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Sierra Stranger (1957)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 1 May 1957 (USA)
After pennyless miner Jess Collins saves Sonny Grover from two men he calls claim jumpers, he heads fo the town of Colton. There Grover's brother grub stakes him and he waits for his claim ... See full summary »


Lee Sholem


Richard Dorso (story) (as Richard J. Dorso), Richard Dorso (screenplay) (as Richard J. Dorso)


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Complete credited cast:
Howard Duff ... Jess Collins
Gloria McGehee Gloria McGehee ... Meg Anderson
Dick Foran ... Bert Gaines
John Hoyt ... Sheriff
Barton MacLane ... Lem Gotch
George E. Stone ... Barfly Dan
Ed Kemmer ... Sonny Grover
Robert Foulk ... Tom Simmons
Eve McVeagh Eve McVeagh ... Ruth Gaines
Henry Kulky Henry Kulky ... Bartender Matt (as Henry 'Bomber' Kulky)
Byron Foulger ... Claim Clerk Kelso


After pennyless miner Jess Collins saves Sonny Grover from two men he calls claim jumpers, he heads fo the town of Colton. There Grover's brother grub stakes him and he waits for his claim to be recorded. But except for the brother he finds everyone against him including the two alleged claim jumpers who now say he is the partner of the claim jumper Sonny. Eventually he learns everyone except the brother knows Sonny was no good and he finds himself on the wrong side. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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"I'm stakin' my claim on the woman...and stakin' my life on these six-guns" (original poster) See more »


Romance | Western


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Release Date:

1 May 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Furia a Rio Apache See more »

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Acireman Productions See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Help goes to the wrong party
22 March 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I've noticed that in many a B western the cowboy hero will 95% of the time see someone in trouble and instinctively help the underdog. You see that God knows how many times with Hopalong Cassidy, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and the rest. Sierra Stranger is a B western with a different proposition. Help goes to the wrong party.

Howard Duff is in the title role, he's the stranger and he helps Ed Kemmer when he sees Barton MacLane and Robert Foulk roughing him up and about to tie him to a horse to be dragged. Kemmer is of course grateful and tells him to look up Dick Foran when he gets to town for a grubstake.

But when Duff gets to town he has quite a reception awaiting him. Other than Dick Foran who turns out to be Kemmer's half brother and who owns the saloon public opinion is that Kemmer's a no good rat and probably guilty of the claim jumping that MacLane and Foulk claim he is. Even Eve McVeigh who is Foran's wife and Gloria McGhee who is Kemmer's girl friend don't have much good to say about Kemmer.

It all does end quite tragically.

Sierra Stranger is a no frills B western that Columbia Pictures released to fill some bottom bills in the Fifties. This was the kind of story that you could find in a Gunsmoke or a Have Gun Will Travel episode on television which was why the B western was rapidly going into extinction. The next decade would see the last of them.

Howard Duff, Dick Foran and the rest of the cast fit nicely into their parts. But it's Ed Kemmer who has the best role in the film as the unregenerate no good who everyone, but Dick Foran sees for what he is.

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