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Cattle Town (1952)

Approved | | Western | 6 September 1952 (USA)
Post-civil-war Texas sells lands to wealthy Northerners but some of them are crooks bent on cheating the locals, prompting an investigation headed by the governor's envoy.


Noel M. Smith (as Noel Smith)


Thomas W. Blackburn (as Tom Blackburn)




Complete credited cast:
Dennis Morgan ... Mike McGann
Philip Carey ... Ben Curran
Amanda Blake ... Marian Hastings
Rita Moreno ... Queli
Paul Picerni ... Pepe
Ray Teal ... Judd Hastings
Jay Novello ... Felipe Rojas
George O'Hanlon ... Shiloh
Robert J. Wilke ... Keeno (as Bob Wilke)
Sheb Wooley ... Miller
Charles Meredith ... Texas Governor
Merv Griffin ... Joseph - Governor's Secretary


Following the Civil War, the state of Texas, needing money, sells land to a syndicate of northerners headed by Judd Hastings (Ray Teal). When Hastings demands the land, and the squatters refuses to vacate, the governor sends Mike McGann (Dennis Morgan) to settle the issues. Eventually, McGann gets the ranchers to move on to other areas with their cattle, which Hastings also covets. McGann also falls in love with Hastings' daughter, Marian (Amanda Blake). Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Toward a Noble Swansong
11 December 2015 | by adamshlSee all my reviews

He rides, he romances, he's fast with his fists and--best of all--bursts into song at the drop of a hat, displaying a formidable Irish tenor. It's talented and quite beloved Dennis Morgan, nearing the end of a lengthy film career.

The story's about the governor of Texas who sends Cowboy Morgan to keep the peace between ranchers and a land baron. After many film roles from heavy dramas to light comedies, Dennis still looks good and plays his hero role with substantial conviction.

Morgan gets to sing more songs and in more varied situations than you could shake a stick at, and even his adversaries seem to have their savage beasts tamed by this cowboy's melodious strains.

The film isn't ever going to win any prizes; it's just interesting and enjoyable to see and hear one who was born to be a star go through these western paces before riding off to the sunset. Also of special interest is a young (and most attractive) Rita Moreno in an early--and of course Mexican--role.

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Release Date:

6 September 1952 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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