Outlaw Territory (1953)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Outlaw (Gunfighter) Film  |   Run Time - 79 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Another entry in the 3D sweepstakes, Hannah Lee is all but forgotten today. That's too bad, because the film at least has historical interest, representing one of the few forays into directing by actor John Ireland, who co-stars in the film with his then-wife Joanne Dru. MacDonald Carey heads the cast as vicious outlaw Bus Crow, who is paid a substantial sum to wipe out a group of homesteaders. Opposing Crow at every turn is U.S. marshal Rochelle (Ireland), who suspects that Crow is responsible for a recent rash of murders but who can prove nothing. Meanwhile, Crow's erstwhile lady friend Hallie (Dru) turns on the bandit when he guns down an innocent little boy. The title Hannah Lee has far less relevance to the plot than Wicked Water, the title of the MacKinlay Kantor novel upon which this film is based. Credited as co-director is the film's cinematographer, Oscar-winner Lee Garmes.

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bad-guy, bar [pub], cafe, conflict, cowboy, employment, family, good-guy, gunfighter, hired-gun [consultant], homestead, judgment, killing, lawman, love, marshal, outlaw [Western], owner, plans, suspicion, terrorism, tracking [following], wound [injury]