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Big Iron Collection: Crooked River, Colorado Ranger, Fast On The Draw, Hostile Country, Marshal of Heldorado & West Of The Brazos (1950)

Jimmy Shamrock Ellison , Russell Lucky Hayden , Thomas Carr  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jimmy Shamrock Ellison, Russell Lucky Hayden, Raymond Hatton, Fuzzy Knight, Julie Adams
  • Directors: Thomas Carr
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 4, 2009
  • Run Time: 330 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002D3KLBU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,261 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Disc 1: CROOKED RIVER (1950) Thomas Carr directed six Jimmy Ellison/Russell Hayden B-westerns all in one month by using the same casts, costumes and locations and shooting whatever scenes were needed for each all at once to speed things up. A distinct compliment to Carr s expertise. Each a remake of a 30s western, this one based on Bob Steele s Smokey Smith ( 35), is the strangest, as in all the others Ellison and Hayden were pals, but here Ellison s the star searching for the killer of his parents while Hayden s a not-too-bad bandit leader. COLORADO RANGER (1950) Get set for plenty of hard-riding B-western excitement when a badman unknowingly hires Colorado Rangers Jimmy Ellison and Russell Hayden to run off homesteaders Julie Adams and Fuzzy Knight. The action never lets up in this remake of Johnny Mack Brown s Everyman s Law ( 36). FAST ON THE DRAW (1950) Frightened of guns after seeing his parents murdered by bandits when he was a boy, Jimmy Ellison is nevertheless goaded by his pal Russell Hayden into becoming Marshal in a lawless town, which leads to plenty of excitement. Adapted from Branded a Coward ( 35) with Johnny Mack Brown. Disc. 2: HOSTILE COUNTRY (1950) Roaring western gunfire erupts when Jimmy Ellison and his pal Russell Hayden ride in to join Jimmy s stepfather (whom he s never met) as half owners of a ranch, but discover outlaws have kidnapped the man and replaced him. Action-packed remake of Bob Steele s No Man s Range ( 35). MARSHAL OF HELDORADO (1950) Russell Hayden and Jimmy Ellison are appointed lawmen in a rough town over-ridden by bank robbing brothers which leads to plenty of gun slinging western thrills. A remake of Bob Steele s Rider of the Law ( 35), this is the cleverest and most enjoyable of the Ellison/Hayden westerns. WEST OF THE BRAZOS (1950) An imposter, pretending to be Jimmy Ellison to grab the oil rich ranch he s inherited, is really a notorious outlaw. Only a girl (Julia Adams) and Ellison s hard of hearing pal Russell Hayden know Jimmy s real identity. Quite humorous, clever script when the deaf Hayden is oblivious to outlaws gunfire all around him. Remake of Bob Steele s Alias John Law ( 35). Bonus Features: Original Advertising Materials Photo Gallery, Interview with director Thomas Carr, Trailers. Product Specs: </b 2-DVD9s; Dolby Digital; 330 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1950; SRP - $29.99.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VCI Entertainment and Kit Parker Films presents "BIG IRON COLLECTION" --- (1950) (330 mins/B&W) (Dolby Digitally) --- For the die hard fans of two Hopalong Cassidy sidekicks Jimmy Ellison and Russell Hayden, this is a treat --- Realize some of the dialog maybe a little hokey, but this is really a hoot to behold --- If you're an avid fan of the genre, this is about as good as it gets --- The picture and sound quality is exceptional for films over fifty years old --- Thomas Carr (Director) strong in good direction with some of the familiar B-Western and Serial character actors involved in one of the last oaters during the 50's with two of it's stars --- Sadly these films would be the end of an era for the B-Western forever on the big screen --- Television would enter the picture and keep them going for a while with new stars on the horizon --- Only the fans and collectors of today can keep it alive for the next generation of young cowboys.

Each film opens with four horsemen riding toward the camera, they are Jimmy Ellison, Russell Hayden, Raymond Hatton and Fuzzy Knight while a familiar theme trots down the trail with them --- Some wonderful character actors in the cast are Julie Adams, Tom Tyler, George J. Lewis, John L. Cason, Stanley Price, I. Stanford Jolley, Stephen Carr, Dennis Moore, George Chesebro, Bud Osborne and Jimmy Martin, make these six oaters worthwhile, recommend them to all fans young and old.

CROOKED RIVER ( 9 June 1950) (56 min.)
COLORADO RANGER (12 May 1950) (59 min.)
FAST ON THE DRAW (30 June 1950) (55 min.)

1. An interview with Director Thomas Carr by St.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PURE WESTERN September 23, 2009
That collection means a lot to me.
I had only seen THE TALL STRANGER in a 35 mm print, and the serials available from VCI and WB.
So this is some kind of movie buff heaven for me.

The six films were shot in 29 DAYS, TOGETHER, using the same technicians, of course, and the same 14 MAIN ACTORS!
5 of them in the same roles.
The transfers are quite good, especially for CROOKED RIVER, from a British print.
The direction is just great. The actors, as already said in the above review, are great. JULIE ADAMS appears as BETTY ADAMS.
The visual experience as expected (the photographs and lobby cards shown with the interview are really exciting) is a winner: ERNEST MILLER who seems to have photographed only westerns, except for FULLERT's THE STEEL HELMET.
The cameraman ARCHIE DALZELL well remembered for his television work. RAY MERCER also known as a good special effects man.
GLEN GLENN as the sound engineer must be the future president of GLEN GLENN SOUND of TV fame.
The only weak part, as usual is the musical direction, using, carelessly, musicals bits of the catalog.
This morning, instead of working on something of national importance, I think (I'm never told) I watched CROOKED RIVER.
Still a classic western, before the western cut its own throat in the fifties by his agressive thinking.
The film is never boring (50 minutes) or too conventional, unlike the early Technicolor fifties westerns from Paramount,
Universal (not he MANN of course), WB and Columbia. Especially the artificial women's parts at Universal who compromise the integrity
of the western genre.
The 5 stars are not for masterpieces. The movie buff is not a condescending snob.
It's all tradition in a pure form: take it or leave it.

I really didn't think about the picture, I just enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars B-WESTERN MUST HAVE!!! November 14, 2011
BEAUTIFUL prints of this B-Western series that used and re-used locations, stock footage and actors and actresses over and over again into one bundle of very good-looking dvd releases! Amazing for what it is, no sense at all in trying to relate plot lines and such as most of the fun here comes in spotting character changes and oft used location sites. However, this does not mean that the series is poor, unwatchable, or a forgettable laugh-fest. Quite on the contrary, this is a HIGHLY enjoyable series, very well-made on a next to nothing budget. I know of nothing else like it! All involved are to be commended!......and it's really great seeing baddies Tom Tyler, Dennis Moore, etc., being killed over and over, again and again, movie after movie, with hardly a change in clothes!!!
A GREAT example of such stuff, probably the best to date. Super, super low budget film making at it's finest! For B-Western fans, 5 STARS as a rating can't do this release justice...You need this collection.
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2.0 out of 5 stars SIX-GUN STINKERS! May 9, 2013
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Unintentional laughs abound in these cynically made remakes of westerns that weren't good to begin with. Image quality is good and that's about the best you can say for this collection of crap. Reasonably priced, depending on your sense of humor, it could well be a bargain.
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