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Powder River (1953)

Approved | | Western | 8 June 1953 (USA)
In 1875, ex-lawman Chino Bull becomes temporary town marshal when his gold prospecting partner is robbed and killed in Powder River country but Chino runs into the murderous Logan brothers.

Director:

Louis King

Writers:

Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay) (as Geoffrey Homes), Sam Hellman (from a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rory Calhoun ... Chino Bullock
Corinne Calvet ... Frenchie Dumont
Cameron Mitchell ... Mitch Hardin
Penny Edwards ... Debbie Allen
Carl Betz ... Loney Hogan
John Dehner ... Harvey Logan
Raymond Greenleaf ... Prudy
Victor Sutherland Victor Sutherland ... Mayor Lowery
Ethan Laidlaw ... Lame Jack Banner
Robert J. Wilke ... Will Horn (as Bob Wilke)
Harry Carter ... Bo Curry
Robert Adler ... Pike Kendreck
Post Park Post Park ... Stagecoach Driver
Richard Garrick ... Ferry Master
Archer MacDonald Archer MacDonald ... Joey
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Storyline

Ex-marshal Chino Bull has hung up his guns until his prospecting partner is shot dead. Chino then takes over as the law in town, forming a friendship with gun-man Mitch Hardin and making enemies of the Logan brothers. When Hardin' girl from the east arrives, he makes her pretty unwelcome - as does his new flame, saloon owner Frenchie. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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They came...first one...then two...then hundreds...to this dream they called the West! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Honor sin fronteras See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$985,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,000,000, 31 December 1953
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film is loosely based on the book "Wyatt Earp, Frontier Marshal" by Stuart N. Lake (Boston, 1931). However, the characters were changed and only certain incidents from the original were used. See more »

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Version of The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Just Let Me Love You
Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Eliot Daniel
Sung by Corinne Calvet (uncredited)
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Meaty western tale
1 May 2013 | by grybarSee all my reviews

I'm not really a fan of Rory Calhoun, but I enjoyed his character in this picture. It tells a story with a bit more depth and a few surprises, while still providing action, romance and some terrific western scenery. While Calhoun's character, Chino Bull, is still country-suave and in control, he doesn't convey the snide quality that was an undercurrent in his later television work. The story line carries some standard western baggage, but at the same time it veers away with unexpected plot developments that were a bit more sophisticated than the type of that era, presaging the so-called "adult westerns" that became the standard in the 1950s and '60s. The female characters, unfortunately, are given the usual supportive roles. Still, it's an interesting story against some beautiful backgrounds.


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