Cattle Empire, After serving a five year prison sentence for allowing his men to destroy a town in a drunken spree, a trail boss is hired by the same town’s leading citizen to drive their cattle to Fort Clemson. Complicating matters, a rival cattle baron also hires the cattle driver to lead his herd.
Cattle Empire and the Great Joel Mcrae
Cattle Empire has a strong story line and I won’t give it away, but give this film a chance. If you like Westerns this is a film you must see! It is probably considered a “B” movie, but so many Western movies are(supposedly). If you look at this film through the eyes of a person in 2006, it may seem like you could have written the script yourself, but it’s not that simple. There are subplots galore and Joel Mcrae is involved in them all, to some extent. There are women on this ride and that alone brings problems for the men on the cattle drive. Enjoy this film for the era it was made in and don’t judge too harshly. This is an excellent Saturday afternoon rainy day film.If you like your Westerns any time watch it on a Sunny afternoon, you’ll enjoy it just the same. We are true Western fans! Enjoy!
Gritty cattle-drive western
I’m not usually too keen on cattle-drive Westerns (“Red River” excepted), but this one isn’t bad at all. It’s not too formulaic, and the love interest is muted – all too often it gets in the way of a good plot, which in this case rolls along nicely. McCrea comes over as a real anti-hero for the first part of the film, and there’s an ironic twist to the plot towards the end. McCrea is fine in a role that Randolph Scott would also have done well in.