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The Bushwhackers (1952)

Approved | | Western | 8 January 1952 (USA)
An evil arthritic rancher and his murderous daughter are having settlers killed to prevent them from selling their land to the railroad.

Director:

Rod Amateau

Writers:

Tom Gries (screenplay) (as Thomas S. Gries), Rod Amateau (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ireland ... Jefferson Waring
Wayne Morris ... Marshal John Harding
Lawrence Tierney ... Sam Tobin
Dorothy Malone ... Cathy Sharpe
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Artemus Taylor (as Lon Chaney)
Myrna Dell ... Norah Taylor
Frank Marlowe ... Peter Sharpe
William Holmes William Holmes ... 'Ding' Bell (as Bill Holmes)
Jack Elam ... Cree
Ward Wood Ward Wood ... Second Henchman (as Bob Wood)
Charles Trowbridge ... Justin Stone
Norman Leavitt ... Deputy Yale
Stuart Randall ... Slocum
George Lynn ... Guthrie
Gordon Wynn Gordon Wynn ... John Quigley (as Gordon Wynne)
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Storyline

Plot here has Confederate veteran Jeff Waring arriving in Independence, Missouri shortly after the Civil War, and intending never again to use a gun. He finds that rancher Artemus Taylor, an arthritic despot, and his henchies, Sam Tobin and Cree, are forcing out the settlers in order to claim their land for the incoming railroad. The plot nearly predates "The Great Train Robbery" in age, but the gritty execution, and well-acted performances, take it out of the norm, way out, in a couple of instances. Brassy Myrna Dell is on hand as Taylor's independent daughter, only slightly less meaner than her father, and the always welcome Dorothy Malone is the pretty school marm on the side of good. Ireland's passive outlook on life changes before the end. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

REVENGE - Frightening in it's Naked Fury!

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rebel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Jefferson Waring: I can't feel a thing for ya, Taylor. You're a beaten old man and I'm not sorry. You've ruined so many lives yours isn't even a down payment.
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John Ireland and Lon Chaney
17 December 2013 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1951's "The Bushwhackers" is a very tight, tough hour-long Western, featuring a solid cast of capable veterans. The Civil War has just ended, and confederate soldier Jefferson Waring (John Ireland) believes he'll never again have to point a gun at another man. Unfortunately, he soon finds himself in a lawless Western town where the settlers are battling to defend their homes against evil, greedy homesteaders headed by Artemus Taylor (Lon Chaney), a crippled, wheelchair-bound madman whose bitterness is matched by his devoted daughter (Myrna Dell), who may be even more ruthless than he is. Among the many familiar faces, Wayne Morris easily stands out as a marshal clearly working out of Taylor's pocket, yet trying vainly to keep the peace, mainly through jailing the unarmed Waring. Third-billed Lawrence Tierney, never at home in Westerns like his younger brother Scott Brady, is totally wasted as a hired gun, dispatched midway through, while Jack Elam relishes his bad guy role, whether lasciviously eyeing the ladies or simply killing people. Despite playing the lead villain, Lon Chaney has very little screen time (only three scenes), but this elderly, arthritic character led to his being cast as Gary Cooper's elderly, arthritic Marshal in the subsequent "High Noon."


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