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The Plunderers (1960)

 |  Western  |  5 November 1960 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Ellie Walters
Kate Miller, Hotel Owner
Sheriff McCauley
Ray Stricklyn ...
Jeb Lucas Tyler
James Westerfield ...
Mike Baron - Saloon Owner
Dee Pollock ...
Roger Torrey ...
William 'Mule' Thompson
Jess Walters, Gen. Store Owner
Harvey Stephens ...
Doc Fuller
Joseph Hamilton ...
Abilene, Barfly
Kenneth Patterson ...
2nd Citizen (as Ken Patterson)
William Challee ...
1st Citizen
Ray Ferrell ...
Billy Miller


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Juvenile Delinquents!
26 October 2009 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

Juvenile delinquency was a very hot topic in the late fifties and early sixties. The new scourge of civilization, rock and roll, had transformed the younger generation into rebels who wanted to cast off the repressive rules by which they were expected to conduct themselves. The burgeoning post-war economy was removing the fear that had formed so much of the older generation's embracement of responsibility and the ever-quickening pace of materialistic progress was making any prospect of boredom anathema to the young.

This certainly didn't go unnoticed by the establishment who were understandably alarmed by what appeared to be a rise in youthful disrespect and hedonism and the war of the generations was taken fairly seriously for a while. Hollywood quickly realized that this was a very sexy and saleable topic for entertaining the masses and began churning out dramas of rebellious youth by the boatload. By 1960 (the year this film was released) these rebellious youth movies were becoming pretty repetitive as far as contemporary settings went, so it was a darned good idea to take the issue and transfer it to a different time - the old west.

It worked rather well, I think. Westerns tend to be fairly simple story lines for the most part anyway, so bringing an aspect of modern juvenile delinquency into the western was novel enough to spice up both tired genres a little. I watched it on the late show when I was on a baby-sitting gig and it made my night. Held my interest all the way and I enjoyed repeated viewings of it over the next couple of years.

It's well acted by all. John Saxon has a great time playing the quietest but most dangerous gang member and Jeff Chandler gets to be a bad-tempered hero. As a small and relatively simple movie with a social message geared to the time of its release it's not really an 8 now, but I think it deserves a little better rating than it has here so I've given an extra point or two to help raise the average and I don't think that's the wrong thing to do at all. It's a decent piece of entertainment.

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