Whitey (1967) starring Stuart Whitman, Percy Herbert, Randy Boone, Jill Townsend directed by Herschel Daugherty Movie Review

Whitey (1967)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Randy Boone in Whitey (1967)

The Player

Young gunslinger Whitey (Peter Kastner) finds himself a guest in the Cimarron jail after he is caught by Marshal Crown (Stuart Whitman) following a botched robbery. Knowing that Whitey is likely a part of the Tinker Gang, Crown tricks him in to revealing the gangs next robbery only for the gang to hit another target. When Whitey realises that not only has Crown conned him but so did the Gang he escapes taking Dulcey (Jill Townsend) prisoner as he hunts down those who double crossed him. But Whitey is not finished as after helping Crown capture the Tinker gang he will only release Dulcey if Tinker and his gang are hanged.

They made a mistake in naming episode seven of Cimarron Strip after the character Whitey, oh it is suitable but then this episode is very much about Crown's cunning to play people to get what he wants. He makes Whitey think a man died because of him, he then thinks they are building a coffin for him when he hears late night hammering and sawing and on top of that Crown knowing how sweet Dulcey is tricks her in to helping Whitey give up what he knows and so calling this episode The Player would have been a much better idea.

But there is more to "Whitey" than just Crown being a smart cat as we also have young Whitey's attempt for revenge as he kidnaps the naive and sweet Dulcey and uses her as a bargaining chip to not just get his freedom but also freedom from the gang he turned on. It is a good storyline but beyond the storyline the production is standard with nice shots of people riding and hiding behind rocks just waiting to pounce. In a way it is a shame as once again "Cimarron Strip" features a storyline with potential but in an episode it can't be fully explored or be released from the cliche elements which audiences expected.

What this all boils down to is that "Whitey" is once again and enjoyable episode of "Cimarron Strip" which works just as well as a standalone movie. But like other episodes the full potential of the story is not fully explored within the limits of a 75 minute episode of a western series.