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Fury at Showdown (1957)

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After serving a year for a killing in self-defense, gunfighter Brock Mitchell tries to help his younger brother save his ranch but a crooked lawyer has other ideas.

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Complete credited cast:
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Brock Mitchell
John Smith ...
Miley Sutton
Carolyn Craig ...
Ginny Clay
Nick Adams ...
Tracy Mitchell
Gage Clarke ...
Chad Deasy
Robert Griffin ...
Sheriff Clay (as Robert E. Griffin)
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Norris
Rusty Lane ...
Riley
Sydney Smith ...
Van Steeden
Frances Morris ...
Mrs. Williams
Tyler MacDuff ...
Tom Williams (as Tyler McDuff)
Robert Adler ...
Alabam
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Swamper
Ken Christy ...
Mr. Phelps
Tom McKee ...
Sheriff of Buckhorn
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A gunslinger attempts to hang up his hardware and help his younger brother raise cattle. The local attorney, whose brother the gunslinger shot in a fair fight, is determined to swindle the men out of their ranch by preventing a supply deal with the railroad, then using his bodyguard to bushwhack the younger brother. Written by Anonymous

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5 July 1957 (Finland)  »

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The entire 75 minute film was shot in only five days. See more »

Goofs

When Miley Sutton (John Smith) is prevented from leaving the building after knocking down the banker, his right arm holding the gun is shown exposed to the elbow from inside the doorway, then the view switches to the same doorway from outside and only his hand holding the gun is visible. See more »

Quotes

Van Steeden: I think Tracy and I see even clearer than you what this thing means. It isn't just saving the land, it isn't just foreclosing on a piece of property - it's foreclosing on a man's life.
Brock Mitchell: It isn't easy to join the human race again once you've been drummed out, but we'll try.
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Referenced in Shadows (1959) See more »

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Superbly Shot Western Is A True Sleeper
27 June 2008 | by (Dixie) – See all my reviews

The only reason I watched this super-obscure 1957 oater (allegedly shot in seven days) is because Philip Hardy, in his 1980s encyclopedia of westerns, called it a "masterpiece" (his word).

I certainly wouldn't go that far, but the direction (Gerd Oswald) and camera-work (Joseph LaShelle, who IIRC shot Laura) are definitely eye- catching. Many angles include ceilings, and there are a number of striking shots of actor(s) in extreme FG with other(s) in extreme BG. Oswald and LaShelle even use the film noir technique of lining up actors in dialogue scenes at various depths so they can all be in the shot without cutting (or having to re-set up the camera).

This second feature programmer is in fact far more interestingly made than A Kiss Before Dying, Oswald's A picture of the year before. Why Oswald went from that well-publicized production of a bestseller to this B- drive-in special is unknown to me. Too bad he didn't show the same level of creativity on that clever Ira Levin mystery that he does on this horse opera, which is quite routinely scripted aside from a few minor curiosities, such as Nick Adams homoerotically caressing the unconscious face of his big brother John Derek.


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