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Al Jennings of Oklahoma (1951)

Passed | | Action, Romance, Western | 17 January 1951 (USA)
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Bank robber serves his time in prison, tries to go straight.

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Ray Nazarro

Writers:

George Bricker (screenplay), Al J. Jennings (book) (as Al Jennings) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Duryea ... Al Jennings
Gale Storm ... Margo St. Claire
Dick Foran ... Frank Jennings
Gloria Henry ... Alice Calhoun
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Lon Tuttle (as Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams)
Raymond Greenleaf ... Judge Jennings
Stanley Andrews ... Marshal Ken Slattery
John Ridgely ... Railroad Detective Dan Hanes
James Millican ... Ed Jennings
Harry Shannon ... Fred Salter
Helen Brown Helen Brown ... Mrs. Salter
Robert Bice ... Pete Kincaid
George J. Lewis ... Sammy Page
Jimmie Dodd ... Buck Botkin
Eddie Parker ... 'Doc' Wrightmire (as Edwin Parker)
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Storyline

The four Jennings brothers are Lawyers. When Al has a brother murdered, he goes after the murderer. He outdraws him but a witness says it was murder. Escaping the Sheriff he take refuge on a cattle ranch only to learn all the hands are rustlers. With a price on his head Al joins them and becomes an outlaw. His fame grows as does the reward for his capture. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al Jennings de Oklahoma See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Taking over the gang the reward money for Al rises to $20,000 so he and Frank decide to leave for Louisiana before the gang decide to turn him in. They're next seen in Louisiana with no indication on how they got there. See more »

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Al Jennings: There's an old saying about juries - the longer they're out, the better your chances.
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Bland, Despite Duryea
26 August 2014 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Lawyer Al Jennings discovers he likes robbing better than lawyering, but then tries to straighten out. Yet the past has a way of catching up, especially if there's a relapse back into robbing.

Badly flawed western, with a spotty screenplay, uninspired direction, and indifferent acting. Pairing ace villain Duryea with malt-shop Storm is like pairing Dillinger with Shirley Temple. Unfortunately, Duryea pretty much walks through his role as Al Jennings. Too bad, because given a good script and quality direction, few could deliver more memorable performances than slick-haired Duryea. Yet it looks like his career was on a downturn here since he went into TV (China Smith) the following year (IMDB).

I just wish director Nazarro could have heightened the drama with a few close-ups. Instead, his camera remains at an impersonal distance, which doesn't help. Then too, there's sloppy attention to detail. Note how after the wild buckboard chase, Storm looks like she just stepped out of a fashionable beauty salon. Even her over-sized hat is un-windblown. Sure, this is minor, but it all adds up, including sloppy staging as when the posse tries to catch the gang at the Diamond B ranch.

In my little book, the oater's a bland waste of talent, whose best feature may be the Technicolor photography, even if action never leaves LA environs. Too bad all around, especially for fans of the great Dan Duryea.


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