Death Alley (2021)

The Dalton Gang terrorized Kansas and the Oklahoma territories on their way to infamy, robbing two banks in the middle of the day — October 5th, 1892 — at the same time and in the same town of Coffeyville, Kansas.

Nicholas Barton has directed several westerns in recent memory like Wichita and Deadman Standing. The genre doesn’t get much attention these days, so it’s always good to see an effort come out. Plus, he wrote this movie and appears in it as John Kloehr.

This film was made at the Old Cowtown Museum, the same Wichita location as several movies, including One Day OnlyHome on the Range, Bloody Dawn, Midnight Shanghai, The Only Good Indian and Stolen Women, Captured Hearts.

The plan — made because Coffeyville was called No-Gun Town — is soon foiled by the townsfolk who don’t follow that law. Will the Daltons escape? Will they outdo their cousins the James Gang by living up to Bob Dalton’s claim that he could “beat anything Jesse James ever did — rob two banks at once, in broad daylight?” And will the townsfolk be around to celebrate ousting them? History — or this movie — will tell the tale.

Death Alley is available on demand and on DVD from Uncork’d Entertainment. You can learn more on the official site and Facebook page.

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