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Woman They Almost Lynched (1953)

Approved | | Western | 20 March 1953 (USA)
Laying on the Missouri-Arkansas border, the neutral Border City, its female mayor and city council, take no side in the ongoing Civil War and they're prepared to hang any troublemaker, Yankee or Confederate, who stirs the townsfolk up.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

Steve Fisher (screenplay), Michael Fessier (story in Saturday Evening Post)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Lund ... Lance Horton
Brian Donlevy ... Charles Quantrill
Audrey Totter ... Kate Quantrill
Joan Leslie ... Sally Maris
Ben Cooper ... Jesse James
Nina Varela ... Mayor Delilah Courtney
Jim Davis ... Cole Younger
Reed Hadley ... Bitterroot Bill Maris
Ann Savage ... Glenda
Virginia Christine ... Jenny
Marilyn Lindsey Marilyn Lindsey ... Rose
Nacho Galindo ... John Pablo
Ellen Corby ... First Townswoman
Minerva Urecal ... Mrs. Stuart
Dick Simmons ... Army Captain (as Richard Simmons)
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Storyline

During the Civil War, Border City is a town laying on the Missouri-Arkansas border at the base of the Ozark mountains.Despite its closeness to the North-South conflict, Border City professes its neutrality and fiercely imposes a 8 mile limit to any belligerent army.Young Sally Maris is arriving into Border City, from the East Coast, on the stagecoach, at the request of her brother who runs a saloon and hotel in town.Uppon approaching Border City, the stagecoach is stopped by a small Union Army patrol and passengers are checked out.The patrol commander offers to escort the stagecoach into town but on the way they are attacked by Quantrill's Raiders who kill the Union soldiers.The Raiders escort the stagecoach into town themselves.Among the Raiders are the James brothers, Charles Quantrill himself and Kate Quantrill, his wife.The town of Border City dislikes having these Raiders within the city limits and the mayor decides to send for the Union forces in order to rid Border City of the ... Written by nufs68

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KATE QUANTRILL...rode like a man...killed like a man...and LOVED like the beautiful woman she was! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sombra de la horca See more »

Filming Locations:

Idyllwild, California, USA

Company Credits

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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Trivia

The film was originally planned to be shot in Trucolor. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

How Strange
(uncredited)
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Peggy Lee
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Ladies, Step Up to the Bar
17 December 2006 | by 5NovemberSee all my reviews

One of those unusual westerns with two women as the central characters... such as in "Johnny Guitar" and "Jubilee Trail," among others. During the Civil War in a town run by ruthless people, bad Kate has it in for darling Sally but stay tuned to the climactic ending to see how this all works out. Definitely a cheap oater with few production values, but it does have lively performances from Joan Leslie and Audrey Totter. If you know these actresses, then you know who plays whom. Fourth-billed Leslie is actually the star of this dopey-titled film and is always a joy to watch. For those who love women fight scenes, this has one of the fun ones. So glad I have it on my homemade VHS as this little-seen film is unlikely to ever be on DVD.


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