The Liberal Kansas area is in trouble. The town is without a Marshal and the nearby farmers are unable to grow crops due to the summer drought and trail riders that run cattle over their land. Bat Masterson arrives to bring law and order and his Deputy accidently finds a variety of wheat that will withstand the drought. But the farmers are giving up and leaving and Bat must convince tham to stay. He wants them to continue farming and also help round up the local gang of outlaws.Written by
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The American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-1950, incorrectly omits sixth-credited Steve Brodie as Logan Maury, and mixes up the roles played by Billy House, Virginia Sale and Harry Woods. They are correct as listed in the cast listing here (after being advised of the error, the American Film Institute added Brodie to the cast list and now has the correct list in its catalog). See more »
Although there was a drought in the area of Liberal, Kansas, located in Seward County, Kansas, Masterson was not a U.S. Marshal there. He was elected sheriff of Ford County. He was elected in 1877 and subsequently voted out in 1879. His brother Ed Masterson, not Bat, was marshal of Dodge City. See more »
[as they watch cowboys riding out of town]
I hope that's the last of them.
Well, it ain't. I'm bettin' before you know it, this town'll be hotter'n a two dollar pistol on the Fourth of July.
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Sweet Betsy from Pike
Gold Rush-era American folk song
Lyrics written by John A. Stone before 1858
Played during saloon scene See more »
This one is a very solid Randolph Scott Western. He plays Bat Masterson and goes to Liberal, Kansas to clean up the town. He becomes good friends with Robert Ryan who played a very, straight up leading man role. It was not until after this that Robert Ryan began playing much darker roles. In fact, in 1947 Randolph Scott made one other movie which was not a western and never made anything but westerns after that until he retired in 1962. This movie has good pacing and builds up to the climax steadily. I can't say any more as it would give away the plot. Be sure to see this one. 8/10
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