|THE RESTLESS BREED (director: Allan Dwan; screenwriter: Steve Fisher; cinematographer: John W. Boyle; editor: Merrill White ; music: Edward Alperson, Jr.; cast: Scott Brady (Mitch Baker), Anne Bancroft (Angelita), Jay C. Flippen (Marshal Evans), Jim Davis (Ed Newton), Rhys Williams (Reverend Simmons), Leo Gordon (Cherokee); Runtime: 86; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Edward Alperson; (20th Century-Fox); 1957)|
by Dwan's crafty direction."
by Dennis Schwartz
prolific filmmaker Allan Dwan ("Slightly
Scarlet"/"Sands of Iwo Jima"/"Robin Hood"), the
inventor of the dolly shot in 1915, made his last
western, a low-budget one while in his 70s. The
standard revenge story scripted by Steve Fisher gets
elevated by Dwan's crafty direction and his uncanny
ability to bring out comic moments from this dour
western. The music is supplied by the producer's son,
Edward Alperson, Jr..
(Scott Brady) is the educated son of a secret service
agent slain in the lawless Mexican border town of
Mission, in 1865, who vows to avenge his death. The
hot-headed Mitch is offered no help in his mission by
the law of the town when he arrives in town to ask for
justice. Though he impresses the marshal (Jay C
Flippen) and is appointed deputy, after he guns down
two gunslingers (Leo
Gordon & Scott Marlowe). That
doesn't sit well with the preacher (Rhys
Williams) who befriended him and preaches
non-violence. The preacher is the guardian of the sexy
halfbreed Angelita (Anne Bancroft), someone Mitch has
his eyes on.
(Jim Davis) is the outlaw leader of gun-runners for
the Mexican revolution, who murdered Mitch's father.
He finally must meet Mitch in a showdown when his
cronies fail to kill the persistent revenge-minded
REVIEWED ON 1/20/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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