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El Paso (1949)

Approved | | Western | 5 August 1949 (USA)
In El Paso, lawyer and ex-Confederate captain Clay Fletcher forms a vigilante group to bring law and order to a town where the judge is a drunk, the sheriff is corrupt and the town is run by a crooked landowner.

Director:

Lewis R. Foster

Writers:

Lewis R. Foster (screenplay), J. Robert Bren (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Payne ... Clay Fletcher
Gail Russell ... Susan Jeffers
Sterling Hayden ... Bert Donner
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Pesky Tees
Dick Foran ... Sheriff La Farge
Eduardo Noriega ... Don Nacho Vázquez
Henry Hull ... Judge Henry Jeffers
Mary Beth Hughes ... Stagecoach Nellie
H.B. Warner ... Judge Fletcher
Robert Ellis ... Jack Elkins (as Bobby Ellis)
Catherine Craig ... Mrs. Elkins
Arthur Space ... John Elkins
Steven Geray ... Mexican Joe
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Ex-confederate officer Clay Fletcher jumps at the chance to reunite with his once lady-friend, Susan Jeffers, when his father, Judge Fletcher, sends him on an errand to El Paso, Texas to get the signature of Susan's father, Judge Jeffers, on a legal document. Once there he finds the judge has become a drunk and a laughing stock, doing the bidding of local magnate Bert Donner and his running dog, Sheriff La Farge. Just as Clay starts straightening out the town's problems, events occur which force him to abandon the legal system and instead adopt the murderous tactics of a vigilante. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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There was one law in El Paso ... you learned to kill quick ... if you wanted to live long!

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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This film was the first high-budget color feature made by producers William H. Pine and William C. Thomas, who were known for their ability to produce quality low-budget films, which earned them the nickname "Dollar Bills". See more »

Quotes

Bert Donner: I see you found yourself a new coat.
Clayton Fletcher: Yes. A coat of a brave man who died defending the rights of his people. There were two bullet holes in the back of it. You heard of Señor Montez?
Bert Donner: Montez made the mistake of interfering with the law. If you're smart, you won't make the same mistake.
Clayton Fletcher: If I do, Donner, I'll remember to not turn my back on you.
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"What good is law without enforcement?"
13 June 2018 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

As kids we're always told to stand up to bullies; but try putting that into practise at work with your boss! Lawyer John Payne proves similarly naïve in thinking Sterling Hayden and his brutal henchman Dick Foran will be as easily dissuaded by due process; and after 80 rather garrulous and conventional minutes this film finally makes you sit up and take notice when Payne and the rest of the townsfolk at last take the law into their own hands and fight fire with gunfire.

But did anyone ever stand trial for the accidental lynching of the newly arrived minister?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Paso - Die Stadt der Rechtlosen See more »

Filming Locations:

Gallup, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Budget:

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

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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