The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1952)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Run Time - 81 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This last of several movie adaptations of Bret Harte's The Outcasts of Poker Flat stars Cameron Mitchell as a murderous western outlaw, Anne Baxter as his wife, Dale Robertson as a disgraced gambler and Miriam Hopkins as a faded dance hall floozie. All these characters (with a few other socially undesirable types) are trapped in a snowbound mountain cabin. As the chances for rescue fade, the true natures of the cabin's occupants rise to the surface. It is the gambler, outwardly the most cowardly of the bunch, who takes on the outlaw when he threatens the survival of the others. Outcasts of Poker Flat is less downbeat than earlier versions of the story...and, accordingly, less memorable.

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disaster, rescue, survivor, cabin, gambling, group, hostage, killing, mountains, outlaw [Western], snowstorm, stranded, trapped