Renegades

1946

Western

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IMDb Rating 6.0 10 162

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Top cast

Sarah Edwards as Townswoman
Forrest Tucker as Frank Dembrow
Edgar Buchanan as Kirk Dembrow
Eilene Janssen as Janina Jackorski
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812.85 MB
954*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 28 min
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1.47 GB
1432*1080
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 28 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by krorie 7 / 10

Neglected western that deserves more attention

"Renegades" is somewhat of a precursor to the so-called adult westerns of the 1950's in that it examines the characters of the leads in minute detail. It is better than many of the later adult westerns in that there is also several magnificently staged action sequences including the standard one by this time of horses leaping over a cliff into a body of water. This stunt first gained notoriety as a result of its use in the popular Republic feature "Dark Command" in which a whole team of horses jump into the water from high above. It was one of the reasons for the close scrutiny today when animals are used in movies to make sure none are injured or mistreated.

"Renegades" features Evelyn Keyes, whose main attraction at the time was her blazon red hair prominent because "Renegades" was one of the few westerns of the day filmed in glorious Technicolor, and song and dance man Larry Parks, whose promising screen career tragically came to an end during the McCarthy witch hunt. Keyes and Parks would team up the same year for their greatest success together "The Jolson Story."

Also featured in "Renegades" is cowboy regular Edgar Buchanan. He gives one of his best performances ever as one mean-hearted daddy, Kirk Dembrow, head of the Dembrow clan of outlaws, using the Good Book to justify his evil. His macho philosophy is: if you got Debrow blood in you, then you got to be mean to the bone; and the Debrow's take care of their own. His Kirk Dembrow performance was perhaps an inspiration for Charles Kemper's Uncle Shiloh Clegg in "Wagon Master," and Donald Pleasence's Preacher Quint in "Will Penny."

Forrest Tucker is barely recognizable in the nondescript role of Frank Dembrow. Eddy Waller shows why he was later chosen to play Nugget Clark in the Allan Rocky Lane western series. He already is virtually Nugget as stagecoach driver Davy Lane, though he doesn't quite have the Nugget Cark look yet. The good doctor Sam Martin is played somewhat blandly by Willard Parker.

One reason "Renegades" has been neglected by western fans has to do with the first part of the film. Director George Sherman and the writers spend too much time emphasizing the sweetness and light of Prairie Dog's leading citizen, Dr. Parker. He is virtually worshiped and can do no wrong. Once the viewer is hit over the head several times with this messiah image, enters one Ben Taylor (Parks), who not only challenges Dr. Parker's monopoly of the town's affection but who also proceeds to steal Dr. Parker's fiancé, Hannah Brockway (Keyes), from under the good doctor's stethoscope.

Lo and behold Ben Taylor turns out to be Ben Dembrow, one of the infamous Dembrow gang currently terrorizing the town and its environs. While the doc is caring for Ben's mother, played with élan by Virgina Brissac, the sheriff and his posse arrest Ben, since he is the only one of his family that the law enforcers can get their hands on, and lock him in jail. Everybody wants to hang Ben except Dr. Parker and his fiancé, Hannah. Ben does receive somewhat of a fair trial after the doctor intervenes, but just before the verdict is delivered, the Dembrow gang take over the courtroom and free Ben. Ben now becomes the outlaw the town expected him to be. Only he also takes Hannah with him when he leaves. Ultimately, Hannah gives birth to Ben's child which muddies the water even more. There is a creditable resolution to the story, but it doesn't come easy.

If the viewer is willing to watch through the drivel of the first twenty minutes or so, the film becomes a treat for western fans. George Sherman keeps it all moving with action aplenty.

Reviewed by btfkelly 7 / 10

The Red Hair Says it All!

Dr. Sam Martin of Prairie Dog, Out West Somewhere, appears to have it all. He is the town superhero, beloved by everyone. Within the first five minutes of the film he chases down the stage to get someone else a lift, cures a roomful of sick and hypochondriac townies with gentle wit and wisdom and short-circuits a potential diphtheria epidemic. He is also the betrothed of the Technicolorly garish red-headed Hannah, daughter of the biggest shot in town. The perfect couple is within a mare's whisker of tying the knot when all this good is smacked in the kisser by the evil Kirk Denbrow and his thriving brood of sociopaths. Papa Kirk spouts quotes from the Bible while blithely looting and pillaging the countryside. So far, pretty normal in the Hollywood West. There is a white sheep son named Ben, however, who with his much abused, sick and Totally Ruined Mom, has forsaken the Psychos-Are-Us chapter of Prairie Dog and seeks to build an honest, but poverty stricken life for himself. Ailing Mom brings Super Doc into the picture and the doc attempts to save and make whole Mom and Ben and anyone else who gets in the way. His altruism is rewarded, of course, by losing the undying devotion and love of his fiancée to Ben, who is merely human, and the respect of every man, woman, child and barnyard creature in Prairie Dog - except for the Jackorski family who are foreigners and don't know any better. The Doc sticks up for Ben when the gentle townsfolk want to string him up for being a Denbrow. They are too inept to catch the bad Denbrows, who never seem to have to commute too far to hang some mayhem on the genial villagers, but any Denbrow is at least a start. Threatened by a bogus trial and sensing a neck stretching before the verdict is returned, Ben rejoins his loony Dad, when Dad, seeking to regain his lost son, breaks up the cock-eyed trial. Hannah, whose hair seems to get even redder as the picture goes on, joins Ben on the hoodlum trail and we're off to the races.

The unusual aspect of this picture is the total straightness with which all this is presented. Believe it or not, you may find yourself buying all this. Every time I found myself saying "This can't be", I would get sucked back into it. Over a bottle of red-eye, the cast and crew might have said, "we make wacky work at Columbia". And maybe they did.

Worth seeing for Edgar Buchanan as Preachin' Pa Denbrow, Virgina Brissac as Sufferin' Ma Denbrow, and Evelyn Keyes' red hair.

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