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Jack McCall, Desperado (1953)

Approved | | Western | 1 April 1953 (USA)
A Southerner fighting for the North is unjustly accused of treason and escapes to find the witness who could clear his name, but he also seeks the two Yankee soldiers who killed his parents.

Director:

Sidney Salkow

Writers:

John O'Dea (screenplay), David Chandler (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Montgomery ... Jack McCall
Angela Stevens ... Rose Griffith
Douglas Kennedy ... 'Wild' Bill Hickok
James Seay ... Bat McCall
Eugene Iglesias ... Grey Eagle
William Tannen ... Spargo
Jay Silverheels ... Red Cloud
John Hamilton ... Col. Cornish
Selmer Jackson ... Col. Brand
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Storyline

Jack McCall is a Southerner, but joins the Union Army in the Civil War. When he is tricked into giving out the location of headquarters, he's tried as a spy and sentenced to death. He makes good his escape, but Hickok and Bat kill his parents to seize his plantation and money. Trying to prove his innocence, he locates Spargo after the war, who's paid off by Hickok and Bat, so that Jack is once again jailed and again escapes. He still has hopes of clearing his name, but Bat and Hickok now are after gold in the Dakotas. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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ONLY DESPERATE MEN RODE HIS TRAIL! (original ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alçapão Sangrento See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In 1953, Columbia Pictures distributed this film in some subsequent run engagements on a double bill with The Glass Wall (1953) starring Vittorio Gassman and Gloria Grahame. See more »

Soundtracks

Listen to the Mockingbird
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Milburn and lyrics by Septimus Winner
Heard as a theme during the opening credits and later in the saloon scene
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A western that combines fictional and real life western characters
18 September 1999 | by sally-13See all my reviews

Jack McCall Desperado is an interesting varient on the western story. It deals with the war of independence and the character of Jack McCall wrongly accused of being a spy.

Wild Bill Hickcock also makes an appearance as the friend of Jack's crooked cousin Bart.

The interesting blend of real people we have all heard of and their fictional and real lives make this a movie a little different from the ordinary western fair.

Also refreshingly different is the relationship between Rose, a girl who can take care of herself ie she holds up the jail to rescue Jack and tumbles from horses with a certain aplomb also!

All in all an unusual western in some respects that doesn't forget its origins and stays mainly true to formula.


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