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Cattle King (1963)

Approved | | Western | 31 July 1963 (USA)
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Sam Brassfield
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Sharleen Travers
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Clay Mathews
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Abe Clevenger
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Harry Travers
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Ruth Winters
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VInce Bodine
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Ed Winters
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June Carter
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HIRED KILLERS PLUNGE WYOMING INTO RANCH-WAR! See more »

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Cattle King of Wyoming  »

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Chester A. Arthur was president 1881-85 but the Winchester rifles are Model 1892, a common error in B westerns--and others. See more »

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Sam Brassfield: [there is a knock on the door] The door's open.
Clay Mathews: Sam... , Getting to be a big man, Sam.
Sam Brassfield: I own some land.
Clay Mathews: ...with a fence around it.
Sam Brassfield: That's right.
Clay Mathews: There are getting to be too many fences for me, Sam. My business depends on open range.
Sam Brassfield: Well then maybe you ought to change your business, Clay.
Clay Mathews: No, Sam. I don't see it that way. 'Way I see it, as soon as this National Cattle Trail Bill passes, my business'll just be starting.
Sam Brassfield: I don't expect it to pass. I'm doing everything I can to stop it.
Clay Mathews: Well, kinda...
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MGM's Farewell To Robert Taylor
16 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Cattle King" is the last film Robert Taylor made under his MGM contract. His full-time contract had ended in 1959 but he agreed to do three more pictures. "Cattle King" is the third. Mr. Taylor plays a large scale cattle rancher whose living is being threatened by a Texas cartel who want to build a cattle highway from Texas to Canada. This would bring thousands of undesirable cattle to Mr. Taylor's Wyoming home. It's a nice twist on the old cattle ranchers vs. sheep herders story. Instead of wanting to leave the range free for cattle to roam, Sam Brassfield (Mr. Taylor) wants to fence in land for the controlled breeding of high quality bovines. The only sheep herder in the picture ends up siding with Brassfield. The cinematography is outstanding with a palette that brings out the beauty of the area near Yellowstone Park. There are numerous scenes of groups of people riding which must have looked wonderful on the big screen.

The acting is done by seasoned professionals like Robert Middleton, Ray Teal and William Windom and a newcomer, Robert Loggia. They are all excellent. As usual in westerns, Joan Caulfield as the love interest for Sam isn't given enough to do. President Chester A. Arthur (Larry Gates) plays a pivotal role. In many ways Robert Taylor's colleagues at MGM made this a warm farewell. The name Robert Taylor fills the screen from top to bottom in the credits. He is photographed lovingly with numerous close-ups. There's a wonderful scene where Mr. Taylor stands proudly, legs apart in the western stance facing his enemy when the camera slides into a screen filling close-up. Robert Taylor was very good at playing characters who were larger than life, people who made a difference without losing their integrity. There's even a bit of humor as he spends a fair amount of time fussing with his various ties. "Cattle King" is a solid, well-acted, beautifully photographed western.


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