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The Saga of Hemp Brown (1958)

Approved | | Western | 1 October 1958 (USA)
Lieutenant Hemp Brown's army payroll wagon is robbed by ex-sergeant Jed Givens' gang, forcing Brown to search for the culprits after he is deemed a coward by the court martial.

Director:

Richard Carlson

Writers:

Robert Creighton Williams (screenplay) (as Bob Williams), Bernard Girard (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rory Calhoun ... Hemp Brown
Beverly Garland ... Mona Langley
John Larch ... Jed Givens
Russell Johnson ... Hook
Fortunio Bonanova ... Serge Bolanos
Allan Lane ... Sheriff
Trevor Bardette ... Judge Rawlins
Morris Ankrum ... Bo Slauter
Addison Richards ... Col. Ford
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Storyline

Ex-army sergeant Jed Givens and his gang rob an army payroll shipment led by Lt. Hemp Brown. Givens kills a civilian woman and all the soldiers, leaving Brown alive to face a military tribunal in which he is branded a coward, stripped of all insignia and drummed out of the army. Brown sets out to track down Givens in an effort to clear his name. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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They called him Renegade ! Woman Killer ! Thief ! Till he wiped out their lies ... in lead ! See more »

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hemp Brown See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Dixie
(uncredited)
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
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Muddles After a Good Start
23 January 2013 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

After a botched robbery, an ex-cavalry lieutenant struggles to regain his good name by catching the real robber.

The first part—the robbery and the cashiering—made me think this would be a superior western. But then Brown (Calhoun) meets up with Mona (Garland) who falls for him immediately Hollywood style, and it's murky time from there on, especially when it's trying to figure out who's on what side and why. One thing about these Universal oaters of the 50's—they're always well photographed in Technicolor. So when the story flounders, as it does here, there's still lots to look at. I'm just sorry that two of the best B-actors of the period, Garland and Larch, don't get to do more. I was looking forward to Garland's hoochie-koochie before she wrapped herself in a cloak. Anyhow, if you can figure out the latter part of the plot-line, you might enjoy this otherwise routine oater.


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