Cowboy Ross McEwen arrives in town. He asks the banker for a loan of $2000. When the banker asks about securing a loan that large, McEwen shows him his six-gun collateral. The banker hands ... See full summary »
Blaise Starrett is a rancher at odds with homesteaders when outlaws hold up the small town. The outlaws are held in check only by their notorious leader, but he is diagnosed with a fatal wound and the town is a powder keg waiting to blow.
Outlaw Clint Hollister escapes from jail with the help of Marshal Jake Wade, because once Clint did the same for him. Jake left Clint just after, but Clint finds him back and forces Jake to... See full summary »
A cattle-vs.-sheepman feud loses Connie Dickason her fiance, but gains her his ranch, which she determines to run alone in opposition to Frank Ivey, "boss" of the valley, whom her father Ben wanted her to marry. She hires recovering alcoholic Dave Nash as foreman and a crew of Ivey's enemies. Ivey fights back with violence and destruction, but Dave is determined to counter him legally... a feeling not shared by his associates. Connie's boast that, as a woman, she doesn't need guns proves justified, but plenty of gunplay results. Written by
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Daily Variety reported that a Union Pacific locomotive called the "Ramrod Special" took 100 Hollywood celebrities to the February 21, 1947 Salt Lake City premiere. There the film was touted as the "official" motion picture of Utah's centennial celebration. See more »
From now on, I'm going to make a life of my own. And, being a woman, I won't have to use guns.
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Any movie directed by Andre de Toth is likely to be excellent, and this one is. Film noir was at a high peak in 1947 and the noir cinematography of Russell Harlan alone makes this one a near classic. But we also have a star-studded cast, with Joel McCrea playing the ranch ramrod torn between the femme fatale-ish Veronica Lake and Arlene Whelan. He is helped by the good bad guy, Don Defore, in his struggle against Preston Foster. Almost every male in sight is smitten by Ms. Lake who makes it clear at the outset that she has weapons superior to six-shooters and intends to use them to oust Foster from the valley.
The economical, compact and highly logical story-telling is impressive. It shows of what Hollywood was capable in an age of shorter movies. In the first scenes of the movie, we are immediately made aware of the major conflicts and how the major characters feel about one another, and without much dialogue. A few well-chosen words and prosaic actions, combined with looks, reveal all. When a side character is beaten severely, there is then time to portray the aftermath.
The movie misses being an outright classic because the story lacks strong themes, because the depth of characters could be brought out more, and it starts to run out of steam a bit in the finale. Still, it's a solid accomplishment and will give pleasure to any western and noir fan.
This movie is available in an R2 DVD at present in a nice crisp copy that shows up the black and white photography and some lovely western locales to advantage.
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