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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First film written by Howard Koch, although he didn't get screen credit. See more »


In the opening scene Captain Irby inspects a pistol. He opens a loading gate on the right side of the pistol. This indicates a metallic cartridge pistol. Almost all Civil War pistols in use at that time were cap and ball or paper cartridges. Both were loaded in the open end of the cylinder and used percussion caps. 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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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Errol Flynn (1961) See more »


The Captain with His Whiskers
(1820) (uncredited)
Music by Sidney Nelson
Original lyrics by Thomas Haynes Bayley
Performed by Miriam Hopkins in the saloon
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3 out of 5 action rating
6 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A great cast headlines this enjoyable Errol Flynn western. Randolph Scott and a young Humphrey Bogart co-star in an action-packed story that starts at a Civil War prison camp and ends thousands of miles away in a desert with an old-fashioned circle-the-wagons gun battle. Flynn plays a union spy sent to stop a Confederate officer, Scott's character, who is trying to smuggle a gold shipment into the South. Humphrey Bogart plays an amusing role as a villainous Hispanic bandit who also wants a piece of the gold. A bit cheesy in parts, but this is one of Flynn's better westerns. Not too shabby. 3 out of 5 action rating

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