Best Western Movies of 1956


The Searchers

7.9/10 IMDB

As a Civil War veteran spends years searching for a young niece captured by Indians, his motivation becomes increasingly questionable.

Starring: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Natalie Wood, Ward Bond, John Qualen, Olive Carey, Henry Brandon, Ken Curtis, Harry Carey, Jr. ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1956-05-07


7.6/10 IMDB

Wealthy rancher Bick Benedict and dirt-poor cowboy Jett Rink both woo Leslie Lynnton, a beautiful young woman from Maryland who is new to Texas. She marries Benedict, but she is shocked by the racial bigotry of the White Texans against the local people of Mexican descent. Rink discovers oil on a small plot of land, and while he uses his vast, new wealth to buy all the land surrounding the Benedict ranch, the Benedict's disagreement over prejudice fuels conflict that runs across generations.

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Jane Withers, Chill Wills, Mercedes McCambridge, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Rod Taylor ..
Directed by: George Stevens
Release date: 1956-11-08

Friendly Persuasion

7.3/10 IMDB

The story of a family of Quakers in Indiana in 1862. Their religious sect is strongly opposed to violence and war. It's not easy for them to meet the rules of their religion in everyday life but when Southern troops pass the area they are in real trouble. Should they fight, despite their peaceful attitude?

Starring: Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins, Richard Eyer, Robert Middleton, Phyllis Love, Peter Mark Richman, Walter Catlett, Richard Hale, Joel Fluellen ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1956-11-25

7 Men from Now

7.4/10 IMDB

Aging lawman Ben Stride burns a trail of murderous revenge across a hardscrabble landscape searching for his wife's murderers.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Gail Russell, Lee Marvin, Walter Reed, John Larch, Don Barry, Stuart Whitman, Fred Graham, John Beradino, John Phillips ..
Directed by: Budd Boetticher
Release date: 1956-08-04

The Fastest Gun Alive

7.1/10 IMDB

Whenever it becomes known how good he is with guns, ex-gunman George and his wife Dora have to flee the town, in fear of all the gunmen who might want to challenge him. Unfortunately he again spills his secret when he's drunk. All citizens swear to keep his secret and support him to give up his guns forever -- but a boy tells the story to a gang of wanted criminals. Their leader threatens to burn down the whole town, if he doesn't duel him.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Jeanne Crain, Broderick Crawford, Russ Tamblyn, Allyn Joslyn, Leif Erickson, John Dehner, Noah Beery Jr., J. M. Kerrigan, Rhys Williams ..
Directed by: Russell Rouse
Release date: 1956-07-12


7.1/10 IMDB

Jubal Troop is a cowboy who is found in a weakened condition, without a horse. He is given shelter at Shep Horgan's large ranch, where he quickly makes an enemy in foreman Pinky, a cattleman who accuses Jubal of carrying the smell of sheep.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, Rod Steiger, Charles Bronson, Valerie French, Felicia Farr, Basil Ruysdael, Noah Beery Jr., Jack Elam, John Dierkes ..
Directed by: Delmer Daves
Release date: 1956-04-06

The Last Hunt

6.9/10 IMDB

A buffalo hunter has a falling-out with his partner, who kills for fun.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger, Lloyd Nolan, Debra Paget, Russ Tamblyn, Joe De Santis, Ainslie Pryor, Ralph Moody, Fred Graham, Constance Ford ..
Directed by: Richard Brooks
Release date: 1956-04-30
Best Western Movies of 1956 : The Rainmaker

The Rainmaker

6.9/10 IMDB

Lizzie Curry is on the verge of becoming a hopeless old maid. Her wit and intelligence and skills as a homemaker can't make up for the fact that she's just plain plain! Even the town sheriff, File, for whom she harbors a secrect yen, won't take a chance --- until the town suffers a drought and into the lives of Lizzie and her brothers and father comes one Bill Starbuck ... profession: Rainmaker!

