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(aka "The Wyoming Kid" )

 

directed by Raoul Walsh
USA 19
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Gambler-on-the-run James Wylie (Dennis Morgan) knows a good deal when he sees one. So when he’s offered his freedom in exchange for capturing the holdup man known as the Poet, Wylie heads to Cheyenne, where the bandit’s said to be forming a gang. Posing as the outlaw, he meets up with the Poet’s wife (Jane Wyman), who also claims to want him arrested. But when she warns her husband the law’s closing in, the desperado (Bruce Bennett) plans to outwit them both by ditching his bride for a dancehall girl (Janis Paige) and having Wylie lynched in his place. Directed by action ace Raoul Walsh, Cheyenne was co-written by novelist Alan LeMay, author of The Searchers. A superior example of Walsh’s two-fisted style, the film is unjustly forgotten today due to its syndication title being changed to The Wyoming Kid, a move made by Warner Bros. to avoid confusion with its unrelated Clint Walker TV Western series that aired from 1955 to 1963.

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Theatrical Release: June 6th, 1947

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:39:06
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.81 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.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:09)

DVD Release Date: March 5th, 2013
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Comments

Cheyenne is another excellent Raoul Walsh western. Solid story, plenty of action and good performances.

It's standard single-layered but progressive in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio and looks solid. This is labeled under the Warner's "Archive  Collection" and the image is reasonably strong. Contrast is nicely layered - a few scans are less-sharp than others but I never found it a distraction. The disc supports the film with another decent and clean presentation.

The mono sound is decent but unremarkable and there are no subtitles offered. The only supplement is the film's trailer - running over 2-minutes.

I could watch a Raoul Walsh-helmed western nightly. I only wish it were never-ending. The price is high but for fans this appears to be the only outlet for digital home viewing. Those who appreciate the genre should be pleased.  

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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