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Release Date:
18 November 1954 (USA) See more »
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She strips off her petticoats . . . and straps on her guns ! See more »
Plot:
Sierra Nevada Jones must fight a villainous rancher to regain the land that is rightfully hers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Beautifully Photographed Technicolor Western! See more (13 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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 
 
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)
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
88 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Trivia:
The film was originally supposed to have a theme song. Composer Louis Forbes wrote a melody and asked noted Western songwriter Bob Nolan to contribute lyrics. The song, 'Montana,' was not used in the film, but Nolan's former group the Sons of the Pioneers recorded it.See more »
Quotes:
Colorados:The first thing you must learn from a white man is never ask reason.See more »
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Referenced in The Making of 'Back to the Future' (1985) (TV)See more »
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Beautifully Photographed Technicolor Western!, 9 June 2004
Author: (bsmith5552@rogers.com) from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"Cattle Queen of Montana" was one of those "tough old broad" westerns that Barbara Stanwyck made during the 1950s.

In this one Sierra Nevada Jones (Stanwyck), her father Pop Jones (Morris Ankrum) and their foreman Nat Collins (Chubby Johnson) have driven a herd of some 1,100 cattle up from Texas to settle in Montana. On their arrival, the herd is stampeded, Pop is killed and old Nat seriously wounded. The raid is led by renegade Blackfoot Natchakoa (Anthony Carouso) who is in league with local rancher McCloud (Gene Evans) to drive off any new ranchers arriving in the area.

Into the picture comes gunfighter Farrell (Ronald Reagan) who signs on with McCloud. In the meantime "good" Blackfoot, Colorados (Lance Fuller) rescues Sierra and Nat and takes them to his village to recover. Gradually Sierra and Colorados become allies much to the chagrin of Colorado's girlfriend Starfire (Yvette Duguay) and Natchakoa.

It turns out that Farrell is an army officer working under cover to discover who has been selling guns to the renegade Blackfeet. Well you knew that the clean cut Reagan would turn out to be a good guy didn't you? Anyway, Farrell aligns himself with Sierra and Colorados against the baddies and well, you know the rest.

Director Alan Dwan gives us a beautifully photographed outdoor western. The VCI DVD has been digitally remastered to its original technicolor brilliance and this alone makes this a must see.

Reagan is not very convincing as a ruthless gunfighter. He just doesn't come across as being mean enough. Stanwyck would play a number of similar roles in other westerns culminating with her long run on TV's "The Big Valley". She's supposed to be a "cattle queen" here but doesn't have any cattle to speak of through most of the picture. Lance Fuller looks about as much like an Blackfoot Indian as I do.

Also in the cast are Jack Elam and Myron Healey (who has a good scene with Stanwyck) as McCloud's henchmen, Hugh Sanders as Col. Carrington and a toothless Glenn Strange as the old Blackfoot Chief.

Oddly enough most of the featured players (and Reagan) in this film would turn up in "Tennessee's Partner" the following year.

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