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Katharine Hepburn, Wendell Corey, Lloyd Bridges, Earl Holliman, Cameron Prud'Homme, Wallace Ford, Yvonne Lime, Jack Kenny ..
Directed by: Joseph Anthony
Release date: 1956-12-13

The Last Wagon

7.0/10 IMDB

When a handful of settlers survive an Apache attack on their wagon train they must put their lives into the hands of Comanche Todd, a white man who has lived with the Comanches most of his life and is wanted for the murder of three men.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Felicia Farr, Susan Kohner, Tommy Rettig, Ray Stricklyn, Nick Adams, Carl Benton Reid, Timothy Carey, Stephane Griffin, Stephanie Griffin ..
Directed by: Delmer Daves
Release date: 1956-09-21
Best Western Movies of 1956 : The Proud Ones

The Proud Ones

6.9/10 IMDB

Robert Ryan plays an aging sheriff responsible for law and order in a frontier cattle town. Virginia Mayo plays his fiancee. As if handling wild cattle drovers isn't enough, a crooked casino operator from Ryan's past comes to town. An early scuffle in the casino leaves Ryan with vision problems that interfere with his duties. Jeffrey Hunter who came to town with a cattle drive encounters Ryan, who killed Hunter's father when Hunter was young. Feelings of animosity soon change as Hunter begins to sense Ryan is telling the truth about his father. What follows is a plot that continues to thicken to the inevitable showdown.

Starring: Robert Ryan, Virginia Mayo, Jeffrey Hunter, Robert Middleton, Walter Brennan, Arthur O'Connell, Rodolfo Acosta, Ken Clark, George Mathews, Fay Roope ..
Directed by: Robert D. Webb
Release date: 1956-05-15
Best Western Movies of 1956 : Tribute to a Bad Man

Tribute to a Bad Man

6.6/10 IMDB

Jeremy Rodock is a tough horse rancher who strings up rustlers soon as look at them. Fresh out of Pennsylvania, Steve Miller finds it hard to get used to Rodock's ways, although he takes an immediate shine to his Greek girl Jocasta.

Starring: James Cagney, Don Dubbins, Stephen McNally, Irene Papas, Vic Morrow, James Griffith, Onslow Stevens, James Bell, Jeanette Nolan, Chubby Johnson ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1956-03-30

Davy Crockett and the River Pirates

6.6/10 IMDB

Davy Crockett and his sidekick Georgie compete against boastful Mike Fink ("King of the River") in a boat race to New Orleans. Later, Davy and Georgie, allied with Fink, battle a group of river pirates trying to pass themselves off as Native Americans.

Starring: Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Jeff York, Kenneth Tobey, Clem Bevans, Irvin Ashkenazy, Mort Mills, Paul Newlan, Frank Richards, Troy Melton ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1956-07-18

Love Me Tender

6.2/10 IMDB

At the end of the Civil War, a Confederate team is ordered to rob a Union payroll train but the war ends leaving these men with their Union loot, until the Feds come looking for it.

Starring: Richard Egan, Debra Paget, Elvis Presley, Robert Middleton, William Campbell, Neville Brand, Mildred Dunnock, Bruce Bennett, James Drury, Russ Conway ..
Directed by: Robert D. Webb
Release date: 1956-11-15


6.6/10 IMDB

Jim Slater's father (whom he never knew) died in the Apache ambush at Gila Valley, and Jim is searching for the one survivor, who supposedly went for help but disappeared with a lot of gold. In the process, he gets several people gunning for him, and he keeps meeting liberated woman Karyl Orton, who may be on a similar mission. Renewed Apache hostilities and an impending range war provide complications.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Donna Reed, William Campbell, John McIntire, Barton MacLane, Harry Morgan, Robert J. Wilke, Jack Lambert, Roy Roberts, Edward Platt ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1956-03-14
Best Western Movies of 1956 : Walk the Proud Land

Walk the Proud Land

6.6/10 IMDB

Indian Agent sent to try new approach to peace with Apaches based on respect for automomy rather than submission to Army. Wins over reservation chiefs and the Indian widow (Bancroft) given to him as housekeeper. Through use of diplomacy and demonstrations of faith in Apache leaders, reservation is put on the road to automomy. Conflicts arise between Apache widow and Eastern wife but latter has a lot to learn.

