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Roughshod (1949)

Passed  -  Action | Drama | Romance  -  11 May 1949 (USA)
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Wrangler Clay Phillips and his young brother are taking horses to Sonora when they come across four dancehall girls heading the same way, stuck with a wrecked buggy. He takes the girls on ... See full summary »

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Clay Phillips
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Mary Wells
Claude Jarman Jr. ...
Steve Phillips
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Lednov
Jeff Donnell ...
Elaine Wyatt
Myrna Dell ...
Helen Carter
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Marcia
George Cooper ...
Jim Clayton
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Jed Graham
Sara Haden ...
Ma Wyatt
James Bell ...
Pa (Ed) Wyatt
Sean McClory ...
Fowler (as Shawn McGlory)
Robert Williams ...
McCall (as Robert B. Williams)
Steve Savage ...
Ed Cassidy ...
Sheriff Gardner (as Edward Cassidy)
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Wrangler Clay Phillips and his young brother are taking horses to Sonora when they come across four dancehall girls heading the same way, stuck with a wrecked buggy. He takes the girls on to the nearest ranch, where it turns out one of the girls is the homesteader's wayward daughter. As he already has an escaped killer after him he is less than thrilled to have to take the remaining girls on with him. But it has to be said that Mary is damn easy on the eye. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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SAVAGE CONFLICT...TORMENTED LOVE...IN THE HIGH SIERRAS! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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11 May 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Kampf um den Sonora-Pass  »

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Clay Phillips: Where are you going?
Mary Wells: To the other side of the street.
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Opportunities Beckon
13 August 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Roughshod is a B western from RKO Studios where Robert Sterling and his younger brother Claude Jarman are driving a herd of horses to their new ranch. The brothers have been separated for years, but with their parents dying, they're reconnecting in this new venture. On the way they stop to help a group of four saloon girls also moving west for bigger and better opportunities. The girls are Gloria Grahame, Jeff Donnell, Martha Hyer and Myrna Dell. They all went on to have film careers of varying degrees of success and RKO was using this western as an opportunity to exhibit some of the flesh.

Sterling also has John Ireland on his trail, an outlaw he wounded and put in jail for several years. He'd probably wait and shoot it out with him like Gary Cooper in High Noon, but with all these responsibilities, the best course is to keep moving.

Although it's never said, it is sure implied here more than in most westerns done under the Code that the four girls are working girls. And the opportunities they seek are places where men are scarce and they can make money or even marry one.

Naturally this makes the film perfect for Gloria Grahame who when you needed a woman of loose morals in the coming decade, she always got first call. She's who makes Roughshod any kind of memorable and without the women, Roughshod could have passed for a Gene Autry or a Roy Rogers product.

Gloria however has a great deal more character to her than originally supposed. You'll see that if you watch Roughshod and believe me, she's the reason to check this film out.


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