Framed for murder, Jim Guthrie barely escapes lynching by the town mob, becomes a wanted fugitive for three years but returns to find the real killer. Director: Alfred L. Werker (as Alfred Werker) Writers: Alex Gottlieb (story), Richard Alan Simmons Stars: Dana Andrews, Donna Reed, Dianne Foster
Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water. Director: Howard Hawks Writers: Leigh Brackett (screenplay), Harry Brown (novel) Stars: John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, James Caan
An aging Pat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons--his sole purpose being to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid. Director: Sam Peckinpah Writer: Rudy Wurlitzer Stars: James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Richard Jaeckel
A marshal tries to bring the son of an old friend, an autocratic cattle baron, to justice for the rape and murder of his wife. Director: John Sturges Writers: Les Crutchfield (story), James Poe (screenplay) Stars: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Carolyn Jones
A young gun slinger tries to help a rancher and his daughter, save their land and cattle from an evil, wealthy land owner. Director: Nathan Juran Writers: D.D. Beauchamp (screenplay), Norman A. Fox (novel) (as Norman A.Fox) Stars: Audie Murphy, Susan Cabot, Paul Kelly
Jim Harvey is hired to guard a small wagon train as it makes its way west. The train is attacked by Indians and Harvey, hoping to persuade Aguila, the chief, to call off the attack due to Director: Nathan Juran Writers: John Meredyth Lucas (screenplay), Kenneth Perkins (novel) Stars: Audie Murphy, Lori Nelson, Chill Wills
In New Mexico, looking for his son's murderer, Ben Kane takes a deputy marshal's job and runs into young Billy Young who's on the lam. Director: Burt Kennedy Writers: Burt Kennedy (screenplay), Heck Allen (novel) (as Will Henry) Stars: Robert Mitchum, Angie Dickinson, Robert Walker Jr.
A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian territory. Director: Henry Hathaway Writers: Charles Portis (novel), Marguerite Roberts (screenplay) Stars: John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell
Deputy Sheriff John Steele recruits bandit Sonora Joe to help him find out who's been bumping off all the local lawmen and rustling the cattle. Director: Tenny Wright Writers: Marion Jackson (story), Kurt Kempler (screen play & dialogue by) Stars: John Wayne, Noah Beery, Paul Hurst
When an innocent man barely survives a lynching, he returns as a lawman determined to bring the vigilantes to justice. Director: Ted Post Writers: Leonard Freeman, Mel Goldberg Stars: Clint Eastwood, Inger Stevens, Pat Hingle
An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them. Director: Sam Peckinpah Writers: Walon Green (screenplay), Sam Peckinpah (screenplay) Stars: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan
In this Western drama, Steve Upton (Randolph Scott) is the sheriff of a Utah community in 1860. Upton's best friend, Cheyenne Rogers (Glenn Ford), was once an outlaw, but under Steve's guidance, he's gone straight and tries to earn an honest living. However, while Cheyenne is in town to pay Upton a visit, the local bank is robbed and Cheyenne is the prime suspect. Through Cheyenne is quickly convicted, Upton is convinced his friend is innocent, and the sheriff helps the former outlaw break out of jail; together, they hit the trail trying to find the real culprits and clean up the town. The Desperadoes had the distinction of being the first Technicolor feature released by Columbia Pictures.
A fast-paced, entertaining lark of a film, The Outlaw is known today mostly for the buoyant performance of Jane Russell, whose career was engineered by the film's director, Howard Hughes, otherwise infamous for his reclusive millionaire ways. But more than that, the film boasts a set of finely tuned performances in the retelling of the story of Billy the Kid (Jack Beutel), whose burgeoning friendship with Doc Holliday (Walter Huston) arouses an intense hatred in Sheriff Pat Garrett (Thomas Mitchell, arguably the greatest character actor who ever lived). As Rio, Doc Holliday's girl, Jane Russell creates an irrepressible presence that lends an ample foundation to the story when her affections for Billy cleave his relationship with Doc. There are enough psychosexual rumblings to go around that the pace never sags. Director Howard Hawks and screenwriter Ben Hecht both worked on The Outlaw, but they went uncredited after disputes with the legendarily difficult financier (and sometimes producer/director) Howard Hughes.