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The Redhead and the Cowboy -- A Confederate courier posing as a dance-hall girl marshalls the assistance of an apolitical cowboy in her attempt to push a message across Union lines


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21 September 1951 (Australia) See more »
Gil Kyle finds himself caught up in the politics and unrest of the American Civil War and soon gets himself framed for a murder... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Glenn Ford ... Gil Kyle

Edmond O'Brien ... Maj. Dunn Jeffers

Rhonda Fleming ... Candace Bronson

Alan Reed ... Col. Lamartine
Morris Ankrum ... Sheriff
Edith Evanson ... Mrs. Barrett
Perry Ivins ... Mr. Barrett
Janine Perreau ... Mary Barrett
Douglas Spencer ... Perry

Ray Teal ... Brock

Ralph Byrd ... Capt. Andrews
King Donovan ... Munroe
Tom Moore ... Gus
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Alden ... Crony (uncredited)
Beau Anderson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Gertrude Astor ... Goldie (uncredited)
Willie Bloom ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Nick Borgani ... Saloon Waiter (uncredited)
Polly Burson ... Saloon Girl (uncredited)

Iron Eyes Cody ... Loukai - Lamartine's Indian Scout (uncredited)
Frank Cordell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles Dayton ... Sentry (uncredited)

Lester Dorr ... Ugly One (uncredited)
Don Dunning ... Casey (uncredited)
Jack Fitzpatrick ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lupe González ... Indian Woman (uncredited)
Len Hendry ... Red - Ranch Hand (uncredited)
Richard Karlan ... Captain Peters (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Barfly (uncredited)
Bob Kortman ... Rusty (uncredited)
Paul Lees ... Frank (uncredited)
Rory Mallinson ... Carson (uncredited)

Emory Parnell ... Northern Sympathizer Barfly (uncredited)
Charles Quirk ... Cowhand (uncredited)
Rodd Redwing ... Betien - Indian Guard (uncredited)
Victor Romito ... Barfly (uncredited)
John Roy ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Frosty Royce ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Anthony Smith ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Henry Wills ... Sentry (uncredited)
Jeff York ... Lt. Wylie (uncredited)
Clifton Young ... Southern Spy (uncredited)

Directed by
Leslie Fenton 
Writing credits
Jonathan Latimer (screenplay) &
Liam O'Brien (screenplay)

Charles Marquis Warren (story)

Produced by
Irving Asher .... producer
Original Music by
David Buttolph 
Cinematography by
Daniel L. Fapp  (as Daniel Fapp)
Film Editing by
Arthur P. Schmidt  (as Arthur Schmidt)
Art Direction by
Henry Bumstead 
Hal Pereira 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Bertram C. Granger  (as Bertram Granger)
Makeup Department
Dave Grayson .... makeup artist
Karl Silvera .... makeup artist (as Carl Silvera)
Lenore Weaver .... hair stylist
Production Management
C. Kenneth Deland .... production manager (as C. Kenneth DeLand)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francisco Day .... assistant director (as Chico Day)
Sound Department
Gene Garvin .... sound
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Camera and Electrical Department
Bud Fraker .... still photographer
Erwin Newmeyer .... grip
William Rand .... camera operator (as Billy Rand)
Stanley Williams .... gaffer (as Stan Williams)
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Claire Behnke .... script supervisor

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82 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Referenced in Rhonda Fleming: A Cinderella Story (2008) (V)See more »


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Noir Western, 16 January 2010
Author: tedg ( from Virginia Beach

Gosh. I don't have the energy to chart the history of the western. But this fits into an interesting pocket. Many westerns — including ones celebrated at the time — seem mighty dreary to me. But this one moves along.

It is basically a chase, a sort of detective story. It features a cowboy in noir mode with the redheaded saloon gal in her noir role, superimposed on her western role.

Nearly everyone we see is pretending to be something they are not and several key reversals happen. Of course our noir everyman, played by Ford, is pure and open. Dogs and little girls sense this.

It is in black and white, shot in Utah following the pattern. It has Indians, renegade soldiers, a stupid sheriff, a big finale complete with jumping into a runaway wagon. Until then, we have noir, but it switches to a western ending. Honest cowpoke, gets feisty redhead.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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