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Yellowstone Kelly(1959)

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Although an August 1957 Hollywood Reporter news item reported that Jules Schermer would produce the film, his contribution has not been confirmed. According to the pressbook for the film, scenes were shot in Arizona in and around Flagstaff, the San Francisco Peaks area and Sedona, where the battle at the end was filmed. The pressbook states that 114 Navajo Indians portrayed Sioux warriors. The film featured stars from three Warner Bros.-produced ABC-TV series: Clint Walker of Cheyenne; Edward Byrnes, who played "Kookie" on 77 Sunset Strip; and John Russell of Lawman. Reviewers noted that this film would test whether stars of television would attract viewers to movie theaters.
       Variety commented, "Box office response to this picture will provide more data on the question of whether stars developed in teleseries can draw paying customers on the strength of their names rather than tv characters they portray. It's a good bet that they will, especially in this combination." Motion Picture Daily predicted that the stars' "names May well bring out to theaters that part of the so-called 'lost' audience which has been lost because of TV westerns and action dramas." Variety praised the film's "craftsmanship in every department" which, it suggested, "displayed the three tv heroes in a production framework not approachable in telefilming." Los Angeles Mirror-News called the film "a throwback to those Technicolored cavalry versus Indian days before the movie western went somberly psychological, tense and black-and-white."
       Luther "Yellowstone" Kelly (1849-1928) was a real historical figure who became a well-known trapper and Indian scout in Wyoming. Another film featuring Kelly is the 1956 United Artists picture Gun Brothers.