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The Savage Horde (1950)

Approved | | Western | 22 May 1950 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »


Joseph Kane


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




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


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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Lightning-fast guns! Trigger-sharp temper! Dead-eyed accuracy! See more »




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Release Date:

22 May 1950 (USA) See more »

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Terror über Colorado See more »

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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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A Whole Different Discovery
18 February 2006 | by shiloh_3See all my reviews

If you're anything like me, movies with no regard to continuity are just too distracting to enjoy. This little gem caught me by surprise right from the first few scenes because its continuity is absolutely dead on perfect. There are probably very few people who are fooled by sound stages versus the real outdoors. Not much can be done to satisfactorily convince the viewer that the actors are in the desert when they are actually in a studio with sand on the floor. BUT! This movie uses continuity to make the transition from indoor sound stage to outdoor reality as seamless and believable as I've ever seen. Watch closely as Wild Bill Elliot goes into a crouching position at the campfire on the sound stage to the exact same crouching position at the outdoor campfire. Someone cared about details like this in a 1950 western when it seems like no one in today's movie making industry can keep the level in a water glass within two inches of the proper level from scene to scene.

Watch this movie for everything it has to offer, but while you're doing that PLEASE keep an eye on the near perfect job the continuity department did. I'm afraid this kind of pride in workmanship is a fading Hollywood legend.

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