Barbed Wire (1952)

Barbed Wire (1952)





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Gene Autry plays a cattle buyer in the better-than-average formula western Barbed Wire. Investigating a paucity of fresh livestock, Autry returns to his home turf of Texas. Here he discovers that powerful ranch owner Steve Ruttledge (Leonard Penn) has been fencing off valuable grazing land, preventing the cattle men from bringing their stock to market. The trouble is, Ruttledge's methods, while underhanded, are well within the limits of the law. This doesn't stop Autry from finding a legal method to thwart Ruttledge's megalomanic dreams--and, incidentally, to clean the villain's clock in the closing reels. Barbed Wire was produced by Armand Schafer, the man in charge of Gene Autry's "Flying A" TV-production empire.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Western
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Columbia Pictures


Gene Autry
as Gene Autry
Pat Buttram
as "Buckeye" Buttram
Anne James
as Gay Kendall
William Fawcett
as John S. 'Uncle
Leonard Penn
as Steve Ruttledge
Michael Vallon
as Homesteader August Gormley
Terry Frost
as Perry
Clayton Moore
as Bailey
Sandy Sanders
as Stormy Jones
Eddie Parker
as Ed Parker
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Critic Reviews for Barbed Wire

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A snappy singing cowboy Gene Autry range war film.

Full Review… | February 6, 2016
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Audience Reviews for Barbed Wire


Seems they weren't neighborly enough for him. Gene Autry is brought into a cattle town that is plagued by barbed wire that makes trading cattle limited, which is the town's main source of income; meanwhile, some are trying to rid the countryside of its landowners so they can run train tracks through town. Gene will hunt down the people making decisions to keep the town poor and make the rich richer. "That 'K' does look a little off center." John English, director of Valley of Fire, Silver Canyon, Whirlwind, The Hills of Utah, Mule Train, Murder in the Music Hall, Don't Fence Me In, and Dead Man's Gulch, delivers Barbed Wire. The storyline for this picture is cliché and fairly straightforward. The action is very mediocre and the cast delivers mediocre performances. The cast includes Gene Autry, Champion, Gail Davis, Jock Mahoney, and Steve Darrell. "I came here broke and I can stay that way." This was recently recommended to me by Fios so I had to DVR it. The premise sounded like it had potential but it ended up being fairly cliché from the action, to the script, to the acting...disappointing. Overall, this is only worth watching for diehard western or Autry fans. "On guard!" Grade: C

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