American Actor

Chill Wills

  • Jul 18, 1902 - Dec 15, 1978 (age 76)
  • 6' 2" (1.88 m)
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1978
Stubby Pringle's Christmas
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MovieDec 17, 1978

Stubby Pringle's Christmas

It's now Christmas Eve and …
It's now Christmas Eve and Stubby Pringle is on his way to an annual dance that he went to the previous year and fell in love with a girl, who he forgot to ask the name of. He has bought ...
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Chill Wills
PersonalDecember 1978

Chill Wills

Chill Wills passed away.
1977
Mr. Billion
MovieMar 3, 1977

Mr. Billion

When an American billionaire dies, his poor Italian nephew …
When an American billionaire dies, his poor Italian nephew inherits everything, provided he can arrive in the USA to claim his inheritance before the deadline but the corporate lawyer-executor tries to steal the inheritance.
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1973
Novadeen Googe
MarriageDecember 1973

Novadeen Googe

Married Novadeen Googe.
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
MovieMay 23, 1973

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

An aging Pat Garrett is hired …
An aging Pat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons--his sole purpose being to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid.
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Guns of a Stranger
MovieMay 1, 1973

Guns of a Stranger

Forced in the line of duty to kill a young Abilene gunman, …
Forced in the line of duty to kill a young Abilene gunman, Sheriff Matthew Roberts (Marty Robbins)is torn by inner anguish and takes off his bade and leaves Kansas. Time passes and Roberts is known as 'The Drifter', wandering restlessly through the west. In Arizona, he aids an elderly rancher, Tom Duncan (Chill Wills), and his granddaughter, Virginia (Dovie Beams) and her kid-brother Danny (Steven Tackett) in their fight to save their small ranch from a crooked banker and his gang of outlaws.
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1970
The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again
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MovieNov 17, 1970

The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again

Retired Texas Ranger Nash …
Retired Texas Ranger Nash Crawford re-assembles his former Ranger outfit from the old days to fight crime in his hometown.
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1969
The Over-the-Hill Gang
MovieOct 7, 1969

The Over-the-Hill Gang

A retired Texas Ranger and …
A retired Texas Ranger and his three aging pals are hired to clean up a lawless town.
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1966
The Rounders
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TV ShowSep 6, 1966

The Rounders

The Rounders was an American western-style sitcom about …
The Rounders was an American western-style sitcom about two cowboys on the fictitious J.L. Ranch in Texas. It starred Ron Hayes as Ben Jones and Patrick Wayne, a son of John Wayne, as Howdy Lewis. The M-G-M television series aired on ABC from September 6, 1966, to January 3, 1967. The program was loosely based on a 1965 film of the same name, The Rounders, starring Glenn Ford and Henry Fonda, set near Sedona, Arizona, rather than Texas.
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1965
The Rounders
MovieJan 8, 1965

The Rounders

In Sedona, two aging cowpokes bust broncos, charm local …
In Sedona, two aging cowpokes bust broncos, charm local ladies and bet on outcomes at the rodeo.
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1963
The Wheeler Dealers
MovieNov 14, 1963

The Wheeler Dealers

Henry J. Tyroone leaves Texas where his oil wells are drying …
Henry J. Tyroone leaves Texas where his oil wells are drying up and arrives in New York with a lot of oil money to play with in the stock market. He meets stock analyst Molly Thatcher, who he falls in love with. Molly tries to ignore the attention he lavishes on, and keep the relationship strictly professional.
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McLintock!
MovieNov 13, 1963

McLintock!

George Washington McLintock, "GW" to friends and foes …
George Washington McLintock, "GW" to friends and foes alike, is a cattle baron and the richest man in the territory. He anxiously awaits the return of his daughter Becky who has been away at school for the last two years. He's also surprised to see that his wife Katherine has also returned. She had left him some years before without really explaining what he had done, but she does make the point of saying that she's returned to take their daughter back to the State Capitol with her. GW is highly respected by everyone around him, including the farmers who are pouring into the territories with free grants of land and the Indians who are under threat of being relocated to another reservation. Between his wife, his headstrong daughter, the crooked land agent and the thieving government Indian agent, GW tries to keep the peace and do what is best for everyone.
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1962
The Virginian
TV ShowSep 19, 1962

