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The Hawk of Powder River (1948)

Vivian as the Hawk is the secret leader of an outlaw gang. She wants the Chambers ranch and after Chambers is killed she sends her men to kill his daughter who is arriving on the stage. ... See full summary »


Ray Taylor


George Smith (original screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Eddie Dean ... Deputy Marshal Eddie Dean
White Cloud White Cloud ... Eddie's Horse
Roscoe Ates ... Soapy Jones
Jennifer Holt ... Vivian Chambers aka The Hawk
June Carlson ... Carole Chambers
Eddie Parker ... Mike Cochrane, the Lawyer
Terry Frost ... Henchman Mitchell
Lane Bradford ... Henchman Cooper
Carl Mathews Carl Mathews ... Henchman
Ted French ... Henchman Carson
Steve Clark ... Bill Chambers
Tex Palmer ... Stagecoach-Driver Charlie
Andy Parker Andy Parker ... Cowhand, Guitar Player
The Plainsmen The Plainsmen ... Cowhands / Musicians


Vivian as the Hawk is the secret leader of an outlaw gang. She wants the Chambers ranch and after Chambers is killed she sends her men to kill his daughter who is arriving on the stage. Eddie breaks it up and later foils a robbery attempt by the gang. Finding a hat at the scene, he marks it and leaves it hoping it will turn up again. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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EDDIE CLIPS THE HAWK'S WINGS...Caging the Bandit Queen of Powder River Range! (original 1-sheet poster) See more »


Action | Music | Western


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Release Date:

10 April 1948 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Eddie Dean rides into the movie on his horse White Cloud. His horse changes several times in the movie, and when he rides off in the sunset at the end his horse is black. See more »


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4 October 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While I have seen a few hundred B-westerns, this was my first starring Eddie Dean. Overall, I'd have to say that he was quite competent...but nothing more. His singing was nice...some other singing cowboys sang nicer. He was decent on the horse and acting...many others seemed to have more charisma and natural talent.

In "The Hawk of Powder River" you've got a very anachronistic plot. A lady leads a gang of criminals and she's a hooded figure known as 'The Hawk'...but the film reveals she is Vivian and she lives with her nice Uncle. But, when the Uncle stumbles upon her hidden identity, he is murdered. The Hawk doesn't mind...as she'd like to inherit her Uncle's ranch. However, the Uncle had a daughter...and so it's up to her gang to kill the lady. But, as is typical in these sort of films, the hero and his dippy sidekick arrive and soon put things to right...very soon considering the film was only 55 minutes long. In fact, even for a B-movie that's kind of short and there really wasn't much suspense as it seemed obvious who the criminals were as well as their wicked intentions.

The film is fine for lovers of the genre but certainly didn't turn me into a Dean fan. Perhaps I'll try a couple more...and perhaps he'll grow on me.

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