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West of the Pecos (1945)

 -  Western  -  10 August 1945 (USA)
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Heading west for his health, Colonel Lambeth takes his daughter Rill along. Lost on the desert they are saved by Pecos and Chito. The Colonel hires the two and the Lambeths soon find ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Pecos Smith
Rill Lambeth
Richard Martin ...
Thurston Hall ...
Colonel Lambeth
Rita Corday ...
Suzanne, Rill's French Maid
Russell Hopton ...
Henchman Jeff Slinger
Bill Williams ...
Tex Evans
Bruce Edwards ...
Clyde Corbin
Harry Woods ...
Brad Sawtelle
Perc Launders ...
Sam Sawtelle
Bryant Washburn ...
Doc Howard
Philip Morris ...
U.S. Marshal
Martin Garralaga ...
Don Manuel


Heading west for his health, Colonel Lambeth takes his daughter Rill along. Lost on the desert they are saved by Pecos and Chito. The Colonel hires the two and the Lambeths soon find themselves mixed up in Pecos' trouble. Pecos has killed Sawtelle's brother and Sawtelle as head of the vigilantes is after him. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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DESERT VENGEANCE IN THE LAWLESS WEST! (original ad - all caps) See more »







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10 August 1945 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Robert Mitchum's shirt has a zipper on the left-hand side. See more »


Remake of West of the Pecos (1934) See more »


Cielito Lindo (Aye, Yi, Yi, Yi)
Written by Quirino Mendoza
Sung by Chito at the camp before getting to the ranch
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Early Mitchum starring role worth a look.
15 February 2009 | by (California) – See all my reviews

"West of the Pecos" is not to be confused with any of the great westerns of all time, or even of the 1940s. It is, nevertheless, a competently done little RKO-Radio Pictures western that reaches a surprisingly high level of quality considering its undeniable B-picture status.

First and foremost is the performance of the great Robert Mitchum in one of his earliest starring roles. I can't imagine how anyone would not be charmed by this seemingly laid-back, I-don't-give-a-dam young actor who offered viewers a persona pretty much unlike that of any other star. What was it about Mitchum that so many, me included, find so appealing? I guess it was his plain spoken, down-to-earth manner; totally unaffected, totally at ease regardless of whatever predicament he found himself in.

The plot is somewhat routine, that's true. But the actors are all more than competent, and we are also treated to some beautiful outdoor photography. The film was shot on location near Lone Pine, California, an area that has appeared in many, many movie productions over the years.

My only complaint, other than the fact that the script offers no surprises, is that there is almost too much comic relief, supplied mostly by Richard Martin, an actor who played a Mexican in many films despite the fact that he obviously never got beyond Spanish 1 in school. (I'm a Spanish teacher with over 30 years service, so take my word for it, the guy's Spanish accent is far from native.)

I suggest you take a look for yourself. "West of the Pecos" is not a bad way to spend a bit over an hour. Especially if you are a Mitchum fan.

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