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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Shoot Out At Medicine Bend (1957)

An ex-Union officer (Randolph Scott) traveling with two ex-soldier friends (James Garner, Gordon Jones) are robbed of their clothes and money. Disguised as devout Quakers, they enter the town of Medicine Bend in search of the men who robbed them. What they find is a terrified town run by a corrupt businessman (James Craig). This run of the mill "B" western is an inoffensive programmer that holds your interest for its brief running time (under 90 minutes) but quickly starts fading from memory as soon as it's over. Scott was doing some great westerns during this period with director Budd Boetticher between 1956 and 1960 so this modest B&W seat filler seems out of time with with those more memorable efforts. It's fun to see two young emerging stars at the very beginning of their careers. James Garner already displaying his likable screen presence and Angie Dickinson is lovely though as the "good" girl swathed in gingham, she has no opportunity to display her special brand of carnality. Directed by Richard L. Bare. With Dani Crayne (soon to retire and become Mrs. David Janssen) as the "bad" girl, Myron Healey, Ann Doran and Nancy Kulp.

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