What Are Some Cowboy Movies in the Public Domain?


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"Angel and the Badman," "Fighting Caravans" and "One-Eyed Jacks" are all A class cowboy movies in the public domain. All of these films are older, produced prior to 1965. B class cowboy movies in the public domain, all made before 1950, include "Bells of San Angelo," "The Big Show" and "The Three Mesquiteers."

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"Angel and the Badman" is a 1947 cowboy movie starring John Wayne. It tells the story of Wayne's love for a Mormon girl played by Gail Russell. "Fighting Caravans," made in 1930, has an 80 minute running time and stars Gary Cooper. Directed by Zane Grey, this western follows a wagon train as it moves west.

"One-Eyed Jacks," made in 1961, is one of the few public domain cowboy movies made in color. Marlon Brando stars as Rio, a prison escapee who seeks revenge on his former partner, played by Karl Madden. "Bells of San Angelo" is another public domain cowboy movie filmed in color. This movie, made in 1947, is a musical about a novelist and a dancer who find a silver mine while searching for smugglers.

"The Big Show," a 1936 western, stars Gene Autry as a cowboy turned movie star that has bad luck with singing, gangsters and girls. "The Three Mesquiteers" is a double feature movie starring Robert Livingston, Ray Corrigan and Max Terhune.

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