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The Peacemaker (1956)

A former gunfighter who went to prison but then took up religion arrives in a western town as the new preacher. There he finds a feud between the ranchers and the farmers. The Railroad ... See full summary »

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Ted Post

Writers:

Richard Poole (novel), Hal Richards (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
James Mitchell ... Terrall Butler
Rosemarie Stack ... Ann Davis (as Rosemarie Bowe)
Jan Merlin ... Viggo Tomlin
Jess Barker ... Ed Halcomb
Hugh Sanders ... Lathe Sawyer
Herbert Patterson Herbert Patterson ... Gray Arnett
Dorothy Patrick ... Edith Sawyer
Taylor Holmes ... Mr. Wren
Robert Armstrong ... Sheriff Ben Seale
Philip Tonge ... Elijah Maddox
David McMahon ... Sam Davis
Wheaton Chambers Wheaton Chambers ... Doc Runyan
Jack Holland Jack Holland ... Walt Kemper
Nancy Evans Nancy Evans ... Miss Smith
Harry Shannon ... Drunken Cowpuncher
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A former gunfighter who went to prison but then took up religion arrives in a western town as the new preacher. There he finds a feud between the ranchers and the farmers. The Railroad Agent is after the ranchers land and has his men causing all the trouble. The new preacher sets out to bring the two sides together and he says he will not need a gun. Written by mvanauken@a1access.net

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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November 1956 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Fun Low-Budget Western
26 August 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A former gunfighter who went to prison but then took up religion arrives in a western town as the new preacher. There he finds a feud between the ranchers and the farmers. The railroad agent is after the ranchers land and has his men causing all the trouble. The new preacher sets out to bring the two sides together and he says he will not need a gun.

According to Jan Merlin, who played the villain, shooting took only "seven or ten days." Although the film featured some successful character actors like Hugh Sanders in supporting roles, none of the performers qualified as marquee names; in fact, at this point in his career, star James Mitchell was known only as a dancer. Makelim tried to compensate for these problems by marketing the film to a religious audience —- the local clergymen were invited to the film's premiere in Wichita. The Peacemaker enjoyed only sporadic distribution and was not widely reviewed.

Successful or not, this is the film that launched director Ted Post's career, and he went on to make some better-known westerns ("Hang 'em High"), the Clint Eastwood masterpiece "Magnum Force" and at least one notable Chuck Norris film. If Post is to be celebrated, this film deserves another look.


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