The Last Posse (1953)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Traditional Western  |   Run Time - 73 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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After his Oscar win for All the King's Men, Broderick Crawford found himself working out his Columbia contract in a string of rapidly deteriorating films. The Last Posse was a middling western, the sort that the studio sent out as bottom-of-bill attractions for their prestige pictures. The posse of the title, headed by sheriff Crawford, is a group of ostensibly honest townsfolk. When they catch up with the desperadoes who robbed a wealthy cattle baron, some of the posse members are overcome by greed and plot to keep the stolen loot for themselves. Once Crawford is wounded in a shootout, avarice prevails. There are no real winners at the end, as the remaining posse members straggle back to town, their heads hung in shame.

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posse, citizen, conscience, cowboy, morals, outlaw [Western], robbery, sheriff, tracking [following], chase, fortune [wealth], trail [path], tycoon, secrets, cattle