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Release Date:
29 May 1948 (USA) See more »
Between the Perilous Gold of California and the Blazing Lead of Missouri (original poster) See more »
After Mike McComb is booted out of the cavalry, he becomes riverboat gambler and silver mine owner in Nevada. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Conventional western could have been so much better... See more (20 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Errol Flynn ... Michael J. 'Mike' McComb

Ann Sheridan ... Georgia Moore

Thomas Mitchell ... John Plato Beck

Bruce Bennett ... Stanley Moore

Tom D'Andrea ... 'Pistol' Porter

Barton MacLane ... 'Banjo' Sweeney

Monte Blue ... 'Buck' Chevigee

Jonathan Hale ... Major Spencer

Al Bridge ... Sam Slade (as Alan Bridge)

Arthur Space ... Major Ross
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Victor Adamson ... Miner (uncredited)

Richard Alexander ... Sweeney Henchman (uncredited)
Jimmy Ames ... Barker (uncredited)

Robert J. Anderson ... Boy (uncredited)
Lois Austin ... Mrs. Austin - Lady at Reception (uncredited)
William Bailey ... Man (uncredited)

Art Baker ... Major Wilson (uncredited)

Trevor Bardette ... Soldier (uncredited)
George Bell ... Gambling Tent Patron (uncredited)

Marjorie Bennett ... Large Woman (uncredited)
Joseph E. Bernard ... Riverboat Captain (uncredited)

Chet Brandenburg ... Dealer (uncredited)

Bob Burns ... Mr. Burns (uncredited)

Paul E. Burns ... Wagon Master (uncredited)
Clark Burroughs ... Boy (uncredited)

George Chandler ... Mr. Rice (uncredited)

Dorothy Christy ... Woman (uncredited)

Tex Cooper ... Miner (uncredited)

Ben Corbett ... Sweeney Henchman (uncredited)
Victor Cox ... Miner (uncredited)

Joseph Crehan ... President U.S. Grant (uncredited)
Russell Custer ... Reporter (uncredited)
Rube Dalroy ... Miner (uncredited)
Jack Davis ... Judge Advocate (uncredited)

James Dime ... Miner (uncredited)

Lester Dorr ... Mr. Taylor (uncredited)

Tex Driscoll ... Miner (uncredited)

Dick Elliott ... Man Waiting Hours at McComb's (uncredited)
Nestor Eristoff ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Officer (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Foreman (uncredited)

Ross Ford ... Young Man at President's Reception (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Miner (uncredited)

William Gould ... Everest T. Walker (uncredited)
Charles Hagen ... Townsman (uncredited)

Grayce Hampton ... Woman (uncredited)
Carl Harbaugh ... Blake (uncredited)
James Harrison ... Soldier (uncredited)

Harry Hayden ... Shaeffer - Bank Manager (uncredited)

Russell Hicks ... Edwards (uncredited)

Stuart Holmes ... Investor (uncredited)

Charles Horvath ... Man in Gambling Tent (uncredited)
Jerry Jerome ... Soldier (uncredited)
Norman Jolley ... Scout (uncredited)

Fred Kelsey ... Townsman (uncredited)

Jack Kenny ... Miner (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Miner (uncredited)

Harry Lamont ... Man (uncredited)
Jack Low ... Miner (uncredited)

Frank McCarroll ... Soldier (uncredited)

Philo McCullough ... Tracy (uncredited)

Robert Milasch ... Miner (uncredited)

Kansas Moehring ... Miner (uncredited)

Jack Montgomery ... Driver (uncredited)

Ray Montgomery ... Young Man (uncredited)
Harry Hays Morgan ... McComb's Tailor (uncredited)

Clarence Muse ... Servant (uncredited)

Bud Osborne ... Posse Member (uncredited)

Eddie Parker ... Bugler (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Gambling Tent Patron (uncredited)

Joe Phillips ... Miner (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Gambling Tent Patron (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ... Miner (uncredited)
Ervin Richardson ... Miner (uncredited)
Sam Savitsky ... Miner (uncredited)

Scott Seaton ... Party Guest (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... Man (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Miner (uncredited)
Jack W. Sommers ... Henchman (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Henchman (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Soldier (uncredited)

Harry Strang ... Soldier (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Purser (uncredited)

Jack Tornek ... Soldier (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Townsman (uncredited)
Gladys Turney ... Lady at President's Reception (uncredited)

Dorothy Vernon ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Sailor Vincent ... Soldier (uncredited)

Dan White ... Miner (uncredited)

Leo White ... The Barber (uncredited)

Norman Willis ... Tough (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Process Server (uncredited)
Britt Wood ... Operator (uncredited)

Harry Woods ... Riverboat Poker Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Raoul Walsh 
Writing credits
Stephen Longstreet (screenplay) and
Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay)

Stephen Longstreet (from a novel by)

Produced by
Owen Crump .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
Cinematography by
Sidney Hickox (director of photography) (as Sid Hickox)
Film Editing by
Alan Crosland Jr. 
Art Direction by
Ted Smith 
Set Decoration by
William Wallace  (as William G. Wallace)
Costume Design by
Marjorie Best (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Chuck Hansen .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Francis J. Scheid .... sound
Special Effects by
Edwin B. DuPar .... special effects (as Edwin Du Par)
William C. McGann .... special effects director (as William McGann)
Ben Corbett .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Carl Harbaugh .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Jerome .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McCarroll .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Montgomery .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Ray Spiker .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
Al Wyatt Sr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lloyd MacLean .... still photographer (uncredited)
Dudie Maschmeyer .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Travilla .... wardrobe
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestral arrangements
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Other crew
James Leicester .... montages
Maurice Murphy .... dialogue director
Jack L. Warner .... presenter
Ann Del Valle .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Mike Joyce .... choreographer (uncredited)
Irva Mae Ross .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
110 min | 114 min (extended cut) | West Germany:99 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:G | Finland:S | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #12520) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Errol Flynn's chronic alcoholism was a problem throughout production.See more »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in El crimen del cine Oriente (1997)See more »
Kingdom ComingSee more »


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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Conventional western could have been so much better..., 25 March 2004
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

A more mature western from a Stephen Longstreet novel traces the career of a rather corrupt adventurer (Flynn) who stops at nothing to assure himself of wealth in a rough and tough gambling town. He chases an attractive woman (Ann Sheridan) who becomes a widow fast when her husband is allowed to stray into Indian territory while they're on the warpath. He makes all sorts of deals to increase his wealth, betrays others right and left and refuses to heed the warnings of his drunken pal (Thomas Mitchell).

He only reforms at the last minute, in time for a happy ending. Much of the story stretches credibility a bit, especially when his drunken pal goes on to run for senator.

The Flynn-Sheridan combo makes the tale bearable but it's a little too long for comfort. Technicolor would have bolstered the handsome production values and given the film the A-production look it strives for. Evidently, Warners was afraid to give Errol the benefit of technicolor for this particular western.

Flynn gives an uneven performance--in some scenes subtle and convincing, in others seeming not to care. He's still handsome here but beginning to show signs of hard living. Ann Sheridan is her usual feisty self but their strained relationship at the start is a sure fire sign that they will soon be paired romantically.

No more than a conventional western yarn with some serious overtones, but it could have been so much better.

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