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Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973)

 -  Drama | Western  -  11 July 1973 (USA)
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J.D. Cahill is the toughest U.S. Marshal they've got, just the sound of his name makes bad guys stop in their tracks, so when his two young boy's want to get his attention they decide to ... See full summary »

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J.D. Cahill
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Fraser
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Danny
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Lightfoot
Clay O'Brien ...
Billy Joe
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Mrs. Green
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Struther
Dan Vadis ...
Brownie
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MacDonald
Scott Walker ...
Ben Tildy
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Denver
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Charlie
Rayford Barnes ...
Pee Wee Simser
Dan Kemp ...
Joe Meehan
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Hank
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J.D. Cahill is the toughest U.S. Marshal they've got, just the sound of his name makes bad guys stop in their tracks, so when his two young boy's want to get his attention they decide to rob a bank. They end up getting more than they bargained for. Written by Christopher D. Ryan <cryan@direct.ca>

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A lawman and his sons face the ultimate test of courage. See more »

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Drama | Western

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11 July 1973 (USA)  »

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Cahill: United States Marshal  »

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The anti-racism subtext was written into the script in response to ongoing criticism of John Wayne's infamous May 1971 interview with Playboy magazine. However, the only African-American in the cast, Vance Davis, is listed in the credits as "Negro". See more »

Goofs

Lightfoot's horse has a saddle under the blanket. You can see stirrups hanging under the blanket and in a latter scene, Cahill uses them to mount Lightfoot's horse. See more »

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[yelling at vultures circling overhead]
Pee Wee Simser, Outlaw: Oh no you ain't! You ain't going to get me today, you dirty beady-eyed little sons. Because old Pee Wee ain't going to die today. You filthy scavengers!
J.D. Cahill: Oh, shut up, Simser! If a buzzard bites you, he'd never eat meat again.
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A Man Gets To Thinkin'
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Charlie Rich
(Courtesy of Epic Records)
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How would Rooster Cogburn have handled it?
22 June 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

As portrayed by John Wayne, United States Marshal J.D. Cahill is a man obsessed with his work as a lawman. I guess you needed super dedication in doing that job right. Trouble is, he's neglected his two sons, Gary Grimes and Clay O'Brien who've fallen in with bad company. In fact that bad company has thought of a pretty good scheme in how to rob the town bank with the help from the Cahill boys. One unforeseen consequence of the scheme is the sheriff and deputy from the town are both killed.

Wayne catches up with some nefarious characters who fit a general description and have a chunk of cash on them. They're not the right guys and he suspects as much. The rest of the story concerns what happens as Grimes and O'Brien are conscience stricken and how that brings about a general righting of wrongs.

My problem with the story is that marshal's kids or not, they've committed a major league felony. In another film Grimes would have hung for it. Two law enforcement officials were killed in the performance of their duty. You do recall in Hang 'Em High those two kids who did not help Bruce Dern overpower Clint Eastwood still hung in the end. Or in True Grit, John Wayne shoots without hesitation some young criminals there.

But this is a John Wayne film involving his family so the Duke is trapped by certain parameters that his fans expect. It makes for some weakly resolved issues in the plot.

But if you're a fan of the Duke, Cahill U.S. Marshal will fill your bill.


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