|REPRISAL! (director: George Sherman; screenwriter: from the novel by Arthur Gordon/story David Harmon/David Dortort//Raphael Hayes; cinematographer: Henry Freulich; editor: Jerome Thoms; music: Mischa Bakaleinikoff; cast: Guy Madison (Frank Madden/Neola), Kathyrn Grant (Taini), Felicia Farr (Catherine Cantrell), Otto Hulet (Sheriff Jim Dixon), Wayne Mallory (Tom Shipley), Edward Platt (Neil Shipley), Michael Pate (Bert Shipley), Robert Burton (Jeb Cantrell), Ralph Moody (Matara), Phillip Breedlove (Takola), Frank DeKova (Charlie Washackle); Runtime: 74; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Lewis J. Rachmil; Columbia; 1956)|
|"A superior message Western
about blatant Indian hatred."
by Dennis Schwartz
superior message Western about blatant Indian hatred
by vile white ranchers. It's set in Oklahoma. George
Sherman ("Big Jake"/"None But The
Brave"/"The Battle of Apache Pass") ably directs. It's
based on the novel by the southerner Arthur Gordon,
who wrote it as bias against blacks. David
Dortort and Raphael Hayes write the script,
while the story is written by David Harmon.
cattle ranch owner Frank Madden (Guy Madison), from
Kansas, doesn't want anyone to know his white father
abandoned him and his squaw mom, as the proud man
moves into his ranch in a region hostile to Indians.
He witnesses a trial that has a white jury fail to
convict the racist Shipley brothers-the oldest Neil (Edward
Platt), Bert (Michael Pate) and the youngest Tom
(Wayne Mallory)-of hanging two
innocent Indians for just being near their ranch.
liberal Judge Cantrell (Robert Burton) is ashamed of
the verdict. His daughter Catherine
Cantrell (Felicia Farr) is irate.
Meanwhile the half-breed keeps mum. But the Shipleys
are venal characters, and their ranches border on his.
This means trouble, as they use his land for their
cattle to graze and treat him with disrespect.
Frank's Indian grandfather, who raised him, Matara (Ralph
Moody), refuses to leave his grandson and it's
agreed he will be the live-in helper.
the Indian husband (Phillip Breedlove)
of one of the squaws hanged returns, he kills Tom in
self-defense. Frank is blamed for the killing, and a
lynch mob organized by the Shipleys is about to string
him up, when the Indian maiden Taini (Kathyrn
Grant) provides the alibi that she was with
Frank all night. This saves his life. But the low-life
Bert, who lusts after Taini, forces Frank into a gun
duel and is killed. When Neil comes to his rescue,
he's also killed. Before Frank leaves town the decent
sheriff (Otto Hulet) comes by to tell
him he's welcome to stay. While Catherine
wants to marry him.
You won't find a Western in the 1950s with a more relentless story about racial intolerance in the Old West.
REVIEWED ON 2/3/2016 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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