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Backtrack! (1969)

Wyoming cowhand and gambler Trampas is sent by his employer to Mexico to buy a bull but in Laredo he unwillingly joins three Texas Rangers on a dangerous mission into Mexico.

Director:

Earl Bellamy

Writer:

Borden Chase
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Neville Brand ... Texas Ranger Reese Bennett (archive footage)
James Drury ... Ramrod (archive footage)
Doug McClure ... Trampas (archive footage)
Peter Brown ... Texas Ranger Chad Cooper (archive footage)
William Smith ... Texas Ranger Joe Riley (archive footage)
Philip Carey ... Texas Ranger Capt. Edward A. Parmalee (archive footage)
Ida Lupino ... Mama Dolores (archive footage)
Rhonda Fleming ... Carmelita Flanagan (archive footage)
Fernando Lamas ... Capt. Estrada (archive footage)
Royal Dano ... Faraway (archive footage)
Gary Clarke ... Steve (archive footage)
Randy Boone ... Randy (archive footage)
L.Q. Jones ... Belden (archive footage)
Carol Byron ... Winnie (archive footage)
Ross Elliott ... Sheriff Abbott (archive footage) (as Ross Elliot)
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Trampas, a cowhand from Medicine Bow, Wyoming, is sent to Mexico to buy a bull for his employer. The ranch foreman warns him to watch out for himself in Laredo, a tough town on the Texas/Mexican border. Despite the warning, in a western version of the Dumas classic, "The Three Musketeers", Trampas manages to get himself engaged to fight three separate Texas Rangers within an hour of his arrival. Unlike D'Artagnan, he has no notion of actually fighting the Rangers: all he wants is out of Laredo. He's on his way out of town when he runs into the three Rangers--who turn out to be partners--on their way to track down a missing train carrying a payroll. The Rangers, learning Trampas is headed in the same direction they are, suggest they all ride together--that way, they can fight him after they have fulfilled their mission. Without much choice, Trampas wryly agrees. When they find the train, however, they quickly forget their quarrels--the train was robbed and everyone aboard killed, ... Written by Kat Parsons <fke2d@Virginia.EDU>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Gefährlicher Auftrag See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first 12 minutes is season 2 episode 1 of The Virginian 'Ride a Dark Trail'.From the scene where Trampas, Belden and Randy ride into Shiloh ranch it is season 3 episode 30 'We've Lost a Train' See more »

Goofs

When Trampas and the three Texas Rangers left Larado to look for the missing train, the scenery shown was Joshua plants, native to the Mohave Desert regions of Calif, Arizona and Nevada only, none in Texas. Also the scenery shows saguaro cactus, native to the Western portions of the Arizona desert regions only, again, not found in Texas. See more »

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Edited from Laredo (1965) See more »

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We're Gonna Raise a Ruckus Tonight
Performed by Randy Boone
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All for one and one for all!
13 April 2019 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

As evidenced by those who have bothered to write a review for this pic, this is a combination filmic blending of Western TV shows Laredo and The Virginian. Directed by Earl Bellamy and scripted by Borden Chase, it stars Neville Brand, Dough McClure, James Drury, Peter Brown, William Smith, Phillip Carey, Rhonda Fleming, Ida Lupino and Fernando Lamas. Plot has Wyoming cowhand and gambler Trampas (McClure) sent by his employer to Mexico to collect a bull. But during a stopover in Laredo he unwillingly joins up with three Texas Rangers on a dangerous mission into Mexico.

Considering the cobbled nature of the beast, this surprisingly is rather fun, certainly a worthwhile time investment for Western fans who are looking for some lighter genre time filling fare. There's a strong cast assembled, and they all turn in fun and lively performances, while there's enough action, japery and yee-haw peril to ensure the pic never falls flat. It's hardly a must see piece, and in fact overstays its welcome at an hour and half in length, but this Western version of The Three Musketeers is no dead loss. 6/10


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