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Waco (1966)

Passed | | Western | 1 September 1966 (USA)
A lawless town asks the state governor to pardon an imprisoned gunfighter in order to hire him as sheriff but various factions plan to kill the new sheriff and take over the town.

Director:

R.G. Springsteen

Writers:

Harry Sanford (novel), Max Lamb (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Howard Keel ... Waco
Jane Russell ... Jill Stone
Brian Donlevy ... Ace Ross
Wendell Corey ... Preacher Sam Stone
Terry Moore ... Dolly
John Smith ... Joe Gore
John Agar ... George Gates
Gene Evans ... Deputy Sheriff Jim O'Neill
Richard Arlen ... Sheriff Billy Kelly
Ben Cooper ... Scotty Moore
Tracy Olsen Tracy Olsen ... Patricia West
DeForest Kelley ... Bill Rile
Anne Seymour ... Ma Jenner
Robert Lowery ... Mayor Ned West
Willard Parker ... Pete Jenner
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Storyline

Preacher Sam Stone and his new beautiful wife Jill stand by the grave of Sheriff Billy Kelly, who died trying to bring law-and-order to Emporia, Wyoming. Among the mourners are businessman George Gates, mayor Ned West and his daughter Patricia. The mayor rejects Gates' suggestion that he release gunfighter Waco from jail to clean up the town. When Patricia is attacked by a cowboy after leaving her boyfriend Scotty Moore, the mayor finally decides it is time accept the governor;s offer of amnesty for Waco. Jill Stone's first reaction, when learning that Waco has been released, is to leave town before Waco finds out that she, his former fiancée, has married the town preacher while Waco was in jail. Town boss Joe Gore is not overjoyed, either, but Ike and Pete Jenner eagerly await the chance to shoot Waco for the death of their brother. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Wasn't a man between here and hell wanted to face him...gun to gun! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wyoming-Bravados See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

A.C. Lyles Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Original Pressbook publicity announcement: MAJOR MUSIC SPECIAL - Lorne Greene Records "Waco": In a major music promotion for Paramount's "Waco", Lorne Greene has recorded the title song for an RCA Victor Records single being released in coordination with the general release of the film. Greene, star of TV's famed Bonanza (1959), has recorded the Hal Blair-Jimmie Haskell number in a style highly reminiscent of his successful "Ringo". The "Waco" platter will be given heavy disc-jockey coverage and retail promotion throughout the country. See more »

Quotes

Waco: [he sniffs the air] Ain't much wind to speak of - so the stink can't be blowing in from the stables!
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Featured in Farewell: DeForest Kelley--A Tribute (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Waco
Lyrics by Hal Blair
Music by Jimmie Haskell
Sung by Lorne Greene
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keel at his meanest
6 January 2020 | by georgereddingSee all my reviews

In this movie Keel is NOT a unloving-turned-loving Adam Ponifee nor a kind Wild Bill Hickok. Rather, he is about the meanest man anybody can find anywhere. He knows no bounds to treating people mean. Of course, in this particular movie he is the sheriff of a wild town which tries to be run by vengeful outlaws, outlaws who meet their match with him. The beautiful Jane Russell is superb as his love interest, but even she sometimes is frustrated with him. He is excellent in this role as the mean, no-nonsense marshal. A great acting feat for him. But I would hate to think for the people that knew him that he was ever this cold, hard, and mean!


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