Blackjack Ketchum, Desperado

Blackjack Ketchum, Desperado is a 1956 American Western film starring Howard Duff and Victor Jory. It was based on a novel by Louis L'Amour about Tom Ketchum.[1] This movie has yet to receive a home media release.

Blackjack Ketchum, Desperado
Directed byEarl Bellamy
Produced bySam Katzman
Written byJack Natteford
Luci Ward
Based onnovel by Louis L'Amour
StarringHoward Duff
Margaret Field
Victor Jory
CinematographyFred Jackman, Jr.
Edited bySaul A. Goodkind
Clover Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
April 4, 1956
Running time
76 minutes


When a friend in New Mexico is about to be shot, Tom Ketchum draws his gun and kills the brother of Jared Tetlow, a wealthy cattleman. Tom goes to a ranch run by Nita Riordan and her father, where a relationship begins and marriage is discussed.

Tetlow returns, learns from Laurie Webster about the shooting and vows to get vengeance against the man who killed his brother. A cattle war begins as well, but law and order prevails and Tom decides to stay and settle down.



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