When four rowdy cowhands ride into a small town and make trouble, no one seems willing or able to take them on, not even Sam Christy, the toughest man in town. But then there is a murder.

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Mike Baron - Saloon Owner
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William 'Mule' Thompson
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William Challee ...
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Four young cowboys, Jeb, Rondo, Mule and Davy ride into Trail City, Texas figuring on taking over for a while. Rancher Sam Christy, with a paralyzed right arm refuses to get involved against them, and Kate Miller calls him a coward. When Jeb kills the timid Sheriff McCauley, Sam goes to his ranch to get his gun. The boys are waiting for him there, and Ellie Walters goes to his ranch and finds him badly beaten up by Mule. The young Davy, shocked by the killing of the sheriff, quarrels with Jeb. He goes off alone and Sam captures him. Rondo, tries to force his attentions on Ellie, who shoots him when he draws a knife on Sam. The latter kills Mule in a knife fight, and Jeb bursts out of the saloon with two guns blazing. Sam shoots and kills him. The townsmen are for hanging Davy but Sam, realizing the young boy was the victim of a situation he didn't know how to handle---and one that the town should have never let develop---tells him to just go home. Sam and Ella watch as the boy rides ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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IN THE LAND THAT WALKS TOUGH AND TALL...A NEW KIND OF SUSPENSE! Suddenly it happens...the cowardly crawl in the dust...the brave are notches on a gun...a town explodes with a scream! See more »

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Excellent little known western
23 November 2015 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

I am surprised this isn't a better known western. It's a moody and sparse western that follows 4 young men who turn up in a little town and take it over.

It's an interesting story as I imagine that there were quite a few towns with aging populations that were vulnerable to being taken over by gangs looking for an easy life.

The acting is generally good although I was particularly taken with the lead actor Jeff Chandler who seemed a little stiff (he sadly died a year or two after this film). The gang are pretty good portraying a quiet menace. Only one went on to have a long movie career, John Saxon as Rondo. The back up cast are all solid and the stunning Dolores Hart adds some welcome glamour.

Although this isn't an action packed film thanks to a nice script it manages to hold your attention throughout. There is a great air of tension built up as the gang terrorize the town. The ending is maybe a little predictable but still nicely done.

The Plunderers is worth catching for lovers of the western genre.


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