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on 13 July 2012
This movie was first released in 1959(2012), in Widescreen 1.85.1, B/W and runs 87 minutes. The sound and picture quality are very good. The film starts when Deputy US Marshall Mackenzie Bovard (ROBERT TAYLOR) arrives in a stagecoach and delivers a convict to Marshall Cummings. The Marshall wanted the men who killed Deputy Davis, at the end of the rope. Bovard says, he only arrests men. He was now off to Fort Camp to find out about the last man on his list. He did not know what John Butterfield looked like. At the Fort, the Captain is told that Butterfield had held up with arms,a Stage coach and he had been discharged from the Army 2 years ago. Bovard was told what Butterfield looked like and he heads off to North Creek. There was a award of $500 for information for Butterfield. He was told Selah Jennison (TINA LOUISE) will know what Butterfield looked like, as he was Selah's husbands friend, who was now dead. Bovard could find Selah working in the laundry, and her condition could use $500. When Bovard approaches Selah, she was not interested to help. Bovard leaves the ticket for the stagecoach and asks her to come and check into the Commercial Hotel at North Creek. She would get $500 just to identify Butterfield. At North Creek, Bovard takes 2 rooms at the Hotel and reports to the local Sheriff Buck Weston(FESS PARKER). Butterfield could now be using another name. Bovard didnot trust anyone, as 'human nature was rats and the world was full of them'. This was his last job. Next, a freight wagon is driven by a man with Bovard's description and Bovard follows him and is told that his name was Johnny Bishop(JACK LORD). Even the Sheriff says that Bishop was the nicest man in town and helped everybody, and was married to Kitty(SHIRLEY HAMER) and was expecting a baby. Sheriff also warns Bovard, that if he arrests Bishop, he will be in trouble with the whole town. Soon, Bovard sees Selah coming off a stagecoach and she says, she might not identify Butterfield.
This excellent story of LUKE SHORT is beautifully photographed in B/W by LOYAL GRIGGS and well directed by MICHAEL CURTIZ, who moves the story nicely keeping you very interested in the film right to the end. Robert Taylor, Tina Louise and Fess Parker give good performances. The action scenes are very good.
ROBERT TAYLOR(SPANGLER ARLINGTON BRUGH) was born on 5.8.1911 in Filley, Nebraska. As a teenager, he was a Track and enrolled to study music. While in a theatre group, he was spotted by MGM in 1932. He signed 7 years contract and changed his name to ROBERT TAYLOR. His film debut was in 1934 and by 1941, he did darker roles like 'Billy the Kid'. He did many westerns, one of the popular in 1958 - 'The Law and Jake Wade'. By 1969, he was too ill to continue working. He was married twice and had 2 children with German actress -'URSULA THIESS' - 'Terry'(1955) and 'Tessa'(1959). On 8.6.1969, aged 57, he died of Lung Cancer. His large home and ranch in Los Angeles, was sold in 2010 for $56 million!
Some of Robert Taylor's westerns are:-
(1) Saddle The wind, 1958(2008)
(2) Devil's Doorway, 1949(2010)
(3) Ambush, 1949(2011)
(4) Ride Vaquero, 1953(2011)
(5) The Law and Jake Wade, 1958(2008)
(6) Last Hunt, 1956(1994)
(7) Return of the Gunfighter, 1967(1994)
(8) Billy the Kid, 1949(2009)
(9) Westward the Women, 1951(2008)
(10)Savage Pampas, 1967(1994)
Watch and ENJOY.