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Director:
Writer:
Robert Buckner (original screen play)
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Release Date:
23 March 1940 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Go West!...to Virginia City...for excitement, for adventure, for primitive romance!!!
Plot:
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 »
User Reviews:
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Cast

  (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)
 
Stunts
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)
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Runtime:
121 min | West Germany:105 min
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Language:
Color:
Black and White (Sepiatone)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:

Did You Know?

Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
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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Soundtrack:
(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's LandSee more »

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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Flynn makes all better,, 20 October 2009
Author: bobsgrock from United States

Those who are not used to classic Hollywood productions will probably shun this picture if only because the plot is somewhat complex and there are some glaring mistakes. Nevertheless, the simple fact that Errol Flynn is the lead role makes up for many of the shortcomings and makes this yet another solid production featuring Flynn and director Michael Curtiz.

In a story somewhat reminiscent of Gone With the Wind and Flynn's previous film Dodge City, Union captain Bradford (Flynn) escapes with his two sidekicks (the same in Dodge City) and travels to Virginia City to try and stop a group of Southerners from bringing $5 million in gold back from the mines of Nevada in order to fund the war which they are badly losing. This creates for some great tension scenes which I found very provocative between Flynn and Randolph Scott as the leader of the Southerners. Miriam Hopkins plays the role usually reserved for Olivia de Havilland, and although she isn't as personable or warm as her, Hopkins holds her own with both Scott and Flynn.

As for Humphrey Bogart as a Mexican bandit, he is highly miscast, but still a solid part of this strong cast that all comes together in the end in a final shootout in the desert. Curtiz certainly knows how to stage action scenes and those here are some of his best. Of course, like most others, this film belongs to Flynn. He is one of the most charismatic and likable leading men ever and his talents are at their best here. He is one of the very few actors who can make a film better simply with his presence. This one is no exception.

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