During the late 1940s actor Rod Cameron graduated from playing B-level Westerns--he did several for Universal in the early and mid 1940s--to major roles, first for Universal (River Lady, Frontier Gal, and Pirates of Monterrey), then 20th Century Fox (Dakota Lil, Belle Starr's Daughter). Republic would pick him up for another eight, including two (Brimstone and Ride the Man Down) that appeared a number of years ago on VHS cassette. Three of his best oaters were made by Allied Artists, the higher quality releasing agent for Monogram Pictures (he made three shorter color films for Monogram, as well, which are available on Warner Archive). Perhaps the best of the three was Panhandle, which has seen a very nice release from VCI Entertainment, from an original sepiatone print. Now Warner Archive has released the other two Allied Artists productions: Stampede and Short Grass. And both are very welcomed additions to the stable of available Western films on DVD. Stampede was released in 1949; it is a trim 77 minutes long. Production values are high, and the film compares very favorably in quality with other "little A" Westerns being released at the time. The Warner print is clear and quite decent.
In addition to Rod Cameron, Allied Artists assembled a solid cast, including Johnny Mack Brown as the town sheriff, Don Castle, Gale Storm, Donald Curtis, and John Miljan--all of whom were no strangers to Westerns. The dependable Lesley Selander directs.
I first saw Stampede many years ago at a local film festival, and I was impressed with it then, as I continue to be now. The plot line is taut and believable. The action is swift and exciting---and I still have questions about the famous "cattle stampede" towards the end of the film. Cameron is a solid actor, in some ways resembling Randy Scott in his acting. And Johnny Mack Brown is a special treat. As he proved in such films as Wells Fargo, Johnny can act in a BIGGER Western: he's good, very good.
In short, this is a fine film, worth investigating. I'm delighted to have it out on DVD-R.