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Audie Murphy Westerns Collection (Sierra / Ride Clear of Diablo / Drums Across the River / Ride a Crooked Trail) - TCM Vault
Audie Murphy Westerns Collection (Sierra / Ride Clear of Diablo / Drums Across the River / Ride a Crooked Trail) - TCM Vault (1950)
Actor: Audie Murphy, Wanda Hendrix, Burl Ives, Dean Jagger, Richard Rober, Tony Curtis, Houseley Stevenson, Elliott Reid, Griff Barnett, Roy Roberts, Gregg Martell, (more) Sara Allgood, Erskine Sanford, John Doucette, Susan Cabot, Dan Duryea, Abbe Lane, Russell Johnson, Paul Birch, William Pullen, Jack Elam, Denver Pyle, Walter Brennan, Lyle Bettger, Lisa Gaye, Hugh O'Brian, Mara Corday, Jay Silverheels, Emile Meyer, Regis Toomey, Morris Ankrum, Bob Steele, James Anderson, Howard McNear, Gia Scala, Walter Matthau, Henry Silva, Joanna Moore, Mary Field, Leo Gordon
Director: Nathan Juran, Alfred E. Green, Jesse Hibbs
Genre: Westerns
Year: 1950
Studio: Universal Studios
Length: 331 minutes
Released: June 6, 2011
Rating: NR
Format: DVD
Misc: Color, Widescreen, NTSC, Full Screen
Language: English (Original Language)
Discs in this Set:
11027Sierra / 11028Ride Clear of Diablo / 11029Drums Across the River / 11030Ride a Crooked Trail
SYNOPSIS:
The most decorated American soldier of World War II, Audie Murphy parlayed his heroic exploits on the battlefield into a successful film career in Hollywood. His handsome, boyish appearance and shy, soft-spoken manner made him an appealing and uniquely different kind of action hero which provided an intriguing contrast to his athletic skill and quiet intensity.

While Murphy was lauded for his fine performances in John Huston's The Red Badge of Courage (1951) and his own film autobiography To Hell and Back (1955), the actor's real claim to fame was his convincing embodiment as a movie archetype - the strong, resilient man of the West.

Of the 44 films that he made, more than half of them were westerns. The Audie Murphy Westerns Collection presents four of his best entries in this popular genre, each digitally remastered.

Sierra (1950)
Ring Hassard (Audie Murphy) and his father Jeff (Dean Jagger) live in a hidden valley in the mountains where they capture and tame wild horses. When Ring comes to the rescue of Riley Martin (Wanda Hendrix), a woman lawyer who has lost her way on the trail, it leads to a romance between them but also opens an investigation into Jeff's shadowy past and accusations of murder.

The Hassards encounter more trouble when a gang of horse thieves led by Big Matt Rango (Richard Rober) steal from them and then polot to kill them before justice is served. Wanda Hendrix, who was married to Audie Murphy at the time, makes a fetching heroine and Sierra is notable fore an early appearance by Tony Curtis in a villainous role and a colorful performance by Burl Ives who performs several Western ballads including "Drift Along" and "Hideaway."

BONUS FEATURES:
  • Ben Mankiewicz Intro
  • Audie Murphy Biography
  • Scene Stills
  • Publicity Stills
  • Movie Posters
  • TCMDb Article
Ride Clear of Diablo (1954)
Clay O'Mara (Audie Murphy) vows to bring justice when his father and brother are murdered by cattle rustlers. What he does not know is that three of the most prominent citizens of Santiago are behind the crime including the town sheriff, Fred Kenyon (Paul Birch). As part of his duplicitous plan to eliminate the remaining O'Mara heir, Kenyon deputizes Clay and sends him off to capture Whitney Kincade (Dan Duryea), a notorious, trigger-happy outlaw who is suspected of the murders.

Instead of killing each other in a shootout, however, Clay and Whitney become worthy adversaries who forge an unlikely alliance in uncovering the truth. Ride Clear of Diablo is a classic revenge Western and is enlivened by Dan Duryea's scene-stealing performance as the unrepentant, devil-may-care Whitney and a superior supporting cast that includes Susan Cabot Russell Johnson, Abbe Lane, Jack Elam and Denver Pyle.

BONUS FEATURES:
  • Ben Mankiewicz Intro
  • Scene Stills
  • Behind-the-Scene Still
  • Publicity Stills
  • Movie Posters
  • British Front-of-House Still
  • TCMDb Article
Drums Across the River (1954)
Driven to desperation by hard times, Frank Walker (Lyle Bettger) and a party of miners decide to dig for gold in Ute Indian country despite a peace treaty that forbids trespassing on their land. Joining the group in spite of his father's warning is Gary Brannon (Audie Murphy), who has no qualms about breaking the treaty since his mother was killed by the tribe.

The miners' actions soon incur the wrath of the Ute and Gary finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly situation that threatens to erupt into a bloody race war. Drums Across the River is distinguished by a cast of Western veterans such as Hugh O'Brian, Jay Silverheels and four-time Academy Award nominated Best Supporting Actor Walter Brennan.

BONUS FEATURES:
  • Ben Mankiewicz Intro
  • Scene Stills
  • Behind-the-Scene Still
  • Publicity Stills
  • Movie Posters
  • British Front-of-House Still
  • TCMDb Article
Ride a Crooked Trail (1958)
In a refreshing change of pace role, Audie Murphy plays Joe Maybe, an outlaw who is mistaken for U.S. Marshall Jim Noonan, when he assumes the man's identity after his death. Pretending to be Noonan, Maybe is appointed sheriff of Webb City, a rough river town, after local lawmaker Judge Kyle (Walter Matthau), takes a shine to him. The only reason Maybe goes along with the ruse is to gain easy access to the town bank and plan a robbery.

The Scheme goes dangerously awry when Tessa (Gia Scala), a former flame from New Orleans, shows up in town and is persuaded to pose as his wife. The couple's masquerade is further complicated by the arrival of Sam Teeler (Henry Silva), Maybe's rival in crime, who plans to rob the bank with his own gang of outlaws.

A fast-paced action-adventure with a wealth of unexpected plot twists, Ride a Crooked Trail also displays a surprisingly light comic flair which is capped by Walter Matthau's delightful, rambunctious performance as the wily Judge Kyle.

BONUS FEATURES:
  • Ben Mankiewicz Intro
  • Scene Stills
  • Behind-the-Scene Still
  • Publicity Stills
  • Movie Posters
  • British Front-of-House Still
  • TCMDb Article
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