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      The Oklahoman

      Released May 19, 1957 1h 20m Western List
      Reviews 25% Audience Score 50+ Ratings While moving his family out West, Dr. John Brighton (Joel McCrea) loses his wife in childbirth. After her death, John sets up his home in Indian territory. By the time his daughter is 7 years old, two women are competing for the doctor's affections: Ann (Barbara Hale), a rancher's widow, and Maria (Gloria Talbott), a young Native American maiden who watches over the doctor's daughter. When the town bully, Mel (Douglas Dick), wants to take the land of Maria's father, the doctor gets involved. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A classy western. Rated: C+ Apr 18, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Routine western about town doctor Joel McCrea trying to keep the peace in his small town. Brad Dexter plays the films baddie and Leonard Maltin noted that Alan Hale wears the same outfit in a disturbingly high number of scenes. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member ok LB (low budget) western Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member 131225: "Leisurely paced" is a good description. Not a bad film overall and I enjoyed Joel McCrea. He's right up there with other classic western stars. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member It was a decent movie. Joel McCrea is a doc he help people who is sick. And then the bullies came to town. Mess with a friend of his. And he gets mad. Anyways it was alright decent movie. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member It's a typical Western, and that's where the film suffers. If you've seen one Western, then more than likely it's similar and better to this one. The film does everything that other Westerns do, but it doesn't do much to separate itself. It's when the plot starts to focus on the prejudism aspects against Indians is when it succeeds, but it doesn't have much of a focus on this plot. The film is ok, but I recommend other Westerns more than this. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis While moving his family out West, Dr. John Brighton (Joel McCrea) loses his wife in childbirth. After her death, John sets up his home in Indian territory. By the time his daughter is 7 years old, two women are competing for the doctor's affections: Ann (Barbara Hale), a rancher's widow, and Maria (Gloria Talbott), a young Native American maiden who watches over the doctor's daughter. When the town bully, Mel (Douglas Dick), wants to take the land of Maria's father, the doctor gets involved.
      Director
      Francis D. Lyon
      Producer
      Walter Mirisch
      Screenwriter
      Daniel Bruce
      Distributor
      Allied Artists Pictures
      Production Co
      Allied Artists Pictures Corporation
      Genre
      Western
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 19, 1957, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 22, 2009
      Runtime
      1h 20m
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