uncredited)
Joe Sikorsky .... sound editor (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Clifford Stine .... special photography
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Other crew
William Fritzsche .... technicolor color consultant
Adele Cannon .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Harold Goodwin .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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76 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.00 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Anachronisms: Although the film is set in 1840, it features repeating rifles that weren't invented until the 1870s.See more »
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One most desirable woman, 22 May 2015
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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