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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Cast overview:
Pecos Kid
Texas Jack Barton
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


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 <>

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


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30 May 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


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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Rock of Ages
Music by Augustus Montague Toplady
Lyrics by Thomas Hastings
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This is one dude who knows his stuff
13 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most of us have seen Western movies in which an Eastern-raised guy heads West. To the cowpokes and people of the West, he's a dude (aka, greenhorn, tinhorn, tenderfoot). The tinhorn is obviously an underdog. At some point, he'll be the butt of a joke, an easy prey for gunplay, or face some other shameful put down. Well, this is one such movie in which the dude comes out on top, in almost all instances. It's almost the reverse of the standard fare Hollywood Western

"The Dude Goes West" is a very fun and entertaining comedy Western. Eddie Albert is the dude, Daniel Bone, who travels from New England to Arsenic City, somewhere in the Wild West. He plans to set up shop where a gunsmith is still needed. And, he knows his guns and how to shoot them. He also has more knowledge about the West, Indians, survival, etc. than most cowboys. He learned it all from reading.

Daniel is a good guy who winds up in a role that any number of original Western stars have played. John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Randolph Scott, Gene Autrey, and any number of other frequent cowboys in the movies have rescued a damsel in distress. Much of the time, it's been over a mine, too. But, the way Daniel does it in this movie is quite different, and very funny. His good nature and trust of his fellow man causes him some troubles, but these add to the humor.

All of the cast are very good. Gale Storm plays Liza Crockett, James Gleason is Sam Briggs, Gilbert Roland is the Pecos Kid, Barton MacLane is Texas Jack Barton, and Binnie Barnes is Kiki Kelly. Binnie plays a tough hombre in this film. One other thing different about this film – Daniel doesn't become sheriff or marshal. This is a nice, entertaining yarn and fun way to spend an evening.

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