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Cole Younger, Gunfighter (1958)

Passed | | Western | 30 March 1958 (USA)
Notorious outlaw Cole Younger is the only witness who can clear Kit Caswell of false murder charges leveled against him by jealous rival Jan Merlin who covets Caswell's girl, Abby Dalton.

Director:

R.G. Springsteen

Writers:

Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay by), Clifton Adams (story "The Desperado")
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Cast

Cast overview:
Frank Lovejoy ... Cole Younger
James Best ... Kit Caswell
Abby Dalton ... Lucy Antrim
Jan Merlin ... Frank Wittrock
Douglas Spencer ... Marshal Fred Woodruff
Ainslie Pryor Ainslie Pryor ... Captain Follyard
Frank Ferguson ... Sheriff Ralph Wittrock
Myron Healey ... Phil Bennett / Charlie Bennett
George Keymas ... Sgt. Price - State Police
Dan Sheridan Dan Sheridan ... Phelps
John Mitchum ... Rand City Bartender
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Storyline

An outlaw must decide whether to stick his neck out for an innocent man in this hardboiled post-Civil War adventure written by noir legend Daniel Mainwaring (Out of the Past) and starring Frank Lovejoy (In a Lonely Place) and James Best (The Dukes of Hazzard). Beaten and forced out of town by the corrupt state police of Texas, Kit Caswell (Best) heads to the hills where he meets the notorious desperado Cole Younger (Lovejoy). Becoming fast friends, the two take jobs on a cattle drive, unaware that a jealous rival (Jan Merlin) with eyes on Caswell's girl (Abby Dalton) has falsely accused him of murder. So when Caswell is arrested and Younger slips away, only the testimony from the outlaw himself can save Caswell from the hangman. Written by Anonymous

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The Fastest Gun To Kingdom Come! From Tombstone to Abilene even the best of them feared Cole Younger! See more »

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Texas Kid See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Final film of Frank Lovejoy. See more »

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Cole Younger, Mentor to Youth and Adviser to the Lovelorn
26 November 2012 | by alonzoiii-1See all my reviews

Two young men, fleeing from carpetbagger justice in the 1870s, come upon a scary, bitter Frank Lovejoy. Is this guy really COLE YOUNGER, GUNFIGHTER, or just some other guy framed up on phony charges who has a skin of iron, and a heart of cornmush?

By the time 1958 rolled around, the B-Western had shuffled off to television, and had been replaced by the serious "adult western". This shuffling allowed serious actors approaching a career hiatus -- like Frank Lovejoy -- a chance to work for studios like Monogram (er, "Allied Artists") and retain some shred of reputation. This is good -- because Lovejoy, not a Western actor by any stretch, gives a good performance of the character called "Cole Younger" here. Younger, alas, is pretty much an old softie as portrayed here, and consistently puts his neck on the line for the young hero, in ways that are implausible for any historically accurate outlaw. But Lovejoy (who has a great voice for urban and gangster parts) brings some bite to the role, and at least projects a sense that this guy might have held up a stage or two, because mean people drove him to it.

The rest of the film is standard fare -- reminiscent of an episode of the "adult" TV westerns of the day (Not as good as Gunsmoke...more like Bonanza or the Big Valley). If you like westerns, you won't waste your life by watching this.


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