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Behind a narration in the style of Jack Webb on TV's "Dragnet", U.S. Marshal Sam Nelson, posing as Sam Smith, is sent to a gold-boom town in California to learn the identity of three killers. Posing as a gunman and killer, he soon strikes up a friendship with card-sharp Alf Billings after saving him from being lynched when caught cheating in a card game. Billings suggests they become partners as his skill with cards (overlooking the near lynching he just escaped) and Sam's ability with guns should make them a fortune. Sam agrees, hoping that Billings will lead him to the men he is hunting. Billings leads him to Coldwater sheriff William Norris and Ernie Walker, Norris's partner in a saloon and gambling operation, both implicated in the murder case Sam is investigating. Written by
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Wild Bill Elliott goes undercover to trap two killers
"The Forty-Niners" (1954) was a very pleasant surprise to me. This is a sharply-written and well-plotted detective story that's a western. It even has voice-overs from Wild Bill. He has some excellent pungent lines in this film. The logic of the story and characters is impeccable. The supporting cast is very strong, notably Virginia Grey, Harry Morgan and John Doucette. Doucette and partner Lane Bradford have killed a marshal and moved on to California. Only Harry Morgan has been identified as involved, however. Wild Bill has 3 months to search for Harry Morgan and find out who the dry gulchers were.
The writer, Daniel B. Ullman, was a very experienced writer of film westerns. He'd go on to write several noirs in which Wild Bill would play a Los Angeles county detective (Dial Red-O and Sudden Danger). After that, over 20 more years of writing lay ahead.
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