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Cattle King (1963)

Passed | | Western | 31 July 1963 (USA)
A rich landowner of Wyoming fights to prevent the Texas herds from trampling his rich meadows.

Director:

Tay Garnett

Writer:

Thomas Thompson
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Sam Brassfield
Robert Loggia ... Johnny Quatro
Joan Caulfield ... Sharleen Travers
Robert Middleton ... Clay Mathews
Larry Gates ... President Chester A. Arthur
Malcolm Atterbury ... Abe Clevenger
William Windom ... Harry Travers
Virginia Christine ... Ruth Winters
Richard Devon ... VInce Bodine
Ray Teal ... Ed Winters
Robert Ivers ... Webb Carter (as Bob Ivers)
Maggie Pierce ... June Carter
Woodrow Parfrey ... Stafford
Richard Tretter ... Hobie Renton
John Mitchum ... Tex
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Storyline

It's 1883 in the Wyoming Territory. Sam Brassfield owns and operates the Teton cattle ranch alongside his foreman and housekeeper, husband and wife Ed and Ruth Winters, and his right hand man, a Mexican named Johnny Quatro, who likes his señoritas a little too much. He took in his now young adult nephew and niece, Webb and June Carter, upon the unfortunate circumstances concerning their parents, Webb who is learning to be ranch hand, his hotheadedness which often gets in the way. Sam is trying to do ranching differently, having a closed range of his own land as a more sustainable method. He erecting fences to keep other cattle out does not sit well with many of his neighboring ranchers, especially his former mentor, Clay Mathews, a Texas cattle baron who wants that open range all the way from Texas to the Canada border. Sam believes Clay's self interest is driven by he having purchased too many cattle for what his own land can support, he wanting eventually to oversupply the market ... Written by Huggo

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HIRED KILLERS PLUNGE WYOMING INTO RANCH-WAR! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

31 July 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cattle King of Wyoming See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Missouri Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Goofs

Chester A. Arthur was president 1881-85 but the Winchester rifles are Model 1892, a common error in B westerns--and others. See more »

Quotes

Sam Brassfield: [there is a knock on the door] The door's open.
Clay Mathews: Sam... , Getting to be a big man, Sam.
Sam Brassfield: I own some land.
Clay Mathews: ...with a fence around it.
Sam Brassfield: That's right.
Clay Mathews: There are getting to be too many fences for me, Sam. My business depends on open range.
Sam Brassfield: Well then maybe you ought to change your business, Clay.
Clay Mathews: No, Sam. I don't see it that way. 'Way I see it, as soon as this National Cattle Trail Bill passes, my business'll just be starting.
Sam Brassfield: I don't expect it to pass. I'm doing everything I can to stop it.
Clay Mathews: Well, kinda...
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Aside from Chester Arthur, there's not a whole lot out of the ordinary in this western
5 June 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This western uses plot #5 out of the usual 5 or 6 plots in practically every film of the genre. And because of this, it's not exactly a must-see film--even if there is an appearance by President Chester Arthur a couple times during the film.

So what is plot #5? It's the big boss who insists on keeping the range free for cattle--even if this means pitting ranchers and sheep herders and practically everyone against each other. What makes this a bit difference is that one of the cattle men (Robert Taylor) is actually set up by another cattle men--mostly because Taylor thinks everyone CAN peacefully coexist. The bottom line is that the entire film seems very, very , very familiar. The acting isn't bad but the overall effort is imminently skip-worthy.

Oh, and the guy who played Arthur really looked very little like the real Chester Arthur.


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