Kentucky Rifle (July 1, 1955)

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Chill Wills in Kentucky Rifle
 

Released on July 1, 1955: A wagon full of new Kentucky Rifles must get past a band of Indians who want the rifles and their lives.

Directed by Carl K. Hittleman

The Actors: Chill Wills (Tobias Taylor), Lance Fuller (Jason Clay), Cathy Downs (Amy Connors), Sterling Holloway (Lon Settler), Henry Hull (Preacher Bently), Jeanne Cagney (Cordie Hay), Jess Barker (Daniel Foster), John Pickard (Ruben Hay), John Alvin (Luke Thomas), I. Stanford Jolley (Jed Williams), Rory Mallinson (Indian Chief), George Keymas (interpreter), Clyde Houck (Clyde Thomas), Alice Ralph (Mrs. Thomas)

 

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Rifles and Women Don't Mix

As a fan of old movies I have a great fondness for the many cowboy Westerns that were made long before I was born. The great cowboys like John Wayne, Yakima Canutt, Tex Ritter, William Boyd, Hoot Gibson and others. Most of the classic cowboy stories were about good cowboys and outlaws . . . bank robbers, evil ranchers, gold mine stealing robbers and stuff like that. But as a young boy my childhood cowboy 'comfort story' . . . is there such a thing as comfort story? . . . I know that I have comfort foods like peanut butter toast dipped in cocoa . . . well, this movie is my idea of a comfort story . . . one that brings back childhood days. This one is about cowboys vs. Injuns . . . mano a mano . . . the wit and cunning of the settler heading west against the wit and cunning of the Comanche Indians who stand in their way. The movie advertising tagline is: His Wits, Weapons and Women Turned Defeat into Victory! At least twice in this classic cowboys and Indians adventure Chill Wills advises Lance Fuller that he needs to think about his load of Kentucky rifles and forget about beautiful blonde Cathy Downs. But there is a bigger crisis in this Western adventure . . . two boxes full of brand new Kentucky rifles that the Comanche Indians want to take. Here's the deal: As a wagon train is heading West we learn that one of the wagons is loaded with new Kentucky rifles for the settlers in the wilderness West of America. This wagon full of new rifles breaks an axel and a wheel, and the wagon train will not wait until it is fixed. The fellow that has the rifles pleads for a couple of men to stay back with him and help fix the wagon so that they can re-join the wagon train. A few men and two women stay with the wagon, and they form the core of the cast of 'good guys' in this adventure. We have a preacher man and a fellow with a portable still that only wants a taste of good old Mountain Dew now and then. There are two women . . . one is heavy with child who stays with her husband to help, and the other is a lovely blonde who has eyes for the fellow that owns the rifles. We also have the stinker in the group, a fellow that wants to give the Injuns all the guns believing that they will not attack them after they get the rifles. Two Comanche Indians approach the wagon and tell the folk that they must give the Indians gifts or they will not be allowed to pass through the Indian Territory to re-join the wagon train. Should the settlers trust the Indian Chief when he promises safe passage if they will give the Indians all of the new Kentucky rifles? Both sides of the argument are represented in the debate . . . some of the folk trust the Indians and want to trade the rifles for safe passage, and some believe that the Injuns will not keep their word if they have the rifles and will kill them for sure if they give away the rifles. What to do . . . what to do. Sure, two of the Indians have real names of 'Rory' and 'George' - but forget about that and enjoy a good old-fashioned cowboys and Indians adventure from the wild, wild West as you munch your hot buttered white kernel popcorn.

Cathy Downs and Chill Wills
Cathy Downs and Chill Wills
Cathy Downs, Jeanne Cagney and John Pickard
Cathy Downs, Jeanne Cagney and John Pickard
Chill Wills prays for help to hit the arrow with his Kentucky Rifle
Chill Wills prays for help to hit the arrow with his Kentucky Rifle
George Keymas and Rory Mallinson in Kentucky Rifle
George Keymas and Rory Mallinson in Kentucky Rifle
Henry Hull and Sterling Holloway
Henry Hull and Sterling Holloway
Henry Hall as Preacher Bently
Henry Hall as Preacher Bently
Jeanne Cagney and John Pickard
Jeanne Cagney and John Pickard
Jess Barker and I. Stanford Jolley
Jess Barker and I. Stanford Jolley
John Alvin as Luke Thomas
John Alvin as Luke Thomas
Lance Fuller as Jason Clay
Lance Fuller as Jason Clay
Rory Mallinson as the Indian Chief
Rory Mallinson as the Indian Chief
Sterling Holloway and Chill Wills in Kentucky Rifle
Sterling Holloway and Chill Wills in Kentucky Rifle