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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 »




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 L. Cody Eric L. Cody ... Bushwhacker - Ed Jones (as Eric Cody)


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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The only film James Cagney, the narrator, worked on during his long retirement from 1961-81. He did it as a favor to the film's producer, A.C. Lyles, a longtime friend. See more »


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The end of the trail for director Lesley Selander
19 March 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1967's "Arizona Bushwhackers" was #12 of the 13 A.C.Lyles Westerns between 1963-67, missing both of his most prolific stars, Lon Chaney (8) and Richard Arlen (11). There are nine actors returning to the series, all but one (Barton MacLane) for the last time: top billed Howard Keel (3rd, in his final starring role) plays the Civil War rebel now fighting for the North, a former riverboat gambler sent West to Colton Arizona to settle a town rampant with corruption; Yvonne DeCarlo (3rd) as the town salesgirl, later revealed to be a Confederate spy; John Ireland (2nd), whose deputy appears to be the only honest citizen left in Colton, now that Sheriff Grover (Barton MacLane, 3rd of 4) has decided to go straight by leaving town; Scott Brady (5th) is the lead villain Tom Rile, running the saloon/gambling house when not selling stolen rifles coveted by Keel's supposed lawman to a band of renegade Apaches; Brian Donlevy (3rd) enjoys his role as the Mayor, but occasionally struggles to deliver his lines; Marilyn Maxwell (2nd) plays the hostess who knows the new sheriff from his days on the Mississippi; James Craig (3rd) as one of the title bushwhackers, killed in a clever bait and switch by one of his own men; finally, the ubiquitous Reg Parton shows up for his 10th Lyles oater, twice trying to murder the sheriff, unsuccessfully. As if that wasn't enough, we have the only feature film role of Roy Rogers Jr., who gets a nice closeup in his lone scene, then disappears from the picture, never to be seen again. Also, the opening narration is dramatically delivered by the unmistakable voice of James Cagney, his only screen work between "One, Two, Three" in 1961, and "Ragtime" in 1981. All things considered one may be thankful that it's as watchable as it is, with an exceedingly tired script sucking all the life out of the film, concluding with an appallingly feeble Apache attack that shows that director Lesley Selander couldn't wait to yell cut, on what turned out to be his screen farewell after 135 features. For my money, Scott Brady and Barton MacLane come off best, Howard Keel not so much.

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March 1968 (USA) See more »

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Rebel Guns See more »

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Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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A.C. Lyles Productions See more »
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