Randolph Scott (Bat Masterson), Robert Ryan (Allen Harper), Anne Jeffreys (Ruby Stone), George "Gabby" Hayes (Bill Burns), Madge Meredith (Susan Pritchett), Steve Brodie (Logan Maury), Billy House (Carmody), Virginia Sale (Hannah), Harry Woods (Lance Larkin), Phil Warren (Slim), Harry Harvey (mayor), Jason Robards (Jason), Ernie Adams (Eben Bowen), Frank Mills (saloon patron), Jessie Arnold (Jason's wife), Stanley Andrews (Ferguson), Frank Austin, Joe Brockman, Roy Butler, Paul Dunn, Sam Lufkin, Dick Rush, Carl Wester (farmers), Guy Beach (Doc Evans), Elena Warren (Mrs Brown), Larry McGrath, Billy Vincent, Glenn McCarthy, Howard McCrorie (henchmen), Forrest Taylor (Dave), David Olson, Eugene Persson (boys), Sarah Padden (Mrs Ferguson), Al Murphy (dealer), Frank McGlynn (Tim McKeon), Si Jenks (Charlie Thorne), Betty Hill (dance hall girl), Lew Harvey (saloon gunman), Kit Guard (drunk), Chris Willow Bird (Indian), Warren Jackson.
Narrated by Ray Collins.
Director: RAY ENRIGHT. Screenplay: Norman Houston, Gene Lewis. Based on the 1937 novel Golden Horizon by William Corcoran. Photography: J. Roy Hunt. Film editor: Lyle Boyer. Art directors: Albert S. D'Agostino and Ralph Berger. Set decorators: Darrell Silvera and John Sturtevant. Costumes designed by Adele Balkan. Music: Paul Sawtell. Songs: "You May Not Remember" (Jeffreys) by Ben Oakland, George Jessel; "She's Not the Only Pebble on the Beach" (Jeffreys) by Stanley Carter and Harry Braisted. Montage editor: Harold Palmer. Music director: Constantin Bakaleinikoff. Special effects: Russell A. Cully. Assistant director: Grayson Rogers. Sound recording: Jean L. Speak, Terry Kellum. RCA Sound System. Producer: Nat Holt. Executive producer: Jack J. Gross.
Copyright 15 March 1947 by RKO-Radio Pictures, Inc. New York opening at the Palace: 9 April 1947. U.S. release: 19 February 1947. U.K. release: 15 December 1947. Australian release: 24 July 1947. 7,730 feet. 84 minutes.
SYNOPSIS: Bat Masterson tames Liberal, Kansas.
NOTES: Number three of RKO's top profit-makers for 1947. (Crossfire held down the number one spot, followed by The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer).
COMMENT: A formula western, but a very entertaining one. All the standard ingredients are here, including the late-arriving peace officer (a memorable portrait by Randolph Scott), the restless heroine (played by the charming Madge Meredith), the go-getting hero who is unjustly accused of murder (Robert Ryan in his post-war debut), the warm-hearted saloon girl (the delightful Anne Jeffreys), the sleazy villain (marvelous Billy House), and last (but fortunately least), the comic relief (long-winded "Gabby" Hayes).
These familiar trappings are given a terrific boost in Trail Street by high production values and superlative technical credits (in which the attractive camera-work, the richly appointed sets and the wonderfully in-period music score really stand out).