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The Plunderers (1948)

Approved | | Western | 31 October 1948 (USA)
Cavalry officer John Drum attempts to track down outlaw Whit Lacey, but finds he must join forces with Lacey to fight a Sioux war party.

Director:

Joseph Kane

Writers:

James Edward Grant (story), Gerald Geraghty (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rod Cameron ... John Drum
Ilona Massey ... Lin Connor
Lorna Gray ... Julie Ann McCabe (as Adrian Booth)
Forrest Tucker ... Whit Lacey
George Cleveland ... Sheriff Sam Borden
Grant Withers ... Deputy Tap Lawrence
Taylor Holmes ... Eben Martin
Paul Fix ... Calico
Francis Ford ... Barnaby
James Flavin ... Sergeant Major
Russell Hicks ... Cavalry Colonel
Maude Eburne ... Old Dame at Wedding
Mary Ruth Wade Mary Ruth Wade ... Pioneer Girl
Louis Faust Louis Faust ... Fort Sentry (as Louis R. Faust)
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Storyline

In the 1870s, fugitive outlaw Johnny Drum is confronted by Sheriff Sam Borden inside a general store. Drum shoots the sheriff in front of customers Lin Conner and Julie Ann McCabe. The two women are saloon dancers and Julie happens to be the girlfriend of another wanted outlaw, Whit Lacey. He's wanted for raiding Eben Martin's mining operations. After escaping the town, Drum takes to the trail where he's followed by the sheriff deputies and their posse. He manages to elude them but he's attacked by a band of Sioux. Fortunately, Drum is aided in the ensuing firefight by bandit Whit Lacey who happened by. The two outlaws become friends and partners. They plan various robbery schemes. Lacey needs the money to move to California with his sweetheart, Julie Ann McCabe. Unknown to Lacey, Drum actually is an undercover army officer who only pretended to kill the town sheriff in order to create a cover story in his quest to find and apprehend Lacey. Eventually, Lacey finds out the truth about ... Written by nufs68

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The Challenge of Life...The Challenge of Love...The Challenge of the Law! See more »

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Far Outpost See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Sam Borden: You ladies goin' out for a ride this evening?
Julie McCabe: We're going shopping - and I have no intention of leaving town, you'll be sorry to hear.
Sam Borden: Kinda late to be goin' shoppin' isn't it? Bound to be about time to be closin' up.
Lin Connor: We work late and sleep late, so we have to shop late. Can we go now, Sheriff?
Sam Borden: Didn't mean to hold you up. There are enough people being held-up around here.
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Orders Is Orders
9 November 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Plunderers has Rod Cameron on detached duty pretending to be an outlaw. His mission is to get outlaw Forrest Tucker who's been causing such mayhem in the territory that the army has an interest in his capture, conviction, and execution.

To establish his credentials with Tucker, a fake killing of sheriff George Cleveland is carried out and that does put him in solid with Tucker. It also puts him in solid with Tucker's girlfriend Lorna Gray and her companion Ilona Massey. By the way Massey looks completely lost in a western. Maybe Herbert J. Yates had Vera Hruba Ralston shooting another picture at Republic.

There's a nicely staged Sioux attack as a climax where both Cameron and Tucker find out who's been selling rifles to the Sioux. Selling weaponry to the Indians is a cardinal sin in all western films.

Yates put a bit more budget into this western than normal, possibly thinking that Cameron, Tucker or both might be a breakout star from the B westerns. Of course that never happened as it did with John Wayne. It should have had a better story with better drawn characters. Paul Fix for instance when we first meet him is a back shooting rat. For no apparent reason he becomes downright noble in the end.

Not the best western Yates ever turned out of his horse opera factory.


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