Starring: Audie Murphy, Anne Bancroft, Pat Crowley, Charles Drake, Tommy Rall, Robert Warwick, Jay Silverheels, Eugene Mazzola, Anthony Caruso, Victor Millan ..
Directed by: Jesse Hibbs
Release date: 1956-09-01

The Lone Ranger

6.6/10 IMDB

The territorial governor asks the Lone Ranger to investigate mysterious raids on settlers by Indians who ride with saddles. Wealthy rancher Reese Kilgore wants to mine silver on Spirit Mountain which is sacred to the Indians.

Starring: Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels, Lyle Bettger, Bonita Granville, Perry Lopez, Robert J. Wilke, John Pickard, Beverly Washburn, Michael Ansara, Frank De Kova ..
Directed by: Stuart Heisler
Release date: 1956-02-25

The Great Locomotive Chase

6.8/10 IMDB

During the Civil War, a Union spy, Andrews, is asked to lead a band of Union soldiers into the South so that they could destroy the railway system. However, things don't go as planned when the conductor of the train that they stole is on to them and is doing everything he can to stop them. Based on a true story.

Starring: Fess Parker, Jeffrey Hunter, Jeff York, John Lupton, Eddie Firestone, Kenneth Tobey, Don Megowan, Claude Jarman Jr., Harry Carey, Jr., Leonard P. Geer ..
Directed by: Francis D. Lyon
Release date: 1956-06-08


6.1/10 IMDB

Rich momma's boy Wade Kingsley Jr. an Eastern dude, tries to follow in his murdered father's footsteps by returning to the West to partner up with Slim Moseley Jr.,the son of his father's former partner. Wade overcomes Slim's initial reluctance to accept him by using his fortune to buy a prize cow and new car to help Slim in his job as foreman on the Kingsley family ranch, currently under siege by a gang of outlaws called "masked raiders." Wade generously tries to pay off the ranch's mortgage with $15,000 of his own money, but unfortunately neither "pardner" realizes that respected banker Dan Hollis, the son of their fathers' murderer, is the leader of the gang.

Starring: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Lori Nelson, Jeff Morrow, Lon Chaney Jr., Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam, John Baragrey, Agnes Moorehead, Milton Frome ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1956-08-01

Three Violent People

6.2/10 IMDB

A rancher, his shady bride and his one-armed brother fight amid carpetbaggers in Texas.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Anne Baxter, Gilbert Roland, Tom Tryon, Forrest Tucker, Bruce Bennett, Elaine Stritch, Barton MacLane, Peter Hansen, John Harmon ..
Directed by: Rudolph Maté
Release date: 1956-12-01
Best Western Movies of 1956 : Naked Gun

Naked Gun

6.7/10 IMDB

Don Pablo Salazar steals a fortune in jewels from an Indian tribe and an Aztec medicine man puts a curse on the jewels until they are returned. Years later, an American insurance man promises to deliver the Salazar fortune to the rightful heir...

Starring: Willard Parker, Mara Corday, Barton MacLane, Tom Brown, Veda Ann Borg, Chick Chandler, Jody McCrea, Billy House, Rick Vallin, Morris Ankrum ..
Directed by: Eddie Dew
Release date: 1956-11-01


6.0/10 IMDB

American arms dealer Kennedy hopes to make a killing by selling to the "regulares" in the 1916 Mexican revolution. American mercenary Wilson favors the rebel faction headed by Escobar, and they plot to hijack Kennedy's arms; but Wilson also has his eye on Kennedy's wife. Raids, counter-raids, and escapes follow in a veritable hail of bullets.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Ursula Thiess, Gilbert Roland, Zachary Scott, Rodolfo Acosta, José Torvay, Henry Brandon, Douglas Fowley ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1956-09-01

The King and Four Queens

6.1/10 IMDB

Opportunistic con man Dan Kehoe ingratiates himself with the cantankerous mother of four outlaws and their beautiful widows in order to find their hidden gold.

