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Fury at Showdown (1957)

After serving a year for a killing in self-defense, gunfighter Brock Mitchell tries to help his younger brother save his ranch but a crooked lawyer has other ideas.


Gerd Oswald


Jason James (screenplay), Lucas Todd (novel)


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Complete credited cast:
John Derek ... Brock Mitchell
John Smith ... Miley Sutton
Carolyn Craig ... Ginny Clay
Nick Adams ... Tracy Mitchell
Gage Clarke ... Chad Deasy
Robert Griffin ... Sheriff Clay (as Robert E. Griffin)
Malcolm Atterbury ... Norris
Rusty Lane ... Riley
Sydney Smith ... Van Steeden
Frances Morris ... Mrs. Williams
Tyler MacDuff ... Tom Williams (as Tyler McDuff)
Robert Adler ... Alabam
Norman Leavitt ... Swamper
Ken Christy Ken Christy ... Mr. Phelps
Tom McKee Tom McKee ... Sheriff of Buckhorn


A gunslinger attempts to hang up his hardware and help his younger brother raise cattle. The local attorney, whose brother the gunslinger shot in a fair fight, is determined to swindle the men out of their ranch by preventing a supply deal with the railroad, then using his bodyguard to bushwhack the younger brother. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Western


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Release Date:

5 July 1957 (Finland) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The entire 75 minute film was shot in only five days. See more »


At the end of the film, John Smith's character's shirt is unbuttoned half way down. A few seconds later, it is buttoned up again. Finally, at the very end, his shirt is completely unbuttoned and pulled wide open, yet there's no reason for it that's depicted on screen. See more »


Sheriff Clay: I got word from the Sheriff of Buckhorn that you were headed this way. Also from every sheriff in every town you passed through from there to here.
Brock Mitchell: It was nice of them to look out for me.
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Referenced in Shadows (1958) See more »

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Showdown Creek!
17 November 2018 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Fury at Showdown is directed by Gerd Oswald and adapted to screenplay by Jason James from the novel Showdown Creek written by Lucas Todd. It stars John Derek, John Smith, Carolyn Craig, Nick Adams, Gage Clarke and Robert Griffin. Music is by Harry Sukman and cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.

After killing a man in self defence, reformed gunfighter Brock Mitchell (Derek) finds that the brother of the man he killed is intent on evening the score.

It's a tried and tested formula here, that of a one time gunman trying to reform but finds others simply will not let him. There's a love interest tantalisingly in the balance, some brotherly love playing a key part in the story, a bit of angst, fisticuffs (including a superb saloon brawl) and machismo, and a well constructed finale. Oswald has skills with the camera, nice shots and an ability to ensure each frame has something to offer, his work really belying the quickfire turnaround for release he was tasked with.

Elsewhere, Lashelle's monochrome photography is lush, seen at its best with the TCM-HD print doing the rounds on cable networks. Also appealing is Sukman's musical score, very subtle and stripped back to be a nice tonal accompaniment. Acting is in the main decent, with Derek a likeable presence in the lead, to leave us with a good sturdy Oater where Fury at Showdown manages to overcome its small budget and isolated location setting to hold its head up high. 7/10

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