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Colorado Territory (1949)

Approved | | Western | 11 June 1949 (USA)
In Colorado territory, outlaw Wes McQueen escapes jail to pull a railroad robbery but, upon meeting pretty settler Julie Ann, he wonders about going straight.

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Outlaw Wes McQueen is sprung from jail to help pull one last railroad job. He doesn't like his new partners - except dance-hall girl Colorado - and anyway fancies Julie Ann newly arrived from the east to set up home with her father. Maybe time to get out. Unfortunately he also has a $10,000 reward on his head, dead or alive. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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A mighty, memorable new adventure hurtling out of the heroic vastness of Colorado Territory. See more »

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Colorado Territory is a remake of the same director's 1941 film High Sierra. See more »

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At 37:00, McQueen goes to visit his old partner. He sits down at a table with him and takes put a pouch of tobacco and rolling paper. He opens the pouch & sprinkles tobacco onto the paper, then pulls the drawstring on the tobacco pouch with his teeth and throws the pouch on the table. Seconds later, in the next scene, the pouch is back in his hand and he repeats the same process. See more »

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United States Marshal: Now remember, you men. If you flush him, don't try to shoot it out with him. He's quicker than a black-headed snake. Just send up a smoke signal and we'll spot it.
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Referenced in The James Dean Story (1957) See more »

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Harsher and more beautiful than I expected
5 November 2005 | by (Charm City) – See all my reviews

The commenters who called this "Western noir" are on the money. Just about everyone in this movie is a ratlike scheming double- or triple-crosser. Bad guys suffer fates not noticeably worse than the handful of schmo's who are honest (mostly in the relative, honor-among-thieves sense). It's all bleak for the ones who don't get out alive and also for the ones who do.

The one aspect of this movie that may have lost its punch for 21st century viewers is the script's banal dialogue for the two key women characters. Virginia Mayo in particular is better than her lines and her costume, which is fashioned entirely from clichés about wanton women who aren't 100 percent Anglo. But the story arc treats the women just differently enough from the "classic" Western that it held my interest.

The cast, top to bottom, is excellent. Joel McCrea does that thing he does so well *especially* well here. I'd like to see Peter Sarsgaard reprise a McCrea role some day, in either a Western or a Sturges classic.


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