When Utah Blaine rescues Joe Neal from being lynched by a pack of land-grabbing vigilantes, Joe hires Utah has his ranch foreman. Aided at first by only a fellow gunslinger, Utah gradually rallies the townsman to his cause for a climatic showdown with Russ Nevers, his murderous henchman Rink Witter and their pack of range-wolves. Written by
When Blaine and his men sneak up on the ranch at night, they are still wearing their spurs, which jingle loudly. See more »
[a lynching party prepares to hang Joe Neal]
This is far enough. Easy now. If it falls off, it'll be all over. A broken neck ain't gonna get you out of this fast, Neal. Hurry it up, Bud. It'll be light soon. It's a long way back.
You'll get yours, Lud. You'll get what's comin' to ya!
Ain't nothin' comin' to me, Joe, except a large hunk of the 46-Connected. Have a nice trip, Joe.
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Rory Calhoun plays the title role in Utah Blaine a film based on a Louis L'Amour novel, a range war story with a different twist.
In this film it's the homesteaders who are the villains. But these homesteaders aren't yeoman farmers or small ranchers. No in Utah Blaine Ray Teal has organized a gang of thugs who call themselves vigilantes. They can do that because the area is unorganized, the town is not official, no mayor, no town council, most important no sheriff. Teal is making war on the ranches currently there.
The film opens with Calhoun coming upon the scene of an attempted lynching which he stops. Turns out to be Ken Christy one of the owners of one of the two big spreads. When Calhoun learns that an old enemy of his George Keymas is Teal's number one gun hand that's all the convincing he needs to throw in with Christy. Doesn't hurt that he has a pretty daughter in Angela Stevens either.
This is a nicely plotted western that moves at a good pace and the unusual plot twist is an added treat. Too bad it was not shot in color, but I'm hardly complaining. A good one for western fans.
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