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Backlash (1956)





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The breathtakingly beautiful Technicolor cinematography of Irving Glassberg is but one of the many small pleasures of the big-budget western Backlash. Set in post-Civil War Arizona, the film stars Richard Widmark as Jim Slater, who hopes to prove that his down-and-out father (John McIntire) was not involved in a gold robbery. To prove this, Slater has to find the money, which is also the goal of Karyl Orton (Donna Reed), the supposed widow of one of the thieves. Eventually, Slater discovers that his father is every bit as rotten as the law claims he is, though he can take some comfort in the fact that Karyl is now in love with him. As in his earlier Bad Day at Black Rock, Backlash director John Sturges is more concerned with building tension than with overt displays of wanton violence.


Richard Widmark
as Jim Slater
Donna Reed
as Karyl Orton
Roy Roberts
as Maj. Carson
John McIntire
as Jim Bonniwell
William Campbell
as Johnny Cool
Barton MacLane
as George Lake
Edward Platt
as Sheriff Marson
Robert J. Wilke
as Jeff Welker
Harry Morgan
as Tony Welker
Bob Wilke
as Jeff Welker
Reg Parton
as Tom Welker
Robert Foulk
as Sheriff Olson
Fred Graham
as Ned McCloud
Frank Chase
as Cassidy
Regis Parton
as Tom Welker
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A lesser albeit still watchable Western from director John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral).

August 21, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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