6.5/10
295
15 user 2 critic

Cattle Drive (1951)

Approved | | Action, Western | 8 August 1951 (USA)
A cowboy finds the spoiled son of a railroad magnate lost in the deserted hills and teaches him survival skills and hard work values.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Saddle Tramp (1950)
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A saddle tramp unexpectedly becomes foster parent to four children for whom he provides by working on a ranch that's embroiled in a feud with another ranch and cattle rustlers.

Director: Hugo Fregonese
Stars: Joel McCrea, Wanda Hendrix, John Russell
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After his brother the sheriff is murdered, Bat Masterson is elected to the job and is determined to find the killer and make Dodge City safe.

Director: Joseph M. Newman
Stars: Joel McCrea, Julie Adams, John McIntire
The Lone Hand (1953)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 1870, widowed farmer Zachary Hallock secretly joins a group of outlaws as a solution to his money problems.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Joel McCrea, Barbara Hale, Alex Nicol
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A rancher and former rodeo star comes across a runaway boy while he is hunting a wild stallion.

Director: John C. Champion
Stars: Joel McCrea, Robert Fuller, Patrick Wayne
Certificate: Passed Drama | Western | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A 100-year-old pioneer woman tells her story in flashbacks.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Brian Donlevy
Fort Massacre (1958)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A cavalry troop finds itself under constant attack by Indians.

Director: Joseph M. Newman
Stars: Joel McCrea, Forrest Tucker, John Russell
Cattle Empire (1958)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Released from prison, a trail boss is solicited by rival cattle barons to drive their respective cattle herds to Fort Clemson.

Director: Charles Marquis Warren
Stars: Joel McCrea, Gloria Talbott, Don Haggerty
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Dishonest riverboat gambler Ben Matthews is blamed for a murder he didn't commit and must find the real killer before the lynch mob finds him.

Director: Rudolph Maté
Stars: Tony Curtis, Colleen Miller, Arthur Kennedy
The Virginian (1946)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Arriving at Medicine Bow, eastern schoolteacher Molly Woods meets two cowboys, irresponsible Steve and the "Virginian," who gets off on the wrong foot with her. To add to his troubles, the ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Gilmore
Stars: Joel McCrea, Brian Donlevy, Sonny Tufts
Saskatchewan (1954)
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In 1877 Western Canada, a police inspector revolts against his inept commander, taking a safer route to the U.S. border in order to stop invading hostile Indians.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Alan Ladd, Shelley Winters, J. Carrol Naish
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A man saves a woman who had been kidnapped by Comanches, then struggles to get both of them home alive.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Randolph Scott, Nancy Gates, Claude Akins
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Texan Tom Buchanan is heading back home with enough money to start his own ranch, but when he stops in the crooked town of Agry, he's robbed and framed for murder.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Randolph Scott, Craig Stevens, Barry Kelley
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Dan Mathews
...
Chester Graham, Jr.
...
Dallas
...
Chester Graham Sr.
...
Jim Currie
Howard Petrie ...
Cap
...
Charlie Morgan aka Careless
...
Conductor O'Hara
Edit

Storyline

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 {J-26}

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Story of the Great Santa Fe Stampede!

Genres:

Action | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 August 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der große Zug nach Santa Fe  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Connections

Remake of Captains Courageous (1937) 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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
All the right stuff, and yet it doesn't work well
14 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think Joel McRae is a great Western actor. Dean Stockwell is one of the better kid-actors that there was in the 1940's and 50's. And, I always like color Westerns that have really good scenery.

"Cattle Drive" has all of these but it comes up short for me. First of all, Dean Stockwell seems very 'wooden' in this role. In some of his other parts earlier on, he really played the characters well but here, he is reciting memorized lines. It's just not easy to believe he's the character he is playing... he's just Dean Stockwell reading lines. This is disappointing because in just the prior few years he did such a great job with roles in Kim!, The Happy Years, Down to the Sea in Ships, Stars In My Crown, and The Boy with Green Hair. Maybe by now he was just getting tired. He did apparently take five years off after this picture.

Another problem with this film is the story. It is so much a take-off on "Captains Courageous" - only a very, very pale imitation. If you aren't familiar with that film, it too has a spoiled rich boy falling off a transportation conveyance of which his father was an executive, being rescued by men whom he regarded as beneath him, ordering them about, refusing to cooperate, and eventually becoming deeply attached to them, returning at the end to his father as a young man greatly changed for the better. In "Captains", Freddy Bartholomew lived and breathed the role he played, and Spencer Tracy as Manuel was brilliant. The story was much more interesting and exciting too. Nobody can tell me that whoever wrote this screenplay wasn't trying to cash in on the theme of "Captains Courageous". It would be okay except that this is a transparent and lackluster attempt.

This is probably a film Stockwell would strike from his record if he were able to do so. For all the promise of its ingredients, it just doesn't work. That's too bad. It could have been a lot better. Maybe even if there had been a juvenile lead who was more motivated than Stockwell seemed to be, it could have at least been average. If you want to see Stockwell in a movie where he is a kid who grows up in the company of men and adventure, watch him in Down to the Sea in Ships - it is so much better.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?