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Cattle Drive (1951)

 -  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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Jim Currie
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Charlie Morgan aka Careless
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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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Release Date:

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 »

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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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Under Joel's Tutelage
30 January 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Young Dean Stockwell is one spoiled kid, but with his father Leon Ames running a railroad, he's hardly got time for the kid. After Dean gets lost on the New Mexico desert when his father's train stops to take on water, he's found by Joel McCrea who's the top hand of a Cattle Drive going to Sante Fe.

That Cattle Drive is the making of young Dean. Under the tutelage of Joel, the kid turns out to be quite a good hand.

If the story sounds familiar like everyone else who reviewed this film, we all noted the obvious similarity between Cattle Drive and Captains Courageous.

McCrea and Stockwell had worked well together before in Stars in My Crown for MGM the year before. Though Cattle Drive is a good film, I can't recommend Stars in My Crown highly enough.

Look also for a nice performance by Chill Wills as the cook on the drive. A man definitely good to stand in with as we learned in Monte Walsh.

There's no violence in Cattle Drive, there's no women in it either. We do learn Joel does have a girl friend as he shows a picture of Frances Dee to all who will look.

It's a shame that Cattle Drive is not out on VHS or DVD it's a perfect family film to rent.


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