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The Ride Back

The Ride Back(1957)

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The film opens with a pre-title sequence in which gunshots are heard, followed by shots of "Kallen" running from the saloon, mounting his horse and galloping out of town. "Hamish" is then seen as he paces in his office, walks over to a map and begins to write on it. The sequence contains no dialogue; the song "The Ride Back" is heard over the images. An April 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item stated that this was to be a co-production between Associates & Aldrich and producer/actor William Conrad, director Allan Miner and writer Antony Ellis.
       Although Hollywood Reporter production charts include Ellen and Hope Schwartz in the cast, they May be the same as Ellen Hope Monroe, who is listed in the onscreen credits and is credited in reviews as playing the orphan. Hollywood Reporter news items add George Deere, Elmer Smith, Milan Smith, Virgil Buffalo, Bryn Davis and William Donnelly to the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Although the Variety review noted that the film was released in Sepiatone, the print viewed was in black-and-white. According to a January 1958 Hollywood Reporter news item, the story was originally conceived as a "Gunsmoke" radio episode. At the time, Conrad was the voice of "Marshal Matt Dillon" on "Gunsmoke."