The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1952 film)

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The Outcasts of Poker Flat
Outcasts of Poker Flat 1952 film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoseph M. Newman
Produced byJulian Blaustein
Written byEdmund H. North
Story byBret Harte
StarringAnne Baxter
Dale Robertson
Miriam Hopkins
Music byHugo Friedhofer
CinematographyJoseph LaShelle
Edited byWilliam Reynolds
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • May 16, 1952 (1952-05-16)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Outcasts of Poker Flat is a 1952 American Western film directed by Joseph M. Newman starring Anne Baxter, Dale Robertson and Miriam Hopkins.[1] The screenplay is based on a short story of the same name by Bret Harte. Harte's story has been brought to film at least five times, including in 1919 with Harry Carey and in 1937 with Preston Foster.


Ryker, a murderous western outlaw, leaves death and destruction behind after a robbery in Poker Flat and leaves the loot with his wife, Cal, before riding off. A while later, the shaken town decides to banish all undesirables. They include gambler John Oakhurst, saloonkeeper and madam The Duchess and the town drunk, as well as Cal, who had been spotted with Ryker, even though no one knows they are husband and wife.

The others follow Oakhurst, not knowing what else to do. They come across young Tom Dakin and pregnant sweetheart Piney, who were headed for Poker Flat to be wed. In a snowstorm, John leads them to a remote cabin. They have no horses, so Tom takes off for Poker Flat on foot to get help, given $500 of the stolen money by Cal in case he needs to pay someone to form a rescue party.

Ryker turns up, also on foot. He is shocked to find Cal, becomes suspicious and beats her, as well as bullying the others and eating all of their remaining food. He shoots the drunk just for taking a bottle of whiskey. Cal develops a bond with Oakhurst and eventually reveals her situation to him. A fight begins after Ryker shoots and kills The Duchess in cold blood, and Oakhurst is able to strangle him to death. Some head back toward town, while Oakhurst and Cal go the other way.



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