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Silver River (1948)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance, Western  |  29 May 1948 (USA)
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Unjustly booted out of the cavalry, Mike McComb strikes out for Nevada, and deciding never to be used again, ruthlessly works his way up to becoming one of the most powerful silver magnates... See full summary »

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Unjustly booted out of the cavalry, Mike McComb strikes out for Nevada, and deciding never to be used again, ruthlessly works his way up to becoming one of the most powerful silver magnates in the west. His empire begins to fall apart as the other mining combines rise against him and his stubbornness loses him the support of his wife and old friends. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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He gambles his life for a city of silver...and the lips of its golden-haired queen! (original poster) See more »

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29 May 1948 (USA)  »

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La rivière d'argent  »

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Errol Flynn's chronic alcoholism was a problem throughout production. See more »

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Major Spencer: I can't blame you for feeling bitter
Michael J. 'Mike' McComb: Bitter? Uh,uh I'm not bitter. I'm grateful. For the lesson.
Major Spencer: Lesson?
Michael J. 'Mike' McComb: Yes. I didn't follow their rules so they tossed me out. But I'll follow them from now on in. Except they're gonna be my rules. In other words, if there's gonna be any shoving around, next time I'll do it
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The Battle Hymn of the Republic
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Music by William Steffe
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Under-appreciated, Near Classic Western
8 October 2005 | by (Savannah, GA) – See all my reviews

"Silver River" is an under-appreciated, near classic western, that cries out for two things, color and greater chemistry between Flynn and Sheridan. Flynn liked VERY young women; he was probably intimidated by the mature, stronger, types, and Sheridan was one of the strongest. The hostile fireworks between them are quite convincing, the romance, less so. Since Flynn's feelings for Sheridan are central to the plot and thematic elements of this movie, this could have been disastrous. However, the complex, biographical-like plotting, solid performances by supporting actors and well choreographed overall action make up for this. The behavior of Flynn's character is quite understandable. When he is unselfish, he invariably suffers, having his career destroyed, not once, but twice. Thomas Mitchell's reformed drunk turned senatorial candidate would seem far fetched, until we are reminded that President Grant (a key character in the story) was a reformed alcoholic. Mitchell does the right things for the wrong reasons, Flynn the wrong things for the right reasons. This is certainly my favorite Errol Flynn western. I just wish Warner Brothers had given Flynn his usual "A" treatment and opted for color. I give "Silver River" an "8".


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