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Powder River (film)

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Running time  1h 18m
Genres  Western, Action Film
Language  English
6.2/10 IMDb

Director    Louis King
Costume design  William Travilla
Country  United States
Powder River (film) movie poster
Release date  1953 (1953)
Writer  Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay), Sam Hellman (from a story by), Stuart N. Lake (based on a book by)
Cast  Rory Calhoun (Chino Bullock), Corinne Calvet (Frenchie Dumont), Cameron Mitchell (Mitch Hardin), Penny Edwards (Debbie Allen), Carl Betz (Loney Hogan), John Dehner (Harvey Logan)
Similar movies  The Gunfighter, Man with the Gun, Warlock, Last Train from Gun Hill, Ride a Crooked Trail, Posse
Tagline  Every blistering emotion that ever blasted into the west poured into Powder River

Powder River is a 1953 Technicolor Western film directed by Louis King starring Rory Calhoun, Corinne Calvet and Cameron Mitchell.


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The screenplay was written by Stuart N. Lake, who two years later was the story consultant on the ABC/Desilu western television series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.

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In 1875, ex-lawman Chino Bull puts away his guns and heads for the Powder River with old pal Johnny Slater to pan for gold. Ambushed by outlaws Loney Logan and Will Horn, he gets away safely thanks to Johnny and rides to town for supplies.

At a saloon run by beautiful Frenchie Dumont, he meets Loney's brother, Harvey, a card dealer. A drunken Sam Harris begins shooting up the place, killing the sheriff with a stray bullet. Chino knocks him cold. Frenchie's beau, gunslinger Mitch Hardin, intervenes, but after being stricken with a headache so painful it incapacitates him, Chino saves his life.

Chino rejects an offer to become the town's new sheriff, but back at the river finds Johnny dead and their gold stolen. In town, a stagecoach delivers the sophisticated Debbie Allen, who has come from Connecticut to find her former sweetheart, Mitch, who it turns out was once a doctor there. She realizes that Mitch is now involved with Frenchie and also that he is suffering from a brain tumor, causing the severe headaches. Debbie decides to go back East on the next stage.

Chino sets a trap. Accompanied by Mitch, who owes Chino for saving his life, and Debbie, leaving town, they let word leak of a $300,000 gold shipment being aboard. Loney's men come to rob it and are defeated, but Debbie is shot. In town, Mitch is the only one with the surgical skill to save Debbie's life, and he does so. But when all seems well, Chino discovers that it was Mitch who murdered Johnny and stole the gold. As they begin to shoot it out, Mitch collapses in agony and dies.


  • Rory Calhoun as Chino
  • Cameron Mitchell as Mitch
  • Corinne Calvet as French
  • Penny Edwards as Debbie
  • Walter Sande as Sam Harris
  • Robert J. Wilke as Will Horn
  • John Dehner as Harvey
  • Carl Betz as Loney
  • Frank Ferguson as Slater
  • References

    Powder River (film) Wikipedia
    Powder River (film) IMDb Powder River (film)

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