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Albuquerque (1948)

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

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Letty Tyler
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Juke
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Steve Murkill (as Lon Chaney)
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Ted Wallace
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Celia Wallace
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John Armin
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Sheriff Ed Linton (as Bernard J. Nedell)
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Myrtle Walton
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Abner Huggins
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Pearl Eager
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Matt Wayne
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Henchman Jackson
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Judge Fred Martin
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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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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BLAZING GUNS MADE HISTORY EACH DAY...AND WARM LIPS MADE MEMORIES AT NIGHT... See more »

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20 February 1948 (USA)  »

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Dead Freight for Piute  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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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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During the final shootout, Scott is standing in a doorway and while trying to cock his pistol it immediately/accidentally fires before he aims it. See more »

Quotes

Juke: [Ominously] Sometimes dead men leave ghosts behind 'em!
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Oh! Susanna
Written by Stephen Foster
Background music in saloon/casino scene.
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The great Randolph Scott and the beautiful Catherine Craig
3 January 2015 | by (Ohio/PA border) – See all my reviews

Released in 1948, "Albuquerque" is a Western starring Randolph Scott as Cole Armin, who arrives in the New Mexican town to work for his wicked uncle's ore-hauling freight line. When he discovers overt corruption, he switches to another company with an eye on his partner's sister (Catherine Craig). Meanwhile his uncle hires a hottie spy (Barbara Britton) from out of town to destroy the competition.

Reviewer msroz said it best in describing "Albuquerque" as an "okay and likable western, neither exceptional nor routine." The story is interesting, but loses momentum here and there; aspects of the film are better than the whole. One aspect that's great is the cast: Scott's amiable as the protagonist, George Cleveland is effective as the wannabe godfather of Albuquerque, Lon Chaney is formidable as one of the main heavies and the two women are gorgeous, especially Catherine Craig. She's both stunning and winsome. Another great element is the scenic Southwest locations, shot in Sedona, Arizona, and Iverson Ranch, California.

As long as you can adapt to the old-style of fimmaking "Albuquerque is a worthwhile Western, but it's hampered by the negatives noted above.

The film runs 90 minutes.

GRADE: B-


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