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
In "Rawhide" Paul Brinegar's full character name was George Washington Wishbone. His brother, who showed up in the episode "Incident of the Tinker's Dam" (1960), was played by Regis Toomey. His character was named Thomas Jefferson Wishbone. In "Cattle Empire" Brinegar is Thomas Jefferson, but his brother, George Washington, is played by another actor. See more »
Joel McCrea was wearing a yellow vest talking outside saloon with two buddies. When they entered the saloon seconds later, he was not wearing vest.When he eventually leaves the saloon he walks towards the door and is next seen by his horse and is then wearing his yellow waistcoat again. See more »
Got your rump in two saddles at once, huh? Aren't you spreadin' your influence a little too far?
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In its time the American B western was possessed of a form as rigid as any dramatic form in existence. There would be half a dozen plots that could be used for a western and the story was usually told in a conservative fashion, using techniques that ran back to when William S. Hart, popularizer of the Good Bad Man in the movies, was one of the leading western stars. The conservatism was a combination of practicality and art: the Bs were the stomping grounds of silent A directors who wished to continue to work.... and the fact that the story took place in the outdoors meant that the outdoors formed a good part of the story.
In this one, Joel McCrea is the Good Bad Man -- a great trail boss whose men got out of control and wrecked a town. Now the town is struggling to make a comeback, and has hired McCrea to lead the drive -- and much of the town has come along on the drive The movie is beautifully shot and the plot has a revenge drama quality that makes it peculiarly interesting. Unhappily, most of the acting talent, once you get past McCrea, is less than first rate. Still, it does have its not inconsiderable charm and its easy assumption of what may seem like bizarre attitudes may give you the start of an understanding of the genre.
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