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Johnny Concho (1956)

Approved | | Western | July 1956 (USA)
When 2 desperadoes take a town hostage, former bad boy Johnny Concho, brother of a notorious gunfighter, must find the courage to save it.

Director:

Don McGuire

Writers:

David P. Harmon (screenplay), David P. Harmon (story "The Man Who Owned the Town") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Sinatra ... Johnny Concho / Johnny Collins
Keenan Wynn ... Barney Clark
William Conrad ... Tallman
Phyllis Kirk ... Mary Dark
Wallace Ford ... Albert Dark
Dorothy Adams ... Sarah Dark
Christopher Dark Christopher Dark ... Walker
Howard Petrie ... Joe Helguson, Blacksmith
Harry Bartell ... Sam Green
Dan Riss ... Judge Earl Tyler
Willis Bouchey ... Sheriff Henderson
Robert Osterloh ... Duke Lang
Jean Byron ... Pearl Lang
Leo Gordon ... Mason
Claude Akins ... Lem
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Storyline

The townsfolk of Cripple Creek fear Johnny Concho (Frank Sinatra), who acts tough and takes advantage of the populace because his brother is a notorious gunfighter. But when a stranger arrives in town, claiming to have killed his brother and treating people worse than Johnny, he's forced to face his fears and stand up for himself and the town. Written by JohnnyWeissmuller

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Now his excitement explodes under the western sun !

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Johnny Concho - Der Bruder des Banditen See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,900,000
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Production Co:

Kent Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The role of "Mary Dark" was originally to have been played by Gloria Vanderbilt, but she was replaced by Phyllis Kirk. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Henderson: I've been expecting you, Johnny.
Johnny Concho: They wanna see me killed.
Sheriff Henderson: Yeah, I know.
Johnny Concho: They took my saddle and my horse. Everything I own. They stripped me clean.
Sheriff Henderson: Have you decided what you're gonna do?
Johnny Concho: You don't seem to understand; they took everything I had.
Johnny Concho: You went looking for someone to do your job for you. They went looking for what belonged to them.
Johnny Concho: There must be somebody in this town. I remember when Red was alive, everybody said what a great guy he was. Now that he's dead, they act like they never ...
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Suspenseful and thoughtful
13 September 2017 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

This is the perfect movie to watch if you don't like Frank Sinatra. I know, how many people don't like him, but I'm sure there's a few out there. My brother, for one. In Johnny Concho, Frankie plays the title character in his first western. He's catered to, allowed to buy and own things he doesn't pay for, and cheats at cards while everyone always looks the other way. Why? Because his brother is the feared gunfighter Red Concho, and everyone in town knows if they cross Johnny, Red will kill them. When Red is killed by a rival, suddenly Johnny is no longer feared, respected, or even tolerated. The entire town turns against him, including his girl, and when his brother's murderer challenges him to a duel, he can either face his death or run out of town. What will he do?

I really like this movie, and the most interesting aspect is that besides the sets and costumes, it doesn't really feel like a western. It doesn't focus on horses, ranches, brothels, or cowboys. The power struggle and the dynamic of an entire town finally free to rear up against one man is very effectively captured by Don McGuire, in his directorial debut. Nelson Riddle's theme is compassionate and lonely, echoing how the audience feels about the story. Frank Sinatra gives a great against-type performance as a partial villain, struggling with the decision to be brave and die or be a coward and live.

If you like internally driven westerns, or if you appreciate Frank Sinatra's acting career just as much or more than his singing career, rent Johnny Concho. It'll keep you on the edge of your seat!


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