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Toughest Man in Arizona (1952)

Approved | | Action, Music, Western | 10 October 1952 (USA)
In Arizona, Marshal Landry and captured outlaw Girard find three survivors of a wagon train massacre but, later, Girard escapes custody and robs stagecoaches with his gang, prompting Landry and his posse to give chase.

Director:

R.G. Springsteen

Writer:

John K. Butler
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vaughn Monroe ... Marshal Matt Landry
Joan Leslie ... Mary Kimber
Edgar Buchanan ... Jim Hadlock
Victor Jory ... Frank Girard
Jean Parker ... Della
Harry Morgan ... Verne Kimber (as Henry Morgan)
Ian MacDonald ... Steve Girard
Lee MacGregor Lee MacGregor ... Jerry Girard
Diana Christian Diana Christian ... Joan Landry
Robert Hyatt ... Davey Billings (as Bobby Hyatt)
Charlita Charlita ... Señorita
Nadine Ashdown Nadine Ashdown ... Jesse Billings
Francis Ford ... Hanchette
Paul Hurst ... Dalton
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Marshal Landry captures outlaw Girard and bringing him in finds a woman and two children, the only survivors of an Indian attack. Later, transferring the prisoner his brothers free him. Then a stage is robbed of a silver shipment by Girard and his brothers. Examining telegrams gets Landry a confession from Girard's girlfriend. The telegraph line has been tapped and the telegrapher is the supposedly dead husband of the woman he brough in. Now knowing Girard's location he sets out after him. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Vaughn Monroe, idol of millions.

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Action | Music | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Toughest Man in Old Arizona See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

A Man's Best Friend Is His Horse
Written by Al Vann, Vaughn Monroe (as Wilton Moore) and Joe Lubin
Sung by Vaughn Monroe
Lubin Music Company
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Not So Much Bad as it is Strange
27 September 2006 | by aimless-46See all my reviews

The title must have been left over from something Republic did not release; it certainly does not fit this western. It can't be referring to wimpy Marshall Landry (Vaughn Monroe who is hardly leading man material), or to outlaw Frank Girard (Victor Jory) who can't even outfight the Marshall.

Along with the title disconnect is a story not so much bad as it is strange. The Marshall, a widower with two children, picks up a couple more when he discovers them in the desert following an Indian attack. Also surviving is Mary Kimber (Joan Leslie), who thinks her husband was killed in the attack. This sets up quite a few scenes of domestic bliss as Monroe gets to do what he does best-sing ballads around the piano. The producers recognized that they had something here and gave a lot of time to this domestic angle and the growing attraction between Mary and the Marshall.

Unfortunately there is a side story about a bunch of criminal brothers and Mary's husband (a very young Harry Morgan) who ran away during the Indian attack and is very much alive. Morgan has fun playing one of the most cowardly characters ever to grace the sagebrush. Charlita plays a saloon girl called Senorita who appears to be feeble minded and slightly nuts.

The action sequences are extremely weak, mostly second unit long shots in the desert cut into close-ups shot back on the sound stage. Unfortunately the tone and brightness of the backgrounds do not match and everything looks rather stupid. Which is a good word for Frank Girard who at one point gets the drop on the Marshall but inexplicably fails to disarm him (duh).

Jean Parker does a good job as Della the saloon dancer and Frank's girlfriend. Leslie and Parker are both excellent actresses and one wonders why they signed on to this movie. But at least it provides one more opportunity to see them in a film. Diana Christian does a good job as the Marshall's teenage daughter and they go out on a cute little bit with her commentary on the relationship between her father and Mary.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.


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