4-Movie Marathon: Westerns Collection [2 Discs] [DVD]

A quartet of classic Western flicks are available in this collection. The movies featured in this set include: The Far Country (1954), starring James Stewart as a lone wolf taking on a nefarious lawmaker; Whispering Smith (1948), starring Alan Ladd as a railroad detective on the trail of criminals; The Plainsman (1936), featuring Gary Cooper as Wild Bill Hickok and Jean Arthur as Calamity Jane; and the crime drama Man in the Shadow (1957), with Jeff Chandler and Orson Welles.
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    The Far Country
    One of the most entertaining of the Western movies to come out of the 1950s, this is a Stewart vehicle in which he must take on the ruthlessness of the frontier. Set in the Yukon, Stewart and his friends are driving cattle to market from Wyoming to Canada, where the boom towns pay top dollar for beef. When they arrive in Skagway, the corrupt sheriff of the town (John McIntire) steals the cattle and Stewart et al are forced to fight for their herd. Together with the female saloon keeper of another town (Ruth Roman), they find themselves up against an evil they were not prepared for. When Stewart's friend (portrayed by Walter Brennan) is killed, he is forced to go up against the evil sheriff. Good versus evil in incredible Yukon settings makes this an above average Western. ~ Tana Hobart, Rovi

    Man in the Shadow
    Man in the Shadow is a better-than-usual Albert Zugsmith production starring Jeff Chandler as the newly appointed lawman in a corrupt southwestern town. A Mexican laborer has been murdered, a crime which powerful land baron Orson Welles wants the sheriff to ignore. Chandler bucks Welles' wishes and investigates the killing, with the trail of evidence leading inexorably to Welles...but what's the motive? Man in the Shadow is unimportant enough on its own, but the fact that it was produced at all would have a far-reaching effect on cinematic history. It was during shooting of this western that producer Albert Zugsmith and actor Orson Welles agreed to collaborate on the Welles-directed masterpiece Touch of Evil (58). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Whispering Smith
    This fact -based western follows a soft-spoken railroad detective (Alan Ladd) as he brings a murderous ring of robbers to justice and rekindles an old flame. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

    The Plainsman

    Cast & Crew


    • James Stewart
      James Stewart - Jeff Webster
    • Ruth Roman
      Ruth Roman - Ronda Castle
    • Corinne Calvet
      Corinne Calvet - Renee Vallon
    • Walter Brennan
      Walter Brennan - Ben Tatem
    • John McIntire
      John McIntire - Mr. Gannon



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