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Zachary Gold (writer)
James R. Webb (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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The story of three friends who liked to tinkle everywhere they went. See more (10 total) »


  (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 ... Capt. 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 ... Col. 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 ... Marshal 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)
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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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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Quicksand (1950)See more »
It Must Be Fun to Have a SoldierSee more »


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The story of three friends who liked to tinkle everywhere they went., 17 July 2017
Author: MartinHafer from Bradenton, Florida

Despite having Joel McCrea in the lead, this is a rather dull western...dull and pretty predictable. About the only part that was unexpected was how less than honorable McCrea's character was through much of the movie.

The story is set during the Civil War. Three buddies all arrive in Yankee occupied Texas on the lookout for Cottrell (Victor Jory). Cottrell is fashioned after the real life Civil War raider, Quantrill...though oddly he's fighting for the Union in this one. Despite Kip Davis (Joel McCrea) and his friends wanting to kill Cottrell, soon Lee (Douglas Kennedy) joins the Confederate army and Kip and Charlie (Zachary Scott) help the South by running the blockades. Eventually, however, Charlie comes to enjoy getting rich much more than helping the Confederacy and this brings a very predictable showdown at the end.

Everything about this film is mediocre at best and the story only occasionally interesting. I had a hard time caring about the characters and the story.

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