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The Silver Bullet (1942)

Approved | | Music, Western | 5 August 1942 (USA)
A cowboy heads for the town where his father was murdered to find out who was responsible.

Director:

Joseph H. Lewis

Writers:

Elizabeth Beecher (screenplay), Oliver Drake (original story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Johnny Mack Brown ... 'Silver Jim' Donovan
Fuzzy Knight ... Wild Bill Jones
William Farnum ... Dr. Thad Morgan
Jennifer Holt ... Nancy Lee
LeRoy Mason ... Walter Kincaid
Rex Lease ... Rance Harris
Grace Lenard Grace Lenard ... Queenie Canfield
Claire Whitney ... Emily Morgan
Slim Whitaker ... Buck Dawson (as Charles 'Slim' Whitaker)
Michael Vallon ... Nevada Norton
Merrill McCormick Merrill McCormick ... Pete Sleen
Pals of the Golden West ... Musicians
Nora Lou Martin Nora Lou Martin ... Nora - Band Singer
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Storyline

Wild Bill Jones is saved from three toughs by "Silver Jim" Donovan, a newcomer to Winchester. They team up to campaign for Thad Morgan for state senate running against crooked incumbent Walter Kincaid. Morgan's campaign is headed by saloon owner Queenie Canfield. Jim visits Doc Winslow and asks him to keep on the lookout for a man with a jagged scar on his left arm, as a man so-marked had shot Jim's father in the back with a silver bullet which Jim now wears as a watch fob, with full intentions of returning it to the former owner. Kincaid has Morgan killed, and Jim, Nancy Lee and others now campaign for Morgan's widow, Emily. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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GLEAMING WITH ACTION! A cattleman's calling card before he starts shooting! (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Music | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1942 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Connections

Remake of The Ivory-Handled Gun (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweetheart of the Rio Grande
Written by Oliver Drake, Milton Rosen and Jimmy Wakely
Performed by Nora Lou Martin and The Pals of the Golden West
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Lewis Lifts a Programmer
7 March 2012 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Better than average little oater, thanks mainly to several offbeat touches by cult director Joseph H. Lewis. Known later for such noir classics as Gun Crazy (1949), he livens up the screen here with some good action. Note the several punches thrown at the camera that had me ducking, or the imaginative overhead angles on the barroom brawl, or the surprising stage holdup to start the movie. Such small clever touches show an engaged approach even for a matinée programmer.

The supporting cast is better than average as Silver (Brown) searches in the middle of a town election for the man who backshot his father. All he knows is the shooter has a scar on his arm. I especially like Grace Lenard's dance hall girl Queenie. She's got real personality. Also, Brown makes for a likable cowboy hero, while Knight's comedy relief doesn't annoy. All in all, it's a pleasant glimpse of the Old West as we might like it to be.

(In passing—catch songstress Nora Lou Martin. She manages some falsetto trilling the likes of which I've never heard.)


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