|OUTLAW WOMEN (aka: BOOT HILL MAMAS) (directors: Sam Newfield/Ron Ormond; screenwriter: Orville H. Hampton; cinematographer: Ellis W. Carter/Harry C. Neumann; editor: Hugh Winn; music: Walter Greene; cast: Marie Windsor ("Iron " Mae McLeod), Richard Rober (Woody Callaway), Maria Hart (Dora), Allan Nixon ( Dr. Bob Ridgeway), Jackie Coogan (Pluto Bill), Billie House (Uncle Barney), Tom Tyler (Chillawaka Charlie), Richard Avonde (Frank Slater), Lou Lubin (Danny), Leonard Penn (Sam Bass), Brad Johnson (Chuck), Lyle Talbot (Judge Roger Dixon), Carla Balenda (Beth Larabee), Jacqueline Fontaine (Ellen Larabee); Runtime: 76; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Ron Ormond; Live Home Video (Lippert Pictures); 1952)|
|"A quickie novelty offbeat
delusional feminist Western."
by Dennis Schwartz
quickie novelty offbeat delusional feminist Western,
that could be viewed as a minor gem, if not taken
too seriously. If you believe, it comes off as a
battle of the sexes Western. The cheapie is
co-directed by the prolific B film maven Sam
Newfield ("Three Desperate Men") and Ron Ormond.
It's written by Orville
H. Hampton. Though implausible, it's
enjoyable mainly for being such a different kind of
man-hating gambling queen of the Paradise Saloon, "Iron
" Mae McLeod (Marie Windsor), controls
the town of Las Mujeres, that's completely run by
women. Males can only enter the town to
gamble at the crooked casino or must be employed
by the town. Pluto Billy (Jackie Coogan) is a
miner, Woody Callaway (Richard
Rober) is a gambler, and Dr. Ridgeway is a
physician. They are all from the nearby mining town of
Silver Creek, that has gone bust.
attractive nympho, Beth
Larabee (Carla Balenda), Iron's
associate, kidnaps the doctor because the town
needs one and for her own sexual reasons, the miner
goes to Las Mujeres to get rich, and the gambler was
once an intimate of Iron's and goes there for possible
a vicious gang led by Frank Slater (Richard
Avonde) have their eye on Las
Mujeres as a place they can be partners with in
the gambling business and when denied start killing
the women. In a call for law and order, Woody gets
elected as the new marshal, as the women are not
allowed to vote. He restores the paternalistic values
to the Western and eventually gets Iron to soften her
heart for him.
film's heavy is the butch bouncer Dora (Maria
Hart), who gets her kicks pushing men
good premise peters out as the film is poorly
executed, nevertheless it remains funny and is worth
seeing for Marie Windsor and as a curio.
REVIEWED ON 1/18/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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