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Black Patch (1957)

Approved | | Western | 15 September 1957 (USA)
A New Mexico Town Marshal, Clay Morgan, known as 'Black Patch' since he had lost an eye in the Civil War, takes his job seriously, especially after an old friend, Hank Danner, arrives in ... See full summary »

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Marshal Clay Morgan
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Helen Danner
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Flytrap (Carl)
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Hank Danner
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Holman
Jorge Treviño ...
Pedoline (as George Trevino)
Lynn Cartwright ...
Kitty
Peter Brocco ...
Harper
Ted Jacques ...
Sheriff Ben Maxton
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Deputy Petey Walker
Gilman Rankin ...
Judge Parnell
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Luke the Bar-Keep
John O'Malley ...
Colonel Applewait
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Professor Dudley - Drummer
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Frenchy De'vere
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A New Mexico Town Marshal, Clay Morgan, known as 'Black Patch' since he had lost an eye in the Civil War, takes his job seriously, especially after an old friend, Hank Danner, arrives in town with his wife, Helen, who formerly loved Morgan. Danner is suspected of a bank robbery and Morgan has to arrest him. Crooked saloon-owner , "Frenchy' De Vere, sees a chance to get the bank loot, and he helps Danner escape and then kills him. Morgan is accused of the killing but nothing is proved and the bank money remains missing. Carl, a young man who Danner had helped, goes to Helen, who also thinks Morgan killed her husband, and gets Danner's gun and starts practicing with it until he becomes the fastest-gun in town, with one possible exception...Morgan, the man he intends to kill. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Marshal who loved the wife of a killer - a killer they found with a hole in his back! (original 3-sheet poster) See more »

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A premier for music legend Jerry Goldsmith
4 December 2006 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Black Patch is a routine western notable for being the first film scored by Jerry Goldsmith, a composer who would go on to some very great things indeed: Planet Of The Apes, Papillon, Chinatown, The Omen, Alien, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, L.A. Confidential and hundreds more. Naturally, Black Patch doesn't sound anything like those works, but Goldsmith's characteristic voice is unmistakable, if not yet fully formed.

Despite only being in his late twenties, Goldsmith wrote music that indicated a fledgling dramatic sensitivity and intelligence that would blossom into the hallmarks of his career. So, for the composer at least, it was a good start musically even if the film itself was modest.


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