Best Western Movies of 1953

1.

Shane

5.5
7.6/10

A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smouldering settler and rancher conflict forces him to act.

Starring: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde, Jack Palance
Directed by: George Stevens
Release date: 1953-04-23
2.

The Naked Spur

3.8
7.4/10

Howard Kemp has been tracking killer Ben Vandergroat for a long time. In the Colorado Rockies, he teams up with prospector Jesse Tate and former Union soldier Roy Anderson. Thinking Kemp is a sheriff, they agree to help for a small fee. When they catch Vandergroat, he tells them Kemp is pursuing a $5,000 bounty. After demanding equal shares, the uneasy alliance heads for Kansas as Vandergroat tries to turn them against each other.

Starring: James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan, Ralph Meeker, Millard Mitchell
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1953-02-06
3.

Calamity Jane

3.7
7.3/10

Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok fuss, feud and fall in love. At first, Calamity is too busy fighting Indians and cracking a bullwhip to pay attention to such girlie things as dresses and perfume. She soon changes her mind when Katie Brown arrives in town.

Starring: Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie, Philip Carey, Dick Wesson
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1953-11-04
4.

Hondo

3.6
7.1/10

Army despatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and her son living in the midst of warring Apaches, and he becomes their protector.

Starring: John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, Michael Pate, Rodolfo Acosta
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1953-11-25
5.

The Sun Shines Bright

3.6
7.0/10
The Sun Shines Bright
John Ford weaves three "Judge Priest" stories together to form a good- natured exploration of honour and small-town politics in the South around the turn of the century. Judge William Priest is involved variously in revealing the real identity of Lucy Lake, reliving his Civil War memories, preventing the lynching of a youth and contesting the elections with Yankee Horace K. Maydew.
Starring: Charles Winninger, Arleen Whelan, John Russell, Stepin Fetchit, Russell Simpson
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1953-05-02
6.

The Man from the Alamo

3.5
6.5/10
The Man from the Alamo
During the war for Texas independence, one man leaves the Alamo before the end (chosen by lot to help others' families) but is too late to accomplish his mission, and is branded a coward. Since he cannot now expose a gang of turncoats, he infiltrates them instead. Can he save a wagon train of refugees from Wade's Guerillas?
Starring: Glenn Ford, Julie Adams, Chill Wills, Hugh O'Brian, Victor Jory
Directed by: Budd Boetticher
Release date: 1953-08-07
7.

Arrowhead

3.2
6.1/10
Arrowhead
Director Charles Marquis Warren's 1953 western stars Charlton Heston and Jack Palance.
Starring: Charlton Heston, Jack Palance, Katy Jurado, Brian Keith, Mary Sinclair
Directed by: Charles Marquis Warren
Release date: 1953-08-03
8.

Gun Fury

3.1
6.0/10
Gun Fury
After a stagecoach holdup, Frank Slayton's notorious gang leave Ben Warren for dead and head off with his fiancée. Warren follows, and although none of the townspeople he comes across are prepared to help, he recruits two others who have sworn revenge on the ruthless Slayton.
Starring: Rock Hudson, Donna Reed, Philip Carey, Roberta Haynes, Leo Gordon
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1953-10-09
9.

Woman They Almost Lynched

2.8
6.7/10
Woman They Almost Lynched
Civil War period film about refined young woman Leslie who comes to Western town and learns to tote gun; title tells the rest.
Starring: John Lund, Brian Donlevy, Audrey Totter, Joan Leslie, Ben Cooper
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1953-03-20
10.

Gunsmoke

2.8
6.7/10
Gunsmoke
Kittridge is hired by the villans but turns to defend the rancher Saxon after learning the true situation. Kittrige wins Saxon's ranch with a cut of the cards but Saxon has other reasons for loosing the gamble. Telford and Lake try everything from bushwacking to setting a wildfire to stop the Saxon/Kittridge herd of cattle from reaching the railhead.
Starring: Audie Murphy, Susan Cabot, Paul Kelly, Charles Drake, Mary Castle
Directed by: Nathan H. Juran
Release date: 1953-03-01
11.

The Lawless Breed

2.8
6.3/10
The Lawless Breed
After being released from prison, ex-gunfighter John Wesley Hardin hopes to have his autobiography published in order to rehabilitate his tarnished reputation.
Starring: Rock Hudson, Julie Adams, Lee Van Cleef, Mary Castle, John McIntire
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1953-01-03
12.

Thunder Over the Plains

2.7
6.5/10
Thunder Over the Plains
Set in 1869, after the Civil War, Texas had not yet been readmitted to the Union and carpetbaggers, hiding behind the legal protection of the Union Army of occupation, had taken over the state. Federal Captain Porter (Randolph Scott), a Texan, has to carry out orders against his own people. He brings in the rebel leader Ben Westman, (Charles McGraw), whom he knows is innocent of a murder that he is accused of. In trying to prove his innocence, Porter himself becomes a wanted man.
Starring: Randolph Scott, Lex Barker, Phyllis Kirk, Charles McGraw, Henry Hull
Directed by: André De Toth
Release date: 1953-10-27
13.

