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Raw Edge (1956)

Passed | | Romance, Western | 24 March 1956 (USA)
In 1842 lawless Oregon, a gunfighter seeks vengeance when his innocent brother is lynched and his beautiful Indian wife is claimed by the local tyrant.

Director:

John Sherwood
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rory Calhoun ... Tex Kirby
Yvonne De Carlo ... Hannah Montgomery
Mara Corday ... Paca
Neville Brand ... Tarp Penny
Rex Reason ... John Randolph
Emile Meyer ... Pop Penny
Herbert Rudley ... Gerald Montgomery
Robert J. Wilke ... Sile Doty (as Robert Wilke)
John Gavin ... Dan Kirby (as John Gilmore)
Gregg Barton ... McKay
Ed Fury ... Whitey
William Schallert ... Missionary
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In the lawless Oregon country of 1842, local magnate Gerald Montgomery decrees that any unattached woman belongs to the first taker. Dan Kirby is lynched, starting a stampede to claim his half-Indian wife Paca. Trouble starts with the local tribe, but worse is in store when Dan's tough brother Tex rides in. The zeal of Montgomery's men to protect him from Tex is tempered by their lust for Hannah, who'd be his widow. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Her love ... for the first man to claim it ! The strongest ... the boldest ... or the fastest with a gun !

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Romance | Western

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Film debut of John Gavin. See more »

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The Stetson (cowboy) hat was not invented until 1865. The bowler was actually popular at the time. See more »


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RAW EDGE
Written and Performed by Terry Gilkyson
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Trashy
7 January 2020 | by goatcheese-25746See all my reviews

From the deep, dark depths of Universal's back catalogue comes Raw Edge, a truly bizarre western. It's really awful.

The movie is set in the 'lawless' 1842 Oregon, where if a woman is widowed, they are up for grabs to whoever 'claims' her first. The land baron who set this rule has a beautiful wife (played by Yvonne DeCarlo) who all the men covet. When she gets assaulted, an innocent man is lynched and his wife is widowed. It's gonna take tough gunslinger Tex Kirby (Rory Calhoun) to avenge his brother and sort out the greatly misogynistic tyrant.

This movie's biggest failing is the story which is pretty ridiculous. The premise is unbelievable, even for the Oregon of the Wild West. The plot itself wasn't particularly engaging either, the revenge story had been done dozens of times before and much better than this. It's also not very exciting and there are barely any fights that were fun to watch.

Rory Calhoun is fine in the movie, he says his lines and does bring a sort of stoic personality to his character. Same goes for Yvonne DeCarlo, she's fine. Neville Brand plays an over the top villain who's out to get DeCarlo, he was entertaining enough.

Overall, this film is really bizarre and barely entertaining enough to warrant a watch. The acting is serviceable but the plot is all kinds of strange. But I think it could be fun for the sheer weirdness of it.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Meute lauert überall See more »

Filming Locations:

Idyllwild, California, USA See more »

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