Jack McCall, Desperado (1953)





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Jack McCall, the man who shot Wild Bill Hickok in the back, is presented in a sympathetic light in this "revisionist" western. During the Civil War, McCall (George Montgomery) is falsely accused of treason. He escapes to prove his innocence, but vengeful union sergeant Will Bill Hickok (Douglas Kennedy) won't let him. It's Les Miserables, western style, not to mention once of the few cinematic depictions of Hickok as an unregenerate villain: Wild Bill even participates in the murder of McCall's parents! Thus, the death of Hickok is seen as a justifiable act of revenge, with Jack McCall living happily ever after with Rose Griffith (Angela Stevens)--and never mind that the real McCall was hanged shortly after plugging Hickok during that fateful poker game.
Action & Adventure , Western
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Columbia Pictures


George Montgomery
as Jack McCall
Angela Stevens
as Rose Griffith
Douglas Kennedy
as Wild Bill Hickok
James Seay
as Bat McCall
Eugene Iglesias
as Grey Eagle
Jay Silverheels
as Red Cloud
John Hamilton
as Col. Cornish
Selmer Jackson
as Col. Braud
Selmar Jackson
as Col. Braud
Gene Roth
as Attorney
Alva Lacy
as Hisega
Joe McGuinn
as U.S. Marshal
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This routine revisionist B-film Western is set during the Civil War.

Full Review… | July 15, 2009
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