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The Oklahoman (1957)

Approved | | Western | 19 May 1957 (USA)
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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Dr. John M. Brighton
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Anne Barnes
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Cass Dobie
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Maria Smith
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Charlie Smith
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Mrs. Waynebrook
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Mel Dobie
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Jim Hawk
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Mrs. Fitzgerald
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Bob Randell
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Jason - Stableman
Peter J. Votrian ...
Little Charlie Smith (as Peter Votrian)
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Marshal Bill
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Louise Brighton
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Storekeeper (as Stanford I. Jolley)
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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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Doc McCrea settles down in Oklahoma
19 June 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This is a nice easy to take B western that Joel McCrea settled into doing in his later years. The Oklahoman opens with McCrea's wife dying in childbirth and McCrea making a decision to leave the wagon train he's on and settle in what was then known as Indian Territory.

Fast forward about seven years. McCrea, who is a doctor, has settled with his seven year old daughter in a small town in Oklahoma. He's got two girls interested in him, Barbara Hale who is rancher's widow, and Gloria Talbott a young Indian girl who babysits his daughter. Talbott's family has problems from the local town bully played with appropriate menace by Brad Dexter. He wants the land that Talbott's father Michael Pate owns and Dexter ain't too squeamish about his methods.

Why does Dexter want the land and who will McCrea wind up with in the end? For those questions watch The Oklahoman.

Fans of Joel McCrea and westerns in general will like this.


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