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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:
Dated but decent entertainment See more (28 total) »

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
 
Crew verified as complete


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

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Runtime:
121 min | West Germany:105 min
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Color:
Black and White (Sepiatone)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
"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 »
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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Battle Hymn of the RepublicSee more »

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Dated but decent entertainment, 27 December 2011
Author: Dave from Ottawa from Canada

Rather dated by modern standards, with badly staged shootouts and obvious rear projection setups for when the stars are in close-up, this is still a fairly entertaining olde tyme western, thanks to a strong dash of Civil War intrigue, some (then) cutting edge work by legendary western stunt director Yakima Canutt and some truly magnificent desert scenery. Director Michael Curtiz was the model of an economical studio director and produced his usual smooth results. The movie looks good, moves efficiently and shows no evidence of flab or waste. Errol Flynn is likable as ever as a Union officer on the trail of a confederate gold shipment. Flynn was never long on acting chops, but he had a lot of amiability on screen and here he is at something close to his best. Randolph Scott is also very good as his opposite number, a stalwart Rebel captain with a plan to keep the bankrupt Confederacy in the war business. Unfortunately, the rest of the casting was a major weakness. Humphrey Bogart, a year before his star-making break in The Maltese Falcon, is here badly miscast as a Mexican bandit (I am not making this up) complete with cheesy moustache and even cheesier accent. And that's not the worst. Miriam Hopkins once again begs the question as to how she got to be a top-billed movie star. Ordinary looking and one- dimensionally earnest, she demonstrates no hint of that special uniqueness that ear-marks a movie star, and in her two rather embarrassing musical numbers fails to hint at a talent for either dancing or singing. If Judy Garland represents an 'A', and, let's say Betty Hutton gets a 'B', Hopkins would be hard pressed to crack a 'D-'. But if you can overlook the deficiencies of its leading actress, this is an efficient piece of old fashioned family entertainment of a sort not produced in a long time.

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