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South of St. Louis (1949)

The friendship of three Texas Ranchers. Later their ranch was destroyed by Cotrell, of the Union army,and his band of outlaw raiders. The original title was "Distant Drums", this was a description of Civil War army deserters.

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Kip Davis
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Rouge de Lisle
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Charlie Burns
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Deborah Miller
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Lee Price
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The friendship of three Texas Ranchers. Later their ranch was destroyed by Cotrell, of the Union army,and his band of outlaw raiders. The original title was "Distant Drums", this was a description of Civil War army deserters.

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Warner Bros.' Thundering New Triumph!

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3 October 1949 (Sweden)  »

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Finnish censorship certificate register # 030779. See more »

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A revolver commonly seen in the film is the famous Colt Single Action Army Revolver. This design did not appear until 1873, much too late for use in the American Civil War. See more »

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[after Rouge spurns Charlie's advances in favor of his honest brother Kip]
Charlie Burns: But he doesn't even have a shirt to his name!
Rouge de Lisle: It's not the clothes that make the man, it's how he wears 'em.
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Referenced in Quicksand (1950) See more »

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Too Much Love
Music by Ray Heindorf
Lyrics by Ralph Blane
Performed by Alexis Smith (dubbed by Bonnie Lou Williams) (uncredited)
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Everybody's got their own agenda
20 July 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Joel McCrea, Douglas Kennedy, and Zachary Scott are partners in the Three Bell Ranch in Texas as the Civil War starts. When war does come it splits the partners up. The ranch is raided by Victor Jory and his cutthroats and the partners are wiped out. Kennedy opts for enlisting in the Confederate Army. McCrea and Scott decide to go into gunrunning to make enough money to re-stock the ranch. McCrea makes enough, but Scott likes the profits and he wants to keep on gunrunning.

As you can see the three partners all have different agendas. In fact everyone in this movie is working on his own agenda. The female leads Alexis Smith and Dorothy Malone have a hankering for McCrea. Victor Jory rides for the Union the Confederates and for himself. Bob Steele who's a slimy sort that Scott recruits in the gunrunning business has his own plans.

Believe it or not it all jells into a very nice plot and is good entertainment. Joel McCrea was his usual stalwart hero as was Douglas Kennedy. Zachary Scott was no better than he had to be on any occasion.

It's a good western and I wish it was shown more often.


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