In Tomahawk, the crooked Jackman brothers control the town, Sheriff Dunham is up for re-election, the sheep growers are banned in town and a stagecoach line undercover investigator arrives to catch the gang that regularly robs the stages.
Virgil Renchler owns most of the town providing a thriving economy. When his men go too far and kill one of his migrant workmen, the sheriff goes after him even if it means his job and everyone else's.
In the sparsely populated town of Arborville, California, rides a lone stranger.His name is Joe Dakota and he's looking for an old friend whom he calls The Old Indian.The townsfolk claim the Old Indian had packed up and left town but Joe doubts it.Heading for the old man's farm Joe notices a group of men working on a new oil rig dug right on The Old Indian's property.When Joe starts asking questions about his old friend,the men either clam up or state that the old Indian has sold his land and left town.However,Joe Dakota knew his friend well and is sure that his friend wouldn't have sold his land.Joe decides to stick around and investigate further, despite protests from the townsfolk who want to see the back of Joe.Amid threats,intimidation and lies Joe makes one new friend, Miss Jody Weaver, who is willing to shed some light on The Old Indian's fate. Nevertheless, town baddie Cal Moore, who claims to have purchased The Old Indian's land, is stirring the townsfolk against Joe Dakota.Written by
Pleasing Western in which a stranger well played by Jock Mahoney arrives in a little town looking for a local Indian
A decent , action-packed Western set in California in which the events crackle with intrigue , fights , and suspense . In the sparsely populated town of Arborville, that seems to be hiding a guilty secret , rides a lone stranger who arrives in the little location . His name is Joe Dakota (Jock Mahoney) and he's looking for an old friend whom he calls The Old Indian and is also called Dakota Joe (Francis McDonald). His attempts to do so will confront him against the entire little town including Cal Moore (Charles McGraw) who claims to have purchased the land , Myrna Weaver (Barbara Lawrence) , Aaron Grant (Claude Akins) , his brother Adam Grant (Lee Van Cleef) , Marcus Vizzin (Anthony Caruso) , Frank Weaver (Paul Birch) , among others .The townsfolk claim the Old Indian had packed up and left town but Joe doubts it . He suffers a strong hostility and hatred by the inhabitants and neighbours. When Joe starts asking questions about his old friend, the men either clam up or state that the old Indian has sold his land and left town. Heading for the old man's farm Joe notices a bunch of men working on a new oil rig dug right on The Old Indian's property . Then Dakota uncovering up a terrible secret and being threatened ; dangerous attempts will be made by the hostile villagers ; as he will be mercilessly chased . Joe decides to stick around and investigate further, despite protests from the townsfolk who want to see him far from town . Joe makes one new friend, Miss Jody Weaver (Luana Patten) , who falls for him , who is willing to shed some light on The Old Indian's fate .WHY did This Town Without a Conscience...Fear This Man Without a Name? What evil did they try to hide from him?The West's most startling story ! In this town without a conscience ... Revenge walked the streets with a stranger !
This interesting movie contains enjoyable performances from all concerned , suspense , tension , thrills , exciting situations and some action . Moving and attractive Western with a simple , standard story with a certain intrigue that engages the viewer until the last scene when there takes place the denouement by a final fighting into an oil well . However , too much conversation and too little action , at times , bogs down this Western , although fights , shootouts and suspense are nice . And at the ending the crude truth everyone has been hiding comes out including the stranger's true identity. This is a suspenseful as well as intriguing film in which Jock Mahoney plays decently a stranger rides into town looking for a local Indian and he suffers threats , intimidation , violence by the nasty neighbours . Not very-known actor Jock Mahoney was an acceptable player who had a passable career . When World War II broke out, he enlisted as a Marine fighter pilot and instructor. In Hollywood, he was a noted stunt man, doubling for Errol Flynn, John Wayne, and Gregory Peck. Gene Autry signed him for the lead in his 78-episode The Range Rider (1951) TV series. He tested to replace Johnny Weissmuller, as Tarzan but lost out to Lex Barker. In 1960, he played the heavy in Gordon Scott's Tarzan the magnificent (1960), and his part there led Sy Weintraub to hire him as Scott's replacement. In his two Tarzan movies, he did all his own stunts. As he played Tarzan goes to India and Tarzan's three challenges Tarzan (1963), he continued working in spite of dysentery, dengue fever and pneumonia. By this time, Weintraub was looking for a younger Tarzan, envisioning a future TV series. By mutual agreement, his contract with Mahoney was dissolved. After a couple of years regaining his strength and weight, Jock returned to making action films .There are excellent acting from some Hollywood's best support players , including prestigious secondaries such as : Charles McGraw , Barbara Lawrence , Claude Akins , Lee Van Cleef , Anthony Caruso , Gregg Barton , Paul Birch and uncredited Francis McDonald as Joe Dakota
It contains colorful cinematography in Universal International Picture style by cameraman George Robinson . And functional and thrilling musical score by uncredited and Universal regular composers : Henry Mancini , Hans J. Salter , Herman Stein . The motion picture was made in low budget and professionally directed by Richard Barlett . He was a good craftsman and Western expertise , directing films as Two-Gun Lady , The Lonesome Trail , The Silver Star , Money, Women and Guns , some of them starred by Jock Mahoney .From late 50s and 60s he went on directing episodes of famous TV series as Laredo , Riverboat , Calibre 44 , Shotgun Slade , Bonanza , Markham , The Tall Man , Cimarron City and Wagon Train . Rating : 6/10 . Well worth watching .
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