The Bushwhackers (January 8, 1951)

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The Bushwhackers
 

Released on January 8, 1952: (running time 67 minutes) After the war a Civil War soldier from Virginia moves west to get away from violence and lands in the middle of a town run by a wealthy rancher who kills anyone trying to settle there.

Directed by Rod Amateau

The Actors: John Ireland (Jefferson Waring), Wayne Morris (Marshal John Harding), Lawrence Tierney (Sam Tobin), Dorothy Malone (Cathy Sharpe), Lon Chaney Jr. (Artemus Taylor), Myrna Dell (Norah Taylor), Frank Marlowe (Peter Sharpe), William Holmes ('Ding' Bell), Jack Elam (Cree), Ward Wood (second henchman), Charles Trowbridge (Justin Stone), Norman Leavitt (Deputy Yale), Stuart Randall (Slocum), George Lynn (Guthrie), Gordon Wynn (John Quigley), Gabriel Conrad (Kramer), Eddie Parks (Funeral Franklin), Bob Broder (Tommy Lloyd), Evelyn Bispham (Mary Lloyd), Ralph Bucko (gunman), Cecil Combs (settler), Venise Grove (woman), Kit Guard (old timer), Jack Harden (John Lloyd), John Ireland (Billy Lloyd), Michael Jeffers (townsman), Ted Jordan (soldier), Jack Tornek (settler)

 

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Just a tired ex-soldier from Virginia

Cowboy Western movies from the 1930's and 1940's usually always included some comedy relief with a whacky side-kick, and often a western song or two, along with the good guys and bad guys and fist fights and gun shoot outs. Sometime in the 70's or thereabouts it was decided that too much death in movies was not good for us and the television producers even came up with a small number that would be the maximum number of deaths per hour of programming. But in the 1950's between these two eras there were some outstanding cowboy westerns that fit neither pattern, like this thrilling adventure. The bad guys brutally kill more people than we are currently accustomed to seeing in a movie, and there is absolutely no comedy in this one . . . not even a smile or two anywhere. This story is dead serious, with the emphasis on 'dead' as we go back to the time after the Civil War when the West was just beginning to grow. Amid all of the killing in the movie, ironically the story's leading man doesn't wear a gun. Yup, you got it right . . . Virginia soldier Jefferson Waring is sick and tired of killing, so as the Civil War ends he sticks his Army rifle in the ground and walks away, vowing to find a place out west where he can build a life without the need of any deadly weapon. Unfortunately he passes through Independence Missouri, where many good farm folk are settling on lands provided by the government. Wealthy rancher Artemus Taylor, played by the legendary Lon Chaney Jr., has his henchmen kill settlers and drive them out of town with the help of the banker and the Sheriff. Just for riding over his ranch land Taylor's daughter Nora tries to kill our leading man, but fails. This guy just cannot stay out of trouble, and most of it comes with gunplay. When he tries to move on to another town instead of helping the remaining settlers battle the evil rancher he is called a coward by the daughter of the local newspaper, who has more courage than most men around her. His efforts to move to a less violent town prove impossible and it looks like a final showdown between the settlers and the evil rancher is inevitable . . . with Jefferson Waring, played by John Ireland, right smack-dab in the middle. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Charles Trowbridge as banker Justin Stone
Charles Trowbridge as banker Justin Stone
Dorothy Malone and Wayne Morris in The Bushwhackers
Dorothy Malone and Wayne Morris in The Bushwhackers
Dorothy Malone as Cathy Sharpe, daughter of the newspaper editor
Dorothy Malone as Cathy Sharpe, daughter of the newspaper editor
DOrothy Malone in The Bushwhackers
DOrothy Malone in The Bushwhackers
Dorothy Malone in the mirror
Dorothy Malone in the mirror
Dorothy Malone discovers John Ireland in her bed
Dorothy Malone discovers John Ireland in her bed
Eddie Parks as Funeral Franklin
Eddie Parks as Funeral Franklin
Frank Marlowe, Dorothy Malone and Wayne Morris
Frank Marlowe, Dorothy Malone and Wayne Morris
Frank Marlowe and Dorothy Malone in The Bushwhackers
Frank Marlowe and Dorothy Malone in The Bushwhackers
Frank Marlowe as newspaper editor Peter Sharpe
Frank Marlowe as newspaper editor Peter Sharpe
Frank Marlowe in The Bushwhackers
Frank Marlowe in The Bushwhackers
Jack Elam and Lawrence Tierney in The Bushwhackers
Jack Elam and Lawrence Tierney in The Bushwhackers
Jack Elam as henchma Cree
Jack Elam as henchma Cree
Jack Elam in The Bushwhackers
Jack Elam in The Bushwhackers
John Ireland and Lon Chaney Jr.
John Ireland and Lon Chaney Jr.
John Ireland and Myrna Dell in The Bushwhackers
John Ireland and Myrna Dell in The Bushwhackers
John Ireland as Jefferson Waring in The Bushwhackers
John Ireland as Jefferson Waring in The Bushwhackers
John Ireland kisses Dorothy Malone
John Ireland kisses Dorothy Malone
Lawrence Tierney in The Bushwhackers
Lawrence Tierney in The Bushwhackers
Lawrence Tierney ready to bushwhack Ding Bell
Lawrence Tierney ready to bushwhack Ding Bell
Lon Chaney Jr., Myrna Dell and Wayne Morris in The Bushwhackers
Lon Chaney Jr., Myrna Dell and Wayne Morris in The Bushwhackers
Lon Chaney Jr. and Myrna Dell
Lon Chaney Jr. and Myrna Dell
Lon Chaney Jr. and Wayne Morris
Lon Chaney Jr. and Wayne Morris
Lon Chaney Jr. as rancher Artemus Taylor in The Bushwhackers
Lon Chaney Jr. as rancher Artemus Taylor in The Bushwhackers
Myrna Dell and Lon Chaney Jr.
Myrna Dell and Lon Chaney Jr.
Myrna Dell as Norah Taylor in The Bushwhackers
Myrna Dell as Norah Taylor in The Bushwhackers
Myrna Dell
Myrna Dell
Norman Leavitt and Stuart Randall
Norman Leavitt and Stuart Randall
Norman Leavitt and Wayne Morris
Norman Leavitt and Wayne Morris
Norman Leavitt as Deputy Yale
Norman Leavitt as Deputy Yale
Wayne Morris as Marshal John Harding
Wayne Morris as Marshal John Harding
William Holmes as 'Ding' Bell
William Holmes as 'Ding' Bell
William Holmes in The Bushwhackers
William Holmes in The Bushwhackers