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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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Storyline

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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Zane Grey's Nevada  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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Remember the Girl You Left Behind
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Sung by Anne Jeffreys
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Introducing Robert Mitchum
2 July 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It's always interesting to speculate on how different careers turn. RKO Pictures needed a new B western star because Tim Holt was going in the service. So this guy Mitchum was spotted in one of the Hopalong Cassidy films he played a bit role in and in fact Mitchum had done other parts like Thirty Second Over Tokyo, etc. So he got signed to a long term contract with RKO for this to be the first in a series of B Westerns.

To show how much he was supposed to be a Tim Holt stand-in, Mitch was given Richard Martin who played Chito Rafferty the same part he played as Holt's sidekick. He also got a second sidekick in Guinn Williams. And the billing for Nevada read "introducing Robert Mitchum."

The western itself is standard fare, nothing truly spectacular about it. It's source was a Zane Grey story which is a plus. But even then you could tell the camera loved Robert Mitchum. It's a must for Mitchum fans of which I'm one.

The thing I wonder about though is if William Wellman hadn't spotted Mitchum and given him that career making part in The Story of GI Joe, would Mitch have continued as a B western star with his career petering out in the mid 50s or earlier. Food for thought.


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