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18 November 1954 (USA) See more »
She strips off her petticoats . . . and straps on her guns ! See more »
Sierra Nevada Jones must fight a villainous rancher to regain the land that is rightfully hers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbara Stanwyck ... Sierra Nevada Jones

Ronald Reagan ... Farrell
Gene Evans ... Tom McCord
Lance Fuller ... Colorados

Anthony Caruso ... Natchakoa

Jack Elam ... Yost
Yvette Duguay ... Starfire (as Yvette Dugay)
Morris Ankrum ... J.I. 'Pop' Jones
Chubby Johnson ... Nat Collins
Myron Healey ... Hank
Rodd Redwing ... Powhani (as Rod Redwing)
Paul Birch ... Col. Carrington
Byron Foulger ... Land Office Clerk

Burt Mustin ... Dan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorothy Andre ... (uncredited)
Bob Burrows ... (uncredited)
Wayne Burson ... (uncredited)
John L. Cason ... (uncredited)
Bill Coontz ... Indian (uncredited)
Danny Fisher ... (uncredited)
Roy Gordon ... Bit (uncredited)
Jonathan Hale ... (uncredited)
Betty Hanna ... Customer (uncredited)
Riza Royce ... Customer (uncredited)
Ralph Sanford ... Store Clerk (uncredited)
Tom Steele ... (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... Telegraph Operator (uncredited)
Bob Woodward ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Allan Dwan 
Writing credits
Robert Blees (screenplay) and
Howard Estabrook (screenplay)

Thomas W. Blackburn (story) (as Thomas Blackburn)

Produced by
Benedict Bogeaus .... producer
Original Music by
Louis Forbes 
Howard Jackson (uncredited)
William Lava (uncredited)
Cinematography by
John Alton (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Carlo Lodato 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
Set Decoration by
John Sturtevant 
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling (uncredited)
Production Management
Lee Lukather .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nathan Barragar .... assistant director
Sound Department
Francis M. Sarver .... sound (as Francis N. Sarver)
Bob Burrows .... stunts (uncredited)
Wayne Burson .... stunts (uncredited)
John L. Cason .... stunts (uncredited)
Danny Fisher .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Woodward .... stunts (uncredited)
Editorial Department
James Leicester .... supervising editor
Other crew
Benedict Bogeaus .... presenter
Crew believed to be complete

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88 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

In Back to the Future (1985), when Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) first enters Hill Valley on November 12, 1955, this film is playing at the local cinema, the Town Theater.See more »
Colorados:And you go back to your settlement. Tell them that there are Indians who do not wish death to all whites... but peace.
Sierra Nevada Jones:You going to help us.
Colorados:Is it so hard to believe that I am a human being too?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Late for Dinner (1991)See more »
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Death to Natchakoa, 12 February 2011
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Out of RKO Radio Pictures comes Cattle Queen of Montana, directed by Allan Dwan and written by Robert Blees, Howard Estabrook (screenplay) & Thomas Blackburn (story). It stars Barbara Stanwyck, Ronald Reagan, Gene Adams, Lance Fuller, Anthony Caruso, Jack Elam & Yvette Duguay. The music is scored by Louis Forbes and it's a Technicolor production with John Alton on photography. Locations used for the film are Glacier National Park, Montana & Iverson Ranch, Chatsworth, California.

Stanwyck plays Sierra Nevada Jones, a tough cowgirl who along with her father, drive the family herd up from Texas to Montana. Planning to build a ranch to set themselves up, tragedy strikes when they are attacked by some renegade Blackfoot Indians. However, all is not as it seems, just what has shifty Tom McCord (Evans) got to do with things? Why is gunslinger Farrell (Reagan) working for McCord? And can war between the Blackfoot and the white man be averted?

Standard formulaic stuff that is only really of interest for the photography of Alton. Cowboys and Indians, good and bad on each side, go head to head in a cliché riddled movie bogged down by a pretty turgid script. Not even the normally classy Stanwyck can lift herself to a performance capable of saving the piece. There's some credit due for making the lead protagonist a strong willed woman, and even tho it's a bit late in the cycle of topic, depicting the Indians as not all savages-as the white man encroaches onto their land-is a bonus. But with American character actors Fuller & Caruso playing the in fighting leaders of the Blackfoot tribe, it just comes across as corny and wholly unbelievable, while Dwan was indeed a more than capable director, here the action lacks zip and the film gasps for some dramatic air as the narrative goes around in circles.

The story off screen is more entertaining than the film itself, where Reagan was constantly at odds with producer Benedict Bogeaus. The future President of the United States of America took one look at the script and voiced concerns, suggesting many changes, all of which were ignored. Royalty status was afforded Stanwyck while Reagan got next to no help from the producer, this perhaps goes someway to explaining his limp performance. Tho, again, the script calls for him to be part of one of the most lukewarm and pointless romances in 1950s Oaters, he got no help either way on this picture. Still, there's Alton's photography of the Glacier National Park to hold the attention, even if the "new" scrubbed up print of the film is far from doing it justice.

That its claim to fame is being the film playing at the theater in Hill Valley in the film Back to the Future, says volumes, this is poor all told, and not even worthy of recommending to those after a time filling Cowboys & Indians no brainer. 3/10

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