The Eagle and the Hawk (1950)

 |  Western  |  30 May 1950 (USA)
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1863. Texas Ranger Todd Croyden and Union spy Whitney Randolph cross into Mexico to investigate a growing struggle for power between the French-supported Maximilian and the native-born ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Mrs. Madeline Danzeeger
Dennis O'Keefe ...
Whitney Randolph
Gen. Liguras (The Hawk)
Basil Danzeeger
Red' Hyatt, Danzeegers Foreman
Eduardo Noriega ...
Roberto the Cobbler
Grandon Rhodes ...
Texas Gov. Lubbock
Walter Reed ...


1863. Texas Ranger Todd Croyden and Union spy Whitney Randolph cross into Mexico to investigate a growing struggle for power between the French-supported Maximilian and the native-born Benito Juarez. In Mexico they meet General Liguras, who is loyal to Juarez, and the beautiful Madeline -- daughter of or wife to the powerful and manipulative Basil Danzeeger. Croyden falls for Madeline but soon runs afoul of Danzeeger who condemns him to be pulled apart between two horses. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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30 May 1950 (USA)  »

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Spread Eagle  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



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1.37 : 1
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John Payne's Capt. Croyden character and much of the cast are armed with 45 caliber Colt 1873 SAA 'Peacemaker' revolvers. The story is set in 1863, a full ten years before the model was introduced by Colt. The handgun a Texas Ranger and a Union Officer should be carrying would more than likely have been the Colt 1860 Army, a Civil War era 'cap and ball' pistol yet the gunbelts worn by the actors have bullet loops full of 45 caliber 'Long' Colt cartridges. See more »


Capt. Todd Croyden: [to Madeline Zanzeeger] I don't know anything about you, except you can tie a man's stomach in knots and make his tongue feel as thick as a saddle blanket.
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Rating is for nostalgic value
2 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is very entertaining movie - - not GREAT - - but,then, there are more average movies made than any other. Perhaps my high rating is based on nostalgia, but aren't movies supposed to evoke such emotions? This is one of those matinées from my childhood, early teens to be exact, that I would take the time to watch whenever I discovered that it was going to be on TV. Now, very few old movies are on TV, being replaced by new "classics" from the 60's, 70's, etc. I just think it's too bad that films like this will probably never be transferred to DVD, and if they are, they'll be done by third rate companies like Goodtime and Alpha.

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