Release date1953 (1953) Based onFirst Blood
by Jack Schaefer WriterJesse Lasky Jr. (screenplay), Jack Schaefer (from a novel by) CastDale Robertson (Race Crim), Rory Calhoun (Sheriff Tom Davisson), Robert Wagner (Jess Harker) Similar moviesRory Calhoun appears in The Silver Whip and Apache Territory
The Silver Whip is a 1953 Western film starring Rory Calhoun, Dale Robertson and Robert Wagner.
Cocky young drifter Jess Harker wants to be a driver on the stagecoach's main line, just like Race Crim, his hero. The coach line's boss, Luke Bowen, doesn't believe Jess is ready yet.
Race is tough but bad-tempered, and so reliant on his skill with a gun that his friend, Sheriff Tom Davisson, is concerned about Race's respect for the law.
Race goes to bat for Jess in getting a chance to guard the next stage leaving Red Rock, which will be carrying $27,000 in gold dust plus two passengers, including the woman Race loves, the beautiful saloon girl Waco. For good luck, Race gives a gift to Jess, a silver-handled whip.
A gang of outlaws led by Slater ambushes the stage. Jess disobeys direct orders and the results are disastrous: Slater rides off with the money and both passengers are killed. Jess is ordered to return home by an angry Bowen, but he joins the sheriff's posse and is deputized instead.
Race is out to avenge Waco in his own way. He becomes a vigilante, killing two of Slater's men before Tom's posse can get to them. Tom wants the wanted men brought back alive to stand trial. He is able to apprehend Slater, returning him to Red Rock, where a lynch mob wants the outlaw hanged.
The circuit judge isn't in town so the sheriff walks across the street to send off a wire to get the judge to come in the morning leaving Jess to guard the prisoner. Race personally leads the vigilantes, who attack the jail's door with axes. After repeated warnings which Race won't take seriously, Jess shoots him.
The mob disperses. By the time Tom is freed after being tied up by Race, Tom and three of his men make their way inside the jail and peace is restored. Jess is ready to ride again with Kathy going with him while the sheriff is pleased that his friend Race has fully recovered.
Rory Calhoun as Tom Davisson
Dale Robertson as Race Crim
Robert Wagner as Jess Harker
Lola Albright as Waco
Kathleen Crowley as Kathy
John Kellogg as Slater
James Millican as Bowen
Burt Mustin as Uncle Ben Nunan
Paul Wexler as J. M. Horner
The Silver Whip has been released as a DVD in the United States.