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The Great American Western, Vol. 7 DVD
SKU ID #318501
- Technical Specs
- Format: DVD
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 340 Minutes
- Region: 1
- Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
- Studio: Platinum Disc
- DVD Release Date: October 7, 2003
- Subtitles: English
- Color: Color
This is a strong, virile action picture produced in the blood-and-guts tradition of the "Dollar" westerns. A crooked banker, a bandit and a bounty hunter known only as "the stranger" are the heroes, the plot of which revolves around a million dollars in gold stolen from a train by the bandit's gang.
She Came To The Valley
Based on the 1943 novel by Cleo Lawson, Oscar nominated singer-actress Ronee Blakley (Nashville, A Nightmare On Elm Street) portrays strong-willed settler Willy Westall in this true-life saga of a pioneer family's struggle to homestead in South Texas during a time of political conflict in Mexico. Together with her crippled husband Pat (Dean Stockwell) and two young daughters (Anna and Jennifer Jones), Willy happily works their farm in Webb County, Texas until the family befriends amiable drifter Bill Lester (Scott Glenn) who urges them to move to the Rio Grande Valley. The Westalls migrate to the budding town of Mission where Willy opens a general store. All seems well until they discover Lester is a gunrunner sympathetic to the cause of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa (Freddy Fender). Tragedy befalls the family when they become embroiled in the warfare between Villa and Mexican soldiers who pose as bandits and raid the town in an effort to discredit the legendary rebel leader.
Canadian Mountie Matt O'Brien encounters Kate Owens, an arrogant American who is stranded in the wilderness en route to visit her uncle. Reluctantly, Matt escorts Kate to Canoga Valley, where he has been assigned to investigate some strange phenomena; a missing sergeant, unexplained gunfire, and a stream that has suddenly run dry. Before they reach town, Kate is robbed of the $20,000 she was carrying, and the ensuing deadly shoot-out leaves everyone in town suspect. Ignoring official orders to return home, O'Brien takes it upon himself to unravel the mystery, and uncovers a ruthless conspiracy that reaches deeper than anyone could have imagined.
Indomitable Trooper O'Brien is played by popular B-western hero and character actor Bob Steele, whose career began in the silent film era and spanned several decades. Northwest Trail remains one of his few films shot in color.
The Naked Hills
Tracy Powell, an Indiana farmer, gets the gold fever and heads for Stockton, California in 1849. There, he abandons his first partner, Bert Killian, and teams up with Sam Wilkins, a claim jumper employed by Willis Haver. Six years later, Powell returns to Indiana and his sweetheart, Julie. They marry and he tries farming again but, on the night their son is born, he takes off again searching for gold. This time he heads for the hills with an inveterate prospector, Jimmo McCann. A decade later, the two are still hunting for their big strike when McCann is killed in an accident. Powell returns home with news of a big strike but the deserted Julie will have nothing to do with him. His friend Killian will not believe him but Haver, now a banker gives him a small loan and then beats him out of his claim. Many years pass before he comes home, now sixty-years-old, and this time, his wife and son open their home to him. But he vows to go prospecting come next spring.