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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
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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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The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe (circa 1856)
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
Sung by townsmen in Virginia City
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With the success of Dodge City still fresh, Virginia City was a natural sequel. Flynn's his usual dashing self plus fires off some great romantic lines but the omission of Olivia De Havilland in favor of Miriam Hopkins was a misfire. Not only can't she sing, she doesn't look that good either! Humphrey Bogart, on the eve of stardom is more a curio with his awful accent but he's still fun to see.
It was also rare to pair Flynn with another leading man, this time: Randolph Scott! Both handle their duties with aplomb. Flynn's on and off-screen drinking buddies, Alan Hale and Guinn "Big Boy" Williams provide comedic relief. Michael Curtiz directs so plenty of heavy-hitters make this Western better than most. It does drag on a little too long but on a rainy or sick day, sit back and enjoy. Filmed in the Painted Desert and at Calabasas Ranch. Of note: made famous in the film Stagecoach, there's still a great runaway US Mail stagecoach scene with Flynn jumping from horse to horse plus Williams sliding along the bottom then climbing back up.
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