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The Legend of Tom Dooley (1959)

Tom Dooley and Country Boy are on the run after killing an enemy soldier not knowing the war is over. The Command refuses to give them some slack for making this tragic but honest mistake and sends a lawman after them.

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Ted Post
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Landon ... Tom Dooley
Jo Morrow ... Laura Foster
Jack Hogan Jack Hogan ... Charlie Grayson
Richard Rust ... Country Boy
Dee Pollock ... Abel
Ken Lynch ... Father
Howard Wright Howard Wright ... Sheriff Joe Dobbs
Ralph Moody ... Doc Henry
John Cliff ... Lieutenant
Cheerio Meredith Cheerio Meredith ... Meg
Gary Hunley Gary Hunley ... The Kid
Anthony Jochim Anthony Jochim ... Preacher
Jeff Morris Jeff Morris ... Confederate Soldier
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Tom Dooley and Country Boy are on the run after killing an enemy soldier not knowing the war is over. The Command refuses to give them some slack for making this tragic but honest mistake and sends a lawman after them.

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One of America's Great Love Stories That Inspired a Song...And a Fury of a Movie! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Keine Gnade für Tom Dooley See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Upon its initial release, the film was often paired with Have Rocket -- Will Travel (1959) for exhibition in theaters. See more »

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Featured in Michael Landon: Memories with Laughter and Love (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Tom Dooley
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Adapted by Dave Guard and L.G. Testoni
Performed by The Kingston Trio
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A mediocre Little Joe
10 June 2003 | by westerner357See all my reviews

I guess using the Kingston Trio song as a script instead of writing one from scratch was a lot cheaper. Why bother trying to use any imagination.

This b/w thing could almost pass for an episode right out of GUNSMOKE, without the good graces of Festus and Miss Kitty. It has all the same Columbia ranch and Newhall locations that have appeared in hundreds of B movie oaters, so you can almost identify every tree or stump that comes into view, a thousand times over.

Another standard Columbia quickie made before Michael Landon landed as Little Joe on the Prairie, this one must have been filmed in less than 7 days and really doesn't have much going for it. They should've saved money on the film stock that they wasted.

Three Confederate soldiers ambush a Union stagecoach not knowing that the war is over. The townsfolk come gunning after them without any belief that they didn't know that the war had ended. No excuses, they have to be hung, plain & simple.

The townsfolk come across as a bunch of bloodthirsty dummies and the rebs (including Landon) aren't much smarter, making them all look unreal. I guess the folks over at Columbia weren't that much smarter, either...

3 out of 10 for being a bunch of dummies.


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