(aka 'Rough Company" or "The Bandits')

directed by Rudolph Maté
USA 1955


An ex-Confederate Army officer, John Parrish (Glenn Ford, 3:10 to Yuma, 1957), plans to sell up to nearby Anchor Ranch and move east with his fiancée, but the low price offered by Anchor's crippled owner, Lee Wilkenson (Edward G. Robinson, Mackenna's Gold), and the outfit's bullyboy tactics make him think again. When one of his ranch hands is murdered, he decides to stay and fight, utilizing his war experience. Meanwhile, all is not well at Anchor Ranch where the owner's wife, Martha (Barbara Stanwyck, T.V.'s "The Big Valley), has been carrying on for years with her husband's brother who, in turn, keeps a local Mexican sweetie in town.


Theatrical Release: January 26th, 1955 - USA

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DVD Review: Columbia Tri-Star - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

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Distribution Columbia Tri-Star Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 1:35:33 
Video 2.51:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.65 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 3.0) 
Subtitles English, Japanese, None

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Studio: Columbia Tri-Star Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.51:1

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DVD Release Date: April 5th, 2005

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Chapters: 12




The image is a little soft and the colors faded, but typical of Columbia, they have not monkey'ed with the contrast, but the print seems a shade faded and worn - there is significant damage marks in the opening 10 minutes - most likely due to storage. This is a damn fine western and although we hoped for more, at least the film is now released... and the price is right. Disappointed at the lack of extras, but thrilled at the 2.50 widescreen.   out of

Gary W. Tooze


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