Starring: Clark Gable, Eleanor Parker, Jean Willes, Jo Van Fleet, Barbara Nichols, Sara Shane, Roy Roberts, Arthur Shields, Jay C. Flippen, Florenz Ames ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1956-12-21
Best Western Movies of 1956 : 7th Cavalry

7th Cavalry

5.8/10 IMDB

An officer accused of cowardice volunteers to bring back General Custers's body after Little Big Horn.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Barbara Hale, Jay C. Flippen, Frank Faylen, Harry Carey, Jr., Denver Pyle, Jeanette Nolan, Leo Gordon, Michael Pate, Donald Curtis ..
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1956-12-01
Best Western Movies of 1956 : Barbary-Coast Bunny

Barbary-Coast Bunny

7.5/10 IMDB

After Bugs' giant gold nugget is stolen by Nasty Canasta, he tries to win it back at Canasta's San Francisco gambling hall.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1956-07-21


6.5/10 IMDB

New ranch owner Frank Madden, half Indian but posing as white, arrives just as an all white jury finds the three white Shipley brothers who lynched three Indians innocent. There is soon trouble between Frank and the Shipleys who are using Frank's land to graze their cattle. When the brother of one of the Indian victims kills a Shipley, Frank is accused and put in jail. The Shipleys then organize a lynch mob and head for the jail.

Starring: Guy Madison, Felicia Farr, Kathryn Grant, Michael Pate, Edward Platt, Otto Hulett, Frank De Kova, Wayne Mallory, Robert Burton, Ralph Moody ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1956-11-02
Best Western Movies of 1956 : Rebel in Town

Rebel in Town

6.8/10 IMDB

Ex-Confederate Bedloe Mason and his four sons ride into a small Western town with robbery in mind. Hearing a suspicious "click," Wes Mason whirls and shoots dead a boy playing with a cap pistol. The Mason clan then flees but Gray Mason, feeling remorse, decides to return to the town. He winds up at the home of John and Nora Willoughby who, unknown to him, are parents of the dead boy. Nora recognizes him as one of the Confederates but keeps quiet, wishing to avoid more violence. However, when John learns of Gray's true identity, he determines to avenge his son's death

Starring: John Payne, Ruth Roman, J. Carrol Naish, Ben Cooper, John Smith, Ben Johnson, James Griffith, Mary Adams, Bobby Clark, Mimi Gibson ..
Directed by: Alfred L. Werker
Release date: 1956-07-30
Best Western Movies of 1956 : A Cowboy Needs a Horse

A Cowboy Needs a Horse

6.4/10 IMDB

A young boy dreams of being a cowboy. After he gets the basics, as outlined in the title song, he's attacked by Indians. He runs out of bullets and manages to lasso them. He smokes the peace pipe with their chief. A robber is holding up a stagecoach and he rides to the rescue, refusing the reward. He also saves a train from a dynamited bridge, and a girl tied to a cactus, before riding into the sunset (and back to his suburban bed).

Directed by: Bill Justice
Release date: 1956-11-06

Pillars of the Sky

6.2/10 IMDB

First Sergeant Emmett Bell faces off with Apache chieftain Kamiakin in this nuanced portrayal of racial tensions between Native Americans and white settlers in 1860s Oregon Country.

Starring: Jeff Chandler, Dorothy Malone, Ward Bond, Keith Andes, Lee Marvin, Sydney Chaplin, Willis Bouchey, Michael Ansara, Olive Carey, Charles Horvath ..
Directed by: George Marshall
Release date: 1956-09-14
Best Western Movies of 1956 : Red Sundown

Red Sundown

6.5/10 IMDB

When his life is saved in a shootout by a fellow gunman whose life he in turn had saved, Alex Longmire promises to give up his way of life. Riding into town he finds the only job available is deputy to sheriff Jade Murphy, an honest man caught between small farmers and a local cattle baron. And he has a pretty daughter. So Longmire decides to stay and see if he can use his expertise with firearms for good.

Starring: Rory Calhoun, Martha Hyer, Dean Jagger, Robert Middleton, Grant Williams, Lita Baron, James Millican, Trevor Bardette, Leo Gordon, David Kasday ..
Directed by: Jack Arnold
Release date: 1956-03-01
Best Western Movies of 1956 : Gun the Man Down

Gun the Man Down

6.3/10 IMDB

An outlaw is left for dead by his gang after being shot. A year later, he is released from jail with one thing on his mind: Revenge.

