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  • Actors: Sterling Hayden, Rod Cameron, Joan Leslie, Cathy Downs, Ward Bond
  • Directors: Charles Marquis Warren, Lesley Selander, William Claxton, William Berke, Robert Tansey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 435 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PT6YGO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,343 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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HELLGATE: This post-Civil War yarn was adapted from the story of Dr. Mudd, the physician who attended John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Lincoln. In 1867 Kansas, veterinarian Sterling Hayden treats an injured stranger who turns out to have been a guerrilla raider--and Hayden soon finds himself serving a term in one of the world's most terrifying prisons under sadistic commandant Ward Bond. FANGS OF THE WILD: A boy who has frequently cried "Wolf!" now cries "Murder!"--and this time he's telling the truth. But because of his fib-filled history, when he claims to have seen hunter Charles Chaplin Jr. shoot and kill a fellow hunter, no one will believe the lad. No one, that is...except Chaplin. Beautiful Big Bear scenery co-stars in this suspenseful drama. TRAIN TO TOMBSTONE: There are roaring wheels and roaring thrills as the Tombstone train crosses "unfriendly Indian" territory with the usual offbeat assortment of passengers (a la Stagecoach), among them a "law officer" (Robert Lowery) who is actually a crook with his eye on the train's government gold shipment. Can passenger Donald Barry be trusted, or is he yet another outlaw? PANHANDLE: John Sands (Rod Cameron), a reformed gunman, now a storekeeper in a Mexican border town, again straps on gun belt and six-shooters to find the killer of his brother. Fists and bullets fly when he finds that he must contend not only with badmen, but with lawmen who remember his outlaw past. Shot amidst rugged Lone Pine, California scenery, and co-written and co-produced by future Hollywood legend Blake Edwards who also plays the role of a baby-faced killer! OPERATION HAYLIFT: The infamous 1949 real-life blizzards that threatened Nevada cattle herds are recreated in this drama with Bill Williams and Ann Rutherford as ranchers imperiled by the snows until the U.S. Air Force organizes "Operation Haylift." Co-written by Joe Sawyer, one of the leading players, and made with USAF cooperation (and film footage of the actual operation). Extra Features: Rare photos of the actual Operation Haylift WILDFIRE: A gang of crooks is attempting to drive out the local ranchers by rustling their horses and laying the blame on "Wildfire", the leader of a wild horse herd. Happy Hay (Bob Steele) and Alkali (Sterling Holloway), a pair of wandering horse traders, are also framed by the gang on murder and rustling charges, but they, with the help of Judge Polson (William Farnum) and sheriff Johnny Deal (Eddie Dean) manage to apprehend the real culprits. Bonus Features: Episode Selections, Disc 1: Original Theatrical Trailers, Video Short: "Hold 'Em Cowboy" Disc 2: Rare Photos of Actual "Operation Haylift", Video Feature: "Born in Freedom: The Story of Colonel Drake." Product Specs: 2-DVD9s; 435 minutes; Dolby Digital 2.0; B&W, Color & Sepiatone; 1.33:1 / 1.66:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1952, 1954, 1950, 1948, 1950, 1945; SRP - $29.99.

Customer Reviews

I turned all the others off.
Patricia Speiser
Happy (Bob Steele) and Alkali arrive and immediately get into trouble with Fanning and his men.
J. Lovins
I would recommend this to anybody.
Clifford Richie

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. Cathey on April 27, 2009
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VCI Entertainment has a history of releasing excellent material that somehow has escaped notice of the major releasing companies. This present release (of six movies and several bonus features) brings to the viewer two very good, classic larger-budgeted Westerns (HELLGATE and PANHANDLE) and four "B" features. All films come from the Kit Parker Collection (mostly Lippert Productions, but some from other studios as well).

PANHANDLE was one of the first major productions by Monogram Picture's bigger budget releasing company, Allied Artists, and it may well be Rod Cameron's best outing in a Western. Done is Sepia tone, the film also stars the cavern-voiced Reed Hadley (as the 'baddie'). The VCI print is fine, in fact, the best I've seen for this film (which is given to us in its original sepia tone). It's an entirely enjoyable Western, with all sorts of nice touches that make it well-worth replaying. Watch for Cameron singing a little song...

HELLGATE may have been Lippert's best production during its short existence, and in fact, it far outclasses many higher budget oaters of the period. Starring Sterling Hayden and Ward Bond, it's a replay of sorts of the classic "Prisoner of Shark Island" (the ordeal of Dr. Mudd) out West. Hayden, a veterinary doctor, tends to the wounds of a Confederate raider, and for his trouble, gets sent to a dreary prison in the middle of the desert. How he redeems himself and deals with commandant Bond make for a tense and exciting drama. Both Hayden and Bond excel in their roles. Dialogue is terse and sharp all round. The print is excellent, sharp and clear.

TRAIN TO TOMBSTONE stars Don "Red" Barry and, albeit a "B" Western, is superior to most B's being released in the early 1950s. Robert Lowery co-stars.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 31, 2009
VCI Entertainment and Kit Parker Films presents "DARN GOOD WESTERNS VOL.1" (1945-1954) --- (Dolby digitally remastered) --- Check out the first of a new line of Westerns called "Darn Good Westerns", containing triple features, inclusive two disc set will have on its lineup an A-Western along with two B-Westerns --- Some of the stars include James Arness, Don 'Red' Barry, Ward Bond, Rod Cameron, Charles Chaplin Jr., Raymond Hatton, Sterling Hayden, Sterling Holloway, Joan Leslie, Robert Lowery, Tom Neal, Ann Rutherford, Joe Sawyer, Bob Steele, Onslow Stevens & Bill Williams --- All the oaters hitting the trail making this their debut on DVD compliments of VCI.

DISC ONE (1)

1. Hellgate (5 September 1952) (87 min/B&W.) - Charles Marquis Warren (Director)
A man is accused of spying for the confederacy, and sentenced to the notorious Hellgate Prison --- After he unsuccessfully attempts to breakout, and is sentenced to solitary confinement, he redeems himself when the prison is taken down by a plague - featuring Sterling Hayden

2. Fangs of the Wild (2 April 1954) (71 min/B&W) - William F. Claxton (Director)
When a boy who has frequently cried "Wolf!" now cries "Murder!"-- people should listen this time he's telling the truth --- He claims to have seen hunter Charles Chaplin Jr. shoot and kill a fellow hunter, no one will believe the lad. No one, that is...except Chaplin --- But alas he has a fib-filled history, what a shame --- Beautiful Big Bear scenery co-stars in this suspenseful drama.- featuring Charles Chaplin Jr.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 26, 2009
I was amazed about the multitude of titles that goes with this disc.
"Panhandle" is one of my old favorite classic western movies from long ago.The story is clear-cut and has no unnecessary "fillers".
One wishes that all "badies" are dealt with likewise, now and then.
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Product was as expected, delivered before the promised date. I would recommend this to anybody. Nobody should miss seeing "Panhandle." Probably the first adult western Movie.
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There are two good titles in this collection that make the package worthwhile--Charles Marquis Warren's HELLGATE and best of all PANHANDLE, an Allied Artist entry written by Blake Edwards. It isn't great by any stretch of the imagination but it's darn good. The rest of the package...well. Okay transfers.
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