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Zachary Gold (writer)
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3 October 1949 (Sweden) See more »
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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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Joel McCrea ... Kip Davis

Alexis Smith ... Rouge de Lisle

Zachary Scott ... Charlie Burns

Dorothy Malone ... Deborah Miller

Douglas Kennedy ... Lee Price

Alan Hale ... Jake Evarts

Victor Jory ... Luke Cottrell

Bob Steele ... Slim Hansen
Art Smith ... Bronco

Monte Blue ... Captain Jeffrey

Nacho Galindo ... Manuel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Al Bain ... Trooper (uncredited)
Ray Beltram ... Mexican Townsman (uncredited)

Al Bridge ... Farmer (uncredited)

Roy Bucko ... Henchman (uncredited)

Bob Burns ... Townsman (uncredited)

Mikel Conrad ... Lieutenant (uncredited)

Tex Cooper ... Barfly (uncredited)

Tex Driscoll ... Bartender (uncredited)
Elias Gamboa ... Mexican Townsman (uncredited)
John Goldsworthy ... Cecil Middleton (uncredited)

Kit Guard ... Barfly (uncredited)
Lew Harvey ... Kip's Henchman (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Barfly (uncredited)

Holmes Herbert ... Sir Cecil (uncredited)

Russell Hicks ... Colonel Kirby (uncredited)
Warren Jackson ... Jim Marlin (uncredited)

Dave Kashner ... Henchman (uncredited)

Jack Kenny ... Barfly (uncredited)

Hank Mann ... Barfly (uncredited)
Paul Maxey ... Henri Brugnon (uncredited)

Robert Milasch ... Barfly (uncredited)

Frank Mills ... Barfly (uncredited)

Kansas Moehring ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ray Montgomery ... Soldier (uncredited)

Charles Morton ... Barfly (uncredited)

Jack Mower ... Marshall Billings (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... Trooper (uncredited)

Tex Parker ... Kip's Henchman (uncredited)
Paul Ravel ... Soldier (uncredited)

Julian Rivero ... Wagon Driver (uncredited)
Tony Romero ... Guitarist (uncredited)
William Ruhl ... Doctor (uncredited)
Allen D. Sewall ... Barfly (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Bucky (uncredited)

Forrest Taylor ... Jason (uncredited)

Jack Tornek ... Barfly (uncredited)

Sailor Vincent ... Kip's Henchman (uncredited)

Dan White ... Sentry (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Captain (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ... Barfly (uncredited)

Harry Woods ... Recruiting Sergeant (uncredited)

Directed by
Ray Enright 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Zachary Gold  writer
James R. Webb  writer

Produced by
Milton Sperling .... producer
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
Cinematography by
Karl Freund 
Film Editing by
Clarence Kolster 
Art Direction by
Leo K. Kuter 
Set Decoration by
Howard Winterbottom 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson 
Makeup Department
Sally Berkeley .... hair stylist
Burris Grimwood .... makeup artist
Ward Hamilton .... makeup artist
Myrl Stoltz .... hair stylist
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Frank Mattison .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lester D. Guthrie .... assistant director (as Les Guthrie)
Sound Department
Charles Lang .... sound
Fred Kennedy .... stunts (uncredited)
Audrey Scott .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Edwin H. Clarke .... still photographer
Ray Ramsey .... camera operator
Lee Wilson .... gaffer
Warren Yaple .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Brodie Alexander .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator
Other crew
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Gene Lewis .... dialogue director
Morgan Padelford .... associate technicolor color director
Wandra Ramsey .... script supervisor (as Wandra Sybald)

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Additional Details

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88 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

Did You Know?

Finnish censorship certificate register # 030779.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
[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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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Everybody's got their own agenda, 20 July 2004
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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