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Jack McCall, Desperado (1953)

Approved | | Western | 1 April 1953 (USA)
A Southerner fighting for the North is unjustly accused of treason and escapes to find the witness who could clear his name, but he also seeks the two Yankee soldiers who killed his parents.

Director:

Sidney Salkow

Writers:

John O'Dea (screenplay), David Chandler (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Montgomery ... Jack McCall
Angela Stevens ... Rose Griffith
Douglas Kennedy ... 'Wild' Bill Hickok
James Seay ... Bat McCall
Eugene Iglesias ... Grey Eagle
William Tannen ... Spargo
Jay Silverheels ... Red Cloud
John Hamilton ... Col. Cornish
Selmer Jackson ... Col. Brand
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Jack McCall is a Southerner, but joins the Union Army in the Civil War. When he is tricked into giving out the location of headquarters, he's tried as a spy and sentenced to death. He makes good his escape, but Hickok and Bat kill his parents to seize his plantation and money. Trying to prove his innocence, he locates Spargo after the war, who's paid off by Hickok and Bat, so that Jack is once again jailed and again escapes. He still has hopes of clearing his name, but Bat and Hickok now are after gold in the Dakotas. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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ONLY DESPERATE MEN RODE HIS TRAIL! (original ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alçapão Sangrento 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

In 1953, Columbia Pictures distributed this film in some subsequent run engagements on a double bill with The Glass Wall (1953) starring Vittorio Gassman and Gloria Grahame. See more »

Soundtracks

Listen to the Mockingbird
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Milburn and lyrics by Septimus Winner
Heard as a theme during the opening credits and later in the saloon scene
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Kafka Rides The West
11 May 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Jack McCall Desperado is a truly revisionist look at the old west where Wild Bill Hickok's backshooting killer was really the good guy. George Montgomery plays McCall who according to this film was a much misunderstood man.

From the early silent days it was fashionable, especially in the B westerns like Jack McCall Desperado to take western characters of legend and fashion plots around their name that had absolutely nothing to do with the lives these people led. James Butler Hickok might not in real life have been a movie cowboy hero, but Jack McCall was nothing but a backshooting punk.

However in this story, Montgomery is a southern man who volunteers for the northern armies and then gets tricked by some southern troops into giving away northern positions. The fact that these guys are in Union Blue when he does it means nothing because he can't prove it. Later on Montgomery is chased to his southern mansion home where Sergeant Hickok kills McCall's father and his cousin James Seay his mother. And McCall's still a wanted man.

Even after the war is over Montgomery's a fugitive and Hickok played by Douglas Kennedy and Seay are in business. Hickok is now marshal of Deadwood City in the Dakota Territory where he's using his influence to betray the Sioux and get a nice Indian war started.

Jack McCall Desperado is an almost Kafkaesque revision of western lore with Montgomery as McCall as a bit of an idiot who constantly is getting tricked by much cleverer people than himself. It's far from a great western, but wow is it ever interesting.


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