Cattle King, 1963, Is Playing on TCM on May 18

Cattle King, 1963, is playing on Turner Classic Movies on Tuesday, May 18 at 7:45 a.m.

Cattle King is the last picture Robert Taylor made under his MGM contract. His full-time contract had ended in 1959 but he agreed to do three more pictures. Cattle King is the third. Mr.Taylor plays a large scale cattle rancher whose is being threatened by a Texas cartel who want to build a cattle highway from Texas to Canada. This would bring thousands of undesirable cattle to Mr. Taylor’s Wyoming home. It’s a nice twist on the old cattle ranchers vs. sheep herders story. Instead of wanting to leave the range free for cattle to roam, Sam Brassfield (Mr.Taylor) wants to fence in land for the controlled breeding of high quality bovines. The only sheep herder in the picture ends up siding with Brassfield. The cinematography is outstanding with a pallette that brings out the beauty of the area near Yellowstone
Park. There are numerous scenes of groups of people riding which must have looked wonderful on the big screen.

The acting is done by seasoned professionals like Robert Middleton, Ray Teal and William Windom and a newcomer Robert Loggia. They are all excellent. As usual in westerns, Joan Caulfield as the love interest for Sam isn’t given enough to do. President Chester A. Arthur (Larry Gates) plays a pivotal role. In many ways Robert Taylor’s colleagues at MGM made this a warm farewell. The name Robert Taylor fills the screen from top to bottom in the credits.
photographed lovingly with numerous close-ups. There’s a wonderful scene where Mr. Taylor stands proudly, legs apart in the western stance facing his enemy when the camera slides into a screen filling close-up. Robert Taylor was very good at playing characters who were larger than life, people who made a difference without losing their integrity. There’s even a bit of humor as he spends a fair amount of time fussing with his various ties. Cattle King is a solid, well-acted beautifully photographed Western.

Behind-the-Scenes:

Robert Taylor, Maggie Pierce, Robert Ivers and Virginia Christine.

Tessa, Ursula, Terry and Robert Taylor.
Chow line. No special privileges for the star.

Frame grabs:

Poster

About giraffe44

I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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2 Responses to Cattle King, 1963, Is Playing on TCM on May 18

  1. Karen M Roth says:

    I wish we had more wonderful actors like Robert Taylor. Now we have sex and real violence nothing left to the imagination. God sure made a beautiful man. Dale Robertson and Robert Taylor were real gentlemen. I can’t mention all my favorites but that was a good era.

    Liked by 1 person

    • giraffe44 says:

      Hi, Karen, I wish we did, too. It used to be that you could see that something was awful because of the way the actors reacted. Now you have to see it all–in close-up. Thanks for writing. Judith

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