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The Oklahoman (1957)

Approved | | Western | 19 May 1957 (USA)
A doctor stops in a small Southwestern town to bury his wife. He decides to stay there and start a practice, but soon runs into violent cattle ranchers.


Francis D. Lyon




Complete credited cast:
Joel McCrea ... Dr. John M. Brighton
Barbara Hale ... Anne Barnes
Brad Dexter ... Cass Dobie
Gloria Talbott ... Maria Smith
Michael Pate ... Charlie Smith
Verna Felton ... Mrs. Waynebrook
Douglas Dick ... Mel Dobie
Anthony Caruso ... Jim Hawk
Esther Dale ... Mrs. Fitzgerald
Adam Williams ... Bob Randell
Ray Teal ... Jason - Stableman
Peter J. Votrian ... Little Charlie Smith (as Peter Votrian)
John Pickard ... Marshal Bill
Mimi Gibson ... Louise Brighton
I. Stanford Jolley ... Storekeeper (as Stanford I. Jolley)


In 1870, Dr. John Brighton and his wife Louise are on a wagon train heading for California. When they reach Oklahoma Territory, Louise dies during childbirth, but her baby girl survives. Louise is buried in the nearby town of Cherokee Wells, where her distraught husband decides to remain and practice medicine. He receives room and board from elderly widow Mrs. Fitzgerald, who also offers to help rear Dr. Brighton's child. Despite the town being a peaceful one, wealthy rancher Cass Dobie and his brother Mel stir up trouble. When the two brothers don't like a rival cattleman they undercut his price to try to force him out of business. Cass has secretly discovered oil on the land of his native neighbor, Charlie Smith. Oil is a relatively new commodity and few people know what it looks like or what it's worth. Cass Dobie offers to buy Charlie's land but when Charlie refuses to sell, Dobie threatens him. Dr. Brighton finds himself involved in this feud and the town's racial divide because ... Written by nufs68

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Not worth seeing: boring, little action, nothing new
20 February 2013 | by chipeSee all my reviews

There is no earthly reason to watch this movie unless you are a huge fan or relative of one of the filmmakers/actors. It is completely inoffensive with nothing wrong and nothing right about it. It is very predictable. It has very little action. It is very boring. For example, none of the Indians were bad guys, and most of the townsfolk liked the Indians. Nice in real life, not so good for movies. I couldn't wait for it to be over.

Three small note-worthy things: (1) Brad Dexter has a pretty big part as the heavy. He is the one actor amongst "The Magnificent Seven," who remained pretty unknown.; (2) I was very impressed with the gorgeous beauty and charisma of the actress who played McCrea's good neighbor on the wagon train, who continued on to California, leaving McCrea in Oklahoma. She isn't credited in the movie. I looked her up, Diane Brewster. Yummy! Too bad she didn't star as a female lead! and (3) if they were so offended by the smutty rumors about the Gloria Talbott character, they shouldn't have let her run around in that tight red dress.

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Release Date:

19 May 1957 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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