With some bows to Shane this independent B western released by 20th Century Fox has a nice staying power to it. It's what they called an adult western with some very adult themes, not for the Saturday matinée kid of the previous decade.
The Storm Rider casts Scott Brady as a Shane like lone hand gunfighter who comes to town and joins the small ranchers fighting against the cattle association. Giving him a more personal interest is Mala Powers who used to lead the ranchers until he was killed. She even sells him a spread for one dollar to give him a rooting interest.
The cattle association doesn't take this lying down and they send a punk gunfighter played by George Keymas. Brady is all that stands between the ranchers and the association, but he has a nasty past secret that could blow up in his face if revealed to the rest.
The Storm Rider is a good western, but the small screen was getting overpopulated with them and they were for free. These type films would become scarcer and scarcer as the years went on. Brady himself took to the small screen in a few years with Shotgun Slade.
Still western fans will enjoy.
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