Cherokee Strip (1940)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Traditional Western  |   Release Date - Oct 11, 1940 (USA)  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Though not based on a Zane Grey story, The Cherokee Strip fits in thematically with producer Harry Sherman's Grey series. Richard Dix stars as Dave Morrell, the new marshal of Goliath, Oklahoma. Immediately upon arrival, Morrell finds himself at odds with banker Coy Barrett (Victor Jory), who is actually the leader of all local criminal activities. Cagily playing a game of cat and mouse, Morrell strongly and silently gathers evidence against Barrett, leading to an outsized climactic shootout-just in time, since the film was beginning to drag a bit. Critical comparisons to Dix's 1931 starrer Cimarron could not be avoided, but Cherokee Strip was more straightforward adventure fare than the earlier film. Florence Rice is the pretty but hardly necessary romantic interest.

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bad-guy, bank-personnel, gangster, good-guy, lawman, marshal, outlaw [Western], town