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Red Sundown (1956)

Approved | | Western | March 1956 (USA)
A gunfighter takes a deputy sheriff job in a town caught in a feud between a powerful rancher and small farmers.

Director:

Jack Arnold

Writers:

Martin Berkeley (screenplay), Lewis B. Patten (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rory Calhoun ... Alec Longmire
Martha Hyer ... Caroline Murphy
Dean Jagger ... Sheriff Jade Murphy
Robert Middleton ... Rufus Henshaw
Grant Williams ... Chet Swann
Lita Baron ... Maria
James Millican ... Bud Purvis
Trevor Bardette ... Sam Baldwin
Leo Gordon ... Rod Zellman
David Kasday David Kasday ... Hughie Clore
Terry Gilkyson Terry Gilkyson ... Title Song Vocalist (voice)
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When his life is saved in a shootout by a fellow gunman whose life he in turn had saved, Alex Longmire promises to give up his way of life. Riding into town he finds the only job available is deputy to sheriff Jade Murphy, an honest man caught between small farmers and a local cattle baron. And he has a pretty daughter. So Longmire decides to stay and see if he can use his expertise with firearms for good. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Out of Texas he rode INTO THE FURY OF DURANGO'S WILDEST HOUR! (original print ad - mostly caps)

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Back Trail See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Lee Van Cleef (uncredited) is in a short flashback sequence. See more »

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Features Dawn at Socorro (1954) See more »

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Red Sundown
Written and Performed by Terry Gilkyson
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good western, forgotten, but worth seeing.

One of the greatest satisfactions in watching old westerns is when you find some forgotten film that turns out to be quite good like this one. Directed by the very competent Jack Arnold famous for his science fiction films , "Red Sundown" is the story of Alec Longmire (Rory Calhoun), a famous gunfighter, who wants to change. The reason is that he promised another gunfighter that he would not live by the gun. But then he goes to a town where there is a fight for land, and becomes friendly with the Sheriff (Dean Jagger) who asks him to be his deputy. The big boss Henshaw (Robert Middleton) who wants to stay with all the land, ends up contracting the fastest gun, Chet Swann (Grant Williams). Williams is excellent as the mean, always laughing, Swann. Longmire also falls in love with Caroline (Martha Hyer) the Sheriff's daughter. There are many shootouts, also a good fistfight and a showdown, and nice scenery in color.


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