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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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Complete credited cast:
Clay Phillips
Mary Wells
Claude Jarman Jr. ...
Steve Phillips
Jeff Donnell ...
Elaine Wyatt
Myrna Dell ...
Helen Carter
George Cooper ...
Jim Clayton
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)


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 <>

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"Sure I'm from the wrong side of the town...that's where I learned to handle guys like you!" (original poster) See more »


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11 May 1949 (USA)  »

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Roughshod  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Clay Phillips: Where are you going?
Mary Wells: To the other side of the street.
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Journey to the right side of the street
30 May 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Brothers Robert Sterling (Clay) and Claude Jarman Jr ((Steve) are heading to Sonora with 9 horses to start up ranch life. On the way they pick up 4 ladies of ill-repute who are heading the same way – Gloria Grahame (Mary), Myrna Dell (Helen), Jeff Donnell (Elaine) and Martha Hyer (Marcia). Sterling also has John Ireland (Lednov) and two other escaped outlaws after him for revenge. We follow Sterling and his merry band as they follow their dreams to Sonora. Not all of them make it there, though.

This engaging western is easy to watch as the fates of the 2 brothers and 4 women is revealed. The end shoot-out scene is well done with a degree of tension that sustains itself throughout. The cast are all good with particular mention to John Ireland, Gloria Grahame and Myrna Dell. Robert Sterling in the lead isn't as memorable as these three. John Ireland makes the most of his screen time and he is definitely not a good guy. The fate of Myrna Dell is the most unfortunate and is dealt with in, what was for me, the film's most powerful segment. It will leave you asking yourself what happened.

I usually find children in films quite annoying, especially if they run around saying "swell". Well, Claude Jarman Jr is the exception to this rule and he adds some nice moments to the developing relationship between Sterling and Grahame. I would have liked to see some Indian trouble as well but you can't have everything! And there is no need for it, really. It's an enjoyable character-driven western.

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