A dissatisfied ranch hand becomes a bounty hunter. He conspires with a crooked town boss to dirty up a neighboring village where a valuable railroad franchise is headed, in order to divert ... See full summary »
The life of Tom Rosser, a town-taming gunman-for-hire, takes a turn when a bullet meant for him, from the gun of a renegade, Lee Ring, kill's Rosser's wife, Carol, instead. Ring, had been sent by the ruthless Kansas gang-leader, Riley Condor, to kill Rosser. The latter goes to White Plains, supposedly to look over property to but his agenda is to kill Condor. Word gets around that Rosser is in town and Condor realizes that his gunslinging henchmen, Horsinger, Tavenner, Slim Akins, Flon and Ring, are no match for Rosser, and he sets in motion a plan that will use the law to eliminate Rosser.Written by
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In a hotel lobby fight scene against Dana Andrews, DeForest Kelley was doubled by a recognizable Michael Landon, making his sole stunt double appearance in a feature film. See more »
Susan Tavaner's (Terry Moore) hair was so modern, and the lipstick color definitely 1960s. See more »
Howdy. We have steak and beef stew, and steak and beef stew.
Which one do you recommend?
Neither. The beef's tough. But it's all we've got. And I suggest black coffee; the milk's turning sour.
Well, at least you're honest. I'll leave it up to you.
[calls to the kitchen]
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Veteran character actors lift this above the budget and director
This is far from being a high budget blockbuster with sweeping cinematography, high level production values and innovative writing. It has to rely on the actors working on sets that could have and probably were used in television westerns. Fortunately, the actors, most being solid character types, deliver the goods very professionally and carry the story and the viewer's interest. That acting even manages to overcome some dull and predictable directing.
Dana Andrews shows the effects of years of alcohol by this point and although that actually plays to the lead character, one suspects the movie would have been elevated with someone like Glenn Ford in that role but no doubt he would have needed a higher pay cheque as well. Terry Moore could have been given more to do as they downplayed romance in favour of the building confrontation. But she definitely looks good handles what she is given well.
Pat O'Brien, Lon Chaney Jr., Bruce Cabot, Lyle Bettger, Richard Arlen, Barton MacLane, Richard Jaeckel all show up like old friends who have done these roles a dozen times each but what could have been stale characterizations are instead well dished out from practised professionals still trying to earn their pay and their next job.
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