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Return of the Frontiersman (1950)

Passed | | Western | 24 June 1950 (USA)
A sheriff's son is falsely accused of murder, and a friend determines to clear his name and find the real killer.

Director:

Richard L. Bare (as Richard Bare)

Writer:

Edna Anhalt (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gordon MacRae ... Logan Barrett
Julie London ... Janie Martin
Rory Calhoun ... Larrabee
Jack Holt ... Sheriff Sam Barrett
Fred Clark ... Ryan
Edwin Rand Edwin Rand ... Kearney
Raymond Bond Raymond Bond ... Dr. J.A. Martin
John Doucette ... Evans
Matt McHugh Matt McHugh ... Harvey - Deputy
Britt Wood Britt Wood ... Barney
Dan White ... Nicol
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A sheriff's son is falsely accused of murder, and a friend determines to clear his name and find the real killer.

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son | sheriff | escape | brawling | 1880s | See All (17) »

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One gun to fight with ... one girl to fight for ...

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Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Jinete Solitario See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Richard L. Bare replaced Ray Enright as director shortly before filming began. See more »

Goofs

Soon after shooting from the rock which the hero used as cover (which incidentally moved when he leaned on it) a bad guy bullet ricocheted off it It appears to have left a hole. Subsequent views of the rock reveals that the ricochet scar (hole) has disappeared. See more »

Soundtracks

Underneath a Western Sky
(uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
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There's something amiss in Laramie.
17 July 2013 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Return of the Frontiersman is directed by Richard Bare and written by Edna Anhalt. It stars Gordon MacRae, Julie London, Rory Calhoun and Jack Holt. A Technicolor production with cinematography by Peverell Marley and music by David Buttolph.

Sheriff's son Logan Barrett (Gordon MacRae) gets falsely accused of killing a man he had recently had a bar fight with. On the lam, things go from bad to worse when a man fitting his description is seen leading a bunch of robbers in Laramie County. Tracked by his own father and a posse, Logan must find the real culprits or his days are numbered.

A good and solid 1950s Oater that contains all the traits that filled out many a "B" production during the decade. The colour is gorgeous and the music suitably brisk, and director Bare shifts it along at a decent pace. The story is one of "the wronged man", so there's a mystery to be solved, while the requisite fist-fights, posse pursuits, shoot-out and love interest strands fill out the run time. We even get MacRae warbling a tune whilst holed up in the jail.

The revelation of the villain will come as no surprise, and the cast are not asked to stretch themselves. While Julie London's character arc is poorly written. But these are small complaints really, because when it hits its straps (the big shoot-out and waterfall fist-fight at the finale) it entertains royally. 7/10


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