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Firecreek (1968)

 -  Western  -  March 1968 (Austria)
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A peace-loving, part-time sheriff in the small town of Firecreek must take a stand when a gang of vicious outlaws takes over his town.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Johnny Cobb
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Bob Larkin
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Evelyn Pittman
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Earl
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Whittier
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Preacher Broyles
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Mr. Pittman
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Norman
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Drew
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Meli (as Barbara Luna)
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Henrietta Cobb
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Leah
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Arthur (as J. Robert Porter)
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Willard
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Hall
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Farmer and family man Johnny Cobb moonlights as a $2 a month sheriff in the quiet little town of Firecreek. When a gang of freebooters passes through, their leader Larkin, who is suffering from a minor wound, decides to spend the night. The gang members prove to be vicious, sadistic sociopaths who take advantage of the frightened townspeople, humiliating them for their own perverse amusement. Although Larkin disapproves of their behavior, his leadership role is tenuous, and he is reluctant to test it by exercising control over his men. The mild-mannered Cobb also seems hesitant to challenge the gang's antisocial behavior. Things come to a head when Meli, an Indian woman with a mixed race child, is sexually attacked by one of vicious psychopaths. Arthur, a mentally-challenged stable boy, comes to her aid and accidentally kills him. Cobb locks up Arthur pending a trial, but when the sheriff visits his pregnant wife, the gang breaks into the jail and lynches the boy. Cobb now realizes ... Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Trivia

Four of the actors have links to Star Trek. Gary Lockwood, BarBara Luna, and Morgan Woodward all starred in Star Trek (1966) Episodes. Brooke Bundy appeared in a Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) Episode. See more »

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When leaving the church service that was held in the general store, as Johnny Cobb bids farewell to the preacher, the boom mike is visible in the store's door window. See more »

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Earl: [after Norman has inappropriately touched Meli, the waitress and caused her to run away] Well, times have changed, grandpa. Girl likes a little cooing first. You just can't grab her like that!
Norman: My age, son, you gotta take short cuts! Minutes count!
[the outlaws break into riotous laughter]
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Bringing in the Sheaves
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The film is a small predictable Western, far from perfect, which does not show its stars at their best...

"Firecreek" is a somber, downbeat Western, photographed in bleak, striking colors... It has the benefit of Alfred Newman's musical inspiration… The movie starts off well, but goes steadily downhill in a welter of unrelieved negativism... Director Vincent McEveety—quite different from Anthony Mann who died the previous year—forces us to come to grip with a central figure, subtly played by Stewart who seems not to have held the plot in high esteem...

Stewart, an aging farmer and family-man turned sheriff, straps on his guns and goes out to meet the Fonda gang, especially after they lynch a boy who had caught one of them in mid-rape and killed him… Fonda was ruthless, stern, severe, sadistic, unrepentantly villainous from start to finish… He and his gang terrorize a small Arizona town causing among its people annoyance and trouble...

The film is a small predictable Western, far from perfect, which does not show its stars at their best... It had quite a little talk, much of it psychological, before the inevitable action finally begins to explode...

The tormented and unhappy actress Inger Stevens, who committed suicide two years after "Firecreek" at the early age of 36, managed to suggest sincere evocations of underlying neurosis in her role… Her real-life torments, sadly, gave her role more dimension than either the all-good Stewart or all-bad Fonda were able to achieve in "Firecreek."

Last note: "Firecreek" was the last picture in which Stewart's beloved horse 'Pie' would appear with him; they had worked together for eighteen years, since Winchester '73 in 1950… Stewart loved the horse but its owner, a lady, called Stevie Myers, would never let him, for unexplained reasons, buy it…


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