Warner Home Video presents "TRIPLE FEATURE: The Man Behind the Gun / Thunder Over the Plains / Riding Shotgun" - Randolph Scott --- (Dolby digitally remastered) --- relive those thrilling days when Randolph Scott took us down the dusty trails with hard riding and straight shooting hitting the bull's eye with excitement every time... the Randolph Scott series of B-Westerns were a staple of Saturday matinees in the 1940s and 1950s ... don't miss any of the Randolph Scott features loaded with action that will leave you wanting more of his B-Western adventures.
First up we have - "THE MAN BEHIND THE GUN" (1952) (85 min/Color) --- Under Felix E. Feist (Director), Robert Sisk (Producer), Robert Buckner (Short Story Author), Derek N. Twist (Screenwriter), Bert Glennon (Cinematographer), David Buttolph (Composer (Music Score), Owen Marks (Editor) ------ the cast includes Randolph Scott (Maj. Callicut), Patrice Wymore (Lora Roberts), Dick Wesson ("Monk"), Philip Carey (Capt. Roy Giles), Lina Romay (Chona Degnon), Roy Roberts (Mark Sheldon), Morris Ankrum (Bram Creegan), Katherine Warren (Phoebe Sheldon), Douglas Fowley (Buckley), Clancy Cooper ("Kansas" Collins), Robert Cabal (Joaquin Murietta), James Warner (Bellah), Alan Hale, Jr. (Olof), Anthony Caruso (Vic Sutro), Reed Howes, Rex Lease . . . . . . our story has Randolph Scott going undercover as the baddies in this oater want to keep California from joining the union ... great supporting cast Patrice Wymore, Philip Carey, Douglas Fowley, Morris Ankrum, Alan Hale Jr and Anthony Caruso make screenwriter Derek Twist and Robert Buckner's story drama at it's best ... Robert Cabal as Joaquin Murietta in the final scene is a twist and surprise, don't leave the theater until the final showdown, this Scott oater is not one of my favorite's but is still a winner.
1. Randolph Scott (aka: George Randolph Scott)
Date of birth: 23 January 1898 - Orange County, Virginia
Date of death: 2 March 1987 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California
2. Patrice Wymore
Date of birth: 17 December 1926 - Miltonvale, Kansas
Date of death: Still Living
3. Felix E. Feist (Director)
Date of birth: 28 February 1910 - New York, New York
Date of death: 2 September 1965 - Encino, California
Second on the triple bill - "THUNDER OVER THE PLAINS" (1953) (82 mins/Color) --- Under André De Toth (Director), David Weisbart (Producer), Russell S. Hughes (Screenwriter), Bert Glennon (Cinematographer), David Buttolph (Composer (Music Score), James Moore (Editor), Stanley Fleischer (Art Director), Moss Mabry (Costume Designer) ------ the cast includes Randolph Scott (Capt. David Porter), Lex Barker (Capt. Bill Hodges), Phyllis Kirk (Norah), Charles McGraw (Ben Westman), Hugh Sanders (Balfour), Lane Chandler (Faraday), James Brown (Conrad), Fess Parker (Kirby), Richard Benjamin (Sgt. Shaw), Mark Dana (Lt. Williams), Jack Woody (Henley), Trevor Bardette (Walter Morgan), Frank Matts (Jurgens), Steven Darrell (McAvoy), Earl Hodgins (Auctioneer), Elisha Cook, Jr. (Standish) . . . . . . our story takes place a few years after the Civil War, our hero Randolph Scott is a Captain in the Union Army ... the carpetbaggers have taken over and the leader is Charles McGraw, who by the way is in the right ... but Scott has his orders to bring McGraw in ... arriving on the post is Lex Barker who knew Scott's wife back in her hometown, there's trouble brewing when there is one beautiful woman and two men ... character actor Henry Hull is believable as the post commander, Elisha Cook as one of the carpetbaggers and Phyllis Kirk as Scott's wife head the lineup of a wonderful supporting cast ... and plenty of action with director Andre de Toth as the helm.
1. Lex Barker (aka: Alexander Crichlow Barker Jr)
Date of birth: 8 May 1919 - Rye, New York
Date of death: 11 May 1973 - New York, New York
2. Phyllis Kirk (aka: Phyllis Kirkegaard)
Date of birth: 18 September 1929 - Plainfield, New Jersey
Date of death: 19 October 2006 - Los Angeles, California
3. André De Toth (aka: Sasvrai Farkasfalvi Tothfalusi Toth Endre Anral Mihaly) (Director)
Date of birth: 15 May 1912 - Makó, Csongrád, Hungary, Austria-Hungary [now Hungary]
Date of death: 27 October 2002 - Burbank, California
Third and final feature - "RIDING SHOTGUN" (1954) (75 min/Color) --- Under André De Toth (Director), Ted Sherdeman (Producer), Tom Blackburn (Screenwriter), Kenneth Perkins (Short Story Author), Bert Glennon (Cinematographer), David Buttolph (Composer (Music Score), Rudi Fehr (Editor), Edward Carrere (Art Director), Benjamin S. Bone (Set Designer) ------ the cast includes Randolph Scott (Larry Delong), Wayne Morris (Tub Murphy), Joan Weldon (Orissa Flynn), Joe Sawyer (Tom Biggert), James Millican (Dan Marady), James Bell (Doc Winkler), Fritz Feld (Fritz), Richard Garrick (Walters), Vic Perrin (Bar-M Rider), John Baer (Hughes), William Johnstone (Col. Flynn), Kem Dibbs (Ben), Richard Benjamin (Blackie), Ned Young (Manning), Jack Woody (Hardpan), Lonnie Pierce (Ellie), Jay Lawrence (Lewellyn), Mary Lou Holloway (Cynthia Biggert), Charles Bronson (Pinto), Allegra Varron (Mrs. Fritz), Dub Taylor (Eddie), Boyd "Red" Morgan (Red), Bud Osborne (townsman), Paul Picerni (Bob Purdee) . . . . . . the plot with director Andre De Toth giving the green light to our favorite B-Western actor Randolph Scott, whose narration to the story has film noir written all over it ... the fight between Joe Sawyer is brief but a good one, as Scott proves he's not going to stand around waiting for the gang of outlaws to ride in and take over the town ... everyone is against Scott believing he's guilty of leaving the stage making way for the holdup ... James Millican and Charles Bronson are the villains, down and dirty as they can be, which in a Randy Scott western is just the way is should be ... Wayne Morris as the deputy sheriff brings realism into the film, when he knows Scott is faster and deadly with a sixgun, trying to talk him into turning himself in ... the score from David Buttolph adds to the excitement and drama of every scene ... the final scene is an exciting showdown, when it's all over Scott tells the cook he's hungry, rustle up some grub for him and Wayne Morris too ... the film is that good, you hope it never ends with each local citizen taking sides against Scott.
1. Wayne Morris (aka: Bert DeWayne Morris)
Date of birth: 17 February 1914 - Los Angeles, California
Date of death: 14 September 1959 - Oakland, California
2. Joe Sawyer (aka: Joseph Sauers)
Date of birth: 29 August 1906 - Guelph, Canada
Date of death: 21 April 1982 - Ashland, Oregon,
Great job by Warner Home Video for releasing "The Man Behind the Gun / Thunder Over the Plains / Riding Shotgun" (1953) - Randolph Scott, digital transfere with a clean, clear and crisp print...looking forward to more of the same from the '40s and '50s vintage...order your copy now from Amazon, stay tuned once again riding the range with B-Westerns ... just the way we like 'em!
Total Time: 238 mins on DVD ~ WHV76025DVD ~ (11/07/2006)