Another Roll Your Own 50's Western
George Montgomery Enters a Robbers' Roost (1955)
Westerns were always a great way for independents to start out, or recharge bank batteries. Leonard Goldstein, trade-known as a "money producer," had been, since '47, with Universal, then Fox, then back again, always with success (the Ma/Pa Kettles, Francis pics, numerous others --- there was one year where, according to Variety, Len turned out a record eighteen features for U-I). He left the majors to establish a firm with twin brother Robert Goldstein for Black Tuesday (an E.G. Robinson thriller I wish were available) and the outstanding Stranger On Horseback with Joel McCrea, these distributor-handled by United Artists. Leonard died sudden in 7/54 and brother Bob, with partner Robert L. Jacks, had to establish themselves over again with a new company moniker, Goldstein-Jacks Productions, from which Robbers' Roost emerged as a first offering. Westerns were a safe bet loaning institutions understood and UA stood ready to release. The deal maybe got more creative effort than the movie, but a Zane Grey story and good casting, plus color, puts Robbers' Roost across. George Montgomery was a dependable name, being now associated most with westerns. RR took $499K in domestic rentals, $464K foreign. Assuming it was made cheap (likely), there was presumed profit to carry on, which Goldstein did with another for UA, Dance With Me, Henry. Robbers' Roost is a comfort fit, no better/worse than a hundred saddles sat during the 50's, and shows up current on MGM's HD channel, where it looks stellar.