|OKLAHOMA TERRITORY (director: Edward L. Cahn; screenwriter: Orville H. Hampton; cinematographer: Walter Strenge; editor: Michael Minth; music: Albrt Glasser; cast: Bill Williams (Temple Houston), Grant Richards (Bigelow), Ted de Corsia (Chief Buffalo Horn), Gloria Talbott (Ruth Red Hawk), Walter Baldwin (Ward Harlan), Grandon Rhodes (George Blackwell), Thomas Browne Henry (Judge Parker), X Brands (Running Cloud), Walter Sande (Marshal Pete Rosslyn); Runtime: 67; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Robert E. Kent; United Artists; 1960)|
|"A lively star
performance by Bill Williams."
by Dennis Schwartz
by the legendary indie filmmaker Edward L. Cahn
("The Music Box Kid"/"Secret Of Deep
Harbor"/"Invisible Invaders"), a maven of zero budget
pulp films, who here makes the most of a whacky
complicated screenplay by Orville H.
Hampton and gets a lively star performance by
Bill Williams, as the controversial gun-toting
D.A. Temple Houston, to make this western a
railroad agent Bigelow (Grant Richards)
plots to goad the Cherokee nation to
declare war, hoping their lands, according to an
1867 treaty, could thereby be taken over by the
thereby frames for the murder of
the Indian Commissioner the Cherokee chief, Chief
Buffalo Horn (Ted de Corsia),
and prosecuting DA Temple Houston, a life-time
friend of the chief, at first gets him convicted.
But the DA's sense of justice prevails and gets him
released when upon further investigation discovers
he's innocent. The quirky climax, has Temple, force
at gun-point a Federal judge to re-open the case and
as a result gets an acquittal.
cult actress Gloria Talbott plays
an Indian maiden who has a romance with Temple.
REVIEWED ON 9/9/2014 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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