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Cattle Empire (1958)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  28 April 1958 (Sweden)
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After serving a five year prison sentence for allowing his men to destroy a town in a drunken spree, a trail boss is hired by the same town's leading citizen to drive their cattle to Fort ... See full summary »

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John Cord
Gloria Talbott ...
Sandy Jeffrey
Don Haggerty ...
Ralph Hamilton
Phyllis Coates ...
Janice Hamilton
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Douglas Hamilton
Richard Shannon ...
Garth
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Tom Jefferson Jeffrey
Charles H. Gray ...
Tom Powis (as Charles Gray)
Hal K. Dawson ...
George Washington Jeffrey
Patrick O'Moore ...
Rex Cogswell
Duane Grey ...
Juan Aruzza
William McGraw ...
Jim Whittaker (as Bill McGraw)
Jack Lomas ...
Sheriff Brewster
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After serving a five year prison sentence for allowing his men to destroy a town in a drunken spree, a trail boss is hired by the same town's leading citizen to drive their cattle to Fort Clemson. Complicating matters, a rival cattle baron also hires the cattle driver to lead his herd. Written by David Bassler

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The Wars of the Ranch Kings! See more »

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Western

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28 April 1958 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Die Rache des Texaners  »

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Paul Brinegar, Steve Raines, and Rocky Shahan all went on to co-star in the TV series Rawhide the next year. See more »

Quotes

John Cord: Seems like you're always with the cattle.
Sandy Jeffrey: Seems like they're better than most people to be with.
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The Cowboy's Lament (Streets of Laredo)
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Traditional
Arranged by Paul Sawtell
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The Town Of Hamilton Bids You Welcome.
28 March 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Joel McCrea stars as a trail boss falsely imprisoned for his men's misdemeanours. Released and suffering at the hands of an unforgiven and irate town, he's hired by a blind Don Haggerty to drive his herd-but Haggerty has his own agendas on this trip.

A routine western that is chiefly saved from the bottom rung by the presence of Joel McCrea. McCrea was a real life cowboy type who owned and worked out of a ranch in California, thus he gives this standard oater a naturalistic core from which to tell its story. If only they could have given him some decent actors to work with, and, or, a bolder script, then this might have turned out better than it did. Directed by Charles Marquis Warren {more famed for TV work like Gunsmoke and his writing than movie directing}, the piece is scripted by Daniel B. Ullman, a prolific "B" western script specialist in the 1950s. This however is far from being a good effort from his pen. Shot in CinemaScope with colour by DeLuxe, it thankfully at least proves to be most pleasing on the eye. Brydon Baker proving to be yet another cinematographer seemingly inspired by the Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, location shoot.

Away from the turgid story there's a classical big western shoot-out to enjoy, while a Mano-Mano shoot out set amongst the Alabama rocks towards the end is nicely handled. But the good technical aspects are bogged down by the roll call of by the numbers gruff cowboy characters. And worse still is a two-fold romantic strand that is so weak it beggars belief. All of which is acted in keeping with such an unimaginatively put together series of sub-plots masquerading as a revenge thriller. For McCrea this film is worth a watch: as it is for its beauty {the print is excellent}, but in spite of its old fashioned appeal, and a couple of action high points, it remains borderline dull. McCrea and the audience deserve far better. 5/10


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