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The Road to Denver (1955)

Approved | | Western | 15 June 1955 (USA)
Two fugitive Texan brothers at odds with one another flee to Colorado where they take jobs with rival bosses.


(as Joe Kane)


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Complete credited cast:
Bill Mayhew
Elizabeth Sutton
Jim Donovan
John Sutton
Sam Mayhew
Whipsaw Ellis
Pecos Larry
Karl 'Killer' Davis ...
Hunsaker (as Karl Davis)
Big George
Buzz (as Buzz Henry)
Man in Buckboard (as Daniel White)
Anna Lee Carroll ...
Miss Honeywell (as Anne Carroll)
Tex Terry ...


The Mayhew brothers flee from one Texas town to another as older brother Bill repeatedly attempts to keep younger brother Sam out of jail. Bill finally gives up on his younger brother and heads for Colorado. He gets a job and all is well until his brother shows up and takes a job that puts them on opposite sides of the law. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Young...but not too young for love! Honey-haired Liz---an exciting girl in a town of reckless men! See more »




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Release Date:

15 June 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Man from Texas  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Bill Mayhew: In the old days of the west, the big cattle spreads had spring and fall round-ups. Then the steers to be sold became a trail herd pointed to the nearest railhead often hundreds of miles away. The trail was sometimes tough with rain, wind and snow.
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Referenced in Yeosajang (1959) See more »

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John Payne vs. Lee J. Cobb who has recruited Payne's brother, Skip Homeier
10 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joe Kane directs a solid Republic western here that features the sturdy John Payne trying to rein in his younger and wilder brother, Skip Homeier. Bouncing from one town to the next and out of Texas because of Homeier's hot temper, they split up but then find themselves again in the same town. Payne's working for Ray Middleton who is starting a stagecoach line to Denver. Homeier takes up as a tough working for the local bigwig who wants more and more and uses coercion to get it. That's Lee J. Cobb. Working for Cobb are such as Glenn Strange and Lee Van Cleef. Payne and Homeier have a little rivalry over Middleton's daughter, Mona Freeman, but it's clear that Mona goes for the steady Payne.

Payne's forceful persona is ameliorated some in lighter scenes with Freeman. Homeier resents his older brother and wants to feel independent. There may be some jealousy in that mix. Cobb, in a restrained performance, still shows fire beneath his wiles. Freeman is surprisingly strong when she has to be. Middleton's a businessman who sizes up Payne and brings him into his operation.

One of the best action sequences occurs when Cobb's gang attempts to rustle 18 horses from Payne and Andy Clyde, the comic relief. It's well-staged. The outdoor scenery is really beautiful, using some rather underused locations in Utah, Snow Mountain and St. George, near Zion National Park.

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