|FURY AT SHOWDOWN (director/writer: Gerd Oswald; screenwriters: Jason James/book Showdown Creek by Lucas Todd; cinematographer: Joseph La Shelle; editor: Robert Golden; music: Harry Sukman; cast: John Derek (Brock Mitchell), Nick Adams (Tracy Mitchell ), John Smith (Miley Sutton), Gage Clarke (Chad Deasey), Robert E. Griffen (Sheriff Clark), Carolyn Craig (Ginny Clark), Sydney Smith (Van Steeden, Banker), Ken Christy (Phelps), Tyler McDuff (Tom Williams), Tom McKee (Sheriff of Buckhorn), Frances Morris (Mrs. Williams), Malcolm Atterbury (Norris), Rusty Lane (Riley); Runtime: 77; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Iohn Beck; UA; 1957-b/w)|
by Dennis Schwartz
routine Western that director Gerd Oswald
("Paris Holiday"/"A Kiss Before Dying") shot in
five days. Writer Jason James adapts it from the novel
by Lucas Todd.
gunslinger Brock Mitchell (John Derek) is released
from the Buckhorn prison after serving a year for
killing a bully in self-defense and is intent on
reforming. Back home in Showdown Creek, Brock partners
with his younger rancher brother Tracy (Nick Adams) in
an operation to provide services to the crews
of the new railroad line to be built nearby. They have
this golden opportunity because the friendly banker (Sydney
Smith) lent the money to Tracy. The brothers
will be partners with the cautious old-timer ranchers
Riley (Rusty Lane) and Norris (Malcolm Atterbury),
who trust Tracy but not his brother.
Clay (Robert E. Griffen) doesn't care
for Brock and supports his daughter Ginny (Carolyn
Craig ), who dumped him when he went to prison.
The obnoxious lawyer
Things seemed heavy-handed, the action
scenes were unremarkable and the romance was so thin
it seemed to hardly matter until the final shot when
the star-crossed lovers walk to each other.
REVIEWED ON 4/10/2017 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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