Western Double Feature: I Killed Wild Bill Hickok (1956) / Shoot Out at Big Sag (1962)
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- Run Time: 2 hours, 7 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: January 8, 2019
- Originally Released: 1956
- Label: Alpha Video
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||John Forbes, Helen Westcott, Denver Pyle, I. Stanford Jolley, Walter Brennan, Leif Erickson, Constance Ford, Don Kelly, Virginia Gregg & Les Tremayne|
|Directed by||Richard Talmadge & Roger Kay|
Description by OLDIES.com:
A historically inaccurate (but still entertaining) Western, I Killed Wild Bill Hickok turns the legendary folk hero into a greedy horse rustler. It has been speculated that the villain in the script was called "Wild Bill Hickok" simply to increase its bankability, as none of the events presented have any basis in historical fact. The screenplay is credited to leading man John Forbes, one of several names used by B-movie stuntman Johnny Carpenter (1914-2003). Carpenter independently produced four Westerns that he also wrote and starred in: Son of the Renegade (1953), The Lawless Rider (1954; co-produced with his good friend Edward D. Wood Jr.), Outlaw Treasure (1955) and I Killed Wild Bill Hickok. Though Carpenter's Westerns are notorious for their low production values, he was able to get dependable actors like Denver Pyle and I. Stanford Jolley to appear in them. After I Killed Wild Bill Hickok, Carpenter retired from the movie business, running the "Heaven on Earth" ranch for disabled children in Glenside, CA for almost fifty years (the ranch allowed the children to ride horses and play in a mock Western town.) I Killed Wild Bill Hickok is also one of the few feature films directed by famed silent era stuntman Richard Talmadge.
SHOOT OUT AT BIG SAG (1962): "Preacher" Hawker tells everyone that he owns the region of Montana known as Big Sag. When Sam Barbee and his son Lee claim the territory actually belongs to them, Preacher tries to have them run out of town. Knowing her husband is too cowardly to use force, Mrs. Hawker sends her daughter Hannah to ask for help from the gunmen at the local saloon. Hannah is waylaid by a ferocious storm, only to be rescued by handsome young Lee Barbee. Before they know it, the two have fallen in love. Realizing their families are about to face off over ownership of Big Sag, the couple race to prevent the dispute from ending in tragedy...
By 1960, big-screen Westerns were in decline, the genre instead finding new life on the burgeoning medium of television. Legendary actor Walter Brennan and his son Andy, with their company Brennan Productions, filmed a pilot for a series they hoped would be picked up by the networks. It was to be called Barbed Wire, and would star Leif Erickson and Constance Ford. The pilot episode, "Rawhide Halo", featured the elder Brennan prominently in addition to veteran actors such as Les Tremayne, Virginia Gregg, and Don Kelly. Sadly the networks passed on the series, but the pilot (with a few extra filmed scenes) was granted a theatrical release in June 1962 as Shoot Out at Big Sag. Erickson had to wait a few more years to get a series, The High Chaparral (1967-1971). Starting the same year, Walter Brennan would star in a TV Western of his own, The Guns of Will Sonnett (1967-1969).
- Sales Rank: 213
- UPC: 089218816993
- Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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