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|FORT DOBBS (director: Gordon Douglas; screenwriters: Burt Kennedy/George W. George; cinematographer: William Clothier; editor: Clarence Kolster; music: Max Steiner; cast: Clint Walker (Gar Davis), Virginia Mayo (Celia Gray), Brian Keith (Clett), Richard Eyer (Chad Gray), Russ Conway (Sheriff), Michael Dante (Billings); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Martin Rackin; Warner Brothers; 1958)|
strong point is the powerful performance by the
laconic playing Clint Walker."
by Dennis Schwartz
Gordon Douglas ("Saps at Sea"/"Them!"/"Kiss
Tomorrow Goodbye") ably directs this routine western,
that's written by Burt Kennedy and George
W. George. Its strong point is the powerful
performance by the laconic playing Clint Walker, in
his movie debut after starring in the popular "Cheyenne" series on
After killing in
self-defense the dude who beat up his unfaithful
Davis (Clint Walker) goes on the run from the Largo
posse. To escape the lynch mob, Gar trades coats with
a dead man on the road with a Comanche arrow in his
back. Gar then saves the life of Celia Gray (Virginia
Mayo) and her young son Chad (Richard Eyer), whose farm is attacked
Seeing Gar dressed in hubby's coat with a hole in the
back, leads the widow to believe Gar murdered her
husband. Despite being suspicious of Gar, the three
ride to nearby Fort Dobbs to find safety from the
attacking Indians. On the trail, the trio meet Clett
(Brian Keith). He's a bad dude wanted by the law. When
he tries to rape Celia, Gar forces him to leave their
After outsmarting the
attacking Indians on the trail, the trio discover the
soldiers at Fort Dobbs were all massacred. But when a
caravan party from Largo, led by the sheriff (Russ
Conway), arrive after being pursued by the Indians,
they hunker down in the fort to stave off the attack.
Gar performs an heroic deed and in the end is shown to be innocent of
both murders. Thereby the attractive young widow is
now free to get romantic with the hero cowboy, as they
ride off together to Santa Fe to restart their life.
REVIEWED ON 6/24/2013 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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