Photographer Dan Sheppard arriving at Shiloh to take pictures of western life finds a neighbor ranch is owned by an old girlfriend. She is in a tug of war between the an oil speculator and the local ranchers afraid of polluted water.

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Clay Grainger (credit only)
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David Sutton (credit only)
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Dan Sheppard
Robert Random ...
Jeremy Sheppard (as Bob Random)
Geraldine Brooks ...
Della Price
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Spector
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Carstairs (as Donald Barry)
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Lester
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ...
Cliff Barber (as Red Morgan)
Harper Flaherty ...
Dick Shane ...
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Dan Sheppard and his son Jeremy arrive in Medicine Bow via a private rail car to photograph the west at Shiloh. Dan takes pictures of life on Shiloh while Jeremy uses their studio on the rail car to take pictures of local customers. Della Price's dressmaker suggests she have pictures taken. Jeremy shows the resulting pictures to Dan who realizes his old sweetheart Della is in Medicine Bow. She is a widow with a ranch caught in a bidding war between an oil speculator and the local ranchers who are afraid of the negative aspects of the oil industry. The primary source of water for the local ranches will be polluted if oil wells are allowed on her ranch. Unknown to everyone her foreman Spector is working with the oil speculator Carstairs to cover gambling losses he incurred with the ranch's money. Della tries to rekindle their lost romance while Dan tries to help the Graingers. Written by Anonymous

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25 September 1968 (USA)  »

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Food for thought
18 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fluffy story that slogs along until its incendiary climax does serve some food for thought. James Daly, known for playing stern authority figures, gets to relax a bit as frontier photographer Dan Sheppard. The forward-thinking Sheppard comes to Shiloh eager to chronicle the working lives of buckaroos, certainly aware that progress will threaten their existence sooner or later. Ironically, "sooner" is represented by the crooked oil speculator Carstairs played by Donald Barry, whose career as a B-western star had long-since vanished. In a similar vein, Drury may have guessed that the golden age of TV westerns was also facing extinction. The Virginian poses for Sheppard's camera with a tight smile.


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