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Nevada (1944)

Passed | | Western | 25 December 1944 (USA)
Jim 'Nevada' Lacy wins a small fortune at craps, but soon finds himself accused of murdering a gold prospecting ranch owner.

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Jim Lacy aka Nevada (as Bob Mitchum)
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Dusty
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Hattie Ide
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Cash Burridge
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Joe Powell
Edmund Glover ...
Alan Ward ...
Sheriff William H. Brewer
Harry McKim ...
Marvie Ide
Larry Wheat ...
Ben Ide
Jack Overman ...
Croupier Red Berry
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Pancake Comstock
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Just as Nevada wins $7000 in yellowback bills, Ben Ide takes his $7000 in yellowbacks and heads out to buy mining equipment. Burridge has his man Powell kill Ide and retrieve the money and Nevada finds Ide just as the posse arrives. Found with the money Nevada is arrested and Burridge now gets Powell to incite the local citizens to lynch Nevada. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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The roaring fight for the Comstock Lode! See more »

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Zane Grey's Nevada  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Nevada was the first time, Richard Martin played Chito in a Western. Richard Martin had played the role of Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamonte Rafferty before in the 1943 WW2 drama Bombardier. He would go on to play the role a total of 33 times. Twenty-nine of those times would be with Tim Holt. John Laurenz would also play Chito in two films. See more »

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Julie Dexter is wearing a dress with a zipper up the back in her final scenes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

My Chiquita
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Sung to the tune of "Oh Susannah"
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung by Richard Martin, Chito in the first scenes
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Other than the first starring role of 'Bob Mitchum', it's a standard B-Western
10 September 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Apparently Bob Mitchum (that's how he's billed in this film) did quite a few supporting roles before he got his first starring role in NEVADA. And, like many up and coming stars of the day, they gave him this chance in a B-movie role--a minor film that was a second feature for a double-feature. In other words, a lesser film made with a smaller budget. Oddly, however, they put Mitchum into this Western--I guess since they had no preconceptions about what types of roles he'd be good at they thought they could make him a cowboy hero--not realizing he'd make much more of a mark in Film Noir and dramas. As for Mitchum's acting, it was very good and I could see him starring in more of the like, though he only did a few more Westerns here and there.

Aside from the novelty of seeing Mitchum in a Gene Autry type role, there really isn't that much to distinguish this film. It's not bad but also suffers from the problem many B-movies had--they were rushed into production so quickly and shoved into such a short running time (rarely much more than 60 minutes) that the films cut corners plot-wise. Here, the plot resolutions happen way too quickly and conveniently for the film to be anything more than average for the genre.

The film's pluses were Mitchum's acting, the acting of some of the supporting actors (screen veteran Guinn Williams was a nice addition) and nice location shooting. Minuses were the obvious and poor use of stunt doubles and the very preachy ending that left the viewer with a bad final impression--the lady's soliloquy just sounded silly and fake. Overall, this is worth watching--particularly if you are a film historian or Robert Mitchum fan. Otherwise, it's a time passer and nothing more.


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