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The Savage Horde (1950)

Passed | | Action, Music, Romance | 22 May 1950 (USA)
On the run from the U.S. Army, Ringo ends up in a small Utah town where he takes sides in a land feud between local ranchers but he always keeps an eye out for the Army patrols closing-in on him.

Director:

Joseph Kane

Writers:

Kenneth Gamet (screenplay), Thames Williamson (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Elliott ... John Baker, aka Ringo (as William Elliott)
Lorna Gray ... Livvy Weston (as Adrian Booth)
Grant Withers ... Wade Proctor
Barbra Fuller ... Louise Cole
Noah Beery Jr. ... Glenn Larrabee (as Noah Beery)
Jim Davis ... Lt. Mike Baker
Bob Steele ... Dancer (Proctor's Hired Gunman)
Douglass Dumbrille ... Col. Price
Will Wright ... Judge Thomas Cole
Roy Barcroft ... Fergus
Earle Hodgins ... Buck Yallop
Stuart Hamblen ... Stuart
Hal Taliaferro ... Sgt. Gowdy
Lloyd Ingraham ... Sam Jeffries
Marshall Reed ... Henchman Polk
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Storyline

John "Ringo" Baker shoots an Army Captain in New Mexico in self defense and his brother, Lieutenant Mike Baker is charged with bringing him in. Ringo is on his way to Utah to see Livvy Weston and has an encounter with the U.S. Cavalry patrol led by his brother, and wounds Mike in making his escape. He arrives in the town of Gunlock and befriends Glenn Larrabee, owner of a small ranch whose property, and that of the other ranchers, is coveted by Wade Proctor. Ringo becomes Glenn's partner and organizes the small ranchers to fight against Proctor, who sends a fast-draw, hired gunman, Dancer, gunning for Ringo, who also has his brother and the Army closing in on him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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"Ringo" Baker...wanted in the wildest manhunt in the history of the Utah Territory! See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crosswinds See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Final film of Chuck Baldra. See more »

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Ride An Old Paint, Lead An Old Bald
Written by Stuart Hamblen
Sung by Stuart Hamblem
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A horde of henchmen
17 May 2006 | by krorieSee all my reviews

"The Savage Horde," a somewhat generic title unless the viewer considers Wade Proctor (Grant Withers) and his henchmen to be a horde, is a top notch Wild Bill Elliott oater with some of the best acting to be seen in a B western. The Standout performance from a fine cast belongs to former cowboy star Bob Steele as Dancer, proctor's aloof paid gunman who gets pleasure from shooting men down in cold blood. He reminds one of a similar character, Jack Wilson (Jack Palance), in the classic "Shane" a few years later. Keeping up with the likes of Noah Beery Jr., Douglass Dumbrille, Roy Barcroft, and Jim Davis is country western songwriter and balladeer Stuart Hamblen who wrote such standards as "It Is No Secret" and "This Ole House." He plays a clownish role with a tragic twist at the end. Lorna Gray and Barbra Fuller do well portraying frontier women in a man's world.

The cast consists of a gallery of Republic support players with faces easy to recognize, though the names such as Bud Osborne, George Chesebro, Marshall Reed, and Wally Wales, aka Hal Taliaferro, may not register at first. Former cowboy star Kermit Maynard, brother to the famous Ken Maynard, plays one of the ranchers. He was also a noted stuntman by this time. Character actor Earle Hodgins, noted for his medicine show con artist pitch, has a small but telling role. He is not as obnoxious as usual, actually turning in a fairly restrained performance.

The story is a familiar one about two brothers, one good (Lt. Mike Baker played by Davis) and one bad (John Baker, aka Ringo, played by Wild Bill Elliott). This time the "bad" one with a price on his head killed in self-defense but only his brother, the cavalry officer who has been assigned to track him down, believes his story. Ringo is determined to see an old flame to try to rekindle their romance and in the process gets caught in the middle of a range feud between cattlemen and homesteaders. The familiar plot has a few novel winds and turns before the final shootout involving plenty of action directed by B western master Joseph Kane. It is a Republic film so expect to watch the best stunt work around. The crisp black and white photography rests easy on the eyes and adds to the overall effect of the picture.


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