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The Legend of Tom Dooley (1959)

 |  Drama, Western  |  July 1959 (USA)
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Tom Dooley and Country Boy are on the run after killing an enemy soldier not knowing the war is over. The Command refuses to give them some slack for making this tragic but honest mistake and sends a lawman after them.

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Tom Dooley
Jo Morrow ...
Laura Foster
Jack Hogan ...
Charlie Grayson
Richard Rust ...
Country Boy
Dee Pollock ...
Abel
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Father
Howard Wright ...
Sheriff Joe Dobbs
Ralph Moody ...
Doc Henry
John Cliff ...
Lieutenant
Cheerio Meredith ...
Meg
Gary Hunley ...
The Kid
Anthony Jochim ...
Preacher
Jeff Morris ...
Confederate Soldier
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Tom Dooley and Country Boy are on the run after killing an enemy soldier not knowing the war is over. The Command refuses to give them some slack for making this tragic but honest mistake and sends a lawman after them.

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Out of that song -- a fury of a movie!

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July 1959 (USA)  »

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Keine Gnade für Tom Dooley  »

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Upon its initial release, the film was often paired with Have Rocket -- Will Travel (1959) for exhibition in theaters. See more »

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Featured in Michael Landon: Memories with Laughter and Love (1991) See more »

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Tom Dooley
Traditional
Adapted by Dave Guard and L.G. Testoni
Performed by The Kingston Trio
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Better Than Expected
3 December 2007 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Now in endless reruns on the Western Channel, the movie's not half-bad for a quickie production intended to exploit the booming popularity of the folk song. Landon and Rust are quite good as returning rebs caught behind Union lines at Civil War's end. Their chemistry is more like that of brothers than comrades-in-arms. The production appears to have piggy-backed on the "Gunsmoke" series, using many of the same sets and locations, along with veteran Gunsmoke director Ted Post. Maybe that's why the fist-fight at the gutted cabin is so well executed-- the boys really give the slick choreographing their all. Then too, I wouldn't be surprised that this performance won Landon the career role of Little Joe on Bonanza; it's certainly good enough. Anyway, the film shows how even a cheap quickie with no pedigree can exceed expectations.


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