The Marauders (1955 film)

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The Marauders
Directed by Gerald Mayer
Produced by Arthur M. Loew Jr.
Screenplay by Jack Leonard
Earl Felton
Based on Alan Marcus (novel)
Starring Dan Duryea
Jeff Richards
Keenan Wynn
Jarma Lewis
Music by Paul Sawtell
Cinematography Harold J. Marzorati
Edited by Russell Selwyn
Production
company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • May 20, 1955 (1955-05-20)
Running time
81 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $548,000[1]
Box office $928,000[1]

The Marauders is a 1955 American Eastmancolor, Technicolor Western film directed by Gerald Mayer and starring Dan Duryea, Jeff Richards, Keenan Wynn and Jarma Lewis.

Plot[edit]

Avery, who wears a Confederate Army uniform even though he didn't serve in the Civil War, demands that the men who work for rancher John Rutherford avenge him after Rutherford is killed trying to remove a squatter from his land, Corey Everett.

A passing family, the Ferbers, are traveling by wagon. They meet Corey, who explains that he is homesteading, not squatting, and entitled to the property. Corey defended himself alone with dynamite after Rutherford's men attacked, but Avery became convinced that Corey had many men fighting by his side. He insists his men, led by ranch foreman Hook, call him "General" and obey his orders to launch another attack.

Hannah Ferber doesn't trust Corey at all. Her husband Louis is taken captive by Avery, who tortures and kills him, refusing to believe the truth that Corey is alone. Avery's men realize he is insane and intend to leave, so Avery destroys their water supply. Corey's water is now the only one within hundreds of miles.

Hannah shoots Corey in the shoulder and flees with her son, but returns to nurse him back to health after Louis's body is found. Together they stave off Avery, whose men desert him. Avery dies, astounded to learn that Corey had no other men fighting with him.

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Reception[edit]

According to MGM records the movie earned $551,000 in the US and Canada and $37,000 elsewhere, making a loss to the studio of $110,000.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .

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