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Cattle Empire

Cattle Empire

Charles Marquis Warren (1958)

82min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Little more than a B-feature, and barely shown at all in the UK, this routine western dates from the twilight of veteran Joel McCrea's career, a period when his name could only guarantee co-feature status, but before his successful comeback in Sam Peckinpah's elegiac Ride the High Country. McCrea lends real authority to the tale, and fans of 1950s B-movies will welcome the presence of Gloria Talbott from I Married a Monster from Outer Space and Phyllis Coates from Superman and the Mole Men. Watch out, too, for Kurt Russell's dad, Bing. Classic western fans will shy away from this Charles Marquis Warren confection: he displays all the TV production values that enabled him to produce such long-running series as Gunsmoke and Rawhide both quickly and economically. Despite being filmed on impressive locations worthy of CinemaScope, the overall effect is cheap, and unworthy of McCrea.

Summary

A trail boss, released from prison after serving five years following a rampage by his men, accepts a job from the community's leading citizen to head up a cattle drive. However, he still harbours a grudge against his employers and seizes the chance for revenge when a rival cattle baron makes him a tempting offer. Western, starring Joel McCrea, Gloria Talbott, Don Haggerty and Phyllis Coates.

Cast & Crew

John Cord Joel McCrea
Sandy Jeffrey Gloria Talbott
Ralph Hamilton Don Haggerty
Janice Hamilton Phyllis Coates
Douglas Hamilton Bing Russell
Garth Richard Shannon
Tom Jefferson Jeffrey Paul Brinegar
George Washington Jeffrey Hal K Dawson
Tom Powis Charles Gray
Director Charles Marquis Warren
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd

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