Albuquerque (1948)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  20 February 1948 (USA)
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Cole Armin, recruited by his corrupt uncle as heir apparent to his freight-hauling empire, defects to his honest rival.



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Cast overview:
Barbara Britton ...
Letty Tyler
Steve Murkill (as Lon Chaney)
Ted Wallace
Catherine Craig ...
Celia Wallace
George Cleveland ...
John Armin
Irving Bacon ...
Bernard Nedell ...
Sheriff Ed Linton (as Bernard J. Nedell)
Karolyn Grimes ...
Myrtle Walton
Russell Simpson ...
Abner Huggins
Jody Gilbert ...
Pearl Eager
John Halloran ...
Matt Wayne
Henchman Jackson
Walter Baldwin ...
Judge Fred Martin


Cole Armin comes to Albuquerque to work for his uncle, John Armin, a despotic and hard-hearted czar who operates an ore-hauling freight line, and whose goal is to eliminate a competing line run by Ted Wallace and his sister Celia. Cole tires of his uncle's heavy-handed tactics and switches over to the Wallace side. Lety Tyler, an agent hired by the uncle, also switches over by warning Cole and Ted of a trap set for them by the uncle and his henchman Juke Murkil. Written by Les Adams <>

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Release Date:

20 February 1948 (USA)  »

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Dead Freight for Piute  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Possibly because of legal complications, this title was not included in the original television package, and may never have been actually shown. It has since been released by Universal on DVD. See more »


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Randolph Scott becomes an ore-transporter in competition with his ruthless uncle
28 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Albuquerque" (1948) is an OK and likable western, neither exceptional nor routine. Randolph Scott comes to town invited by his rich uncle (George Cleveland) who wants to expand his empire and install Scott as the heir to it. Scott disdains his uncle's ways, which include robbery and murder, and joins up with a brother-sister team (Russell Hayden and Catherine Craig) that's going into competition with Cleveland in hauling ore down steep mountainsides on narrow roads. Lon Chaney, Jr. plays one of Cleveland's strongmen.

This movie has quite a few positives. The acting is solid. Cleveland handles an Edward G. Robinson kind of role convincingly. Chaney has some good bits. Hayden shows boyish enthusiasm. Craig starts off sweet but eventually shows real mettle. Cleveland invites in a spy, Barbara Britton, to infiltrate the competing outfit. She's a real standout in a role that calls for her to convey a variety of emotions as the situations change and as she comes over to Hayden's side. He falls for her. I really enjoyed her acting in this one, and her wholesome beauty is stunning. Scott is quite relaxed in his role. There are some good action scenes, including long mule teams charging down a mountain, some well-staged fights and a big ending shootout. In one scene, Chaney and Scott duke it out, with only a minimal use of a Scott double. Chaney falls off a wagon and rolls on the ground without any double. Gabby Hayes is on hand, enough for his fans and not too much to destroy the mood of the story. The story has plenty of twists and turns, but it does seem to lose momentum and intensity periodically. Parts of the movie are more memorable than the overall result.

This movie was all in a day's work for Paramount. Director Ray Enright, an old Warner Brothers director, keeps it moving as best he can but the Paramount energy is not the same as that of a Warner Brothers production. Some reviewers have noted the color. I found it to be no problem. I was happy to view a clean DVD of this western.

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