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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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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)


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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Rock of Ages
Music by Augustus Montague Toplady
Lyrics by Thomas Hastings
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Very charming and very fresh.
30 January 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I strongly recommend you see "The Dude Goes West" for one big reason--it's not like any other western. If you think about it, there really are only about a half dozen different plots for about 99% of the old westerns. Yet, somehow, the studio came up with some novel ideas that invigorate this film and make it quite charming.

Eddie Albert plays a gunsmith (Daniel Bone) who lives in New York. The problem is that with civility reigning there, he decides to move to the West where there will be a lot more business. However, he is pretty naive and folks don't take him very seriously--after all, he's a fancy East Coast dude. Little do they know that despite his naiveté, he is a VERY well-read and resourceful guy...and a guy who turns out to be a crack shot. So, again and again when he comes into a collision course with various baddies (such as a tribe of Indians, Barton MacLane and Gilbert Roland), Daniel is able to somehow come out on top. It's all very charming and enjoyable and actually is somewhat reminiscent of Albert's later TV series, "Green Acres"--where he plays a New Yorker who yearns to move to the country and where he certainly does NOT fit in, either! It also didn't hurt that the film was so well-written and clever. Well worth your time--especially if, like me, you are tired of the same old recycled plots in westerns. This is anything but familiar! I really loved this film.

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