|THE LAST POSSE (director: Alfred L. Werker; screenwriters: story by Seymour Bennett & Connie Lee Bennett/Seymour Bennett/Connie Lee Bennett/Kenneth Gamet; cinematographer: Burnett Guffey; editor: Gene Havlick; cast: Broderick Crawford (Sheriff Frazier), John Derek (Jed Clayton), Charles Bickford (Sampson Drune), Skip Homeier (Art Romer), Wanda Hendrix (Deborah Morley), Henry Hull (Stokely), Warner Anderson (Robert Emerson), Monte Blue (Kane), Guy Wilkerson (George Romer), James Bell (Will Romer); Runtime: 73; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Harry Joe Brown; Sony Pictures Entertainment (Columbia); 1953)|
by Dennis Schwartz
L. Werker ("He Walked by Night"/"The
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes"/"Devil's
Canyon") directs this interesting Western, more
concerned with suspense than are most films of that
genre. It's shot in splendid black and white by Burnett
Guffey. The story, told in flashbacks, is by Seymour Bennett & Connie Lee Bennett,
and it is written by them and Kenneth Gamet.
upstanding citizen posse chases down three suspects,
the rancher Skip Homeier and his family members, who
robbed a ruthless cattle baron (Charles
Bickford) because they resented that he
swindled them out of their ranch. Things get
cleared-up in the end, with the returning posse
feeling shame for their foul deeds and the sheriff (Broderick
Crawford) critically wounded but vindicated as still
a fine lawman.
Crawford is great as the once heroic sheriff who
turned to drinking but still has the conviction and
courage to do his job. Charles Bickford is equally as
great as the sinister cattle baron, who hides behind
his dark secrets. John Derek plays Bickford's adopted
son, who tries to make things right again and to show
love to a father who is far from perfect.
direction is forceful. The pic merits props as
more than your ordinary B western.
REVIEWED ON 5/5/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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