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Topeka (1953)

Passed | | Western | 9 August 1953 (USA)
After a series of bank robberies, Jim Levering (Bill Elliott) as Wild Bill Elliott) and his gang decide to hide out for awhile in Deer Creek where bard-and-casino owner Mack Wilson (Harry ... See full summary »

Director:

Thomas Carr

Writer:

Milton Raison (original screenplay) (as Milton R. Raison)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bill Elliott ... Jim Levering (as Wild Bill Elliott)
Phyllis Coates ... Marian Harrison
Rick Vallin ... Ray Hammond
Fuzzy Knight ... Pop Harrison
John James ... Marv Ronsom
Denver Pyle ... Jonas Bailey
Dick Crockett Dick Crockett ... Will Peters
Harry Lauter ... Mack Wilson
Dale Van Sickel ... Henchman Jake Manning
Ted Mapes ... Henchman Cully
Henry Rowland Henry Rowland ... Cheated Gambler
Edward Clark ... Banker Corley
I. Stanford Jolley ... Doc Mason (as Stanford Jolley)
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After a series of bank robberies, Jim Levering (Bill Elliott) as Wild Bill Elliott) and his gang decide to hide out for awhile in Deer Creek where bard-and-casino owner Mack Wilson (Harry Lauter)) is the overlord. Wilson runs a protection racket and the town merchants have to pay him to keep operating. Jim moves in, planning to eventually take over Wilson's racket for himself. He and his men whip Wilson's gang and all but drive them out of the town and territory, and Jim wins the respect of the community. When he is made sheriff, he and his pal Ray Hammond (Rick Vallin)) decide to keep going straight. The rest of Jim's old gang join Wilson's outfit and proceed to loot the town. Jim and Ray go into action and the outlaws are either killed or jailed. The townspeople petition the governor for a pardon for both of them. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Trail Of Gunsmoke Drew Him To TOPEKA! See more »

Genres:

Western

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1953 (USA) See more »

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Westwood Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A great cowboy, a beautiful actress, a wonderful story
14 March 2017 | by daviddaphneredSee all my reviews

When I was growing up in the '50's, Bill Elliott was my favorite cowboy, and I saw this western while still in grade school. But at that young age how often does anyone give thought to the story? The exciting action was that which stayed in my mind. I've seen it on DVD more recently, and at this much older age, while I still like the action and the cast, I was touched by the wonderful story. No one ever connected the straight Bill Elliott with being a bank robber, but here he was crooked while leading a band of crooks. It starts off with a bank in a small eastern Iowa town being robbed, and then the bandits go through eastern Nebraska and then end up in Topeka, KS. Though they are bandits who plan to rob the town, yet because they, more than once, mercilessly beat up the town bandits already there and instill fear in the local bandits' town boss, the town council makes Elliott sheriff, and his four (or maybe five)cohorts are placed in various businesses in the town to rob the entire Topeka. Of course, there is a love angle in this movie. The young, beautiful, refreshing-looking Phyllis Coates and Elliott find themselves falling for each other. But will that change him and, consequently, his outlaw gang? Whatever the case, the western action, excitement, and, again, the love angle combine to make this a favorite movie of mine. A great flick.


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