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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 »

Also Known As:

Bushwhackers See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The only film James Cagney, the narrator, worked on during his long retirement from 1961 to 1979. 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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Disappointing B movie western
14 February 2017 | by a.lampertSee all my reviews

When I see a name like Howard Keel listed for a film, I can't resist having a look, particularly as Keel was probably my first screen hero (perhaps alongside Roy Rogers) as a six year old when I was taken to see Annie Get Your Gun. I still have vivid memories of him in that although it was around 65 years ago. I find it rather sad that stars like Keel ended up having to take jobs in feeble B westerns like Arizona Bushwhackers when they have so much more to give. Rather sad also that he's remembered better for Dallas than Seven Brides for Seven Brothers by some people. However, on to this film, Arizona Bushwhackers is a very tired looking picture that looks like it was made for TV, rather like those Warner Bros series in the 50's like Bronco with sets where everything looks so clean. Everyone wears clean clothes with shirts perfectly pressed and dresses that look like they've just been hired from the fancy dress shop. The movie is packed with actors and actresses who have seen better days, quite big stars some of them in their day like Yvonne De Carlo, John Ireland and Brian Donlevy (who doesn't look at all well here, in fact he died a few years later as did Marilyn Maxwell). Barton McLane although only in his sixties, looks about 80. Actors seemed to age far more quickly back then (1968) than they do today. Too much alcohol and cigarettes I think. The script here is very tedious, nothing I've not seen in westerns hundreds of times before, the colour is washed out and the direction listless and lazy. The final Indian attack is comical as this group of so called renegades just roar into town riding up and down and get picked off by the towns folk waiting for them. Must have been the most stupid Indians ever in a western. The only reason for watching this is to see your favourite old time movie stars of B films which does give one a sort of peculiar warm feeling as their easily recognisable faces appear. I thought John Ireland as a one armed deputy came off best in the acting stakes. Bless them all.

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