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The Dude Goes West (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Western | 30 May 1948 (USA)
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
Mrs. Hallahan
Catherine Doucet ...
Grandma Crockett
Edward Gargan ...
Train Conductor
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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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


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 »


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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Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
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A classic overlooked comedy
20 October 2012 | by (Palm Springs) – See all my reviews

One of my favorite films of the 40's. This mild mannered comedy western hits all the right notes. One might have imagined it made by Bob Hope and a Paramount lovely like Gail Russell or Diana Lynn. But instead it sneaks under the radar with a minor cast of Eddie Albert and Gale Storm who both deliver their best ever film performances. I can't prise this highly enough. It is a must see film for movie lovers. You will thank me. I recall seeing this in 1948 and thinking at the time how good it was and why didn't it make more of an impact. There are just certain films that time treats kindly and this is one of them. Small films that stay with you like THE GREAT DAN PATCH, THE LUCKY STIFF, OUT OF THE BLUE and IVY.

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