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The Showdown (1950)

Approved | | Mystery, Western | 15 August 1950 (USA)
Shadrach Jones is convinced that his brother was robbed and killed by a Circle K Ranch cowhand and therefore he joins the outfit in order to find the murderer.

Directors:

Dorrell McGowan, Stuart E. McGowan (as Stuart McGowan)

Writers:

Dorrell McGowan (screenplay), Stuart E. McGowan (screenplay) (as Stuart McGowan) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Elliott ... Shadrach Jones (as William Elliott)
Walter Brennan ... Cap MacKellar
Marie Windsor ... Adelaide
Harry Morgan ... Rod Main (as Henry Morgan)
Rhys Williams ... Chokecherry
Jim Davis ... Cochran
William Ching ... Mike Shattay
Nacho Galindo ... Gonzales
Leif Erickson ... Big Mart
Henry Rowland Henry Rowland ... Dutch
Charles Stevens ... Indian Joe
Victor Kilian ... Hemp
Yakima Canutt ... Davis
Guy Teague ... Pickney
William Steele ... Terry
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Storyline

Shadrach Jones, ex-Texas State Policeman, has a ruthless determination to find and kill the man who shot his brother in the back and stole the money with which he was to buy a ranch for he and Shadrach. At the saloon-hotel ran by Adelaide, Shadrach is convinced that one of the cowhands on a cattle drive by Captain McKellar to Montana is the killer, and he takes the trail-herd boss job to identify the man. McKellar preaches to Jones that he should forget revenge and let the law of retribution take care of the killer. Shadrach's hard driving of the men and his hunt for the killer makes him bitterly hated, and his retribution quest ends in a manner he has not anticipated. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Sworn To Kill A Man He'd Never Seen! See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sleep All Winter See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The entire Arizona to Montana cattle drive was filmed entirely on the Republic back lot using process photography rear projection involving stock footage and newly photographed second unit background scenes. See more »

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Vengeance or Retribution?
9 June 2003 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

This film is a surprise, you would not expect Bill Elliott, who was a B-western hero, to show up in such an artistic western as this one. It is the same type of surprise we had with "The Gunfighter" or "The Ox-Bow Incident" but those films had great actors, they only had the structure of a B-western. Anyhow this film sure deserved more credit than it got. The photography, the actors, (Elliott included) and the story are excellent. As Walter Brennan tries to convince Elliott that vengeance is wrong, that all will be taken care by divine retribution, it makes one think a lot about it, long after the film is over.


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