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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
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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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Part of the problem, a huge part
28 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hollywood became the stalwart of the neo-Nazi party particularly during the sixties to the eighties, and sparks of it were seen in the fifties, as in the case of this racist Western.

There isn't much story to the Western. It's the same neo-Nazi propaganda that became popular in later years, the same preaching of genocide by sex and race.

If one looks at the Westerns of Hollywood during these racist years, including TV series, one sees the same monotonous theme: that it was expected for dark haired women to die, but never dark haired men. This went over great with the ladies in the audience, because in truth we all prefer dark hair and skin. If a white man married an Indian woman, Hollywood saw it necessary to see the woman die, and perhaps the man, too, but whatever, it ended horribly for them.

However, the Indian man and blond white woman had nothing to worry about. There was never any suspense that Hollywood saw them as the only "true Americans", and they would always win.

This was hammered into the heads of the public so much that people today who are brought up on this in their baby years may not even know how brainwashed they are. Those of us born in the fifties weren't allowed to watch TV till we were about nine, and we at least knew we were being brainwashed.

This movie was the same old, same old, same old American racist preaching, and it's eaten up by the feeble minded, and by the female audience who prosper most under this system. For men, it's the most depressing world one can imagine.

This movie offers nothing, and was intended to preach genocide. It's sad that so many great performers were in this, and I'd like to think they didn't know what they were getting into.


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