It starts in 1844 in Maryland, where R.Taylor, owner a plantation with slaves, is forced by debts to sell his estate ad his people. Then he leaves for Cumberland, looking for a job (first ...
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It starts in 1844 in Maryland, where R.Taylor, owner a plantation with slaves, is forced by debts to sell his estate ad his people. Then he leaves for Cumberland, looking for a job (first time in his life), and ends up working for a stagecoach line run Wallace Beery and owned by Florence Rice. Before love and friendship can triumph, Taylor will have to commit to the cause of african-americans in search of freedom... Written by
sometimes aged, sometimes interesting and a great Beery!
When you see a film made in 1939 like this one you can be sure, with few exceptions that some of it will age and look ridiculous, some of it will age but will be interesting because of a certain historical value, and some of it will not age at all. What did not age in this film is the charismatic performance of Wallace Beery, playing a kind of likable bad guy, rough and unscrupulous . What aged? The fistfights of Beery and Robert Taylor that look like the film was sped up. Also the good guy Taylor showing his kindness by selling his slaves only as a family when he goes broke. The real kindness would be to let them go free. Interesting are the scenes that show the race between the train and a stagecoach, reminding us of "Dodge City", released in the same year and also the train being pushed on a hill by the passengers, because the engine is underpowered.
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