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Ride Clear of Diablo (1954)

Approved | | Western | 15 March 1954 (UK)
When his father and brother are murdered by a corrupt lawyer and Sheriff duo, railroad surveyor Clay O'Mara plans his revenge, and is aided by former outlaw Whitey Kincade.

Director:

Jesse Hibbs

Writers:

George Zuckerman (screenplay), D.D. Beauchamp (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Audie Murphy ... Clay O'Mara
Susan Cabot ... Laurie Kenyon
Dan Duryea ... Whitey Kincade
Abbe Lane ... Kate
Russell Johnson ... Jed Ringer
Paul Birch ... Fred Kenyon
William Pullen William Pullen ... Tom Meredith
Jack Elam ... Tim Lowerie
Denver Pyle ... Rev. Moorehead
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Storyline

Railroad surveyer Clay O'Mara goes after rustlers who murdered his father and brother. Along the way, he first arrests then teams up with outlaw Whitey Kincade, who helps Clay, only to see how long the tenderfoot lasts. Outwitting several attempts on his life engineered by the crooked lawyer who set up his family, O'Mara and a wounded Kincade face the gang. Kincade wanted to protect O'Mara and redeem himself, and goes down shooting.

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No one with a badge ever rides back from Diablo!

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 March 1954 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Breckenridge Story See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is playing at the RKO Chester Theatre in a scene from the United Artists' feature film of Paddy Chayefsky's "Marty" (1955) directed by Delbert Mann. The scene features Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair walking under the marquee and standing near the box office and a lobby poster display. See more »

Goofs

When O'Mara is fleeing with the white stallion, tyre tracks from the camera vehicle can be seen in the lower left corner of screen. See more »

Quotes

Whitey Kincaid: I'm as good as my word... sometimes better!
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Referenced in Ljuset från Lund (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Noche de Ronda
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Written by Maria Teresa Lara
Performed by Abbe Lane
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Duryea rules
2 June 2012 | by drystyxSee all my reviews

This is a classic style western with Audie Murphy as the good guy seeking out the killers of his father and brother. Fortunately, he's got experience in the field of "troubleshooter", and can handle things better than the killers, the town's most respected men, think. They send him on suicide missions against the likes of wild cards Dan Duryea, the professor Russell Johnson, and Jack Elam, only to be stunned by Audie's survival against these odds.

In making this, you could see that all involved allowed Duryea's overwhelming persona to take control. And that was the key. A great work relies not only on the great persona, but also the others to be willing to work off of him. "Great actors are great reactors" is known well to the acting community. A pity that many of the plebes who post on IMDb will laud the wrong actor.

Anyone can play a sadist. The real actors are the ones who can react to the sadist, and let him come across with power. Anyone can shout "That ain't no country I ever heard of", but the real actor is the one who is willing to stutter "What?" over and over.

However, here, Duryea deserves his praise. He's not your cliché bad guy. He's Duryea, full of fun and laughter, and each film he manages to make the character a little different. Just saying that the others deserve respect, too, for their cooperation.

Full of thrills, the film seems to last only a few minutes. And that's the sign of a good director. You get your bang for the bullet here.

Plus the classic combo of Murphy and Duryea. The only thing more magical than that would be to add in Stewart with an accordion.


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