Starring: James Arness, Angie Dickinson, Emile Meyer, Robert J. Wilke, Harry Carey, Jr., Don Megowan, Michael Emmet, Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, Frank Fenton, George DeNormand ..
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1956-11-15
Best Western Movies of 1956 : Stranger at My Door

Stranger at My Door

6.7/10 IMDB

Notorious outlaw Clay Anderson and gang rob the town bank and flee in separate directions. Riding hard, Clay's horse goes lame and he is forced to pull-up at a nearby farm. He soon discovers that the place belongs to local preacher Hollis Jarret, his new wife, and a son from a previous marriage. Clay, posing as a weary traveler, tries to insinuate himself into a secure hideout, but the reverend isn't fooled. He agrees to allow Clay to remain at the farm for a few days, but his motive isn't the preservation of his family's safety. Hollis reasons that, with time, patience and a lot of faith, he can convince the outlaw to turn over a new leaf. But Clay's criminal tendencies may run deeper than the preacher had imagined

Starring: Macdonald Carey, Patricia Medina, Skip Homeier, Stephen Wootton, Louis Jean Heydt, Howard Wright, Slim Pickens, Malcolm Atterbury, Peter Brocco, Paul E. Burns ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1956-04-06
Best Western Movies of 1956 : The Young Guns

The Young Guns

5.6/10 IMDB

After he's continually harrassed and bullied by his town's citizens, the orphaned teenage son of a notorious gunslinger takes flight and joins a gang of youthful outlaws. Director Albert Band's 1956 western stars Russ Tamblyn, Gloria Talbott, Perry Lopez, Scott Marlowe, Rayford Barnes, Chubby Johnson, Ray Teal, Walter Coy, Dabbs Greer and Myron Healey.

Starring: Russ Tamblyn, Gloria Talbott, Perry Lopez, Scott Marlowe, Wright King, Walter Coy, Chubby Johnson, Myron Healey, James Goodwin, Rayford Barnes ..
Directed by: Albert Band
Release date: 1956-09-12

Man from Del Rio

6.4/10 IMDB

Mexican gunfighter Dave Robles outdraws the town's outlaw-turned-sheriff and is invited to fill the dead man's shoes. But a tin star doesn't bring automatic respectability and Robles is shunned by the town's leading citizens. His popularity with its less-savory element, particularly saloonkeeper Bannister, wanes dramatically, too, as he starts to take his job seriously. It is his love for a decent, caring woman that keeps Dave in town, but can she convince him to lay down his gun and start a new life?

Starring: Anthony Quinn, Katy Jurado, Peter Whitney, Douglas Fowley, John Larch, Whit Bissell, Douglas Spencer, Bill Erwin, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams ..
Directed by: Harry Horner
Release date: 1956-10-30
Best Western Movies of 1956 : Canyon River

Canyon River

6.0/10 IMDB

A rancher's foreman schemes against him on a cattle drive from Oregon to Wyoming.

Starring: George Montgomery, Marcia Henderson, Peter Graves, Richard Eyer, Walter Sande, Robert J. Wilke, Alan Hale Jr., John Harmon, Jack Lambert, William Fawcett ..
Directed by: Harmon Jones
Release date: 1956-08-04
Best Western Movies of 1956 : The White Squaw

The White Squaw

5.8/10 IMDB

A Swedish settler (David Brian) starts a war when he tries to drive Dakotas off their Wyoming reservation.

Starring: David Brian, May Wynn, William Bishop, Nancy Hale, William Leslie, Myron Healey, Robert C. Ross, Frank De Kova, George Keymas, Roy Roberts ..
Directed by: Ray Nazarro
Release date: 1956-11-01
Best Western Movies of 1956 : Dakota Incident

Dakota Incident

5.9/10 IMDB

Indians attack a stagecoach, and a disparate band of passengers must band together to fight them off.

