El Paso

El Paso

Director: Lewis R. Foster Cast: John Payne, Gail Russell, Sterling Hayden


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Produced in garish Cinecolor, this aspiring "A" Western features John Payne as Clay Fletcher, an Eastern lawyer assigned to track down a judge whose signature is needed for some estate papers. Clay traces the judge, Henry Jeffers (Henry Hull), to El Paso, a lawless town ruthlessly run by saloon owner Bert Donner (Sterling Hayden) and a corrupt sheriff, La Farge (Dick Foran). The judge has become a hopeless drunk and is used as a pawn by Donner, who terrorizes the local farmers off their land. When one settler, John Elkins (Arthur Space), shoots and kills a deputy in self-defense, Clay is at first inclined to trust that justice will prevail and arranges for traveling salesman "Pesky" (George "Gabby" Hayes) to keep Judge Jeffers sober long enough to render a just verdict. But a threatened Donner has both Jeffers and Elkins brutally killed and against the wishes of the judge's daughter Susan (Gail Russell), Clay takes matters into his won hands by organizing a vigilante group. Grandfather Fletcher (H.B. Warner) arrives to remind Clay of his judicial pledges but he, too, is killed by the increasingly insane La Farge. In the end, only the prospect of a mass lynching brings Clay around and the guilty all face a jury of their peers.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/02/2019
UPC: 0738329231194
Original Release: 1949
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Time: 1:43:00
Sales rank: 21,167

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Payne Clayton Fletcher
Gail Russell Susan Jeffers
Sterling Hayden Bert Donner
George "Gabby" Hayes Pesky
Dick Foran Sheriff La Farge
Henry Hull Judge Jeffers
Eduardo Noriega Nacho Vaquez
Mary Beth Hughes Stage Coach Nellie
H.B. Warner Judge Fletcher
Arthur Space John Elkins
Catherine Craig Mrs. John Elkins
Peggy McIntyre Mary 'Lizbeth Fletcher
Steven Geray Indian Joe
Chief Yowlachie Indian Chief
Robert Ellis Jack Elkins

Technical Credits
Lewis R. Foster Director,Screenwriter
Gladys Atwater Original Story
J. Robert Bren Associate Producer
Darrell Calker Score Composer
Ellis W. Carter Cinematographer
David Chudnow Musical Direction/Supervision
Lewis H. Creber Art Director
Chuck Keehne Costumes/Costume Designer
Alfred E. Kegerris Set Decoration/Design
William Pine Producer
Harry Ray Makeup
Howard A. Smith Editor
Paul Stanhope Makeup
William C. Thomas Producer

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