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Trail Street (1947)

Approved | | Action, Romance, Western | 19 February 1947 (USA)
Bat Masterson's old friend Billy Burns convinces him to become marshal of Liberal, Kansas and help the residents fight drought and a destructive range war.


Ray Enright


Norman Houston (screen play), Gene Lewis (screen play) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Randolph Scott ... Bat Masterson
Robert Ryan ... Allen Harper
Anne Jeffreys ... Ruby Stone
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Billy Jones
Madge Meredith ... Susan Pritchett
Steve Brodie ... Logan Maury
Billy House ... Carmody
Virginia Sale ... Hannah
Harry Woods ... Lance Larkin
Phil Warren Phil Warren ... Slim
Harry Harvey ... Mayor
Jason Robards Sr. ... Jason (as Jason Robards)


The Liberal Kansas area is in trouble. The town is without a Marshal and the nearby farmers are unable to grow crops due to the summer drought and trail riders that run cattle over their land. Bat Masterson arrives to bring law and order and his Deputy accidently finds a variety of wheat that will withstand the drought. But the farmers are giving up and leaving and Bat must convince tham to stay. He wants them to continue farming and also help round up the local gang of outlaws. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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The American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-1950, incorrectly omits sixth-credited Damnation Alley (1977) as Logan Maury, and mixes up the roles played by Billy House, Virginia Sale and Harry Woods. They are correct as listed in the cast listing here (after being advised of the error, the American Film Institute added Brodie to the cast list and now has the correct list in its catalog). See more »


Steve Brodie's moustache changes several times. One time it is solid all the way across, another time it has a 1/2" gap in the middle, and sometimes it has a peak and other times it doesn't. See more »


Billy Burns: [to the men Masterson has locked up in jail] You fellers ain't gonna be lonesome in there very long. Before Bat Masterson gets through with this town, this jail will be more populous than a hound dog with the fleas.
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Sweet Betsy from Pike
Gold Rush-era American folk song
Lyrics written by John A. Stone before 1858
Played during saloon scene
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Enjoyable fluff--thanks, in part, to Gabby Hayes
15 March 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I am a fan of Randolph Scott Westerns. While some of them are amazingly clichéd (as are most Westerns of this era), his easy delivery and style really elevate the films to classic and near-classic status. While this film features yet another example of real life Western heroes being exploited after their death by Hollywood (in this case, Bat Masterson), the film works well due to him as well as excellent supporting characters. One is the always strong acting of Robert Ryan--an excellent actor who is sadly almost forgotten today. The other is the ubiquitous Gabby Hayes who has one of his best roles as the crusty and very colorful deputy. Here he is more enjoyable than in his many supporting roles for Roy Rogers and John Wayne--mostly because his part is better written and he's given more to do.

The plot is pretty much the plot of half the Westerns ever made. There are some baddies who hire a bunch of thugs to run roughshod over the locals and it's up to a do-gooder (Scott) to restore the peace and kill off the villains. However, how the plot is executed is much better than average and due to this the film is still watchable fun. Just don't expect a whole lot of innovation or uniqueness--unless you want to see what might just be Gabby Hayes' best performance.

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Release Date:

19 February 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trail Street See more »

Filming Locations:

Agoura, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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