It’s looking like we’re going to have to drill offshore for 50s Westerns on DVD. At least in this case, the more that gets spilled, the better.
John Knight has pointed out a few titles that have been listed on Starscafe. Coming from Spain is Cattle Empire (1958). Written and directed by Charles Marquis Warren, this Joel McCrea picture feels a bit like a prototype for TV’s Rawhide, which Warren created the following year. Judging from the sample frame above (lifted from mundodvd.com — a click will enlarge it), our Spanish friends have used a transfer kind to Cattle Empire‘s ‘Scope image and DeLuxe color. I haven’t seen this film in years, and never widescreen, but I remember it’s one of those that McCrea turns into something just by being in it.
Also on the way (from Spain again) are Dale Robertson in The Gambler From Natchez (1954, maybe not really a Western, but who’s complaining?), Fred MacMurray in the CinemaScope The Oregon Trail (1959) and Randolph Scott and Gene Tierney in Belle Starr (1941).