The Virginian

The Virginian (repackaged as The Men from Shiloh in its final …
The Virginian (repackaged as The Men from Shiloh in its final year) is an American Western television series starring James Drury, Doug McClure, and Lee J. Cobb, which aired on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) television network from 1962 to 1971 for a total of 249 episodes. It was a spin-off from a 1958 summer series called Decision. Filmed in color, The Virginian became television's first 90-minute Western series (75 minutes excluding commercial breaks). Cobb left the series after four seasons and was replaced over the years by mature character actors John Dehner, Charles Bickford, John McIntire, and Stewart Granger portraying different characters.
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1961
The Deadly Companions
MovieJun 6, 1961

The Deadly Companions

An ex-army officer …
An ex-army officer accidentally kills a woman's son and tries to make up for it by escorting the funeral procession through dangerous Indian territory.
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1960
Where the Boys Are
MovieDec 28, 1960

Where the Boys Are

Merritt, Melanie, Tuggle and Angie are four Midwestern college …
Merritt, Melanie, Tuggle and Angie are four Midwestern college co-eds who travel to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for their spring vacation and we follow the episodic series of adventures and romance they all get into with some college guys they meet.
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The Alamo
MovieOct 24, 1960

The Alamo

In 1836, a small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in …
In 1836, a small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas.
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Best Supporting Actor
Nomination1960

Best Supporting Actor

Nominated for "The Alamo".
Academy Award
1959
Rawhide
TV ShowJan 9, 1959

Rawhide

Rawhide is an American Western TV series starring Eric …
Rawhide is an American Western TV series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood. The show aired for eight seasons on the CBS network on Friday nights, from January 9, 1959, to September 3, 1965, before moving to Tuesday nights from September 14, 1965, until January 4, 1966, with a total of 217 black-and-white episodes. The series was produced and sometimes directed by Charles Marquis Warren, who also produced early episodes of Gunsmoke.
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1958
From Hell to Texas
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MovieJun 1, 1958

From Hell to Texas

When ranch hand Tod Lohman accidentally kills the son of a …
When ranch hand Tod Lohman accidentally kills the son of a powerful rancher, he panics and flees, but the rancher and his vengeful crew hunt Tod down.
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1957
Trackdown
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TV ShowOct 4, 1957

Trackdown

Trackdown is an American Western television series starring …
Trackdown is an American Western television series starring Robert Culp that aired more than 70 episodes on CBS between 1957 and 1959. The series was produced by Dick Powell's Four Star Television and filmed at the Desilu-Culver Studio. Trackdown was a spin-off of Powell's anthology series, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater.
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Wagon Train
TV ShowSep 18, 1957

Wagon Train

Wagon Train is an American Western series that aired on …
Wagon Train is an American Western series that aired on the NBC television network (National Broadcasting Company), 1957–1962 and then on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), 1962–1965. Wagon Train first aired on September 18, 1957, and would eventually place the TV show in the number one spot in the Nielsen ratings. The series format attracted big-name guest stars who would appear in major roles as travelers in the large wagon train or in the settlements they passed by or visited. It initially starred veteran movie supporting actor Ward Bond as the wagon master, later replaced upon his death in 1960 by John McIntire, and Robert Horton as the scout, subsequently replaced by Scott Miller and Robert Fuller.'
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Gun Glory
MovieJul 19, 1957

Gun Glory

In 1886, the gunman and gambler Tom Early returns to his …
In 1886, the gunman and gambler Tom Early returns to his homeland to settle down, but he is rejected by his community. He rides to his farm, where he finds that his wife Alice has recently died and his son Tom Early Jr., who disagrees with taking up arms, is working alone. The next morning, Tom rides into the town to buy supplies and sees Sam, the grocer, humiliating his employee Jo. At the same time the cattle lord Grimsell arrives in town with two gunfighters, Gunn and Blondie, and tells the Preacher that he will be crossing 20,000 head of cattle through their lands and their town. Although the preacher tries to explain that the people own the land, Grimsell is not interested in their rights. When Blondie sees Tom Early, he draws his gun but is shot by Tom, in self defense, and kills the gunman. He then invites Jo to work on the farm. While the Preacher wants to send an emissary to Laramie to bring the law to his town, Grimsell summons more than thirty gunfighters to work for him. When the emissary is murdered by Gunn, the naive Preacher organizes a posse to unsuccessfully fight against Grimsell. The farmers are ambushed and attacked and the survivors return to the town. But Tom Early decides to provoke a stampede and fight against Grimsell.
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1956
Gun for a Coward
MovieDec 30, 1956

