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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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WILD LIKE AN UNTAMED RIVER A CONTINENT WAS LEAPING TO BIRTH (original print ad-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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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 »

Connections

Version of Frontier Marshal (1934) 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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Yet another Wyatt Earp adaption
23 March 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

If you're thinking that you might have seen Powder River before you would be right. If you saw Frontier Marshal or My Darling Clementine and noted in Powder River's credits that it's derived from a book by Stuart Lake than you'll know the source. Rory Calhoun plays a Wyatt Earp like marshal who has quit law enforcement for prospecting.

But when his partner Frank Ferguson is bushwhacked and robbed of the gold they've panned, Calhoun takes on the marshal's job. He also makes the acquaintance of a pair of outlaw brothers Carl Betz and John Dehner. And a terminally ill and alcoholic doctor Cameron Mitchell who is lightning fast with a six gun.

There's also a bit of Destry Rides Again added to the mix with French speaking saloon owner Corinne Calvet. The good girl from back east who wants to bring Mitchell home to save his life is former Roy Rogers leading lady Penny Edwards.

The best part of Powder River is a nice action gunfight in a foiled stagecoach robbery with Calhoun and Mitchell joining forces. The guys and the stagecoach are on a river ferry with the outlaws firing on them from shore and the ferry cut loose is heading for the rapids. All nicely staged.

If you've seen My Darling Clementine or Frontier Marshal you know how this one comes out. Calhoun made several good westerns in the Fifties and Sixties. But it's Mitchell who has the best role, the Doc Holiday part is always the best one every time this story is retold.


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