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The Silver Whip (1953)

Passed | | Western | 4 May 1953 (UK)
Frustrated with the lack of opportunities in his hometown, young Jess Harker plans to leave, but sympathetic stagecoach armed guard Race Crim persuades his boss to give Jess the stage driver job.

Director:

Harmon Jones

Writers:

Jesse Lasky Jr. (screenplay) (as Jesse L. Lasky Jr.), Jack Schaefer (from a novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Dale Robertson ... Race Crim
Rory Calhoun ... Sheriff Tom Davisson
Robert Wagner ... Jess Harker
Kathleen Crowley ... Kathy Riley
James Millican ... Luke Bowen
Lola Albright ... Waco
J.M. Kerrigan ... Riley
John Kellogg ... Slater
Ian MacDonald ... Hank
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Race Crim, a stagecoach guard, persuades the line's superintendent to allow young Jess Harker to drive the Silvr City stagecoach, which contains a gold shipment. Six outlaws attack the stage and Jess is wounded but Race kills three of the outlaws while the remaining three escape with several bags of gold. Race follows them while Jess takes the stage to Silver City. He joins the posse led by Sheriff Tom Davisson and they come upon the body of a fourth bandit killed by Race. A fifth is captured and the sheriff will not allow Race to hang the bandit. Refusing Jess's plea to accompany him, Race goes after the last bandit alone. Jess is fired from his stagecoach job but Davisson makes him a deputy and they too take the trail after the remaining outlaw, Slater. They meet Race and close in on the trapped bandit who Race shoots in the leg. The Sheriff keeps Race from finishing him off and takes him back to Silver City to stand trial. But the citizens, led by Race, demand a lynching. They ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Adventure Lashes Across The Face Of The West! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1953 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Latigo de plata See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonora, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$560,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Movie based on the novel "First Blood" by author Jack Schaefer. This was Schaefer's second western novel. His first was "Shane". See more »

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In one scene, the telegrapher was using his thumb on the Morse code key instead of the right index finger. See more »

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Referenced in Graceland: Hair of the Dog (2013) See more »

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Little Brown Jug
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Written by Joseph Winner
Arranged by Urban Thielmann
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Could have been great, but is merely diverting
4 August 2017 | by a_chinnSee all my reviews

Based on a novel from the author of "Shane" and "Monte Walsh" comes a much less substantial of western, but an entertaining one none-the-less. Robert Wagner plays a young cowboy who's getting restless in his small town, so to keep him from becoming a no-good drifter the local stagecoach owner hires him as an armed guard for a large gold shipment. After the stagecoach is robbed, young hotheaded Wagner learns from the stagecoach driver (Dale Robertson) and from the sheriff (Rory Calhoun) there are two kinds of justice and he has to decide which one is right. In the hands of a director like George Stevens, this story had the potential to be something really smart, but instead it's merely a diverting western that will entertain fans of sagebrush tales.


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