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Cattle Town (1952)

Approved | | Western | 6 September 1952 (USA)
Following the Civil War, the state of Texas, needing money, sells land to a syndicate of northerners headed by Judd Hastings (Ray Teal). When Hastings demands the land, and the squatters ... See full summary »

Director:

Noel M. Smith (as Noel Smith)

Writer:

Thomas W. Blackburn (as Tom Blackburn)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dennis Morgan ... Mike McGann
Philip Carey ... Ben Curran
Amanda Blake ... Marian Hastings
Rita Moreno ... Queli
Paul Picerni ... Pepe
Ray Teal ... Judd Hastings
Jay Novello ... Felipe Rojas
George O'Hanlon ... Shiloh
Robert J. Wilke ... Keeno (as Bob Wilke)
Sheb Wooley ... Miller
Charles Meredith ... Texas Governor
Merv Griffin ... Joseph - Governor's Secretary
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Storyline

Following the Civil War, the state of Texas, needing money, sells land to a syndicate of northerners headed by Judd Hastings (Ray Teal). When Hastings demands the land, and the squatters refuses to vacate, the governor sends Mike McGann (Dennis Morgan) to settle the issues. Eventually, McGann gets the ranchers to move on to other areas with their cattle, which Hastings also covets. McGann also falls in love with Hastings' daughter, Marian (Amanda Blake). Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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HERD AGAINST HERD! Barricades battered...the ranchlands gored...(original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cowboykaupunki See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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At the time he made this film, Merv Griffin was under contract to Warner Brothers for $250 a week. He was under the impression he would be groomed to replace Gordon McRae as Doris Day's leading man, and when he was handed the screenplay for this film, he was shocked at being cast in a Western...and even more shocked at how minor a role he'd been given, little more than a walk-on part. See more »

Soundtracks

Underneath a Western Sky
(uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung by Dennis Morgan
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Irritating and very poor western
24 July 2014 | by MattyGibbsSee all my reviews

Cattle Town is a low budget western with a fairly mundane plot and some dodgy singing thrown in.

It's a strange film that doesn't seem to know whether to be a serious Western, a Romance or a Musical. In the end it decides to amalgamate all three so we are just left with a confusing and messy hybrid. The lead actor Dennis Morgan who comes across as plain smug, and his sidekick, just don't convince at all. They are way too jovial, randomly and annoyingly bursting into some plain awful songs. It is therefore hard to take this effort at all seriously which is a shame as there was a germ of a decent film here.

I wasn't expecting much but I was expecting more than I got. Even with it's short running time I was left praying for the end well before it finished. It's not often you are rooting for the hero to be shot and killed but this is one time when it would have been a blessed relief. This is a very poor western and certainly among the worst I have seen. Avoid.


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