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Fort Worth (1951)

Approved | | Western | 14 July 1951 (USA)
Civil War veteran and former newspaper man Ned Britt returns back to Fort Worth after the war is over and finds himself fighting an old friend who's grown ambitious.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writer:

John Twist
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Cast

Cast overview:
Randolph Scott ... Ned Britt
David Brian ... Blair Lunsford
Phyllis Thaxter ... Flora Talbot
Helena Carter ... Amy Brooks
Dickie Jones ... Luther Wicks (as Dick Jones)
Ray Teal ... Gabe Clevenger
Michael Tolan ... Mort Springer (as Lawrence Tolan)
Paul Picerni ... Joe Castro
Emerson Treacy ... Ben Garvin
Bob Steele ... Shorty
Walter Sande ... Deputy Waller
Chubby Johnson ... Sheriff
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Storyline

Southern veteran Ned Britt returns home to Fort Worth after the Civil War with his mentor, newspaperman Ben Garvin, along with his young apprentice, in hopes of building the town into a modern metropolis. However, the area is terrorized by the ruthless Gabe Clevenger and his gang of hired guns. Britt wonders whose side his old friend Blair Lunsford is on. Lunsford has used the unrest to buy up parcels of land on the cheap and hopes to profit from this speculation after the territory is cleaned up and ultimately become governor. Britt sees through his friend's ambition, and they are alternately allies and antagonists. Britt is also distracted by girl-next-door Flora Talbott and and seductive Amy Brooks. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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When it was worth a man weight in gold to get there---and worth his life to stay there! See more »

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Texas Express See more »

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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

Final film of director Edwin L. Marin. He died two months before its release. See more »

Quotes

Ben Garvin: News comes in pieces, boys, like a suit of clothes. Don't ever sport the jacket unless you're sure you got the breeches on.
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Soundtracks

I've Been Workin' on the Railroad
(uncredited)
American folk song first published in 1894
Heard on soundtrack during parade sequence.
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Good Randolph Scott Vehicle
25 August 2009 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

Better than average script-writing, good production values and some nice twists helps Fort Worth rise above the usual B-western effort.

The plot is somewhat reminiscent of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, though it precedes it by a decade!

Randolph Scott, having hung up his guns following the Civil War, returns to his hometown of Fort Worth to start a newspaper. His first target is a group of murderous cowboys who killed a boy in a deliberate stampede. Soon he begins to suspect he's being manipulated by his old friend, a shifty businessman who would benefit greatly from the elimination of the cowpokes.

David Brian gives a good performance as Scott's friend/nemesis and the film does a good job at keeping his character ambiguous right up till near the end.


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