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Cattle Drive (1951)

Approved  |   |  Action, Western  |  8 August 1951 (USA)
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The spoilt young son of a wealthy railroad owner manages to get himself lost in the middle of nowhere. He is found by a cowboy on a cattle drive and the lad must start learning the hard ... See full summary »

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Dan Mathews
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Chester Graham, Jr.
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Dallas
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Chester Graham Sr.
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Jim Currie
Howard Petrie ...
Cap
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Charlie Morgan aka Careless
Griff Barnett ...
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The spoilt young son of a wealthy railroad owner manages to get himself lost in the middle of nowhere. He is found by a cowboy on a cattle drive and the lad must start learning the hard lessons of working in a team if he wants to make it to San Diego. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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cattle drive | cattle | 1890s | usa | slang | See All (40) »

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The Story of the Great Santa Fe Stampede!

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Action | Western

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8 August 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der große Zug nach Santa Fe  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The photo of "Dan's Girl in Santa Fe" is that of Frances Dee, Joel McCrea's real-life wife. See more »

Connections

Features Red Canyon (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Ten Thousand Cattle Gone
(uncredited)
Traditional
Hummed and whistled by various cast members
Arranged by Frank Skinner for main title
and arranged by Milton Rosen in the score at end
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a reworking of "Captains Courageous" set in the Old West.
2 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Although the CONNECTIONS link on IMDb does not say it, this is clearly a remake of "Captains Courageous"--the famous Spencer Tracy/Freddie Bartholomew film of the late 1930s. Now, Dean Stockwell plays the bratty rich kid and Joel McCrea takes Tracy's role as a friend and nursemaid (of sorts) to this kid. But, instead of being set at sea, this film is in the Old West--on the prairie. Instead of a fishing boat, the boy is taken on a cattle drive. When the brat is lost on a cross-country railroad trip, he is picked up by a group of cowboys. One takes the boy under his wing and shows him responsibility and kindness--things the boy truly needed to learn for himself. Because the basic story was so nice, this new film couldn't help but work as well--which it did, thanks to some excellent performances by Stockwell, McCrea and Chill Wills. Well worth watching--and nearly as entertaining as the original. This film's one advantage over the earlier film is McCrea's simple performance. Although Spencer Tracy won the Oscar for his performance, to me it was a bit broad in style.

By the way, the ending of "Cattle Drive" is very, very, very different from "Captains Courageous"--very!


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