Former inmate and drunkard Ben Chamberlain arrives in a railroad town looking for Alma, who's found dead, causing the railroad police deputies to manhunt for Ben.


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Complete credited cast:
Ben Chamberlain
Valverda Johnson
Vince McKay
O.E. Hotchkiss
George Blaylock
Mr. Gorman
Matt Johnson
Leo Weed
Alma Britten
Walter Burke ...
Abraham Berk
George Dunn ...
Pepe Hern ...


A drifter finds himself wrongly accused of murder by a power-crazed sheriff. The sheriff gives him a horse, some supplies, and a one-hour head start into the desert, then he will send his murderous posse after him. Written by

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Release Date:

31 October 1967 (USA)  »

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Bad Day at Banner  »

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Very good western, strong cast and plot
2 February 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was very impressed with this, and nearly gave it an 8. (I can't remember the last time I gave a film 9.)

Henry Fonda (wearing a rather obvious wig) proves again his versatility, this time as a drunk. It's not giving much away to say that he does redeem himself, but not in a super-heroical way. Dan Duryea is always excellent value, though I did wonder at his apparently wearing the same glasses (furtively)to read newsprint and for distance vision. (Usually one needs different prescriptions.)

I saw the film courtesy of Youtube, and the sound wasn't great in places, so I didn't grasp why the men that Fonda came across were so keen to ambush the railroad police (and some of them did seem rather rash in the gunfight when it came to firing in full view of the other side).

The "town" where much of the action took place looked realistic, and Anne Baxter as Valverda Johnson was reasonably attractive as a self-sufficient homesteader without having the unbelievable glamour of so many leading ladies in Westerns.

The photography was good, especially a panoramic scene of a train entering the town.

Well worth viewing.

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