|WYOMING RENEGADES (director: Fred Sears; screenwriter: story and script by David Lang; cinematographer: Lester White; editor: Edwin Bryant; music: Mischa Bakaleinikoff; cast: Phil Carey (Brady Sutton), Gene Evans (Butch Cassidy), Martha Hyer (Nancy Warren), William Bishop (Sundance), Roy Roberts (Sheriff McVey), Douglas Kennedy (Charlie Veer), Don Beddoe (Horace Warren), Aaron Spelling (Petie Carve), Guy Teague (Blackjack Ketchum); Runtime: 73; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Wallace MacDonald; Columbia; 1954)|
|"Carey does a decent job, but lacks
the star power to carry a film by himself."
by Dennis Schwartz
Cult filmmaker Fred Sears ("Don't Knock
the Rock"/"Inside Detroit"/"Going Steady") directs
this routine, stylish and solid B western. The rugged
story and script is by David Lang. It shows Butch
Cassidy wasn't a good guy, as opposed to the more
popular Paul Newman version.
Cassidy (Gene Evans) and his wanted outlaw gang, after
bank robberies in Idaho and Utah, return to their
'Hole in the Wall Gang' hideout in Wyoming, where they
await Cassidy's partner Sundance (William
Bishop) and Brady Sutton (Phil Carey), just
released from serving three years in prison. Brady
vows to go straight and return to his profession of
being a blacksmith instead of re-joining the
gang. He served jail time for the robbery
committed by Cassidy's gang. Nancy Warren (Martha
Hyer), the daughter of his hometown bank
manager and his fiancée, supports him in his
effort to reform, even if no else believes her. It
turns out Brady joins the gang only to get proof they
did the robbery so he can clear his name.
Carey does a decent job, but lacks the star power to carry a film by himself. What makes this western memorable is its off-kilter ending, which has the town's men running off on a wild goose chase while the town women have no choice but to kill off the invading 'Hole in the Wall Gang.'
REVIEWED ON 2/21/2016 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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