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Cattle Empire (1958)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 1958 (UK)
Released from prison, a trail boss is solicited by rival cattle barons to drive their respective cattle herds to Fort Clemson.


Endre Bohem (screenplay), Eric Norden (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Joel McCrea ... John Cord
Gloria Talbott ... Sandy Jeffrey
Don Haggerty ... Ralph Hamilton
Phyllis Coates ... Janice Hamilton
Bing Russell ... Douglas Hamilton
Richard Shannon Richard Shannon ... Garth
Paul Brinegar ... Tom Jefferson Jeffrey
Charles H. Gray ... Tom Powis (as Charles Gray)
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... George Washington Jeffrey
Patrick O'Moore ... Rex Cogswell
Duane Grey ... Juan Aruzza
William McGraw William McGraw ... Jim Whittaker (as Bill McGraw)
Jack Lomas Jack Lomas ... Sheriff Brewster


After serving a five year prison sentence for allowing his men to destroy a town in a drunken spree, a trail boss is hired by the same town's leading citizen to drive their cattle to Fort Clemson. Complicating matters, a rival cattle baron also hires the cattle driver to lead his herd. Written by David Bassler

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The Blazing Story of the Ranch Kings Who Drov New Roads of Empire Across the Untamed West! See more »


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Release Date:

1958 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Rache des Texaners See more »

Filming Locations:

Elfrida, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Emirau Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paul Brinegar, Steve Raines, and Rocky Shahan all went on to co-star in the TV series Rawhide the next year. See more »


At 54.00 minutes into the film, the cowboys are sitting around a campfire and the character referred to as 'Wrangler' asks one of the Vaqueros for 'aqua', Spanish for water. The Vaquero picks up the coffee pot and pours coffee into his cup. See more »


John Cord: Nobody in his right mind could ask John Cord to move a herd now.
Ralph Hamilton: Nobody but John Cord could move a herd this size - five thousand head full of ringers.
John Cord: I'm lookin' at this room. It doesn't make me think you're desperate... doesn't make me think movin' five thousand head of cattle is life or death.
Ralph Hamilton: Rooms don't change much but bank accounts do.
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Arranged by Paul Sawtell
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A Western Worth a Watch but it's Plot Heavy and Rather Unexciting
17 June 2015 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

Widescreen, Color, Outdoor Western with Joel Mccrea Leading a Huge Herd of Cattle and a Bunch of Weak Actors on a Drive that We are Told Only He Could Make Happen. There is a Good Deal of Odd Hero Worship Combined with Loathing in the Overbaked Script.

The Look of the Movie is Better than Average but its Short Running Time is Not Enough to Allow the Heavily Plotted Script to Become Believable or Very Exciting for That Matter. It All Ends Up Being a Rather Talky Tepid Affair.

Alliances and Attitudes Turn Abruptly and the Action is Minimal. Not a Bad Movie but Not One of Joel Mccrea's Best. Gloria Talbott as a Now Grown Up "Niece" is Striking with Her Oddly Shaped Facial Features and a Shapely Body, but Doesn't Have Much To Do.

Overall, Worth a Watch but it Doesn't Manage to Rise Above Average Despite Joel Mccrea, a Widescreen Template, Color, a Heavy Plot, and the Always Attractive Gloria Talbot.

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