Slaughter Trail

In an attempt to move the story along, this film interjects folksinger Gilkyson to warble out events. The device backfires and only slows the story. This formula western just wasn't the proper material for such a device. (CAT BALLOU would be a more fitting vehicle.) Donlevy plays a cavalry commander who has a lot of angry Indians on his hands after the...read more

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In an attempt to move the story along, this film interjects folksinger Gilkyson to warble out events. The device backfires and only slows the story. This formula western just wasn't the proper material for such a device. (CAT BALLOU would be a more fitting vehicle.) Donlevy plays a

cavalry commander who has a lot of angry Indians on his hands after the senseless killing of two braves. The culprit is Young, a supposedly honest rancher who really robs stages; once he is killed, peace is restored. Originally Howard Da Silva had Donlevy's role, but, because of the actor's

alleged communist connections, when Howard Hughes bought the film all the scenes in which Da Silva appeared were reshot using Donlevy. Reworking had to be done, to say the least. Songs include: "Hoofbeat Serenade," "Ballad of Bandolier" (Lyn Murray, Sid Kuller), "The Girl in the Wood" (Terry

Gilkyson, Neal Stuart), "Everyone's Crazy 'Ceptin' Me" (Gilkyson, Kuller), "Jittery Deer-Foot Dan" (Gilkyson).

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