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Audie Murphy Westerns DVD

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  • Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD - Boxed Set
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen / Fullscreen
  • Studio: TCM - Universal
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2012
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Dobly Digital Mono
  • Color: Color
  • Includes:

    Digital Bonus Features on the DVD Include:
    • Biography
    • Digital Image Gallery
Turner Classic Movies and Universal Studios Home Entertainment present the newly remastered Audie Murphy Westerns Collection. 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.

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 additional trouble from a gang of horse thieves led by Big Matt Ringo (Richard Rober) who steal from them and then plot to kill them before justice is served. Wanda Hendrix, who was married to Audie Murphy at the time, makes a fetching heroine and the film is notable for 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."

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'Brien, Jay Silverheels and four-time Academy Award® nominated Best Supporting Actor Walter Brennan. The director, Nathan Juran, would go on to direct such popular fantasy adventures as 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957), The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) and First Men in the Moon (1964).

When cattle rustlers murder Patrick O'Mara and his son Andrew, the surviving son Clay (Audie Murphy) vows to bring the killers to justice. What he doesn't know is that three of the most prominent citizens of Santiago are behind the crime and one of them is Fred Kenyon (Paul Birch, the town sheriff. As part of his duplicitous plan to eliminate the remaining O'Mara heir, Kenyon deputizes Clay and sends him off to capture Whitey 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 Whitey become worthy adversaries who forge an unlikely alliance in uncovering the truth. This classic revenge western is enlivened by Dan Duryea's scene-stealing performance as the unrepentant, devil-may-care Whitey and a superior supporting cast that includes Susan Cabot, Russell Johnson, Abbe Lane, Jack Elam and Denver Pyle.

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. This scheme goes dangerously awry though 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 Trial also displays a surprisingly light comic flair which is capped by Walter Matthau's delightful, rambunctious performance as the wily Judge Kyle.

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 were westerns.