The Trackers (1971)

TV Movie  |   |  Western  |  14 December 1971 (USA)
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When a rancher's daughter is kidnapped by Apaches, he forms a posse and sends for the U.S. Marshal but an African-American Deputy Marshal shows up instead.



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Complete credited cast:
Ezekiel Smith
Sam Paxton
Dora Paxton
Connie Kreski ...
Becky Paxton
Pete Dilworth
Sheriff Naylor
Gary Marshal ...
El Grande (as Caleb Brooks)
Ben Vogel
Leo Gordon ...
David Renard ...
Father Gomez
Davey Paxton (as Bill Katt)
Captain (as Ross Elliot)
Bucklind Beery ...
Wagon Driver (as Bucklind Noah Beery)


A rancher comes home and finds that his son has been murdered and his daughter kidnapped by a bandit gang. He hires a professional tracker with a reputation for finding his quarry to help him find the gang and rescue his daughter. Written by

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No Trumpets, No Drums  »

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29 November 2004 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

A mysterious band of killers raids isolated homesteads. In their latest crime, they raid Sam Paxton's place, kill Sam's son, and kidnap his daughter, Becky. Sam is desperate to get the killers and recover his daughter. The efforts of a posse prove ineffectual, but Sam is determined to continue on. He sends for an old Army buddy who is a well known tracker. Unable to come, his friend sends another tracker, Ezekial Smith. Sam, a Confederate veteran, is extremely

displeased when it turns out Ezekial is black. However, the posse is making no progress so Sam reluctantly accepts this help. Ultimately, the pair gradually gain each other's respect as they pursue Becky's trail into Mexico.

Though it has some occasional comedic elements, this is a serious western

featuring a very credible performance by Sammy Davis, Jr. The supporting cast is composed largely of veteran actors with a wealth of experience in the western genre. The result is an effective and entertaining western. This is particularly remarkable given the type of material many viewers associate with producer

Aaron Spelling. The issue of racism isn't sugarcoated. None of the posse

members ever really accept Ezekial Smith and even Sam is very slow to give up a lifetime of bigotry. Recommended.

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