The peace-loving owner of a general store, who became a town hero when he luckily killed the leader of a gang of bank robbers, is deserted by the townspeople who fear the threatened return of the vengeful bandits.
Alfred L. Werker
Joseph of Cupertino, a simple young man thought by many in his village to be an idiot, is pressured to enter a monastery. He does so, and surprises everyone by passing the entrance exam to ... See full summary »
It came as no surprise when I came to this web site right after watching "Shoot Out at Big Sag" to find out that it was originally made as a television pilot. The short running time is a big clue, but also the fact that it has a very television feel to the entire enterprise, such as the cheap-looking sets. But those facts didn't bother me anywhere as much as the real problem I had with the movie, which is that it's just so gosh-darn dull. The title promises a lot of action, but there's virtually no action until the final few minutes, and it's not worth the wait. It's just talk talk talk for the most part, none of it the least bit engaging. It's hard to believe that long time actor Walter Brennan agreed to appear in this dud... though he probably did it as a favor to his son, who was one of the producers.
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