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The Parson and the Outlaw (1957)

Approved | | Western | September 1957 (USA)
Pretending death at the hands of his friend, Marshal Pat Garrett, (Bob Duncan). Billy the Kid (Anthony Dexter) rides away to live in peace under a new name in a far away frontier town, only... See full summary »

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Tonya
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Rev. Jericho Jones (as Buddy Rogers)
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Mrs. Sarah Jones
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Col. Jefferson Morgan
Madalyn Trahey ...
Ellie McCloud
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Ace Jardine (as Bob Steel)
Joe Sodja ...
Ben, the Balladeer
Bob Duncan ...
Bob Gilbert ...
Henchman Piute
Jack Lowell ...
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John Davis ...
Merchant
Paul Spahn ...
Lt. Paul Nash
Herman Pulver ...
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Pretending death at the hands of his friend, Marshal Pat Garrett, (Bob Duncan). Billy the Kid (Anthony Dexter) rides away to live in peace under a new name in a far away frontier town, only to run foul of ruthless empire builder Col. Morgan (Robert Lowery) and his top gun Jack Slade (Sonny Tufts). Billy's the only man who can stop Morgan but he turns down the pleas of help from preacher Jericho Jones (Charles 'Buddy' Rogers), who knows of Billy and his past, newspaper editor Elly McCloud (Madalyn Trahey) and her romantic rival Tonya (Marie Windsor). It's only after the preacher is shot down trying to stop Morgan's killers that Billy straps on his guns. Written by tonyman

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The untold story of Billy the Kid...THE ONLY MAN WHO COULD OUTDRAW JESSE JAMES! See more »

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Final film of Bob Reeves. See more »

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Take Time to Pray
Written by Joe Sodja
Performed by Joe Sodja
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Good Technicolor can't save bad western...
13 October 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

There's nothing deadlier than a western that fails to come alive.

Maybe it's the pedestrian script, the sluggish direction, the actors who all look bored with their roles--but THE PARSON AND THE OUTLAW never comes alive despite some rough and tumble moments and some shootouts between Billy the Kid (ANTHONY DEXTER) and the henchmen of badman ROBERT LOWERY involved in some kind of land dispute.

MARIE WINDSOR drifts in and out of the story with a thick Mexican accent that never seems less than phony and is playing hard at being a hot-tempered gal who sets her sights on Dexter the moment she sees him. SONNY TUFTS has a thankless role as a gunslinger who wishes he could have met up with Billy the Kid (whom he thinks is dead) so he could put some slugs into him. Tufts has never looked more bored with a role, even when he's doing his quick on the trigger act.

Between the slow pace and the uninspired direction, along with a banal script, THE PARSON AND THE OUTLAW never has a chance. The outdoor scenes are photographed skillfully and look good in color, but there are some obvious stock shots used that are blurry and poorly photographed.

The supporting cast includes CHARLES "BUDDY" ROGERS and JEAN PARKER, both of whom are saddled with bland roles as a parson and his wife which they play without a hint of enthusiasm.


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