Yellow Sky (1948)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Western  |  December 1948 (USA)
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Pistol-packing tomboy, and grandfather come to discover band of bank robbing bandits taking refuge in the neighboring ghost town.



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A band of bank robbers on the run from a posse flee into the desert. Near death from lack of water they stumble into what appears to be a ghost town, only to discover an old prospector and his granddaughter living there. The robbers discover that the old man has been mining gold and set out to make a quick fortune by robbing the pair. Their plan runs foul when the gang leader, Stretch, falls for the granddaughter, which sets off a showdown between the entire gang. Written by E.W. DesMarais <>

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It was as if the YELLOW SKYhad sought them out...where fate had forgotten them and life had left them behind!(original print ad) See more »


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Release Date:

December 1948 (USA)  »

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Nevada  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The start of the movie is similar to "The Ox-Bow Incident" where drifters go into a saloon looking at a painting above the bar. A local wino follows the group into the saloon and begs for a drink. See more »


During the final confrontation with Dude, Stretch's shirt changes color. See more »


James 'Stretch' Dawson: I ain't talkin to hear my voice. I'm ordering ya.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: The West - 1867 See more »


Version of The Tempest (2010) See more »


I'm Sad and I'm Lonely
Performed by Charles Kemper
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Classic Black and White Western
17 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

The plot of "Yellow Sky" may not be the most original but the performances more than make up for it. A gang of bank robbers cross a dangerous desert only to find themselves in a ghost town. But there are two inhabitants in the ruins; a young woman and her prospecting grandfather. The gang members immediately suspect that the two are hiding gold in their dilapidated mine and set out to rob them. The leader of the gang, however, (a young Gregory Peck) falls in love with the young woman (Anne Baxter) and a showdown is inevitable with the rest of the outlaws. Richard Widmark, in fine form as "Dude" a gambler/murderer with his trademark smirk intact, is Peck's main rival in the gang. The Black and White photography is excellent and the exteriors, filmed in Death Valley, give the movie a much-needed sense of realism. Director William Wellman received outstanding performances from this cast and the movie is considered a minor classic by most film historians. They don't make 'em like this anymore---but they should.

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