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The Silver Whip (1953)

Passed | | Western | 4 May 1953 (UK)
Frustrated with the lack of opportunities in his hometown, young Jess Harker plans to leave, but sympathetic stagecoach armed guard Race Crim persuades his boss to give Jess the stage driver job.


Harmon Jones


Jesse Lasky Jr. (screenplay) (as Jesse L. Lasky Jr.), Jack Schaefer (from a novel by)




Cast overview:
Dale Robertson ... Race Crim
Rory Calhoun ... Sheriff Tom Davisson
Robert Wagner ... Jess Harker
Kathleen Crowley ... Kathy Riley
James Millican ... Luke Bowen
Lola Albright ... Waco
J.M. Kerrigan ... Riley
John Kellogg ... Slater
Ian MacDonald ... Hank


Race Crim, a stagecoach guard, persuades the line's superintendent to allow young Jess Harker to drive the Silvr City stagecoach, which contains a gold shipment. Six outlaws attack the stage and Jess is wounded but Race kills three of the outlaws while the remaining three escape with several bags of gold. Race follows them while Jess takes the stage to Silver City. He joins the posse led by Sheriff Tom Davisson and they come upon the body of a fourth bandit killed by Race. A fifth is captured and the sheriff will not allow Race to hang the bandit. Refusing Jess's plea to accompany him, Race goes after the last bandit alone. Jess is fired from his stagecoach job but Davisson makes him a deputy and they too take the trail after the remaining outlaw, Slater. They meet Race and close in on the trapped bandit who Race shoots in the leg. The Sheriff keeps Race from finishing him off and takes him back to Silver City to stand trial. But the citizens, led by Race, demand a lynching. They ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Movie based on the novel "First Blood" by author Jack Schaefer. This was Schaefer's second western novel. His first was "Shane". See more »


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Bad Western
22 April 2020 | by januszlviiSee all my reviews

The Silver Whip was Rory Calhoun's worst western ( and he was the best one in it). What made the movie fail was Robert Wagner. There are certain actors who do not belong in Westerns and Wagner is one of them. I know his character is a lightweight, but he is far too light for the role ( a stagecoach driver turned deputy). I did not hate the silver whip, but I certainly did not like it, so unless someone is a Wagner completist this is a movie to avoid.

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Release Date:

4 May 1953 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Silver Whip See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonora, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$560,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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