I’m not gonna hold my breath waiting for Columbia to release Masterson Of Kansas (1954) on DVD. Luckily, we can watch it on Turner Classic Movies on the 18th. It’s part of their Legend Of Wyatt Earp event — also presenting My Darling Clementine (1946), Gunfight At The O.K. Corral (1957) and Hour Of The Gun (1967). Good day to call in sick and sit on the couch.
Masterson Of Kansas was one of several 50s Westerns (often starring George Montgomery) William Castle directed at Columbia — before he made the shift to gimmick-y horror pictures like House On Haunted Hill (1958) and The Tingler (1959).
These Columbia/Castle Westerns were certainly cheap. After all, they were produced by Sam Katzman — who gave us the Jungle Jim pictures, Elvis in Harum Scarum (1965) and lots of other junk — but I’ve always had a fondness for them. And Masterson, which also features Wyatt Earp (Bruce Cowling) and Doc Holliday (James Griffith), is one of the better ones.