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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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Where terror rules...and adventure is king... 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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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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A REALLY fine old western.
21 August 2011 | by csp46See all my reviews

Knoxville's PBS station just ran this movie on its "Riders of the Silver Screen" series (8/2011)introducing me to Richard Dix for the first time. He's a wonderful actor and and I'm surprised he's not up there with Roy, Gene and Hoppy. His age, I suppose. Anyway, a long standing family feud in Texas between the Morrels (Dix) and Barrets (Jory) continues when the parties move north to OK Territory as the government is setting up another land heist from the Cherokee's. A well written standard script is superbly acted amidst quality production values. This movie is a wonderful showcase for the talent of Victor Jory, a superb, under-rated actor. The music, especially one refrain as Dix and Clyde are riding across the land to inspect Jory's herd to see if it contains some of their cattle, is worthy of a A-list epic. Though Dix is a little "long of tooth" his resolute, unblinking stance and likability makes it hardly noticeable and the absence of some idiot buffoon side-kick (Al "Fuzzy" St. John comes to mind)is most enjoyable. The supporting cast is top notch (sorry, Charlie King ain't here, this is one of the few he missed). Cinematography is excellent! This movie stands toe to toe with such classics as Virginia City, Dodge City, San Antonio, etc. and should be a pleasant surprise for those western aficionados expecting standard PRC like "B" movie fare.

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