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The Dude Goes West (1948)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Western  |  30 May 1948 (USA)
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Eastern gunsmith Daniel Bone goes out west to ply his trade, encounters a girl searching for the murderer of her father.

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Pecos Kid
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Texas Jack Barton
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Beetle
Tom Tyler ...
Spiggoty
Harry Hayden ...
Horace Hotchkiss
Chief Yowlachie ...
Sarah Padden ...
Mrs. Hallahan
Catherine Doucet ...
Grandma Crockett
Edward Gargan ...
Train Conductor
Olin Howland ...
Finnegan (as Olin Howlin)
Francis Pierlot ...
Mr. Brittle
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Daniel Bone (Eddie Albert) leaves his Bowery gunsmith shop in New York City to seek his fortune in the American West, and, on the train, meets Liza Crockett (Gale Storm'), also heading west, where her father had been murdered after discovering a gold mine. The Pecos Kid ('Gilbert Roland (I)') tries to steal Liz's map to the mine, but is accidentally foiled by Dan'l. Liz and Dan'l part, after a quarrel, but meet again in Arsenic City where the mine is located. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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HE WAS A GOOD MAN...AMONG THE BAD! (original print media ad - all caps)

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Comedy | Western

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30 May 1948 (USA)  »

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The Tenderfoot  »

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In Kansas City the conductor announces a change of trains and recommends that passengers going further west change for the Central Pacific at the depot. However on the train going further west the next conductor identifies the train as being a Southern Pacific train. See more »

Quotes

Texas Jack Barton: Man alive! Where did a DUDE learn to shoot like that?
Daniel Bone: I told you. I'm a gunsmith. How would I know if I fixed a gun right if I couldn't shoot?
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Old Dan Tucker
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Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
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Terrific little overlooked, unconventional, Western
9 August 2001 | by (Carson City, Nevada) – See all my reviews

Kind of a cross between "Destry Rides Again" and Bob Hope's "Paleface" series, this little sleeper of a film takes a good-hearted book-learned innocent whose skills with a gun (learned for his job, that of gunsmith) are no more important than his wisdom and mind.

Considering this movie was made in the late 40's it's quite revolutionary in its approach to the Western traditions -- the roles of indians, women and "bad guys" being held up and examined in very interesting ways. In that respect its comedic sensibilities make it a very good time indeed.

Make no mistake about it -- this isn't a very deep film. However it will make for a very enjoyable 90 minutes whether you like Westerns or not. Eddie Albert and all the supporting cast turn in very credible performances. It made me wish they had had made the sequel this was so obviously setup for (they didn't).


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