The Bushwackers (film)
|Directed by||Rod Amateau|
|Produced by||Herman Cohen (associate producer)
Larry Finley (producer)
Jack Broder (executive producer)
|Written by||Rod Amateau (writer)
Tom Gries (writer)
|Music by||Albert Glasser|
|Cinematography||Joseph F. Biroc|
|Edited by||Francis D. Lyon|
|Release date(s)||8 January 1952|
|Running time||70 minutes|
The Bushwhackers is a 1952 American film directed by Rod Amateau.
Tired of killing, war veteran Jefferson Waring rides west, but in Missouri he sees "squatters" mowed down by men working for rich, ruthless Artemus Taylor.
He spends the night at Independence newspaperman Peter Sharpe's place, but is jailed when daughter Cathy Sharpe finds this total stranger in her room. The local marshal, John Harding, is just one of many men on Taylor's payroll.
Peter's business is threatened by banker Stone unless he takes Taylor's side against "squatters" settling in the region. The blind and wheelchair-bound Taylor and ambitious daughter Norah are secretly aware that railroad surveyors are considering laying tracks nearby, so they want all the land for themselves.
Norah and henchman Ding Bell ambush and shoot Jeff, after which Bell is killed by Taylor's top hand, Sam Tobin. A doctor treats Jeff's wounds but the sheriff charges him with Bell's murder.
When the situation escalates and Norah personally guns down the newspaper editor, Jeff breaks out of jail and organizes a group of vigilantes. Taylor dies of a heart attack while Norah, trying to rob the bank for some getaway money, is also killed. Jeff stays in town to run the paper with Cathy.
- John Ireland as Jefferson Waring
- Wayne Morris as Marshal John Harding
- Lawrence Tierney as Sam Tobin
- Dorothy Malone as Cathy Sharpe
- Lon Chaney Jr. as Artemus Taylor
- Myrna Dell as Norah Taylor
- Frank Marlowe as Peter Sharpe
- William Holmes as "Ding" Bell, ranchhand
- Jack Elam as Cree, first henchman
- Ward Wood as Second Henchman
- Charles Trowbridge as Justin Stone
- Norman Leavitt as Deputy Yale
- Stuart Randall as Slocum (settler)
- George Lynn as Guthrie, a settler
- Gordon Wynn as John Quigley, settler
- Gabriel Conrad as Kramer, immigrant-settler
- Eddie Parks as Funeral Franklin
- Bob Broder as Tommy Lloyd
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