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Reprisal! (1956)

Approved | | Western | November 1956 (USA)
Half-breed Frank Madden claims he's White, in order to own land, but violent racial clashes in town force him to abandon his neutrality and chose a side.

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Frank Madden aka Neola
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Catherine Cantrell
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Taini
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Bert Shipley
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Neil Shipley
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Sheriff Jim Dixon
Wayne Mallory ...
Tom Shipley
Robert Burton ...
Jeb Cantrell
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Matara
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Charlie Washackle
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New ranch owner Frank Madden, half Indian but posing as white, arrives just as an all white jury finds the three white Shipley brothers who lynched three Indians innocent. There is soon trouble between Frank and the Shipleys who are using Frank's land to graze their cattle. When the brother of one of the Indian victims kills a Shipley, Frank is accused and put in jail. The Shipleys then organize a lynch mob and head for the jail. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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THE NIGHT THE TOWN WENT HUNTING...WITH A ROPE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Represalia  »

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1.85 : 1
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13 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this film by accident, really, but it was actually very entertaining. The actor who played Guy Madison's grandfather was particularly good. I especially liked how the Native Americans were portrayed as human beings and not ruthless killers. This film was released in 1956, which shows a great effort for the producers to make such a film. The message is about unity and the human spirit. For that time period, I found the movie unique. It kept me watching. Plus, Madison has an interesting appeal as an actor because he never really made it big here in the United States. We know not all actors are great actors, and Madison wasn't phenomenal. However, he wasn't bad, either. So why wasn't he more of a major star? And even though I don't watch too many Westerns, I'd rather watch Madison than most of the other Western stars of that time. Like I said, interesting...


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