Last of the Comanches

2.7
6.3/10
Last of the Comanches
It's 1876 and all the Indians are at peace except the Comanches lead by Black Cloud. When Black Cloud wipes out a town, only six soldiers are left and they head for the nearest fort. In the desert they are reinforced by members of a stagecoach and find some water at a deserted mission. Pinned down by Black Cloud they send an Indian boy who was Black Cloud's prisoner on to the fort while they try to bargain with Black Cloud whom they learn is without water.
Starring: Broderick Crawford, Barbara Hale, Johnny Stewart, Lloyd Bridges, Mickey Shaughnessy
Directed by: André De Toth
Release date: 1953-02-01
14.

Northern Patrol

2.7
6.3/10
Northern Patrol
Northern Patrol was the last entry in Monogram/Allied Artists' off-and-on "Northwest Mountie" series. Taking time off from his Sky King shooting schedule, Kirby Grant stars as mounted policeman Rod Webb, while second billing is bestowed upon Webb's faithful dog Chinook. In this one, Webb tries to prove that the suicide of a young trapper was actually murder. The film offers a dash of novelty value in having the principal baddie turn out to be a beautiful woman (Marion Carr). Scripted by actor Warren Douglas, Northern Patrol was directed by Rex Bailey, the former assistant to the series' original helmsman, Frank McDonald.
Starring: Kirby Grant, Chinook, Marian Carr, William Phipps, Claudia Drake
Directed by: Rex Bailey
Release date: 1953-07-12
15.

The Redhead from Wyoming

2.6
6.3/10
The Redhead from Wyoming
A saloonkeeper sides with the sheriff for justice after she's framed for rustling.
Starring: Maureen O'Hara, Alex Nicol, William Bishop, Robert Strauss, Alexander Scourby
Directed by: Lee Sholem
Release date: 1953-01-08
16.

A Perilous Journey

2.6
6.3/10
A Perilous Journey
A ship of women embarks on a voyage to California. Director R. G. Springsteen's 1953 adventure drama stars Vera Ralston, David Brian, Virginia Grey, Charles Winninger, Veda Ann Borg and Hope Emerson.
Starring: Vera Ralston, David Brian, Scott Brady, Charles Winninger, Hope Emerson
Directed by: R.G. Springsteen
Release date: 1953-04-05
17.

Blowing Wild

2.6
6.5/10
Blowing Wild
Wildcatter Jeff Dawson does his best to bring in a gusher in Mexico despite continual bandit raids. He asks for help from his ex-employer Ward Conway, but Conway, now married to Dawson's ex-lover Marina refuses, fearing that his wife will want to renew her romance with the other man.
Starring: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Anthony Quinn, Ruth Roman, Ward Bond
Directed by: Hugo Fregonese
Release date: 1953-09-16
18.

The Mississippi Gambler

2.6
6.8/10
The Mississippi Gambler
Mark Fallon, with partner Kansas John Polly, tries to introduce honest gambling on the riverboats. His first success makes enemies of the crooked gamblers and of fair Angelique Dureau, whose necklace he won. Later in New Orleans, Mark befriends Angelique's father, but she still affects to despise him as his gambling career brings him wealth. Duelling, tragedy, and romantic complications follow.
Starring: Tyrone Power, Piper Laurie, Julie Adams, John McIntire, Paul Cavanagh
Directed by: Rudolph Maté
Release date: 1953-01-13
19.

Ambush at Tomahawk Gap

2.6
5.9/10
Ambush at Tomahawk Gap
Hodiak, Brian, Derek and Teal have just been released from prison. They return to Tomahawk Gap, now a ghost town, to retrieve the money that they stole and was buried by a partner somewhere in the town. While hunting, the Indians attack, and a life and death battle ensues.
Starring: John Hodiak, John Derek, David Brian, María Elena Marqués, Ray Teal
Directed by: Fred F. Sears
Release date: 1953-05-01
20.

Gun Belt

2.6
5.9/10
Gun Belt
Gunfighter Billy Ringo decides to hang up his guns, buy a ranch and marry Arlene Reach. His brother Matt, father of Chip, the nephew Ringo is trying to keep on the straight and narrow, with three other outlaws, Dixon, Hollaway and Hoke, frame Ringo into pulling a bank robbery with them. Pretending to side with them, after accidentally killing Matt, Ringo informs Marshal Wyatt Earp of their plan to rob a Wells Fargo express wagon. A gunfight ensues at the robbery and the three outlaws are killed and Ike Clinton, the ringleader, is turned over to Marshal Earp by Ringo. Written by Les Adams
Starring: George Montgomery, Tab Hunter, Helen Westcott, John Dehner, Jack Elam
Directed by: Ray Nazarro
Release date: 1953-07-24

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