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The Dalton Girls (1957)

Passed  -  Action | Adventure | Comedy  -  December 1957 (USA)
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Female relatives of the infamous Dalton gang carry on the family tradition.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Merry Anders ...
Lisa Davis ...
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Sue George ...
Marigold Dalton
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Ed Hinton ...
Detective Hiram Parsh
Glenn Dixon ...
Mr. Slidell, the Mortician
Johnny Western ...
Joe
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Mr. Sewell, the Bank Manager
Douglas Henderson ...
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Kevin Enright ...
George, the Bartender
Al Wyatt Sr. ...
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After the Dalton brothers are killed off by lawmen, their female relatives take up where they left off, but armed with more dangerous weapons. The embark on a series of stagecoach robberies, bank hold-ups and picking up loose change here and there. The girls are Holly (Merry Anders,, the oldest and gang-leader; Rose Lisa Davis),, a cold-blooded killer; Columbine (Penny Edwards), who mostly wants out; and Marigold ('Sue George'), who mostly holds the horses. A gambler, W. T. "Illinois" Grey (John Russell), is on hand to bind Columbine's wounds. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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DEADLIER THAN THE JAMES BOYS - MORE DESPERATE THAN THE DALTON BROTHERS! (original poster - all caps) See more »


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December 1957 (USA)  »

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Esclavas del crimen  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
[Slidell has just posted a sign announcing a 25-cent fee for viewing the dead Dalton Boys]
Mr. Slidell, the Mortician: Ah, good morning, Mr. Parsh.
Detective Hiram Parsh: Good morning.
Mr. Slidell, the Mortician: Oh, Mr. Parsh, just a moment, please. Twenty-five cents, sir.
Detective Hiram Parsh: Identification is my object, Mr. Slidell, not amusement.
Mr. Slidell, the Mortician: You're a private detective, sir, not a lawman with the privileges of a public servant. Twenty-five cents, please, sir.
[Parsh throws a quarter into the dust a Slidell's feet]
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A Gun Is My True Love
Written by Les Baxter and Jim Baxter
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A Classy Exploitation Film
28 December 2007 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Like Howard Hughes' "The Outlaw" (1943), "The Dalton Girls" (1957) was a mixed genre film; a standard "B" western with very deliberate exploitation elements. Although both films attempted a tie-in to real western history, "The Dalton Girls" wisely soft-peddled this element; the only connection being that the four girls were sisters of the guys who started the Dalton Gang.

Although almost any "B" western fan will enjoy the film, it is a must see for those who get off on cowgirls in tight jeans and gun belts. That was the film's drawing card at the time of its release and even today it doesn't get any better than Merry Anders, Lisa Davis, and Penny Edwards robbing stagecoaches and banks. Edwards is my all-time favorite cowgirl and does all the difficult riding stunts in the film. There is even a scene where she hogties a teenage boy.

The film also features John Russell (who would soon star in his own television show, "Lawman") as an early anti-hero. He is an interesting mix of Richard Boone's "Paladin" character (tough but philosophical) and Bret Maverick (a calculating realist of a gambler). Sam Rolfe may have seen this film in pre-release and incorporated some of Russell's traits into the "Paladin" character he was creating. Oddly, the character's name is W.T. (Illinois) Grey but he claims New Orleans as his hometown.

"The Dalton Girl's" moves along nicely and then kind of clunks to a stop with an extremely lame and rushed ending.

The screenwriter (Maurice Tombragel) obviously had a lot of fun with this adaptation, and the story operates on two levels. There are some nice self-parody elements inserted throughout the story. The best is a scene where Lisa Davis is singing about how having a gun is better than having a man:

"Oh you can't trust a man, because a man will lie. But a gun stays beside you, until the day that you die. Oh a man is a cheater, with his trifling ways. But a gun's always faithful, because a gun never strays. Oh a man is unfaithful, he will lead you to strife. But a gun is my true love, yes a gun is my life".

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.


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