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Rails Into Laramie (1954)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 18 October 1954 (Sweden)
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
Lou Carter
Jim Shanessy
Joyce Mackenzie ...
Helen Shanessy
Lee Graham
Ralph Dumke ...
Mayor Frank Logan
Harry Shannon ...
Judge Pierce
Marshal Orrie Sommers
Ace Winton
Con Winton
Telegraph Operator
Higby - Town Councilman
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 !


Romance | Western


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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 »


Sung by Rex Allen
Words and Music by Frederick Herbert and Arnold Schwarzwald (as Arnold Hughes)
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Saving the Railroad
7 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Troubleshooter Jefferson Harder (John Payne) is sent to Laramie by the Army to investigate the sabotage that is preventing the railroad from finishing it's line connecting the East and West. Upon arrival Payne quickly finds out the worst kept secret in town, that old buddy and current town saloon owner Jim Shanessy (Dan Duryea) is behind the chicanery, though nobody is ever able to prove Shanessy and his henchmen (Myron Healey and Lee Van Cleef) are involved. The town leaders, while happy about support from the Army, are disappointed from the start that they have only sent one man to do the job and grow increasingly critical of the heavy-handed tactics employed by Payne to clean up the town.

Rails Into Laramie packs a lot of action into it's 80 minute run time. Between busting bad guys heads Payne barely has time to strike up a romantic relationship with Dance Hall owner and partner of Jim Shanessy, Lou Carter (Mari Blanchard). Very little melodrama to be found in this one as Payne spends most of his time eradicating the town's scofflaws.

This movie follows the Universal International Pictures formula of using off the A-list leading actors with familiar casts, packaged in a medium budget production. A formula that worked very well for them and it works here too. John Payne may be the best leading actor of the post World War II era that few people remember today. A versatile actor Payne looked equally a home whether in the saddle, a crime drama or a comedy. Here he carries the day in this action saddle flick.

Good drive-in grade Western flick.

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