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« on: October 01, 2011, 05:14:48 AM »

Director: Charles Marquis Warren, with Richard Egan, Dorothy Malone, Cameron Mitchell, Billy Chapin, Jody Burrows, Royal Dano, Edward Andrews,    John Dehner, DeForest Kelley, Joe De Santis, Angie Dickinson

A gunslinger and ex Quantrill Raider, (Egan) on the run in a hideout kills a compatriot with a price on his head in self defense when discovered with the latter's girlfriend (Dickinson). Dickinson who was being snubbed by Egan just before the confrontation tells the posse that Egan shot him on the sly. It's sort of a riff on the Robert Ford/Jesse James assassination. Egan gets a full pardon and a reward but also a reputation as backshooter that follows him around wherever he goes.

Tired of having to defend himself at every cow town he visits he adopts an alias and continues his wandering. At an Stage stop run by a father and young son, he gets defends the stop from three outlaws intent on robbing the stage. The father gets killed & Egan agrees to take the son to the boy's uncle, a sheriff in Table Rock 50 miles away.

Once there he finds the town battening down the hatches for the anticipated arrival of a cattle drive. Egan tries to remain uninvolved as the sheriff tries to get his help with the cowboys. Sort of a riff on High Noon.

The film is watchable but predictable, ridiculous, and tedious at times. One sequence shows the Table Rock Saloon in a town in the middle of nowhere with possibly 20 saloon girls, almost one for every cowhand,  wonder what they all did when there was no cattle drive a commin', one hour shifts? Another sequence has the drovers all lined up on the wooden side walk stomping their feet in time to the sheriff walking down the street (like a bunch of 10 year olds).

One of the many boring sub-par Westerns that paved the way for the resurgence of the Western Genre in late 60's.

I first saw Egan as King Leonidas in 300 Spartans and in Demetrius and the Gladiators so he kind of got branded with me as a Sword & Sandal actor from the get-go, and he was always dark complexioned or tanned too (like George Hamilton) every time I see him in something else, Pollyanna, These Thousand Hills, he just doesn't seem to quite fit.

Anyway, Angie Dickinson in her 5 minute scene is very cute in an off the shoulder dress that looks held up by her boobs alone, lol, you can turn it off after that sequence. 6/10

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