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Panhandle (1948)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 22 February 1948 (USA)
John Sands, a former Texas marshal turns to ranching, and later to a gunfighter when he sets out to prove that casino/saloon owner, Matt Garson, had his brother, a newspaperman, killed.

Director:

Lesley Selander (as Leslie Selander)

Writers:

John C. Champion (story and screenplay), Blake Edwards (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Cameron ... John Sands
Cathy Downs ... Jean 'Dusty' Stewart
Reed Hadley ... Matt Garson
Anne Gwynne ... June O'Carroll
Blake Edwards ... Floyd Schofield
Dick Crockett Dick Crockett ... Elliott Crockett
Rory Mallinson ... Sheriff Jim
Charles Judels ... Botticelli - the Barber
Alex Gerry ... Raven McBride
Francis McDonald ... Crump
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Doc Cooper (as J.Farrell MacDonald)
Henry Hall ... Wells
Stanley Andrews ... Tyler
Jeff York ... Jack
James Harrison James Harrison ... Harland
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Storyline

John Sands (Rod Cameron), formerly a Texas marshal whose talents with guns caused the law to turn against him,is a fugitive in Mexico, when he learns from "Dusty" Stewart (Cathy Downs)that his brother in the Texas panhandle, Billy Sands (John C. Champion), her fiancé and crusading newspaperman, his been mysteriously murdered in Sentinel, Texas. Despite the price on his head, Sands comes north to the panhandle to find his brother's killer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Last roaring stronghold of the West's fiercest outlaws! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 February 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Rächer von Texas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (U.K. television release)| Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Released in Sepiatone. See more »

Goofs

Obvious stunt double for Rod Cameron (John Sands) in bar-room fight, as stand-in has lighter colored hair and a different hair style. See more »

Quotes

Floyd Schofield: You're a big man, Mr. Sands. We're always polite to celebrities.
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Referenced in The Pink Panther Story (2003) See more »

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John Sands: Even Billy the Kid backed down from him!
16 February 2013 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Panhandle is directed by Leslie Selander and written by John C. Champion and Blake Edwards. It stars Rod Cameron, Cathy Downs, Reed Hadley, Anne Gwynne, Blake Edwards, Dick Crockett and Rory Mallinson. Music is by Rex Dunn and cinematography by Harry Neumann.

John Sands (Cameron) has to return to his gunfighter ways when news reaches him that his brother has been murdered...

Filmed in Sepiatone and a little more serious than many other 1940's Westerns, Panhandle is a satisfying experience for genre enthusiasts. Formula is rife as we would come to know it in Oaters, though, as picture ticks off the check list: badman turned good who is forced to turn bad again for revenge, romance tingling in the air, quick draw shoot-outs, punch-up, weasel villain and his hired cronies, poker games with the inevitable cheat called out and the "hooray" finale. All of which is nicely directed and performed by the cast. The location scenery doesn't get much chance to shine through, and in truth the Sepiatone does little to improve the picture, but this is easily recommended to the Western faithful. 7/10


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