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Powder River (1953)

Approved | | Western | 8 June 1953 (USA)
In 1875, ex-lawman Chino Bull becomes temporary town marshal when his gold prospecting partner is robbed and killed in Powder River country but Chino runs into the murderous Logan brothers.

Director:

Louis King

Writers:

Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay) (as Geoffrey Homes), Sam Hellman (from a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rory Calhoun ... Chino Bullock
Corinne Calvet ... Frenchie Dumont
Cameron Mitchell ... Mitch Hardin
Penny Edwards ... Debbie Allen
Carl Betz ... Loney Hogan
John Dehner ... Harvey Logan
Raymond Greenleaf ... Prudy
Victor Sutherland Victor Sutherland ... Mayor Lowery
Ethan Laidlaw ... Lame Jack Banner
Robert J. Wilke ... Will Horn (as Bob Wilke)
Harry Carter ... Bo Curry
Robert Adler ... Pike Kendreck
Post Park Post Park ... Stagecoach Driver
Richard Garrick ... Ferry Master
Archer MacDonald Archer MacDonald ... Joey
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Storyline

Ex-marshal Chino Bull has hung up his guns until his prospecting partner is shot dead. Chino then takes over as the law in town, forming a friendship with gun-man Mitch Hardin and making enemies of the Logan brothers. When Hardin' girl from the east arrives, he makes her pretty unwelcome - as does his new flame, saloon owner Frenchie. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

WILD LIKE AN UNTAMED RIVER A CONTINENT WAS LEAPING TO BIRTH (original print ad-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Honor sin fronteras See more »

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Budget:

$985,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film is loosely based on the book "Wyatt Earp, Frontier Marshal" by Stuart N. Lake (Boston, 1931). However, the characters were changed and only certain incidents from the original were used. See more »

Connections

Version of Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Just Let Me Love You
Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Eliot Daniel
Sung by Corinne Calvet (uncredited)
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a very good variation of "My Darling Clementine"
31 July 2012 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

I saw this film when I was twelve, 1955, and remember not having liked it. I saw it again recently and thought it was quite good. I guess, when twelve I was too impressed with Mitch Hardin, the character played by Cameron Mitchell, who suffers from a brain tumor, and that got me kind of depressed. But really, this western is basically another variation of "Frontier Marshall", "My Darling Clementine" etc. etc. Mitch Hardin has his roots in Doc Holliday, same way Frenchie Dumont (Corinne Calvet) can be compared to Chihuahua (Linda Darnell) and Pennie Edwards is another Clementine. But there are a lot of interesting changes made to the basic story which provides this western with many action scenes, and a sort of unpredictability not present in the usual western. There are some great moments like when the stagecoach is going adrift in the river, and when Calhoun grabs the gun of the bad guy. Calhoun is excellent in his role, of course based on Wyatt Earp.


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