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Buckskin Frontier (1943)

Approved | | Action, Western | 14 May 1943 (USA)
A railroad man and the owner of a freight line battle for control of a crucial mountain pass.


Lesley Selander


Norman Houston (screenplay), Bernard Schubert (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... Stephen Bent
Jane Wyatt ... Vinnie Marr
Albert Dekker ... Gideon Skene
Lee J. Cobb ... Jeptha Marr
Victor Jory ... Champ Clanton
Lola Lane ... Rita Molyneaux
Max Baer ... Tiny
Joe Sawyer ... Brannigan
Harry Allen Harry Allen ... McWhinny
Francis McDonald ... Duval
George Reeves ... Surveyor
Bill Nestell ... Whiskers


Jeptha Marr has built the town of Pawnee, Kansas, and established a successful freight company. He sees his fortunes at risk due to the encroachment of a new railroad, spearheaded by Stephen Bent. Marr sends his right-hand man Gideon Skene to disrupt Bent's activities. Bent takes an unusual tack in dealing with Marr's opposition: he woos Marr's daughter Vinnie. But the unscrupulous forces of a third opposing figure, the ruthless Champ Clanton, create an uneasy alliance between Bent and Marr. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Release Date:

14 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La vallée infernale See more »

Filming Locations:

Cache, Oklahoma, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was one of two dozen Walter Wanger/Harry Sherman/Cinema Guild films originally released theatrically by United Artists, re-released theatrically in 1948 by Masterpiece Productions, and ultimately sold by them for US television syndication in 1950. It was first telecast in New York City Saturday 22 April 1950 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Cincinnati Saturday 10 June 1950 on WKRC (Channel 11), in Albuquerque Tuesday 4 July 1950 on KOB (Channel 4), in Philadelphia Sunday 9 July 1950 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Los Angeles Sunday 23 July 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Chicago Monday 7 August 1950 on WENR (Channel 7), in both Detroit and Phoenix Sunday 10 September 1950 on WXYZ (Channel 7) and on KPHO (Channel 5), in Boston Sunday 17 December 1950 on WNAC (Channel 7), in San Francisco Saturday 20 January 1951 on KGO (Channel 7), and in Pittsburgh Friday 9 February 1951 on WDTV (Channel 3). See more »

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Mr. Marr is fighting the inevitable...but a bad script isn't.
19 January 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Buckskin" was a film I really looked forward to seeing. After all, it starred one of my favorite actors, Richard Dix. However, despite having him and several more amazingly good actors, the film turned out to be a real dud. It often made no sense and was a pretty dumb picture.

Dix plays Stephen Bent, a man working to 'railroadize' the west. He is a man looking to the future and knows that progress is inevitable. Mr. Marr (Lee J. Cobb) is an obstructionist and spends the entire movie fighting against the railroads. He makes money hauling goods the old fashioned way and that's good enough for him, by gum! He also has some tough assistants--bruisers who use their fists to enforce Marr's will (Albert Dekker and Max Baer). Then there's Marr's daughter (Jane Wyatt)...a woman who inexplicably has fallen for Bent.

Note I just used the word 'inexplicably'--this is how EVERYONE seems to act in the film. Not only do you have no idea why the woman has fallen for Bent but Marr's tough assistants soon end up working for Bent. And, at the end of the film there's a giant shootout where no one seems to get hurt and suddenly, and for no reason whatsoever, bygones are bygones and suddenly Marr is friends with Bent and even agrees to be on the board for the railroad!!! None of this makes any sense and what you have is a western that makes no sense whatsoever.

By the way, this film is set well before the Civil War and by the way they talk about the newness of the railroads and the trains going a blistering 25 miles per hour, I'd assume the film was set in the 1840s. So why is everyone using revolvers which weren't even available until much later? They should have been using single- shot guns but since none of the movie made any sense, who cares about details like this.

Overall, a pretty dopey film that wastes some decent talent.

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