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The Ride Back (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama, Western | 13 September 1957 (Finland)
A troubled sheriff, a failure at everything in his life, tries to redeem himself by extraditing a popular gunfighter from Mexico to stand trial for murder.

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Bob Kallen
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Sheriff Chris Hamish
Lita Milan ...
Elena
Victor Millan ...
Father Ignatius
Jorge Treviño ...
Border Guard (as George Trevino)
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Joe Dominguez ...
Luis
Louis Towers ...
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A Sheriff goes into Mexico in search of a man wanted back in the States. Finding him, he starts back. But it's a long way back, he has a reluctant captive, and there are unfriendly Indians along the way. The Sheriff admits his life has been a failure but this mission he plans to accomplish. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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It Rides a Trail NO Western Ever Rode Before!

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Second-unit director Oscar Rudolph replaced Allen H. Miner and directed ten days of the film, uncredited. See more »

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Sheriff Chris Hamish: That's the reason you're going back to stand trial, Kallen. Because of me, you understand? Because of me!
Bob Kallen: Hamish, you're better off dead.
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The Ride Back
Written by Frank De Vol (uncredited) and Judy Spencer (uncredited)
Sung by Eddie Albert
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Developing Trust
20 April 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Toward the middle and latter end of the 50s the B western shifted to television but many were still done for the big screen as well. Cowboy heroes were strictly relegated to the small screen and the ones done now were adult fare. The Ride Back was typical of these kinds used as second features for double bills.

What makes this unusual though is the presence of a name actor, one who had just won his second Oscar the year before. Anthony Quinn's salary must have been three quarters of the budget or he was paying off a debt by appearing in The Ride Back. Quinn plays a fugitive here returning to Mexico to escape a murder charge. Whom he's taking The Ride Back with is Sheriff William Conrad.

Conrad is no heroic sheriff, in fact he confesses to being a failure at most things he's tried is determined to succeed here. As for Quinn he swears it was self defense and doesn't think he'll get a fair trial as a Mexican. The whole film is about developing trust.

When the Indians attack the two have to trust each other, but it's slow developing. A mute little girl they rescue as a survivor of an Indian attack serves as the catalyst for this purpose.

Quinn and Conrad are an interesting pair of protagonists, no heroes or villains here, just people in a foul circumstance. No frills in this black and white film, but an interesting character study.


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