Quincy Drew and his black friend Jason O’Rourke have pulled off every dodge known for conning a well-heeled sucker, but it wasn’t until they hit on the old skin game that they started to clean up. The game is simple. Jason, though born a free man in New Jersey, poses as Quincy’s slave as the pair ride through Missouri and Kansas in 1857. Quincy picks a likely mark in each town, sells Jason to him for top money and rides out of town. Then Quincy and Jason get back together on the road to another town, because if Jason can’t just run off after dark, Quincy finds a way to spring him loose.
Jonas Trapp falls in love with the beautiful Jessie, a wealthy girl out of his humble class. Against the wishes of her snobbish aunt, she marries him, later faking a pregnancy to win her aunt’s consent. But Jonas tires of living off of his wife’s family, and eventually deserts her to become a buffalo hunter. 11 years later, with his self-made fortune, he sets out to return home, only to be set upon by three sadistic marauders, who steal his money and leave him for dead. Rescued by a farmer who nurses him back to health, Jonas becomes consumed by the desire for revenge. As fate would have it, all three men live close to Jonas’ former home. Matters quickly get worse when Jonas reunites with his wife, only to discover that she is now engaged to Renne.
In old Spanish California, dashing cattleman Juan Obregon returns to the rancho of his friend Gaspar Melo, to find he’s fathered a son on Rosa, one of Gaspar’s identical twin daughters. Overjoyed, he plans to formalize his “unofficial” marriage. But trouble brews; Melo’s land is of unclear title and the new Don Domingo hopes to grab it for his own profit. Violence results. Without even knowing who survived, Juan (accompanied by Rosa’s tomboy sister Tonya) rides for revenge, through spectacular pastoral and wilderness scenery.
A wanted murderer, Billy John, is captured by Ben Brigade, a bounty hunter, who intends to take him to Santa Cruz to be hanged. Brigade stops at a staging post, where he saves the manager’s wife from an Indian attack, and enlists the help of two outlaws to continue his journey more safely. However, the Indian attacks persist, the outlaws plan to take Billy for themselves, tempted by the offer of amnesty for his captor, and Billy’s brother Frank is in hot pursuit to rescue him. But Brigade has plans of his own …
Bite the Bullet (1975) Richard Brooks, Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, James Coburn, Action, Adventure, Western
At the beginning of the 20th century, a newspaper organizes an endurance horse race : 700 miles to run in a few days. 9 adventurers are competing, among them a woman, Miss Jones, a Mexican, an Englishman, a young cow-boy, an old one and two friends, Sam Clayton and Luke Matthews. All those individualists will learn to respect each other.
A crew of land locked pirates, led by the aptly named Peg, go in search of burried treasure hidden by the treacherous Mudhook and his twin brother. They meet up with good natured landowner, Don Aragon, who goes along for the ride with his sister and a young boy, Jamie. Along the way, Peg and Jamie form a father son relationship that is put to the test due to Peg’s naturally dishonest ways.
A gunfighter, stranded in the desert, comes across the aftermath of a stage robbery, in which all the passengers were killed. He takes one of the horses to ride to town to report the massacre, but finds himself accused of it. He also finds himself accused of the murder of the local banker, and winds up hiding in the basement of a house where the local sheriff, who is very sick, lives with his daughter.
Vance Shaw gives up outlawing and goes to work for the telegraph company; his brother Jack Slade leads outlaws trying to prevent the company connecting the line between Omaha and Salt Lake City. Lots of Indian fighting and gunplay.
It doesn’t take Boston physician Julia Garth long to experience the genuine West after she arrives in dusty Santa Fe to set up practice. Her first patient is brought in by a youth folks call Billy the Kid. How Julia wins acceptance in what most people then considered man’s work shapes the in-color sagebrush tale Strange Lady in Town. Auburn-haired Greer Garson adds to her career resume of confident, strong women (Pride and Prejudice, Mrs. Miniver, Madame Curie), bringing to the screen this “Strange Lady” who introduces Santa Fe to new antiseptic procedures and new medical tools like the stethoscope, offers healing compassion and know-how for rich and poor alike, and along the way gains the respect and romantic affections of the town’s established doc (Dana Andrews). Director Mervyn LeRoy (Madame Curie) balances light hearted moments with brawling drama as he guides Garson for the fourth time.
When Major Burton is killed and his horses rustled, Ranger Steve Ainslee joins the outlaws in their drive north. Seeing Judge Blake’s name on the payoff check, Steve plans to trap Blake and arrest him. When his plan fails and he is arrested instead, Blake incites the townsmen to lynch him.