Starring: Linda Darnell, Dale Robertson, John Lund, Ward Bond, Regis Toomey, Skip Homeier, Irving Bacon, John Doucette, Whit Bissell, William Fawcett ..
Directed by: Lewis R. Foster
Release date: 1956-07-23
Best Western Movies of 1956 : The Brass Legend

The Brass Legend

6.2/10 IMDB

During a ride with his new pony Sinoya, the young Clay Gibson by chance finds the secret housing of the multiple murderer Tris Hatten. He reports immediately to Sheriff Adams, who strongly recommends him not to tell anybody about it. Unfortunately Clay talks to his father nevertheless. He believes Adams just wanted fame and reward for himself and accuses him in the newspaper. Thereby he endangers his son, who's now targeted by a killer which Tris' girlfriend Winnie hired for revenge. Written by Tom Zoerner

Starring: Hugh O'Brian, Nancy Gates, Raymond Burr, Rebecca Welles, Norman Leavitt, Donald MacDonald, Robert Burton, Eddie Firestone, Willard Sage, Robert Griffin ..
Directed by: Gerd Oswald
Release date: 1956-12-01

Tension at Table Rock

6.4/10 IMDB

When the owner of a stagecoach station is killed, a gunman takes his place.

Starring: Richard Egan, Dorothy Malone, Cameron Mitchell, Billy Chapin, Royal Dano, Edward Andrews, John Dehner, DeForest Kelley, Joe De Santis, Angie Dickinson ..
Directed by: Charles Marquis Warren
Release date: 1956-10-03

Blackjack Ketchum Desperado

6.0/10 IMDB

A former gunslinger comes to the aid of ranchers battling a murderous land baron.

Starring: Howard Duff, Victor Jory, Margaret Field, Angela Stevens, William Tannen, Martín Garralaga, Ken Christy, Don C. Harvey, Jack Littlefield, David Orrick McDearmon ..
Directed by: Earl Bellamy
Release date: 1956-04-01

Great Day in the Morning

6.4/10 IMDB

After a card game, Southerner Owen Pentecost finds himself the owner of a Denver hotel. Involved with two women, he then has to make even more fundamental choices when, with the start of the Civil War, he becomes one of a small minority in a strongly Unionist town.

Starring: Virginia Mayo, Robert Stack, Ruth Roman, Alex Nicol, Raymond Burr, Leo Gordon, Regis Toomey, Carleton Young, Donald MacDonald, Kermit Maynard ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1956-05-16
Best Western Movies of 1956 : The First Texan

The First Texan

6.1/10 IMDB

After arriving in Texas to escape a scandal back east, lawyer Sam Houston just wants to hang out his shingle, keep a low profile, and stay out of any political intrigue. However, when President Jackson personally orders him to lead the fight for Texan independence, he overcomes his reluctance to become involved and leads his compatriots to a string of victories over the Mexican army.

Starring: Joel McCrea, Felicia Farr, Jeff Morrow, Wallace Ford, Abraham Sofaer, Jody McCrea, Chubby Johnson, William Hopper, Dayton Lummis, Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ..
Directed by: Byron Haskin
Release date: 1956-06-29

The Burning Hills

5.8/10 IMDB

When Trace Jordan's brother is murdered by members of the land-grabbing Sutton family, he vows to report this injustice to the nearest Army fort.

Starring: Tab Hunter, Natalie Wood, Skip Homeier, Eduard Franz, Earl Holliman, Claude Akins, Ray Teal, Frank Puglia, Hal Baylor, Tyler MacDuff ..
Directed by: Stuart Heisler
Release date: 1956-09-01
Best Western Movies of 1956 : Fury at Gunsight Pass

Fury at Gunsight Pass

6.2/10 IMDB

An outlaw terrorizes the citizens of Gunsight Pass while he searches for stolen bank money that mysteriously disappeared after a robbery.

