Western

Fort Apache (1948) John Ford, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Western

Fort Apache (1948)
In John Ford’s sombre exploration mythologising of American heroes, he slowly reveals the character of Owen Thursday, who sees his new posting to the desolate Fort Apache as a chance to claim the military honour which he believes is rightfully his. Arrogant, obsessed with military form and ultimately self-destructive, Thursday attempts to destroy the Apache chief Cochise after luring him across the border from Mexico, against the advice of his subordinates.

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Valerie (1957) Gerd Oswald, Sterling Hayden, Anita Ekberg, Anthony Steel, Western

Valerie (1957)
John Garth (Sterling Hayden) is tried for critically wounding his wife Valerie (Anita Ekberg) and murdering her parents (John Wengraf and Iphigenie Castiglioni.) His testimony is one of disappointment with Valerie, her unfaithfulness with Reverend Blake (Anthony Steele),and the continual nagging by her parents; a combination of events that drove him to violence. He makes no mention of having a bad childhood. Valerie, from her hospital bed, testifies of a nightmarish marriage, constant brutality and an unreasonable suspicion of Reverend Blake who befriended her in her misery.

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Cattle King (1963) Tay Garnett, Robert Taylor, Robert Loggia, Joan Caulfield, Western

Cattle King (1963)
Trouble is growing like a prairie fire in 1883 Wyoming Territory. Cattle baron Clay Matthews is covertly masterminding stampedes of herds, hiring gunslingers for attacks on ranchers, cutting fences, grabbing lands – all part of a plan to establish a National Cattle Trail capable of handling a million-cattle drive from Texas to Canada. But Wyoming’s rich grasslands could be trail’s end for Clay: Sam Brassfield, who knows the era of the wide-open range is over, will fight to hold his spread.

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Fargo (1952) Lewis D. Collins, Bill Elliott, Myron Healey, Phyllis Coates, Action, Western

Fargo (1952)
The brother (House Peters Jr.) of rancher Bill Martin (Bill Elliott) is killed in a stampede started by cattleman. Bill returns to the Fargo country to take his brother’s place and is welcomed by law-abiding cattleman MacKenzie (Jack Ingram)) and his daughter Kathy (Phyllis Coates). The leader of the ruthless cattle interests are townsman Austin (Arthur Space) and his henchmen Red (Myron Healey), Link (Robert J. Wilke) and Albord (Terry Frost).

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