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As one of the founders of the town of Lincoln, John Chisum is increasingly worried as Lawrence Murphy moves in on the local stores, bank and land by questionable means. Chisum and fellow honest ranch owner Henry Tunstall try and use the law, but Murphy owns that too. Confrontation threatens and Tunstall's man Billy Bonney is not slow to get involved. Written by
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A splendid John Wayne as tough baron cattle fighting in the Lincoln County war
This excellent film concerns about the real-life land baron living in New Mexico. Wayne as the baron cattle is magnificent.It's one of very few John Wayne Westerns based on historic deeds.The movie is plenty of action, shootouts, adventures and is pretty entertaining.Casting is frankly awesome with usual Andrew McLagen, John Ford's actors( Wayne, Ben Johnson, John Agar and Hank Worden); furthermore habitual cameraman William H. Clothier( Cheyenne Autumm,Man who shot Liberty Valance,Horse soldiers)with a colorful cinematography and evocative music score by Dominic Frontiere.The motion picture is well directed by Andrew W. McLagen, a known Ford's disciple.
The real events are the following: This powerful cattle king of New Mexico, John Simpson Chisum(1824-84)living in New Mexico ruled by governor Lew Wallace (Ben Hur's author),he started with a few head of stray longhorns and became one of the biggest individual cattle owners in North America, with between 60.000 and 100.000 head.In 1854 he entered the cattle business,selling beef to Indian reservations, making friendship with Chief White Buffalo(Abraham Sofaer).In 1867 he moved to New Mexico and established a large spread at South Spring in Old Lincoln County where he prospered greatly.He became involved in the Lincoln County war of 1878-79 in which he opposed the Murphy(Forrest Tucker)-Dolan(Edward Faulkner) faction and backed cattleman Tunstall(Patrick Knowles), whose gunfighters-cowboys included the handsome Billy the Kid(Geoffrey Deuel).It is said that Chisum was instrumental in making Billy the Kid an outlaw killer, he used his considerable influence in getting Pat Garret(Glenn Corbett) elected Sheriff of Lincoln County in 1880 and it was Garrett who hunted down and killed the young outlaw. Chisum's cattle brand was the Long Rail, a long, straight mark extending from shoulder to flank. Chisum, who never married, died at Eureka Springs, Arkansas, leaving an state of some 500.000 dollars.
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