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Battling Marshal

Starring: Sunset Carson Director: Oliver Drake
A villainous lawyer creates a panic with a hoax smallpox epidemic which he hopes will scare away townsfolk from a valuable gold strike.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 53 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1948
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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U.S. Marshal Sunset Carson is assigned to investigate mysterious happenings in Smith County. A smallpox epidemic is causing panic stricken residents to evacuate. Andy Jeffers, his son Bob and daughter Jane are unwilling to leave their homestead, despite warnings from the town physician. Within hours of Dr. Alexander's visit, the first of several mysterious and violent attacks is made against Jeffers. Stumped by the lack of a motive, Carson also finds it strange that Jeffers' lawyer, John Martin, has been stalling in making changes to his client's will. This request that would see Jeffers' wayward nephew deleted from the document, and give full property rights to Bob and Jane. Sunset manages to track down the missing nephew, who details his involvement in a complex conspiracy that could leave Jeffers dead and his property in the hands of the killers.

At over 6 1/2 feet tall, and with a background in rodeo riding, Sunset Carson had a brief but promising career in the horse operas. Born Winifred Maurice Harrison, the name change was cemented after he signed with Republic Pictures in 1944. For two years, Carson starred in a series of Republic westerns, earning a place among the top ten box office draws by 1946. Unfortunately, that same year would bring a split with Republic, reportedly due to his inappropriate behavior at a studio function. Carson would never regain the same level of fame, and he retired from the business following a crop of less successful films for smaller studios.

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Wildly handsome and charismatic, Sunset Carson starred in a spate of Westerns for Republic Studios that made him one of Hollywood's top cowboys of the time. Here, Sunset encounters a family whose recent discovery of gold on their property is menaced by thugs who want it for themselves. They orchestrate a false smallpox epidemic and try to eliminate the landowners by administering poisonous shots, but Sunset is on to them and puts a stop to their plans. Eventually the bad guys pull out the big guns for a satisfying shoot-em-up climax.

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Cowboys | Doctors

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  • Sales Rank: 3,265
  • UPC: 089218481894
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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