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Director:
Writers:
Robert Hardy Andrews (screenplay) &
Ben Maddow (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
7 August 1948 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
COLORADO WASN'T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH...WHEN A WOMAN CAME BETWEEN THEM! (original print ad - all caps)
Plot:
Two friends return home after their discharge from the army after the Civil War. However, one of them... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Avoids Cliché See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Glenn Ford ... Col. Owen Devereaux

William Holden ... Capt. Del Stewart

Ellen Drew ... Caroline Emmet

Ray Collins ... Big Ed Carter

Edgar Buchanan ... Doc Merriam
Jerome Courtland ... Johnny Howard
James Millican ... Sgt. Jericho Howard
Jim Bannon ... Nagel
William 'Bill' Phillips ... York (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley Andrews ... Roger MacDonald (uncredited)
Emile Avery ... Glory Hill Townsman (uncredited)
Walter Baldwin ... Tom Barton (uncredited)
Symona Boniface ... Matron (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Soldier at Dance (uncredited)
James Bush ... Cpl. Dixon (uncredited)
Clarence Chase ... Charlie Trumbull (uncredited)

David Clarke ... Mutton McGuire (uncredited)
Fred Coby ... Veteran (uncredited)
Mikel Conrad ... Morris (uncredited)
Tex Cooper ... Glory Hill Townsman (uncredited)
Ben Corbett ... Deputy (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston ... Jones (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Parks (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Deputy (uncredited)
Mary Adams Hayes ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Myron Healey ... Powers (uncredited)
Phin Holder ... Sanders (uncredited)
Ray Hyke ... Veteran (uncredited)
Ian MacDonald ... Jack Rawson (uncredited)
Kansas Moehring ... Glory Hill Townsman (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Citizen (uncredited)

Denver Pyle ... Easy Jarrett (uncredited)
Craig Reynolds ... Parry (uncredited)
Fred F. Sears ... Veteran (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Bartender (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford ... Glory Hill Townsman (uncredited)
David York ... Rebel Major (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Levin 
 
Writing credits
Robert Hardy Andrews (screenplay) (as Robert D. Andrews) &
Ben Maddow (screenplay)

Borden Chase (original story)

Produced by
Jules Schermer .... producer
 
Original Music by
George Duning (musical score)
 
Cinematography by
William E. Snyder (director of photography) (as William Snyder)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
 
Art Direction by
Stephen Goosson  (as Stephen Goossón)
A. Leslie Thomas 
 
Set Decoration by
Sidney Clifford (set decorations)
Wilbur Menefee (set decorations)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wilbur McGaugh .... assistant director
Arthur Rosson .... second unit director
 
Sound Department
George Cooper .... sound recording
 
Stunts
Bill Catching .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Fayte M. Browne .... camera operator (uncredited)
Walter Meins .... grip (uncredited)
Homer Van Pelt .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean Louis .... costumes
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Francis Cugat .... associate Technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... Technicolor color director
Frances McDowell .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
100 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2006) | USA:Approved (PCA #12413) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
Rare appearance for Ford playing the bad guy in a western.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Johnny Howard pays the bartender with gold dust, the bartender weighs it with scales, but he pours the gold into the scale until it goes all the way down. The correct way to do it is to put the correct scale weight on one side and then pour the gold slowly into the other side until the scales are balanced.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Brave Warrior (1952)See more »
Soundtrack:
Beautiful DreamerSee more »

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Avoids Cliché, 6 September 2014
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Best friends Owen and Del, along with local men, are mustered out of the Union army at Civil War's end. Trouble is Big Ed has grabbed the men's gold-bearing land while the men were gone, and now, as a judge, Owen has to enforce the law in Big Ed's favor. This splits the community into warring factions.

Gritty, character-driven western. We know at outset that Owen (Ford) is a flawed character when his Union detachment shells surrendering Johnny rebs. In fact, Owen hides his killer instinct behind an uptight rendering of authority, whether as a colonel or as a federal judge. Ford plays the authoritarian part so grimly (count the smiles—I stopped at zero), it's hard to see how the charming Caroline would be attracted to him. Nonetheless, the interplay between best-friends Ford and Holden is involving and forms the story's core. Alliances between the various factions are sometimes hard to keep up with, but are more unpredictable than usual. And I especially like that final maneuvering around the bridge that I didn't see coming.

Columbia Studios popped for a lot of extras, along with fine special effects, especially when the burning wall comes down. Funny, though, how mountainous Colorado looks like greater LA. Too bad Columbia didn't pop for sending the crew at least to Lone Pine and the Southern Sierras. All in all, it's a very different kind of horse opera that avoids the usual clichés, with Ford at his absolute grimmest. Clearly, however, he and Holden are on their way up the Hollywood ladder.

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