Virginia City (1940)

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Union officer Kerry Bradford escapes from Confederate Prison and is set to Virginia City in Nevada. Once there he finds that the former commander of his prison Vance Irby is planning to send $5 million in gold to save the Confederacy.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kerry Bradford
Julia Hayne
Vance Irby
John Murrell
Mr. Upjohn
Olaf Swenson
Maj. Drewery (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Moroni Olsen ...
Russell Hicks ...
Union Soldier
Russell Simpson ...
Victor Kilian ...


During the American Civil War, Captain Kerry Bradford escapes from a notorious confederate prison. He and two of his men are sent to Virginia City where Confederate sympathizers are prepared to donate $5 million dollars to the cause of Southern independence. The war is going badly for the Confederacy and money may tip the war in their favor. On the stagecoach to Virginia City, Bradford meets and falls in love with Julia Hayne not realizing that she is one of the conspirators. When he gets to Virginia City, he also runs into Confederate Captain Vance Irby who has been sent to collect and safely deliver the gold. Irby manages to get out of the city but the Union cavalry is in hot pursue. When Bradfoed catches up with them, he not only has to fight Irby but also John Murrell, a bandit who has his own plans for the gold. He also Written by garykmcd

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Go West! Virginia City...for excitement, for adventure, for primitive romance!!!


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23 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Goldschmuggel nach Virginia  »

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(RCA Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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In one scene in Virginia City a speaker tells the crowd the current news. He mentions Vicksburg being captured at the same time Savannah was. Vicksburg was captured in 1863 while the battle of Gettysburg was fought. See more »


Kerry Bradford: [to Murrell] Don't reach for that. Put 'em up! I thought that little Deringer of yours looked a little too well used for a sample, Mr. Murrell. In any case, I didn't like your face. As a matter of fact, I still don't.
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(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
(1860) (uncredited)
aka "Dixie"
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
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It makes you want to go back to the days of big studios
7 October 2008 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

It is incredible that all but one of the Warner westerns made with Errol Flynn (Dodge City) did not age and are fun to watch more than 60 years later. Virginia City is no exception and it is a shame it is in black and white, specially that it shows the Grand Canyon. If the cinematography would be on the same level as "Rocky Mountain" the B*W would be more acceptable. Contrary to some comments I did not find Humprey Bogart's performance bad, it is just not what we expect of him considering the big star he became. Just forget that Murrell, the bandit is Bogart and it is OK. Great music by Max Steiner. Randolph Scott has one of his best performances as Irby, the officer from the South, who is trying to take the gold of Virginia City in a caravan. Flynn and his friends from Dodge, Alan Hale and Big Boy Williams are as good as always. But best of all is the level of quality attained by Warner , which is superior to almost all t westerns ever done after. It makes you want to go back to the days of big studios.

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