Cripple Creek (1952)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Traditional Western  |   Release Date - Jul 1, 1952 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Cripple Creek is an excellent example of Columbia's "A-minus/B-plus" Technicolor westerns of the 1950s. Government agent Bret Ivers (George Montgomery) goes undercover to infiltrate a gang of gold smugglers. Ivers and his two partners (Jerome Courtland and Richard Egan) face exposure and sudden death at every turn; indeed, one of the federal agents meets his demise before the film is a third over. The villains are the erudite-but-deadly Denver Jones (John Dehner) and the just-plain-deadly Silver Kirby (William Bishop). With so much already in its favor, Cripple Creek hardly needs a romantic interest, but Columbia had to keep contract actress Karin Booth busy, thus she shows up briefly as a flashy saloon gal.

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bad-guy, federal-agent, gangster, gold, gold-mine, gold-rush, good-guy, justice, lawman, loot, mine, outlaw [Western], robbery, smuggling, suspicion, tracking [following], undercover