POWDER RIVER-an Excellent 1953 Rory Calhoun OLD WEST Western

How Old were you in 1953? Did you go to the Movies? Enjoy Westerns? OLD WEST Westerns? Well, if you’re an old fan of them or new, most of Rory Calhoun’s Movies are always good and very pleasing. So, very good. And this Movie has got it all. Fast Draw Gunslinging and Drama. But I do hope you enjoy watching Hollywood’s Finest. Back when lots of Actors and Actresses were friends and were on each others Movies…enjoy

Powder River is a 1953 American Western film directed by Louis King and starring Rory CalhounCorinne Calvet and Cameron Mitchell.[3]

Powder River
Directed byLouis King
Produced byAndre Hakim
Screenplay byDaniel Mainwaring
(as Geoffrey Homes)
Story bySam Hellman
Based onWyatt Earp: Frontier Marshal
1931 novel
by Stuart N. Lake
StarringRory Calhoun
Corinne Calvet
Cameron Mitchell
CinematographyEdward Cronjager
Edited byWilliam B. Murphy
Color processTechnicolor
20th Century Fox
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release dateJune 8, 1953
Running time78 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,000,000 (US)[2]



In 1875, ex-lawman Chino Bull puts away his guns and heads for the Powder River with old pal Johnny Slater to pan for gold. Ambushed by outlaws Loney Logan and Will Horn, he gets away safely thanks to Johnny and rides to town for supplies.

At a saloon run by beautiful Frenchie Dumont, he meets Loney’s brother, Harvey, a card dealer. A drunken Sam Harris begins shooting up the place, killing the sheriff with a stray bullet. Chino knocks him cold. Frenchie’s beau, gunslinger Mitch Hardin, intervenes, but after being stricken with a headache so painful it incapacitates him, Chino saves his life.

Chino rejects an offer to become the town’s new sheriff, but back at the river finds Johnny dead and their gold stolen. In town, a stagecoach delivers the sophisticated Debbie Allen, who has come from Connecticut to find her former sweetheart, Mitch, who it turns out was once a doctor there. She realizes that Mitch is now involved with Frenchie and also that he is suffering from a brain tumor, causing the severe headaches. Debbie decides to go back East on the next stage.

Chino sets a trap. Accompanied by Mitch, who owes Chino for saving his life, and Debbie, leaving town, they let word leak of a $300,000 gold shipment being aboard. Loney’s men come to rob it and are defeated, but Debbie is shot. In town, Mitch is the only one with the surgical skill to save Debbie’s life, and he does so. But when all seems well, Chino discovers that it was Mitch who murdered Johnny and stole the gold. As they begin to shoot it out, Mitch shoots Chino’s gun out of his hand, collapses in agony and dies in Chino’s arms. Frenchie arrives, sobs and cradles Mitch’s head. The next day Frenchie boards the stage leaving Chino and Debbie to their future together.