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Finger on the Trigger (1965)

Not Rated | | Drama, Western | 1 May 1965 (USA)
At Civil War's end, hidden Confederate gold pits a group of ex-Union soldiers against Confederate troops occupying a fort in the Oklahoma Territory but forces them into a temporary alliance when attacked by Indians.



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Credited cast:
... Larry Winton
James Philbrook ... Adam Hyde
... Ed Bannister
Todd Martin ... Hillstrom
... Benton (as Jorge Rigaud)
Silvia Solar ... Violet
Brud Talbot ... Fred (as Bruce Talbot)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Axel Anderson ... McNamara
Fernando Bilbao ... Mayer
Sebastian Cavalieri ... Slim
Eric Chapman ... McKay
John Clarke ... Numitah
... O'Brien
Guillermo Elias ... Mike Daly


At the end of the Civil War, a ragtag group of just-discharged Union soldiers clashes with a band of renegade Confederates over a golden treasure hidden in a deserted town in the Oklahoma Territory. Soon these rivals must make common cause in the face of an Indian attack. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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1 May 1965 (USA)  »

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Blue Lightning  »

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Numitah: [to dying-of-thirst Delman] Your tongue not dry enough.
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A D*** Good Western
16 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

I have to mention that the above title for my comments is not my personal opinion of this movie. It was a remark made by my grandfather when he bought the the VHS copy at Walgreens for $3.99. He's my Grandpa and I love him, he fought for his country in WWII, but the man has NO TASTE when it comes to any movie dealing with the "Old West". I only watched this movie once at his house, when I was too young to do anything about it. Suffice it to say that this movie has to be seen to be believed. B-movie legend Rory Calhoun and his hardy (see not excessively bright) band of Yankee Civil War veterans find themselves in a border town at odds with a band of confederates(?) led by an officer/struggling actor with the worst southern accent I have ever heard. He spends most of his time surprising ladies in their bathtubs (don't ask), and trying to mug Timothy Dalton. I call Rory's greybeards (obviously everyone was fifty years old during the Civil War) "Yankees", because their characters leave no doubt that ANY of them could ever have lived in the southern United States. I can't remember all of them, but there was a black soldier who didn't speak any lines but just stared at whoever was talking. There were also two typically crusty sergeants, but in a change of pace only one had the phony Irish accent, while the other had a phony Scottish accent. Details are sketchy, but the two groups of "soldiers" are after some legendary Spanish gold. But is the Civil War over, or are they all just AWOL? And why are there Indians who just stand on hilltops whenever anybody rides through a canyon? And how come Rory can shoot Indians off of these hilltops hundreds of feet above him with a pistol that he aims behind his back while riding at full gallop? I guess I could watch the movie again to answer these questions, but now I'm too depressed. If MST3K hasn't done an episode on this one by now, they should. Look for Indians on the hilltop and keep your "finger on the trigger"!

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