The McMasters (1970)

GP | 90 mins | Western | 1970

Director:

Christopher Kent

Producer:

Monroe Sachson

Cinematographer:

Lester Shorr

Editor:

Melvin Shapiro

Production Designer:

Joel Schiller

Production Company:

JayJen Productions
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HISTORY

Filmed in New Mexico. Also known as The Blood Crowd . Also shown in a 97-min version during its first New York ... More Less

Filmed in New Mexico. Also known as The Blood Crowd . Also shown in a 97-min version during its first New York engagement. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Dimitri De Grunwald Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCERS
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
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PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The blood crowd
Release Date:
1970
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 7 August 1970
Los Angeles opening: 23 December 1970
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Movielab
Duration(in mins):
90
MPAA Rating:
GP
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Benjie returns to his hometown in the South after fighting for the North and meets with hostility from Kolby, a bigoted rancher who lost his arm while fighting for the Confederacy, and Russell, Kolby's ranch hand. Neal McMasters, a rancher who reared Benjie from childhood, offers him a half-share of his ranch. No one will work for Benjie because he is black, and McMasters is almost forced to sell Benjie's land, but Benjie's kindness to an Indian, White Feather, is reciprocated when members of his tribe arrive to help with the roundup. In further gratitude, White Feather presents Robin, his sister, to Benjie for his wife. Kolby leads some of the townsfolk in a drunken attack on McMasters and Benjie, and Robin is raped. The Indians refuse Benjie's plea for help, arguing that a black landowner is no better than the white landowners who stole their land. Despite pleas from Spencer, a liberal rancher, Kolby organizes another attack in which McMasters is killed and the house burned. Benjie is about to be hanged when the Indians launch a counterattack and kill Kolby. Benjie decides to stay on at the ranch with ... +


Benjie returns to his hometown in the South after fighting for the North and meets with hostility from Kolby, a bigoted rancher who lost his arm while fighting for the Confederacy, and Russell, Kolby's ranch hand. Neal McMasters, a rancher who reared Benjie from childhood, offers him a half-share of his ranch. No one will work for Benjie because he is black, and McMasters is almost forced to sell Benjie's land, but Benjie's kindness to an Indian, White Feather, is reciprocated when members of his tribe arrive to help with the roundup. In further gratitude, White Feather presents Robin, his sister, to Benjie for his wife. Kolby leads some of the townsfolk in a drunken attack on McMasters and Benjie, and Robin is raped. The Indians refuse Benjie's plea for help, arguing that a black landowner is no better than the white landowners who stole their land. Despite pleas from Spencer, a liberal rancher, Kolby organizes another attack in which McMasters is killed and the house burned. Benjie is about to be hanged when the Indians launch a counterattack and kill Kolby. Benjie decides to stay on at the ranch with Robin. +

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