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Rails Into Laramie (1954)

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A railroad sends an agent to Laramie to try to find out who is behind the efforts to stop the railroad from building its line into the area.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jefferson Harder
Mari Blanchard ...
Lou Carter
Jim Shanessy
Joyce Mackenzie ...
Helen Shanessy
Lee Graham
Ralph Dumke ...
Mayor Frank Logan
Harry Shannon ...
Judge Pierce
Marshal Orrie Sommers
Ace Winton
Myron Healey ...
Con Winton
Douglas Kennedy ...
Telegraph Operator
George Chandler ...
Alexander Campbell ...
Higby - Town Councilman
Charles Horvath ...
Pike Murphy
Stephen Chase ...
Gen. Augur (as Steve Chase)


An army officer is sent to Laramie to find out why all progress on the railroad has stopped. He finds drink plentiful not only in town but at the railhead, with an old pal of his behind it all. It become obvious the two will tangle, but the soldier unexpectedly finds an ally in the ex-dance hall girl until now involved with the no-good booze peddler. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The saga of the man who blazed the trail for the iron horse across the wide frontier !







Release Date:

18 October 1954 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Fort Laramie  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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In 1869, the state of Wyoming became the first state to grant women the right to vote.The first all-women jury served in Wyoming in 1870. See more »


Lyrics by Frederick Herbert
Music by Arnold Schwarzwald (as Arnold Hughes)
Performed by Rex Allen
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John Payne gets the railroad built and gets Mari Blanchard after subduing Dan Duryea
26 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Rails Into Laramie" has soldier John Payne sent by the army to be temporary marshal in Laramie and overcome a work slowdown on the railroad engineered by the slick Dan Duryea. The current marshal, James Griffith, is a good guy but not up to the task. Payne and Duryea were once pals but that doesn't stop the stalwart Payne from addressing the task. Lee Van Cleef and Myron Healey are Duryea's goons, but he tries bribery first and then subverting the court system. The judge, Harry Shannon, is on Payne's side but the juries keep returning not guilty verdicts. Payne even has trouble sending a telegram because Doug Kennedy, the operator, is in Duryea's pocket.

The tactics that Payne employs and his bravado make the story interesting. The cast invigorates this western, providing solid entertainment. Payne's acting is excellent, making this a pleasure to watch. He uses his eyes, voice and frame very effectively. Duryea's smooth and friendly villainy is a role he was expert at. Mari Blanchard's part is smaller than in some of her other movies and a bit disappointing. On the other hand, Van Cleef's was a bit larger than a small part.

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