Gun for a Coward

A young cowboy, whose dedication to the principles of peace …
A young cowboy, whose dedication to the principles of peace and reason has earned him a reputation for cowardice, overcomes his psychological aversion to violence after his elder brother unjustly censures him for not joining in a foolhardy gunfight in which their youngest brother is killed.
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Giant
MovieOct 10, 1956

Giant

Sprawling, epic tale of a wealthy Texas rancher and his wife, …
Sprawling, epic tale of a wealthy Texas rancher and his wife, their descendants, and their life together over twenty-five years. Jordan "Bick" Benedict, Jr. (Rock Hudson) met his future wife Leslie (Dame Elizabeth Taylor) while on a trip East to buy breeding stock, returning home with a bride. Living on a half-million acre ranch takes some getting used to for Leslie, as does the rough and tumble lifestyle. They have children who have their own minds and are apt to disappoint their parents over their life choices. As Leslie says at one point, "you can't live their lives for them, you can only raise them." Bick's rival is a former ranch hand, Jett Rink (James Dean), who inherits a tract of land from Bick's late sister Luz Benedict (Mercedes McCambridge). Jett strikes oil and becomes as wealthy as the Benedicts although there is one thing Bick has that he can never have as his own.
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1955
Gunsmoke
TV ShowSep 10, 1955

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western …
Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West. The central character is lawman Marshal Matt Dillon, played by William Conrad on radio and James Arness on television. When aired in the United Kingdom, the television series was initially titled Gun Law, later reverting to Gunsmoke.
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Kentucky Rifle
MovieApr 27, 1955

Kentucky Rifle

A man escorts a wagon load of Kentucky rifles through …
A man escorts a wagon load of Kentucky rifles through Indian territory and must find a way to get through without losing the rifles to the Indians. Unfortunately the Indians know about it, and give the occupants an ultimatum: either the rifles or their lives.
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1954
Francis Joins the WACS
MovieJul 30, 1954

Francis Joins the WACS

Peter Stirling (with his old …
Peter Stirling (with his old friend the talking mule) is recalled to active duty...in the WACs!
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1953
Tumbleweed
MovieDec 1, 1953

Tumbleweed

Jim Harvey is hired to guard a small wagon train as it …
Jim Harvey is hired to guard a small wagon train as it makes its way west. The train is attacked by Indians and Harvey, hoping to persuade Aguila, the chief, to call off the attack due to Harvey's having saved his son's life, leaves the train to negotiate. He is captured and the rest of the train is wiped out except for two sisters. Escaping and showing up in town later, Harvey is nearly hanged as a deserter, but gets away. Eventually caught by the sheriff and his posse, they are attacked by Indians. This time the Indians are defeated and Aguila, captured and dying, reveals the identity of the white man who engineered the initial attack on the wagon train, just as the perpetrator rides up behind them.
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The Man from the Alamo
MovieJul 23, 1953

The Man from the Alamo

During the Alamo siege, …
During the Alamo siege, John Stroud is sent to Ox Bow to protect the townsfolk but, following a massacre, he infiltrates Jess Wade's gang of turncoat renegades supporting the Mexicans.
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City That Never Sleeps
MovieJun 12, 1953

City That Never Sleeps

Johnny Kelly, who plans on …
Johnny Kelly, who plans on resigning from the police force and leaving his wife the next day, has a very eventful last night on duty.
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Small Town Girl
MovieApr 10, 1953

Small Town Girl

Rick Belrow Livingston, in love with Broadway star Lisa, is …
Rick Belrow Livingston, in love with Broadway star Lisa, is sentenced to 30 days in jail for speeding through a small town. He persuades the judge's daughter Cindy to let him leave for one night, so that he can visit Lisa on her birthday. After that he goes on the town with Cindy and she falls in love with him. But Dr. Schlemmer wants his son to become her husband.
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1951
Cattle Drive
MovieAug 1, 1951

Cattle Drive

The spoiled young son of a wealthy railroad owner manages to …
The spoiled young son of a wealthy railroad owner manages to get himself lost in the middle of nowhere. He is found by a cowboy on a cattle drive and the lad must start learning the hard lessons of working in a team if he wants to make it to San Diego.
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1950
Rio Grande
MovieNov 1, 1950

