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Cherokee Strip (1940)

Approved | | Western | 11 October 1940 (USA)
Texans Dave Lovell and Coy Barrett sign a truce to stop the feuding between their families. The Barretts migrate from Texas to Goliath, Oklahoma, a boom town on the border of the Cherokee ... See full summary »


Lesley Selander


Bernard McConville (original story and screenplay), Norman Houston (screenplay)




Cast overview:
Richard Dix ... Marshal Dave Lovell
Florence Rice ... Kate Cross
William Henry ... Tom Cross
Victor Jory ... Coy Barrett
Andy Clyde ... Tex Crawford
George E. Stone ... Abe Gabbert
Morris Ankrum ... Hawk Barrett
Douglas Fowley ... Alf Barrett
Addison Richards ... Ned Strawn
Tom Tyler ... Frank Lovell
Charles Trowbridge ... Sen. Cross
William Haade ... Grimes
Ray Teal ... Smokey Lovell
Hal Taliaferro ... Ben Blivens
Jack Rockwell ... Ace Eastman


Texans Dave Lovell and Coy Barrett sign a truce to stop the feuding between their families. The Barretts migrate from Texas to Goliath, Oklahoma, a boom town on the border of the Cherokee Strip. Coy starts a bank, while his cousin, Ned Strawn, opens a saloon. THe rest of the Barretts, headed by Hawk, establish a hideout in the Strip where they run a gambling house and conceal stolen cattle. Alf Barrett, whom Lovell believes dead, also makes his headquarters in the strip. Lovell receives an appointment as a U. S. Marshal and is assigned to Goliath. Once there, he finds the Barrett clan is operating against the law he is pledged to uphold. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THEY DARED CHALLENGE THE WEST'S LAST EMPIRE OF CRIME! Into the Cherokee Strip they went...this two-fisted, two-gun fighting Marshal and the girl who believed in him...into the most danger-infested spot on earth! See more »




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Release Date:

11 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fighting Marshal See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Omaha Sunday 12 April 1959 on KETV (Channel 7); in Pittsburgh it first aired 19 August 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2), in Asheville 30 August 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), in Chicago 12 September 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Toledo 6 November 1959 on WTOL (Channel 11), in Philadelphia 25 November 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), and, finally, in New York City 5 July 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Lively Western!
25 April 2006 | by chank46See all my reviews

Cherokee Strip has a strong script and a strong cast to put it across. Richard Dix plays the strong but shy Marshal who is trying to keep his mind on "Marshaling" while being attracted to the beautiful census taker, the lovely Florence Rice. Florence looks absolutely beautiful in this movie. One thing I admire about Florence is her believability. No matter how bad the script, she makes you believe in her and her character. This is a very good script however. A strong supporting cast featuring Victor Jory, Andy Clyde move the story along. Look for Morris Ankrum in the supporting role of Hawk. Ankrum would turn up years later on the Perry Mason TV series as a judge in many episodes. One of the best scenes is the one in which Dix and Jory are riding together on a stage coach. Excellent!The Marshal always seems to be one step ahead of the bad guys. Fans of westerns will love this movie. Even if you're not a big fan of westerns, you'll be entertained.

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