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Blackjack Ketchum, Desperado (1956)

Approved | | Western | 1 April 1956 (USA)
While doing a good deed, the title hero has to shoot a man in self defense, and go into hiding. His peace is interrupted when a cattle baron rides into his territory, and decides to settle ... See full summary »


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Louis L'Amour (novel), Luci Ward (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Howard Duff ... Tom 'Blackjack' Ketchum
Victor Jory ... Jared Tetlow
Margaret Field Margaret Field ... Nita Riordan (as Maggie Mahoney)
Angela Stevens ... Laurie Webster
William Tannen ... Dee Havalik
Martin Garralaga ... Jaime Brigo
Don C. Harvey ... Mac Gill
Jack Littlefield Jack Littlefield ... Burl Tetlow
David Orrick McDearmon David Orrick McDearmon ... Bob Early (as David Orrick)
Ken Christy Ken Christy ... Sheriff Mach
Robert Roark ... Ben Tetlow
Pat O'Malley ... Doc Blaine
Sydney Mason Sydney Mason ... Matt Riordan
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While doing a good deed, the title hero has to shoot a man in self defense, and go into hiding. His peace is interrupted when a cattle baron rides into his territory, and decides to settle there. When no locals want to sell, Jared Tetlow turns to murdering the locals with his hired gun Dee Havalik, and starting a range war. Blackjack finds he has to kill the Tetlow gang off one by one, to restore peace in this movie sharing nothing in common with its real-name historical outlaw. Written by Henry G. Herron <hgherron@wsuhub.uc.twsu.edu>

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Thomas Edward "Blackjack" Ketchum was executed in Clayton, NM, on April 26, 1901. Officials there were inexperienced with the practice of hanging criminals because there, Ketchum was the first one to be sentenced to death by hanging. The night before the hanging was scheduled, an official tested the rope with a 200-pound sandbag, but he forgot to remove it and its weight made the rope as rigid as wire. This caused an immediate decapitation, with Black Jack's headless body landing on its feet, remaining upright for some time. Prior to burial, his head was sutured back onto his body and he was buried at Clayton's Boot Hill. See more »


Blackjack 'Tom' Ketchum: A woman ties on to a man for life. She shouldn't have to feel that every time the sun comes up she might be a widow.
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Movie had good action but the ending was poor.
31 July 2003 | by Burrellfan1See all my reviews

Despite the fact that it was easy to predict how the movie would end after about twenty minutes, it was a decent Western. Howard Duff did a good job as Blackjack Ketchum. The movie did a good job in showing Blackjack not only as a man with a fast gun, but someone with intelligence. Other than the predictable plot, the other weak part of the movie was the end. Although Jared Tetlow was portrayed as a man who let others do his dirty work for him, it made no sense not to have Blackjack and Tetlow square off at the end. I guess the audience was suppose to forget Blackjack killed Tetlow's brother at the beginning of the movie.

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1 April 1956 (USA) See more »

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Hämnaren från bergen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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