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Backlash (1956)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Romance, Western | 11 April 1956 (USA)
Jim Slater seeks a survivor of the Apache ambush his father died in.

Director:

John Sturges

Writers:

Frank Gruber (novel), Borden Chase (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Widmark ... Jim Slater
Donna Reed ... Karyl Orton
William Campbell ... Johnny Cool
John McIntire ... Jim Bonniwell
Barton MacLane ... Sgt. George Lake
Harry Morgan ... Tony Welker
Robert J. Wilke ... Jeff Welker
Jack Lambert ... Mike Benton
Roy Roberts ... Maj. Carson
Edward Platt ... Sheriff J.C. Marson (as Edward C. Platt)
Robert Foulk ... Sheriff John F. Olson
Phil Chambers ... Deputy Sheriff Dobbs
Gregg Barton ... Sleepy
Fred Graham ... Ned McCloud
Frank Chase Frank Chase ... Cassidy, Shotgun Rider
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Storyline

Jim Slater's father (whom he never knew) died in the Apache ambush at Gila Valley, and Jim is searching for the one survivor, who supposedly went for help but disappeared with a lot of gold. In the process, he gets several people gunning for him, and he keeps meeting liberated woman Karyl Orton, who may be on a similar mission. Renewed Apache hostilities and an impending range war provide complications. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

PAST APACHE AMBUSH...PAST TREACHERY'S SILKEN NET!...Five Dead Men Led Jim Slater Down a Trail of No Return! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Padre contra hijo See more »

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Budget:

$1,025,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Director John Sturges hired several hundred Papago Native Americans to play Indians in this film. See more »

Goofs

Karyl Orton's underwear is appropriate for the 1950s, but not the nineteenth century See more »

Quotes

Jim Bonniwell: You know, I've never seen it fail. When you take a trigger-happy bunch sitting it out like this, somebody's bound to start fooling with his gun.
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Excellent story, cast, and performances
21 April 2007 | by caa821See all my reviews

This is an outstanding movie, particularly for Westerns filmed in this period, which included the mid-50's.

Widmark and Reed give excellent performances, as usual for both, and the remaining cast, particularly William Campbell and John McIntyre, do as well.

Campbell's brash "young gun" is a bit overdone, but that was a trait which was a virtual necessity from this type character in films 50 years ago. The only other aspect which detracted a bit from the story was Donna Reed's appearance. Traveling by horseback in remote, dusty areas, she looked like she might be dressed for a "Western night" sorority party, with makeup perfect and hair well-coiffed, perhaps by her sorority sisters, if not at the campus beauty parlor.

But again, this was an element of 1950's pictures, and didn't detract from the story. Here, there was more plot, drama, good acting, and realistic dealing with the plot's events than your likely to find in the usual 10-15 Westerns, combined.


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