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John Tucker Battle (written by) and
D.D. Beauchamp (written by)
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Release Date:
4 May 1957 (USA) See more »
He called himself the 'Preacher'...and he wrote his sermon in lead!
In Medicine Bend, a crooked businessman has the town mayor and sheriff in his pocket while his henchmen raid the wagon trains passing through the region. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The summary on IMDb is not correct....there is no massacre of cavalry troops. See more (14 total) »


  (in credits order)

Randolph Scott ... Capt. Buck Devlin

James Craig ... Ep Clark

Angie Dickinson ... Priscilla King
Dani Janssen ... Nell Garrison (as Dani Crayne)

James Garner ... Sgt. John Maitland

Gordon Jones ... Pvt. Wilbur 'Will' Clegg

Trevor Bardette ... Sheriff Bob Massey

Don Beddoe ... Mayor Sam Pelley

Myron Healey ... Rafe Sanders
John Alderson ... Clyde Walters

Harry Harvey ... Elam King (as Harry Harvey Sr.)

Robert Warwick ... Brother Abraham
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Balderrama ... Townsman (uncredited)
George Bell ... Tinker (uncredited)

Richard Bellis ... David Devlin (uncredited)

Marjorie Bennett ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Lane Bradford ... Stone - Devlin ranch hand (uncredited)
Marshall Bradford ... Mr. Porter (uncredited)

Chet Brandenburg ... Wagon Train Member (uncredited)
Dee Carroll ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Fred Carson ... Indian (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Joe - Saloon Waiter (uncredited)
Charles Vernon David Cypert ... Soldier (uncredited)
William Monroe Cypert ... Soldier (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Sarah Devlin (uncredited)
Jesslyn Fax ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Sam Flint ... Brother Nathaniel (uncredited)

Michael Forest ... Slade (uncredited)

Herman Hack ... Store Customer (uncredited)
Chick Hannan ... Quaker (uncredited)

Carol Henry ... Guard (uncredited)
Daryn Hinton ... Amy Devlin (uncredited)
Ed Hinton ... Dan Devlin (uncredited)

Fred Kelsey ... Barfly (uncredited)

Nancy Kulp ... Cleaning Woman (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Harry Lauter ... Briggs (uncredited)
Robert Lynn ... Rittenhaus (uncredited)
Rory Mallinson ... Townsman (uncredited)

Philo McCullough ... Doctor (uncredited)
George Meader ... Elliott (uncredited)
Troy Melton ... Indian (uncredited)
Tom Monroe ... Quaker (uncredited)
Frank Morris ... (uncredited)
Howard Negley ... Vance Grainger (uncredited)
Jack Parker ... Barfly (uncredited)
George Pembroke ... Quaker (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Ed Olsen (uncredited)

Jack Perrin ... Saloon Customer (uncredited)

Buddy Roosevelt ... Perkins (uncredited)
George Ross ... Driver (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ... Farmer (uncredited)
John Roy ... Rigney (uncredited)

Syd Saylor ... Dutchy - Bartender (uncredited)
Marjorie Stapp ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Slayton (uncredited)

Philip Van Zandt ... Emporium barker (uncredited)

Sailor Vincent ... Barfly (uncredited)

Guy Wilkerson ... Loafer (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard L. Bare 
Writing credits
John Tucker Battle (written by) and
D.D. Beauchamp (written by)

Produced by
Richard Whorf .... producer
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
Cinematography by
Carl E. Guthrie (director of photography) (as Carl Guthrie)
Film Editing by
Clarence Kolster 
Art Direction by
Stanley Fleischer 
Set Decoration by
Ben Bone 
Costume Design by
Marjorie Best 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Kissell .... assistant director
Sound Department
Francis E. Stahl .... sound
Carol Henry .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Rowland .... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (as Maurice de Packh)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Henry J. Staudigl .... dialogue supervisor (as Henry Staudigl)

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (A Warner Bros. First National Picture)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:U (tv rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #18401) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
The summary on IMDb is not correct....there is no massacre of cavalry troops., 14 March 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

The summary on IMDb for the film is actually wrong. There is no cavalry unit that is massacred by Sioux Indians. Instead, the real plot is as follows: Three men muster out of the US Cavalry (Randolph Scott, James Garner and Gordon Jones). When they come to the home of Scott's brother, they find that the Indians are attacking. Because the men defending the ranch (all civilians) had bought defective bullets, Scott's brother is killed. So, Scott and his two ex-cavalry buddies are on their way to Medicine Bend to find out more about the general store that sold the lousy bullets (the bullets were so bad, the powder in some of the shells wouldn't even burn).

On the way their, the men take a swim in a pond--during which time, their horses, money and clothes are stolen! Soon, they get more clothes from a group of nice religious folk (who Scott refers to as "Brethren" and "the Brotherhood") and learn that this group had just been robbed by men posing as Cavalry men--they'd obviously been using the three men's clothes. So, once they get clothes from these Brethren they head to town--dressed in garments that make them look like non-violent religious men.

Once in the town, they discover that there is cliché #4 from westerns--a local rich guy who controls the sheriff and exploits the people. So it's obvious they won't get any help from the law and need to investigate themselves. At the general store, they soon see that they are selling crappy merchandise AND men working for Craig are going to competing stores and terrorizing them. It's obvious that Craig is behind everything, but how to catch him and prove this might be difficult.

Considering that this is a Randolph Scott western, it isn't surprising what follows. However, like almost all of his films of the era, the journey towards this predetermined end is quite pleasant. I am not a huge fan of the genre, but enjoy Scott's films because they often aren't filled with the usual clichés or, when the are, the acting is so seemingly effortless that the films STILL rise above the rest in the genre.

By the way, pay close attention to see a very young Angie Dickenson. It's a bit easy to miss her in her role working for the nice store--she's got long brown hair and it really makes her look very different. Frankly, I liked her this way but apparently the blonde look served her well in later projects, so who am I to say!

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