Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973)

PG  |   |  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 boys want to get his attention they decide to rob... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clay O'Brien ...
Billy Joe
Mrs. Green
Dan Vadis ...
Scott Walker ...
Ben Tildy
Rayford Barnes ...
Pee Wee Simser
Dan Kemp ...
Joe Meehan


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 boys 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 <>

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Break the law and he's the last man you want to see. And the last you ever will. See more »


Drama | Western


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11 July 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cahill: United States Marshal  »

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The film was released in many cinemas as a double bill with The MacKintosh Man (1973). See more »


As the two boys drive away from the boarding house, the lady goes up to the steps, which are in the shade. The next shot, shows the boys farther away from the house which has the steps in full sunshine. See more »


J.D. Cahill: Oh, MacDonald! This is Cahill. How are you?
MacDonald, Hermit who sells Cahill the mule: Fine... leastwise, no one has tried to hang me lately.
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Featured in U.S. Marshals: Justice Under the Star (1998) See more »


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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