Starring: David Brian, Neville Brand, Richard Long, Lisa Davis, Katherine Warren, Percy Helton, Morris Ankrum, Addison Richards, Norman Leavitt, Joseph Forte ..
Directed by: Fred F. Sears
Release date: 1956-02-15

Raw Edge

6.0/10 IMDB

A Texan arrives in Oregon and seeks justice for his innocently-hanged brother

Starring: Rory Calhoun, Yvonne De Carlo, Mara Corday, Neville Brand, Rex Reason, Emile Meyer, Herbert Rudley, Robert J. Wilke, John Gavin, Gregg Barton ..
Directed by: John Sherwood
Release date: 1956-03-24
Best Western Movies of 1956 : The Rawhide Years

The Rawhide Years

6.1/10 IMDB

Ben Matthews gives up the flashy life of a riverboat gambler, hoping to settle down in Galena with his girlfriend, luscious entertainer Zoe. But Galena's leading citizen is murdered on the boat; Ben, on arrival, finds a lynch mob after his neck, and flees. Three years of wandering later, Zoe's letters stop coming and Ben returns to find her and attempt the hopeless task of clearing himself.

Starring: Tony Curtis, Colleen Miller, Arthur Kennedy, William Demarest, William Gargan, Peter van Eyck, Minor Watson, Donald Randolph, Robert J. Wilke, Trevor Bardette ..
Directed by: Rudolph Maté
Release date: 1956-07-01

A Day of Fury

6.2/10 IMDB

Town marshal Alan Burnett life is saved by a stranger he meets on the trail. His rescuer turns out to be Jagade, a gunslinger just returned after years away, who finds when he gets into town that he can't abide the peace that has been settled between "his" people (i.e. the saloon-keepers, gamblers, etc.) and the righteous, "respectable" folk.

Starring: Dale Robertson, Mara Corday, Jock Mahoney, Carl Benton Reid, Jan Merlin, John Dehner, Dee Carroll, Sheila Bromley, James Bell, Dani Crayne ..
Directed by: Harmon Jones
Release date: 1956-05-02
Best Western Movies of 1956 : Showdown at Abilene

Showdown at Abilene

6.1/10 IMDB

Jim Trask, former sheriff of Abilene, returns to the town after fighting for the Confederacy to find everyone thought he was dead. His old friend Dave Mosely is now engaged to Trask's former sweetheart and is one of the cattlemen increasingly feuding with the original farmers. Trask is persuaded to take up as sheriff again but there is something about the death of Mosely's brother in the Civil War that is haunting him.

Starring: Jock Mahoney, Martha Hyer, Lyle Bettger, David Janssen, Grant Williams, Ted de Corsia, Harry Harvey, Dayton Lummis, Richard H. Cutting, Robert Anderson ..
Directed by: Charles F. Haas
Release date: 1956-10-01
Best Western Movies of 1956 : Gun for a Coward

Gun for a Coward

6.0/10 IMDB

A young cowboy, whose dedication to the principles of peace and reason has earned him a reputation for cowardice, overcomes his psychological aversion to violence after his elder brother unjustly censures him for not joining in a foolhardy gunfight in which their youngest brother is killed.

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Jeffrey Hunter, Janice Rule, Chill Wills, Dean Stockwell, Josephine Hutchinson, Betty Lynn, Iron Eyes Cody, Robert F. Hoy, Jane Howard ..
Directed by: Abner Biberman
Release date: 1956-12-30
Best Western Movies of 1956 : Ghost Town

Ghost Town

5.8/10 IMDB

A stage headed West with a group of passengers is attacked by Cheyenne Indians, and takes refuge in a nearby ghost town.

Starring: Kent Taylor, John Smith, Marian Carr, Serena Sande, John Doucette, Joel Ashley, Gilman Rankin, Gary Murray, Edmund Hashim, Chief Ted Nez ..
Directed by: Allen H. Miner
Release date: 1956-03-01

Westward Ho, The Wagons!

5.7/10 IMDB

The pioneering trail to Oregon was littered with constant danger. Yet, the hope of the "promised land" keeps American families westward bound despite overwhelming odds. A calm, clear-thinking pioneer attempts to lead a wagon train through territory occupied by Pawnees and Sioux. Along the way, the hardy settlers face horse thieves, kidnappers, and unpredictable Indian attacks in their push to establish a new life in the rugged West.

Starring: Fess Parker, Kathleen Crowley, Jeff York, David Stollery, Sebastian Cabot, George Reeves, Doreen Tracey, Barbara Woodell, John War Eagle, Cubby O'Brien ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1956-12-20

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