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Condemned gunman Clayton is given a last minute reprieve on condition he murders rancher Matthew for a railway company. Visiting Matthew's ranch, Clayton is unable to bring himself to kill Matthew and leaves, but Matthew's wife, Catherine, believing she has killed Matthew during an argument joins Clayton. Matthew, still alive, and mad as hell joins Clayton's equally angered employers to hunt down the pair Written by
Tom Seldon <elpuro.msn.com>
This was the very last film distributed by Allied Artists Corporation (early in its life, Allied Artists was known as Monogram Pictures, which was responsible for all the "Bowery Boys" movies). Citing extreme financial difficulties, Allied Artists filed for Chapter 11 in late 1978, and the following year their entire backlog (including the Monogram films) was purchased by Lorimar/Telepictures Corporation. When Lorimar itself was purchased by Time Warner, Inc. a decade later, Warner Bros. became the owner of the Allied Artists/Monogram backlog (on some TV prints of the "Bowery Boys" features, the "WB Shield" logo precedes the opening credits). See more »
Clayton and Catherine are eating dinner in a hotel dining room. Clayton tells her that he is a gunfighter and she is a woman between husbands. The shot returns to Catherine who is sitting in a different setting (her hotel room), but answers as if the conversation was continuous. See more »
Pretty sight, no more Japanese.
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After the end credits, a title gives the dedication "To my father". See more »
"China 9, Liberty 37" sounds like the final score of a high school girls' basketball game, but it is the American title of this spaghetti western. Fabio Testi plays the part of Clayton Drumm, a gunslinger who avoids the hangman's noose by agreeing to take on a job--the murder of a man, Matthew Sebanek (Warren Oates), whose land is desired by the railroad. He rides to the man's property and insinuates himself into the household. Like Clint Eastwood, he is the quiet, deadly type and the lady of the house, Catherine (Jenny Agutter) takes a hankering to him.
During his stay on the property, Drumm's emotions are stirred and he questions his decision to murder the man.
A large part of the story is a romance. But most of the characters are driven by pride or greed, so you know love will probably suffer in the crossfire.
Better known for such films as "Walkabout" and "Logan's Run", Jenny Agutter does a credible job as the object of men's desires. Nudity is a sizable part of her role. Testi, as the strong silent type is enough to stir a frontier woman's imagination. Oates, as usual, plays a scruffy, steely-eyed guy.
I found the story interesting, but technical issues--like imbalanced sound and choppy editing--sometimes get in the way.
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