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The Trackers (1971)

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
El Grande (as Caleb Brooks)
Ben Vogel
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 frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

14 December 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

No Trumpets, No Drums  »

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According to a letter in John Wayne's files, Sammy Davis Jr. hoped this would be the film that he and Wayne had wanted for years to do together. A conflict in their commitment schedules prevented Wayne from making the film, which was originally intended for theatrical release, with Burt Kennedy directing. See more »

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Aaron Spelling, of all people, does a western.
24 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

Aaron Spelling made a bunch of made for television films and they mostly fell into categories like romance, suspense and horror. So imagine my surprise when I found that he also produced a western-- and it stars an actor you wouldn't suspect would be in a western, Sammy Davis Jr.!

When the film begins, Sam and Dora Paxton (Ernest Borgnine and Julie Adams) arrive at their ranch to find their son dying and daughter abducted. When Sam contacts a famous lawman and tracker, instead of this old friend arriving to help he sends his deputy...Ezekiel Smith (Davis). What follows are the sort of racial tension you have seen in films of the era. Sam is, like most folks of his day, a racist and slowly he and Ezekiel work through this as they set out on their cross-country adventure.

This is a film that offers few real surprises and ends about where you'd expect. This doesn't mean it's a bad film. It's well intentioned and entertaining but not a whole lot more.

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