The Marauders (1955 film)
|Directed by||Gerald Mayer|
|Produced by||Arthur M. Loew Jr.|
|Based on||Alan Marcus (novel)|
|Music by||Paul Sawtell|
|Cinematography||Harold J. Marzorati|
|Edited by||Russell Selwyn|
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.
- Dan Duryea as Avery
- Jeff Richards as Corey Everett
- Keenan Wynn as Hook
- Jarma Lewis as Hannah Ferber
- John Hudson as Roy Rutherford
- Harry Shannon as John Rutherford
- David Kasday as Aibie Ferber
- James Anderson as Louis Ferber
- Richard Lupino as Perc Kettering
- Peter Mamakos as Ramos
- Mort Mills as Carmack
- John Damler as Cooper
- Michael Dugan as Sal
- Ken Carlton as Thumbo
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.
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
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