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Release Date:
7 August 1948 (Sweden) See more »
Two friends return home after their discharge from the army after the Civil War. However, one of them... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (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
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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100 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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)

Did You Know?

Rare role for Ford playing the part of the bad guy in a western.See more »
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 »
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8 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Fair to middlin', 14 November 2003
Author: Robert J. Maxwell ( from Deming, New Mexico, USA

The story is a fairly simple one. Col. Glenn Ford and Capt. Bill Holden return with a group of fellow soldiers to their home town after the Civil War has ended. Ford has been a pretty ruthless officer. The town has changed during their three-year absence. Their only source of livelihood were their gold claims, but federal laws converted those claims to private property and the mines were gobbled up by Big Ray Collins.

Collins backs Ford for the post of federal judge, and Ford appoints his best friend Holden as chief lawman. The disappointed ex-soldiers bring their case to Judge Ford who finds in favor of Collins. Judge Ford also marries the girl, Ellen Drew, whom Holden also loves. Well, frankly, the ex-soldiers are thoroughly browned off at the loss of their claims even though Big Ray gives them jobs at a barely livable wage ("digging out our own gold") before firing them. Some of the men become bandits preying on Collins' gold. Some don't. But all of them grow to hate Judge Ford for upholding the law, even coming to his house during a birthday party and insulting him in front of his wife and his guest, the friendly doctor, Ed Buchanan. "I don't blame [Collins]," shouts one of the angry crowd, "I blame you!" Ford throws them out.

The plot gets too complicated to describe in any detail but it can be summed up by saying that Judge Ford slugs Holden for telling him he's "sick inside" (people tell Judge Ford that he's "crazy" so often in this movie that it's no wonder he doesn't believe it). His punishments, while within the law, become outrageous. It isn't so much that he's on the side of Big Ray and the suits. It's that he's on his own trip. The movie ends happily, more or less, with Ford gone and Big Ray destroyed, and Holden riding off to Washington to see that the ex-soldiers and the rest of the town get their just due. He smiles at Allen as he boards the train and tells her, "I'll be back."

It's been pointed out repeatedly that "adult westerns" -- that is, those appearing after everybody started watching cheap Hopalong Cassidy movies on TV -- are a chronicle of their times. {"High Noon" is the most often cited example, although nobody seems quite sure of exactly which point of view the film took.) "The Man from Colorado" is no exception. Released in 1948, it's full of references to war veterans and the problems they experience after returning to their home towns. And Glenn Ford has clearly been twisted by his wartime experiences, as have some character in other late- or post-war movies -- William Bendix in "The Blue Dahlia" or whatever it's called, who keeps hearing "monkey music" in his head, or John Garfield in "Pride of the Marines," or Brian Keith in "Five Against the House," I think it was.

The topical references are the most interesting part of the movie, but they are grafted onto an otherwise routine plot. The movie is overorchestrated. If the characters sang their lines it would be grand opera. The wardrobe is undistinguished. The settings are cheesy. When an unjustly accused young veteran is lying against the wall of his jail cell, it looks like what it is: a plaster wall with bricks painted on it. But Makeup should get a medal. Glenn Ford has worn various dos during his career, from bookeeper to flat-top but nothing like this pompador.

Watch it if nothing else is on.

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