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Arizona Bushwhackers (1968)

Approved | | Romance , Western | March 1968 (USA)
A Confederate spy takes the sheriff job in a lawless Union town where people are hostile to him and where a crooked saloon owner peddles rifles to the renegade Indians.


Lesley Selander


Steve Fisher (screenplay), Steve Fisher (story) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Howard Keel ... Lee Travis
Yvonne De Carlo ... Jill Wyler
John Ireland ... Deputy Dan Shelby
Marilyn Maxwell ... Molly
Scott Brady ... Tom Rile
Brian Donlevy ... Mayor Joe Smith
Barton MacLane ... Sheriff Grover
James Craig ... Ike Clanton
Roy Rogers Jr. Roy Rogers Jr. ... Roy
Regis Parton ... Curly (as Reg Parton)
Montie Montana ... Stage Driver
Eric Cody Eric Cody ... Bushwhacker - Ed Jones


During the Civil War, a Confederate spy takes a job as marshal of a small western town as a cover for his espionage activities. However, he soon finds out that a local businessman is selling weapons to a band of rampaging Indians. Written by Anonymous

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A Johnny Reb dons a damn yankee uniform to pull the most daring plot of the war in The West


Romance | Western


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Release Date:

March 1968 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

A.C. Lyles Productions See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film is set during the American Civil War (1861-65). Ike Clanton is killed early on. The real Ike Clanton was killed in 1887, and was famous for his participation in the 1881 Gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona that involved Wyatt Earp. His family did not move to the Arizona territory until after the war ended. The real Ike Clanton would have been under 20 years of age circa 1865, as he was born in 1847. James Craig was age 56 when he portrayed Clanton. See more »


[Dan offers the Sheriff part of a bribe]
Dan Shelby: Mr. Grover, hadn't you better take some of this?
Sheriff Lloyd Grover: What for?
Dan Shelby: A man can't live without money.
Sheriff Lloyd Grover: I'll you something, son. When it's that kind of money, a man can't live with it.
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You better put that blindfold back on.
7 September 2013 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Actually, wearing a blindfold during a sitting for this movie seems like a pretty good idea given how lifeless it is. When you see it's produced by A.C. Lyles then realistic expectations are needed, his low budget Westerns grabbed the aged coat tails of a genre that had moved onto a different plain than the one Lyles now traversed. Lyles was astute enough to fill out these Oaters with names familiar to genre fans, regardless of the advent of time or box office appeal, so some interest in the said picture was there from the off.

Some of these Westerns rose above their budget limitations to be better than average, the likes of Johnny Reno, Waco and Stage to Thunder Rock, while not essential Western viewings, are good time wasters for the undemanding fan. The trouble with Arizona Bushwhackers is that it promises so much more than it can ever deliver. Proudly it tells us that it's in Technicolor and Techniscope, and it stars Howard Keel, Yvonne De Carlo, John Ireland, Marilyn Maxwell, Scott Brady, Brian Donlevy, Barton MacLane and James Craig. Hell! The opening narration is even by one James Cagney. And with a plot involving spies and gun runners in the town of Colton, where Union and Confederate operatives dwell, it's all in place for some solid "B" entertainment. Unfortunately it's a lame duck once Caggers has finished his narration.

Story limps on as the various citizens of Colton potter around wondering about who is trustworthy? Who will get caught out? Who will survive? And isn't it about time the Indians showed up? The actors, bless em', give it a good go, shuffling about in some sort of one- take wonderland, while director Lesley Selander tries hard to beef up the plot with the odd action scene; including a fight between two one armed men that I'm pretty sure isn't meant to be funny. It all builds to a hopelessly weak finale where the Indians do indeed turn up and they file in for cannon fodder duties. The colour photography is washed out, the scenic locations barely realised, and the musical score is 101 rank and file. Lifeless all told and only fans of the fading stars should seek this out so as to tick off of their completist lists. 3/10

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