Rio Grande

Rio Grande takes place after the Civil War when the Union …
Rio Grande takes place after the Civil War when the Union turned their attention towards the Apaches. Union officer Kirby Yorke is in charge of an outpost on the Rio Grande in which he is in charge of training of new recruits one of which is his son whom he hasn't seen in 15 years. He whips him into shape to take on the Apaches but not before his mother shows up to take him out of there.The decision to leave is left up to Trooper Yorke who decides to stay and fight. Through it all Kirby and Kathleen though separated for years fall back into love and decide that it's time to give it another try. But Yorke faces his toughest battle when his unorthodox plan to outwit the elusive Apaches leads to possible court-martial. Locked in a bloody Indian war, he must fight to redeem his honor and save the love and lives of his broken family.
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The Sundowners
MovieJan 30, 1950

The Sundowners

Brother is pitted against brother in this tale of fueding ranchers …
Brother is pitted against brother in this tale of fueding ranchers in the old west.
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1949
Tulsa
MovieApr 13, 1949

Tulsa

It's Tulsa, Oklahoma at the start of the oil boom and Cherokee …
It's Tulsa, Oklahoma at the start of the oil boom and Cherokee Lansing's rancher father is killed in a fight with the Tanner Oil Company. Cherokee plans revenge by bringing in her own wells with the help of oil expert Brad Brady and childhood friend Jim Redbird. When the oil and the money start gushing in, both Brad and Jim want to protect the land but Cherokee has different ideas. What started out as revenge for her father's death has turned into an obsession for wealth and power.
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Red Canyon
MovieApr 1, 1949

Red Canyon

A young girl set out to tame a wild horse so she can enter him …
A young girl set out to tame a wild horse so she can enter him in a race.
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1946
The Yearling
MovieDec 18, 1946

The Yearling

The family of Civil War veteran Penny Baxter, who lives and …
The family of Civil War veteran Penny Baxter, who lives and works on a farm in Florida with his wife, Orry, and their son, Jody. The only surviving child of the family, Jody longs for companionship and unexpectedly finds it in the form of an orphaned fawn. While Penny is supportive of his son's four-legged friend, Orry is not, leading to heartbreaking conflict.
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The Harvey Girls
MovieJan 18, 1946

The Harvey Girls

On a train trip West to become a mail-order bride, Susan …
On a train trip West to become a mail-order bride, Susan Bradley (Judy Garland) meets a cheery crew of young women travelling out to open a "Harvey House" restaurant at a remote whistle-stop to provide good cooking and wholesome company for railway travellers. When Susan and her bashful suitor find romance daunting, she joins the Harvey Girls instead. The saloon across the street with its alluring worldly-wise women offers them tough competition, fair and foul, and Susan catches the eye of the Ned Trent (John Hodiak), the distant but intense proprietor of the bar.
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1945
Leave Her to Heaven
MovieDec 25, 1945

Leave Her to Heaven

A writer falls in love with a young socialite and they're soon …
A writer falls in love with a young socialite and they're soon married. But her obsessive love for him threatens to be the undoing of them both, and everyone else around them.
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1944
Meet Me in St. Louis
MovieNov 22, 1944

Meet Me in St. Louis

St. Louis 1903. The well-off Smith family has four beautiful …
St. Louis 1903. The well-off Smith family has four beautiful daughters, including Esther and little Tootie. 17-year old Esther has fallen in love with the boy next door who has just moved in, John. He however barely notices her at first. The family is shocked when Mr. Smith reveals that he has been transfered to a nice position in New York, which means that the family has to leave St. Louis and the St. Louis Fair.
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Barbary Coast Gent
MovieSep 1, 1944

Barbary Coast Gent

Honest Plush Brannon is a con-man thrown out of the …
Honest Plush Brannon is a con-man thrown out of the Barbary Coast in San Francisco in the 1880s and headed for the gold rush region of Nevada. He discovers a real mine which lead to several complications.
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1943
Best Foot Forward
MovieJun 29, 1943

Best Foot Forward

Lucille Ball accepts a cadet's invitation to a military …
Lucille Ball accepts a cadet's invitation to a military academy's senior prom in order to boost her career.
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A Stranger in Town
MovieApr 1, 1943

