The Oklahoman (1957)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  19 May 1957 (USA)
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A doctor stops in a small Midwestern town to bury his wife. He decides to stay there and start a practice,but soon runs into violent cattle ranchers.


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Complete credited cast:
Dr. John M. Brighton
Anne Barnes
Cass Dobie
Gloria Talbott ...
Maria Smith
Charlie Smith
Mrs. Waynebrook
Mel Dobie
Jim Hawk
Esther Dale ...
Mrs. Fitzgerald
Bob Randell
Jason - Stableman
Peter J. Votrian ...
Little Charlie Smith (as Peter Votrian)
John Pickard ...
Marshal Bill
Mimi Gibson ...
Louise Brighton
Storekeeper (as Stanford I. Jolley)


In 1870, Dr. John Brighton and his wife Louise are on a wagon train heading for California.When they reach Oklahoma Territory, Louise dies during childbirth but her baby girl survives. Louise is buried in the nearby town of Cherokee Wells where her distraught husband decides to remain and practice medicine. He receives room and board from elderly widow Mrs. Fitzgerald, who also offers to help rear Dr.Brighton's child. Despite the town being a peaceful one, wealthy rancher Cass Dobie and his brother Mel stir up trouble in an attempt to control the town.When the two brothers don't like a rival businessman they try to force him out of business.Dobie, has secretly discovered oil on the land of his Indian neighbor, Charlie Smith. Oil is a relatively new commodity and few people know what it looks like or what it's worth. Cass Dobie offers to buy Charlie's land but when Charlie refuses to sell, Dobie threatens him. A dangerous feud between the Dobie brothers and Indian Charlie Smith ... Written by nufs68

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... in his Trigger-Squeeze he held the life and death of a gun-smoked town ! See more »




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19 May 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Duelo en la noche  »

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Last film of actress Esther Dale. See more »

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A young doctor survives tragedy in Oklahoma Territory.
12 March 2001 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

A doctor's wife dies during childbirth on a trip to a new life in the west. The doctor(Joel McCrea) decides to make a home for his young daughter in the middle of Oklahoma Territory. A pretty young Indian girl(Gloria Talbot)moves in to help take care of the child. Of course, the square shooting doctor is forced to defend her honor.

A nice, wholesome cowboy drama set in 1870's Oklahoma Territory. A greedy rancher wants to claim oil discovered on an Indian's land. Interesting and easy to watch. Talbot, a familiar face in TV westerns, is equally attractive on the big screen. Barbara Hale plays the doctor's love interest. And Brad Dexter is the villain.

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