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    Special Features

    • Interview with director Thomas Carr
    • Photo gallery of original advertising materials (images courtesy of Boyd Magers, Western Clippings)
    • Trailers


    Guns of Justice
    Colorado Ranger was the third in Lippert Studio's six-film "Four Star Western" series. All six entries were filmed simultaneously within the same month, and all starred Russell "Lucky" Hayden, James "Shamock" Ellison, Raymond Hatton, Fuzzy Knight, and Betty (later Julie) Adams. In this installment, "Shamrock" takes on the outlaw gang that kidnapped his father. "Lucky" tags along to give his pal a hand. The dialogue sounds as if it was being made up as the film went along, which may very well have been the case. Colorado Ranger was released to television as The Last Bullet. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    West of the Brazos
    West of the Brazos was one of six westerns filmed back-to-back within a single month by Lippert Studios in 1950. All of these films starred Russ "Lucky" Hayden, Jimmy "Shamrock" Ellson, Raymond Hatton, Fuzzy Knight and Betty (later Julie) Adams. In Brazos, "Lucky" and "Shamrock" try to foil the evil machinations of a group of crooked land speculators. At stake are thousand of acres of oil-rich property, rightfully belonging to the local ranchers. West of the Brazos has been released to television as Rangeland Empire. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Crooked River
    Crooked River is another of Lippert Studio's "Four Star" western series. These six films were shot back-to-back in the space of a month; all were directed by Thomas Carr, and all starred Russell "Lucky" Hayden, Jimmy "Shamrock" Ellison, Raymond Hatton, Fuzzy Knight and Betty (later Julie) Adams. This time, Shamrock hopes to avenge the murder of his parents. The clue to the killer's identity is a ring, stolen from Shamrock's father. Director Thomas Carr was later a leading light of TV's Superman. Crooked River was released to television as The Last Bullet. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Marshal of Heldorado
    Marshal of Heldorado is one of six "Four-Star" westerns produced and released by Lippert Pictures in 1950. If these six films tend to look alike, it isn't surprising. All six were filmed at the same time within a space of four weeks, and all starred Russell "Lucky" Hayden, Jimmy "Shamrock" Ellison, Raymond Hatton, Fuzzy Knight and Betty (later Julie) Adams. In this outing, Shamrock and Lucky come to the aid of a banker (Hatton) with an unsavory past. A gang of crooks has been blackmailing the banker into cooperating with their robbery schemes, but Our Heroes scotch this little racket in record time. Marshal of Heldorado was released to television as Blazing Guns. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Fast on the Draw
    Fast on the Draw was one of six Lippert Studios "Four Star" westerns, all of which were filmed simultaneously in the space of a single month. Jimmy Ellison plays Shamrock, a Colorado Ranger who suffers from a fear of firearms. Despite this handicap, Shamrock is assigned to pose as a gunman, the better to get the goods on a crooked land baron. As in the early "Four Star" outings, Ellison's co-stars are Russ Hayden, Raymond Hatton, Fuzzy Knight and Betty (later Julie) Adams. Cast as the outlaw leader is Tom Tyler, whose performance is hampered somewhat by encroaching arthritis. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Hostile Country
    Though released second, Hostile Country was the first of six "Four Star" westerns, filmed back to back within the space of four weeks by Lippert Productions. Starring in all six of these quickie oaters are Jimmie Ellison and Russell Hayden as a couple of wandering cavaliers named Shamrock and Lucky. This time around, Our Heroes come to the aid of a pretty cattle rancher (Betty Adams), who is being victimized by a gang of landgrabbers. Like Ellison and Hayden, Betty Adams (who later billed herself as Julie Adams) was also present in all six of Lippert's "Four Star" westerns, as were Raymond Hatton and Fuzzy Knight. Hostile Country was later released to TV as Outlaw Fury. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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