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Release Date:
23 March 1940 (USA) See more »
Go West! Virginia City...for excitement, for adventure, for primitive romance!!!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Errol Flynn ... Kerry Bradford

Miriam Hopkins ... Julia Hayne

Randolph Scott ... Vance Irby

Humphrey Bogart ... John Murrell

Frank McHugh ... Mr. Upjohn

Alan Hale ... Olaf Swenson

Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... 'Marblehead'

John Litel ... Marshall

Douglass Dumbrille ... Maj. Drewery (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Moroni Olsen ... Cameron
Russell Hicks ... Armistead

Dickie Jones ... Cobby

Frank Wilcox ... Union Soldier
Russell Simpson ... Gaylord
Victor Kilian ... Abraham Lincoln

Charles Middleton ... Jefferson Davis
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Trevor Bardette ... Union Fanatic with Knife (uncredited)
Hank Bell ... Barfly (uncredited)

Ward Bond ... Confederate Sergeant Checking Passengers (uncredited)
Roy Bucko ... Barfly (uncredited)
Lane Chandler ... Irby's Orderly at Libby (uncredited)
Spencer Charters ... Sazerac Saloon Bartender (uncredited)
George Chesebro ... Southerner (uncredited)
Tex Cooper ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ben Corbett ... Barfly (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Scarecrow - Union Prisoner at Libby (uncredited)
Claire Du Brey ... Southern Woman with Rifle (uncredited)
Tom Dugan ... Saloon Spieler (uncredited)
Jim Farley ... Southerner (uncredited)

Paul Fix ... Murrell's Henchman (uncredited)
Roy Gordon ... Maj. Gen. Taylor (uncredited)
George Guhl ... Sazerac Saloon Bartender #2 (uncredited)
Henry Hall ... Union Officer (uncredited)
Thurston Hall ... Gen. George Meade (uncredited)

Charles Halton ... Ralston - Virginia City Banker (uncredited)
Chick Hannan ... Barfly (uncredited)
John Harron ... Union Lieutenant (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Guerrilla (uncredited)
Howard C. Hickman ... Confederate Gen. Page (uncredited)
Max Hoffman Jr. ... Union Sergeant (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Southerner (uncredited)

William Hopper ... Lieutenant Reporting Murrell's Attack (uncredited)
Reed Howes ... Union Sergeant on Horse (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Officer (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Barfly (uncredited)
Bernard L. Kowalski ... Extra (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Union Soldier (uncredited)
Wilfred Lucas ... Southerner (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Sam Moore - Black Driver (uncredited)

Walter Miller ... Sergeant in Saloon Reporting Irby's Whereabouts (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Prisoner at Libby Prison (uncredited)
Shirley Mills ... Crying Young Southern Girl (uncredited)
Art Mix ... Southerner (uncredited)
Kansas Moehring ... Townsman (uncredited)
Monte Montague ... Wells Fargo Stage Driver (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... Confederate Sentry (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Outpost Officer (uncredited)
Wedgwood Nowell ... Prosecuting Officer (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... Guerrilla (uncredited)
Bud Osborne ... Ted - Stage Driver (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Lieutenant (uncredited)

George Reeves ... Maj. Drewery's Union Telegrapher (uncredited)
George Regas ... Murrell's Halfbreed Henchman (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ... Townsman (uncredited)
Albert Russell ... Southerner (uncredited)
Georgia Simmons ... Southern Spinster (uncredited)
Al Taylor ... Barfly (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ... Seddon - Aide to Jefferson Davis (uncredited)
Brandon Tynan ... Trenholm (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Barfly (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford ... Townsman Standing by Stagecoach (uncredited)
Norman Willis ... Union Sergeant (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
Writing credits
Robert Buckner (original screen play)

Howard Koch  uncredited
Norman Reilly Raine  uncredited

Produced by
Robert Fellows .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
Cinematography by
Sol Polito (director of photography)
Film Editing by
George Amy (film editor)
Art Direction by
Ted Smith 
Robert M. Haas (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jack L. Warner .... in charge of production
Frank Mattison .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sherry Shourds .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Oliver S. Garretson .... sound
Francis J. Scheid .... sound
Special Effects by
Hans F. Koenekamp .... special effects (as H.F. Koenekamp)
Byron Haskin .... special effects (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt .... stunt double: Errol Flynn/Guinn Williams (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Chad Trower .... stunt rider (uncredited)
Buster Wiles .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestral arrangements
Max Steiner .... conductor (uncredited)
Other crew
Jo Graham .... dialogue director
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
121 min | West Germany:105 min
Black and White (Sepiatone)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

Did You Know?

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 26, 1941 with Errol Flynn reprising his film role.See more »
Continuity: During John Murrell's escape from the runaway stagecoach, Marblehead falls between the horses and clings to the underside of the coach. In one camera shot, the coach passes and no person is visible where Marblehead is supposed to be.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.See more »
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Golden Virginia, 18 July 2014
Author: Alex da Silva from United Kingdom

Errol Flynn (Bradford) and Randolph Scott (Irby) are on opposite sides of the American Civil War. Both end up in Virginia City to get their hands on a consignment of gold that could influence the outcome of the war. Miriam Hopkins (Julia) provides the romantic interest for these two men to fight over, while Humphrey Bogart (Murrell) heads a gang of bandits who also go after the gold. Who gets the gold?

This is an interesting western in that, even though Flynn and Scott are pitted against each other, neither is clearly identified as a goodie or a baddie. The bad guys are Bogart and his mob. Whilst many reviewers point out that Bogey and Hopkins are miscast, I say "so what?" They are not bad, apart from Hopkins' singing. Ouch! Bogey is one of the film's highlights, with every appearance bringing on an "Oh good, he's back" reaction. I find him a very likable bad guy. I far prefer him in this type of role to a leading good guy character, when I find he never quite wins me over. Errol Flynn has star quality but it is Randolph Scott that surprised me and does the best job of actually acting. Unfortunately, we also have the comedy characters as played by Alan Hale (Olaf) and Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams (Marblehead) for Flynn's sidekicks – not needed. Cast some credible sidekicks, please! Flynn is very capable of passing off his own type of humour if that's what the director thinks is needed.

The film has a rather far-fetched, cop-out ending that includes Abe Lincoln and while I'd say that the film is a little too long, it has a cast of 3 leading men that keep you watching. Essentially, it's a spy story with an honourable message.

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