|GUNMEN FROM LAREDO (aka: CHISERA) (director/writer: Wallace MacDonald; screenwriter: Clarke Reynolds; cinematographer: Irv Lippman; editor: Al Clark; cast: Robert Knapp (Gil Reardon), Jana Davi (Rosita), Walter Coy (Ben Keefer), Paul Birch (Marshal Matt Crawford), Don C. Harvey (Deputy Dave), Martin Garralaga (Fierro), Jerry Barclay (Jordan Keefer), Ron Hayes (Walt Keefer), Bob Cason (Bob Sutton), Harry Antrim (Judge Parker), Charles Horvath (Coloradas), X Brands (Delgados), Jean Moorhead (Katy Reardon); Runtime: 75; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Wallace MacDonald; Columbia; 1959)|
even make the grade as a cheap B-film."
by Dennis Schwartz
even make the grade as a cheap B-film. The flatly
directed Western revenge film by Wallace MacDonald
("Girl from the West") and written by Clarke
Reynolds couldn't be phonier or more stilted,
even the fights look sluggish.
Reardon (Robert Knapp), his wife Katy (Jean
Moorhead, Playboy‘s Playmate
Of The Month, October 1955) and foreman Fierro (Martin
Garralaga) cross the Rio Grande from Mexico
with their cattle they plan to sell in San Antonio,
but are jumped at the Laredo Pass by Laredo
saloonkeeper Ben Keefer (Walter Coy) and his brothers
(Jerry Barclay & Ron
Hayes). Ben has been gunning for Gil over an
earlier incident in Dodge City, where Gil killed in
self-defense a man working for Ben. The gang kill the
wife and foreman and steal the cattle, but Gil
survives. When he recovers, he comes to Laredo looking
for Ben. But one of Ben's henchman (Bob Cason) gets
gunned down when he draws on Gil. In a railroaded
trial, a circuit judge (Harry Antrim) sentences
Gil to a long stretch in a New Mexico Territory
prison. But after a few months Gil escapes, and frees
a kidnapped Apache-raised girl Rosita (Jana Davi, 1955’s
Miss Ceylon), who was tied to a tree by another
tribe's warrior (X Brands) who wants
her as his squaw. After dispatching the attacking
Indian, Gil crosses the Indian desert, Chisera,
despite a dust storm, with the help of Rosita.
In the climax, Gil gets into a showdown with the brothers. When the dust clears, the new marshal (Paul Birch), convinced Gil was framed, lets Rosita and Gil flee to Mexico and plans on telling the prison authorities the fugitive escaped from his jurisdiction.
REVIEWED ON 3/18/2017 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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