Masterson of Kansas

Masterson of Kansas

Director: William Castle Cast: George Montgomery, Nancy Gates, James Griffith


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Long before he devoted his life to gimmicky horror epics, director William Castle turned out a series of compact westerns for Columbia. One of the best of the batch was Masterson of Kansas, starring George Montgomery as dandified gunslinger Bat Masterson. The screenplay, by future Maverick mainstay Douglas Heyes, contrives to unite Masterson, Wyatt Earp (Bruce Cowling) and Doc Holliday (James Griffith) together in a common cause. The three protagonists intend to protect an impending land exchange between honest rancher Merrick (John Maxwell) and peace-seeking Indian chief Yellow Hawk (Jay Silverheels) against the crooked chicanery of land baron Clay Bennett (David Bruce). The most interesting characterization is provided by James Griffith, who portrays Doc Holliday as a borderline psychotic with a death wish. Nancy Gates provides the feminine angle as Merrick's daughter Amy.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/2012
UPC: 0043396411036
Original Release: 1954
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures Home
Sales rank: 49,699

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Montgomery Bat Masterson
Nancy Gates Amy Merrick
James Griffith Doc Holliday
Jean Willes Dallas Corey
Benny Rubin Coroner
William Henry Charlie Fry
Jay Silverheels Yellow Hawk
David Bruce Clay Bennett
Gregg Barton Sutton
Don Murphy Virgil Earp
Gregg Martell Mitch
Sandy Sanders Tyler
John Maxwell Merrick
Wesley Hudman Gage
Bruce Cowling Wyatt Earp
Lennie Geer Lt. Post

Technical Credits
William Castle Director
Henry Batista Editor
Henry Freulich Cinematographer
Douglas Heyes Screenwriter
Sam Katzman Producer

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