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Escort West (1959)

Not Rated | | Western | 23 January 1959 (USA)
An ex-Confederate officer and his young daughter, traveling West, rescue two women survivors of an Indian attack.

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Francis D. Lyon
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Mature ... Ben Lassiter
Elaine Stewart ... Beth Drury
Faith Domergue ... Martha Drury
Reba Waters Reba Waters ... Abbey Lassiter
Noah Beery Jr. ... Lt. Jamison
Leo Gordon ... Trooper Vogel
Rex Ingram ... Nelson Walker
John Hubbard ... Lt. Weeks
Harry Carey Jr. ... Trooper Travis
Slim Pickens ... Corporal Wheeler
Roy Barcroft ... Sgt. Doyle
William Ching ... Capt. Howard Poole
Ken Curtis ... Trooper Burch
Claire Du Brey ... Mrs. Kate Fenniman
Syd Saylor ... Elwood Fenniman
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In 1865 in Nevada, former Confederate Captain Ben Lassiter and his daughter Abbey travel through Modoc territory on their way to Oregon. At Fenniman's Station they stop for a meal, a bath and supplies. Inside the way-station, a group of Union soldiers, led by Lieutenant Weeks, are enjoying a meal. The patrol escorts an Army payroll and two sisters to meet another patrol, led by Captain Howard Poole. One of the sisters, Beth Drury, is engaged to Poole. The other sister, Martha Drury, is bitter at having lost her fiance during the American Civil War. When Ben Lassiter and his daughter sit for a meal inside the way-station, Martha Drury reacts badly toward the former Confederate officer and asks the Union patrol to arrest Lassiter. However, the Union patrol commander explains the civil war is over, shrugs Martha's suggestion off and orders the patrol to move on. Unknown to them, the Modocs have already set up a nearby ambush while other Modocs have surrounded Captain Poole's troop, ... Written by nufs68

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Rebel on a Rampage!

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Patrouille westwärts See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #9.15 (1959) See more »

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Former Confederate soldier is taking his young daughter to the Oregon Territory just after the Civil War to begin again.
12 August 2015 | by snicewangerSee all my reviews

Not much going on here. Made on the cheap by John Wayne's Batjac Productions. Veteran director Francis D Lyon moves the story along without much in the way of character development or a great deal of real western action. Black and white cinematography gives it the look of a television western episode. To it's credit,the film boast a very capable cast led by Victor Mature.Mature seems a bit out of place as a widowed former Confederate soldier taking his young daughter to the Oregon Territory to begin a new life. Leo Gordon,who gets credit as one the screen writers, is his usual intimidating self as one of the cavalry troopers who is up to no good. Ken Curtis, Harry Carey Jr,, Slim Pickens, and Noah Berry Jr are in the cast but are kind of wasted in nothing roles. Faith Domergue and Elaine Stewart portray sisters who are also heading to Oregon to start new lives and you just know one of them will wind up in Vics arms. Domergue is over the top as she hates Mature because her fiancé was killed in the Civil War by the Confederates Rex Ingram turns in a nice performance as the black cavalry quartermaster who is critically wounded in an attack by renegade Modoc Indians.

Most of the action is off screen, so we get a lot of Mature and his daughter bonding and Domergue whining and griping.The outcome is fairly predictable. This isn't the worst Western ever made but considering the talent that was available and wasted it's pretty disappointing.Mature once said of his career" I'm no actor and I got 52 movies to prove it!"


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