Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend (1957)

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    • Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend (1957)




      Plot Summary
      Army veterans, just mustered out of the service,
      are going to the one of the men's brothers ranch on their way West.
      Just as they arrive, Indians attack the ranch and kill the brother.
      The brother was killed because he was using faulty ammunition that did not fire.
      Buck Devlin, whose brother was killed, musters out of the service with pals
      John and Wilbur and vows to find the men responsible for the crime.
      Written by JohnG2734

      Randolph Scott ... Capt. Buck Devlin
      James Craig ... Ep Clark
      Angie Dickinson ... Priscilla King
      Dani Crayne ... Nell Garrison
      James Garner ... Sgt. John Maitland
      Gordon Jones ... Pvt. Wilbur 'Will' Clegg
      Trevor Bardette ... Sheriff Bob Massey
      Don Beddoe ... Mayor Sam Pelley
      Myron Healey ... Rafe Sanders
      John Alderson ... Clyde Walters
      Harry Harvey ... Elam King (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
      Robert Warwick ... Brother Abraham
      and many more...

      Richard L. Bare

      Writing Credits
      John Tucker Battle ... (written by)
      D.D. Beauchamp ... (written by)

      Richard Whorf ... producer

      Roy Webb

      Carl E. Guthrie ... director of photography (as Carl Guthrie)

      The Indian attack sequence of the script had to be written to accommodate
      James Garner's limp after he sprained his right ankle during shooting.

      Dani Crayne calls Randolph Scott "High, Wide and Handsome".
      Scott starred in a movie of that title in 1937.

      Filming Locations
      Corriganville, Ray Corrigan Ranch, Simi Valley, California, USA
      Warner Ranch, Calabasas, California, USA
      Laramie Street, Warner Brothers Burbank Studios - 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend is a 1957 Western film
      directed by Richard L. Bare and starring Randolph Scott,
      James Craig and Angie Dickinson.

      This was the final film that Scott made with Warner Bros.

      Look out for Angie Dickensen and James Garner

      User Review

      The Buttermilk Brothers.
      9 May 2010 | by Spikeopath (United Kingdom)

      spike wrote:

      In 1957 Randolph Scott was in the middle of producing his best work in the Western genre. A run of seven films in collaboration with director Budd Boetticher and a magnificent career closer with Sam Peckinpah in 1962,would cement Scott's rightful reputation as a genre legend. So where did this oddity come from then? Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend was actually wrapped in 1955, a year which found Scott especially prolific with four other films up for release. This was Scott's last film on his long term Warner Brothers contract and the fact is is that the studio didn't know what to do with the film. This can be put down to a couple of things. Firstly it's shot in black & white, making it the only fully fledged black & whiter he made in the 50s. Secondly is that it's a somewhat bizarre Western as it mixes a revenge driven theme with outright comedy. In the end, after it sitting on the shelf gathering dust for two years, WB execs stuck the film on the bottom rung of 1957 double bills. All of which hopefully explains why the film is little known and rarely thought about in the context of Scott's career.

      As another IMDb reviewer has rightly pointed out, the plot synopsis is wrong. Not only on IMDb, but also on TCM and some other on line sites! There is no Sioux massacre of the cavalry in this film. The plot sees Scott as Captain Buck Devlin, who along with two fellow cavalry officers (played by Gordon Jones and James Garner) muster out the army and head for Buck's brothers home. As they arrive they find that the Devlin home is under Indian attack, an attack that sees David Devlin killed on account of him not being able to fire his rifle due to faulty ammunition. Fighting the Indians off, Buck and pals learn of the faulty ammunition and trace it to a store in Medicine Bend. Swearing revenge the men set off to get to the bottom of it.

      After a brisk and dramatic start the film quickly takes you by surprise before the three men even arrive at Medicine Bend. A comedy sequence suddenly unfolds and although it's real funny, it throws you a little off kilter. Here's the thing for first time viewers to note, this is a comedy Western, very much so. We then watch as the three men disguise themselves as Quakers as they go undercover in the town. This basically involves them wearing Quaker apparel and saying "thee" in every sentence! Oh and swearing off whiskey and women, something that doesn't prove easy for Garner & Jones' characters! It's great fun that sees Scott play it with tongue firmly in cheek, and even tho the comedy is at nearly every turn, there's also plenty of action to enjoy. There is after all a matter of revenge and some baddies {led by James Craig} to deliver divine retribution too. There's even a delightful tune into the mix as Dani Crayne (very sexy) huskily warbles "Kiss Me Quick," a tune that puts one immediately in mind of "Little Joe, the Wrangler" from Destry Rides Again. While the appearance of a young Angie Dickinson adds further sex appeal to proceedings.

      The title is a little misleading since it lends one to expect a Gunfight at the O.K. Corral type movie. It's not of course, but in its own way this is very much a must see for those Western fans who might need a pick me up. Hey it's even got a nice print too. 7/10
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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