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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 »
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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)
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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
 
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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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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Trivia:
First film written by Howard Koch, although he didn't get screen credit.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The Union troops at the outpost were using "Trapdoor" Springfield rifles. 1863 Springfield rifles of Civil War vintage were not converted to trapdoor until 1865/1866.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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Adventures of Errol Flynn (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Kingdom ComingSee more »

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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Three Movie Icons Going For The Gold, 11 November 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

At the end of Michael Curtiz's enormously successful Dodge City in 1939, Olivia DeHavilland decides she's married a professional lawman after all so Guinn Williams ends the film with a resounding, 'Virginia City here we come' as Errol Flynn will now take the job offer of marshal.

Too bad that they didn't make a sequel with those same characters. A year later when Virginia City was made it was a fanciful Civil War out west tale about a Confederate scheme at the last minute to smuggle several millions in gold bullion into the South for supplies to keep the war going. And what happens in the end strains credulity to say the least.

Carried over from the cast of Dodge City are Errol Flynn, Guinn Williams, Alan Hale, and Ward Bond. Olivia DeHavilland chose not to make the trip. At that point in her career she was fighting with Jack Warner to not keep playing crinolined heroines. So Miriam Hopkins was the leading lady here.

Other reviewers have said how lousy Miriam Hopkins was as a singing saloon chanteuse. In fairness to Miriam I have to point out that she's a Confederate spy singing a Union song, The Battle Cry of Freedom with about as much enthusiasm as she can muster. And she's also in that establishment the Sazerac saloon, not being paid for her voice.

Errol Flynn, a former prisoner at the Confederacy's Libby Prison, after an escape gets an assignment to check out rumors that Southern sympathizing mine owners are going to smuggle their find into the Confederacy. At the same time the former commandant of Libby, Randolph Scott, gets an assignment to bring the gold out.

Of course when they meet at the Sazerac all pretense to undercover is out the window. But Scott's got an ace up his sleeve in Miriam Hopkins who Flynn is kind of sweet on. She leads Errol astray and into the Confederate hands. Talk about true life casting, Errol being led astray by his hormones.

There's a third player in this game and that's Humphrey Bogart who plays the Mexican bandit leader Murrell with an accent like the Frito Bandito's. Bogey was also fighting for some better roles and in fact he got one the same year in High Sierra that would turn his career around. What possessed Jack Warner to cast him in this role, God only knows. Bogey's looks dumb in this part and he knows it. Why couldn't they just get someone like Gilbert Roland for the part?

There's quite a shootout in the desert over the gold. What happens to it is rather unbelievable, let's just say that Errol Flynn took a great deal upon himself and he was quite the lucky fellow to get the fate he got.

Virginia City is entertaining enough in a B western sort of way. But if I had three film icons like Errol Flynn, Randolph Scott, and Humphrey Bogart in my film, I'd sure have looked for a better property, pardner.

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