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Johnny Concho (1956)

Approved | | Western | July 1956 (USA)
When 2 desperadoes take a town hostage, former bad boy Johnny Concho, brother of a notorious gunfighter, must find the courage to save it.

Director:

Don McGuire

Writers:

David P. Harmon (screenplay), David P. Harmon (story "The Man Who Owned the Town") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Sinatra ... Johnny Concho / Johnny Collins
Keenan Wynn ... Barney Clark
William Conrad ... Tallman
Phyllis Kirk ... Mary Dark
Wallace Ford ... Albert Dark
Dorothy Adams ... Sarah Dark
Christopher Dark Christopher Dark ... Walker
Howard Petrie ... Joe Helguson, Blacksmith
Harry Bartell ... Sam Green
Dan Riss ... Judge Earl Tyler
Willis Bouchey ... Sheriff Henderson
Robert Osterloh ... Duke Lang
Jean Byron ... Pearl Lang
Leo Gordon ... Mason
Claude Akins ... Lem
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Storyline

The townsfolk of Cripple Creek fear Johnny Concho (Frank Sinatra), who acts tough and takes advantage of the populace because his brother is a notorious gunfighter. But when a stranger arrives in town, claiming to have killed his brother and treating people worse than Johnny, he's forced to face his fears and stand up for himself and the town. Written by JohnnyWeissmuller

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Now his excitement explodes under the western sun !

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Johnny Concho - Der Bruder des Banditen See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,900,000, 31 December 1956
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Production Co:

Kent Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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First film produced by Frank Sinatra. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Henderson: I've been expecting you, Johnny.
Johnny Concho: They wanna see me killed.
Sheriff Henderson: Yeah, I know.
Johnny Concho: They took my saddle and my horse. Everything I own. They stripped me clean.
Sheriff Henderson: Have you decided what you're gonna do?
Johnny Concho: You don't seem to understand; they took everything I had.
Johnny Concho: You went looking for someone to do your job for you. They went looking for what belonged to them.
Johnny Concho: There must be somebody in this town. I remember when Red was alive, everybody said what a great guy he was. Now that he's dead, they act like they never ...
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The Town Stands Up
15 August 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I've always liked Johnny Concho and I wish this film were out on VHS and DVD. Frank Sinatra gives one of the most unusual performances in his career in this one.

When we first meet Frank in the film's title role, he's the brother of a notorious gunfighter who's out of town at the moment. The brother strikes terror in the heart's of the town and Frank takes full advantage of that to bully the townspeople safe and secure in his shadow. Only Phyllis Kirk has any feeling for him. She's the daughter of storekeeper Wallace Ford and Dorothy Adams.

Two other gunmen arrive William Conrad and Christopher Dark and it turns out Conrad has killed Sinatra's brother and he's coming to his town to take over. They humiliate Sinatra and run him out of town. Kirk follows him.

Overnight Sinatra turns from punk into coward and becomes a man searching for some kind of backbone. It's a well acted performance, almost as good as his Oscar nominated role in The Man With a Golden Arm. Pity for some reason this has not been seen for years.

Two other performances of note are Keenan Wynn as former gunfighter turned preacher who helps Sinatra find what he needs to stand up to Conrad and Dark. And then there is Conrad in what I believe was his career role on screen. He's a villain of incredible malevolence, pure evil incarnate walking and talking on the silver screen.

However what I like about Johnny Concho is the climax an unforgettable one where Conrad and Dark are dealt with. Let's just say I believe Johnny Concho was MGM's answer to High Noon and a primer for what you do when evil causes a break down in all law and order.


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