A Stranger in Town

In the small town of Crown Port local attorney Bill Adams is …
In the small town of Crown Port local attorney Bill Adams is trying to break up the ring of corrupt town officials by running for mayor. The cards seemed stacked against him when he gets help from a visiting hunter who, unknown to Adams and the rest of the town, is actually vacationing supreme court justice John Josephus Grant.
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1942
Apache Trail
MovieJun 24, 1942

Apache Trail

The brother of a notorious outlaw is put in a charge of a …
The brother of a notorious outlaw is put in a charge of a stagecoach line way station in dangerous Apache territory. A stagecoach arrives at the station with a valuable box of cargo, and the outlaw brother soon shows up, though denying that he's planning to take the cargo box. Soon, however, rampaging Apaches attack the station, and the station manager, his brother and a disparate group of passengers and employees must fight them off.
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Will Wills
Child1942

Will Wills

Will Wills is an actor, known for Young Guns of Texas (1962).
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1941
Honky Tonk
MovieOct 1, 1941

Honky Tonk

Fast-talking con-man and grifter Candy Johnson rises to be …
Fast-talking con-man and grifter Candy Johnson rises to be the corrupt boss of Yellow Creek, but his wife's alcoholic father tries to set things right.
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Belle Starr
MovieSep 5, 1941

Belle Starr

The setting is the Civil War and its aftermath. Belle's family has …
The setting is the Civil War and its aftermath. Belle's family has lost their land to Yankees. She marries Confederate guerilla leader Sam Starr and they continue activities against exploiters until she is shot riding to alert Sam to a trap. Highly romanticized and little connection with history.
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Western Union
MovieJan 31, 1941

Western Union

When Edward Creighton leads the construction of the Western …
When Edward Creighton leads the construction of the Western Union to unite East with West, he hires a Western reformed outlaw and a tenderfoot Eastern surveyor.
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1940
The Westerner
MovieSep 5, 1940

The Westerner

Judge Roy Bean, a self-appointed hanging judge in …
Judge Roy Bean, a self-appointed hanging judge in Vinegarroon, Texas, befriends saddle tramp Cole Harden, who opposes Bean's policy against homesteaders.
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Boom Town
MovieAug 30, 1940

Boom Town

Buddies Big John McMasters and Square John Sand are fast …
Buddies Big John McMasters and Square John Sand are fast-talking, wisecracking wildcatters who manage to con enough equipment and capital to develop their own oil fields, but their friendship is put to the test when Big John inadvertently falls in love with Elizabeth, Square John's longtime girlfriend. Eventually their friendship and partnership comes to an end on the flip of a coin. Years later, when Big John's interest in the beautiful Karen Vanmeer threatens his marriage too, Square John intervenes in an effort to save the marriage of his former friend - even if it means ruining him financially.
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1939
Trouble in Sundown
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MovieMar 24, 1939

Trouble in Sundown

The bank has been robbed, the night watchman killed and …
The bank has been robbed, the night watchman killed and the safe opened. The townspeople want John as he was the only one with the combination. Clint gets John out of town but before the mob turns ugly but the deputy is shot when he and Clint go to get John at the shack. Things look bad for John, but Clint does not believe that John did the robbery and he will look for the real crooks.
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Jill Wills
Child1939

Jill Wills

Jill Wills born.
1938
Lawless Valley
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MovieNov 4, 1938

Lawless Valley

Serving a five year sentence for robbing a stage, Larry …
Serving a five year sentence for robbing a stage, Larry Rhodes is paroled early and returns to his hometown bent on clearing himself and discovering the identity of his father's killer. Things get more complicated when he learns that his former girlfriend, whom he still loves, is scheduled to be married to the local land baron's son.
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1937
Way Out West
MovieApr 16, 1937

Way Out West

Stanley and Ollie are enlisted to deliver the deed to a …
Stanley and Ollie are enlisted to deliver the deed to a goldmine in a small village, only for it to be stolen.
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1935
Bar 20 Rides Again
MovieNov 20, 1935

Bar 20 Rides Again

Cattle rustler Nevada dreams of living like an emperor in the …
Cattle rustler Nevada dreams of living like an emperor in the West. Hoppy and the Bar 20 boys aim to put an end to his dream.
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1928
Hattie Elizabeth "Betty" Chappelle
MarriageDecember 1928

Hattie Elizabeth "Betty" Chappelle

Married Hattie Elizabeth "Betty" Chappelle.
1902
Chill Wills
BirthJuly 1902

Chill Wills

Chill Wills was born.
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