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Westbound (1959)

 -  Action | Drama | Romance  -  25 April 1959 (USA)
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In 1864 Capt. John Hayes goes to Colorado to take over the stagecoach line and keep the flow of Western gold flowing and help the North win the Civil War.

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Capt. John Hayes
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Rod Miller
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Clay Putnam
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Mace
Wally Brown ...
Stubby
John Daheim ...
Russ (as John Day)
Walter Barnes ...
Willis - Stage Depot Cook
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In 1864 Cavalry Captain John Hayes reluctantly follows orders to become the civilian boss of the Overland Stage Line, which keeps the flow of Western gold to the Union and will help it win the Civil War. Headquarters for the stage line is a small Colorado town with Southern sympathizers who will do anything they can to sabotage his mission. Resistance to his efforts is led by former friend ad colleague Clay Putnam, who has taken advantage of Hayes' absence and married his former sweetheart. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Hellbound for Vengeance for the Flaming Redhead Who Betrayed Him!


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25 April 1959 (USA)  »

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Messer an der Kehle  »

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$565,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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Karen Steele was romantically involved with director Boetticher over a long period of time. Besides "Westbound" she made several other films with the cult director. See more »

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Characters use the word 'gunslinger' in conversation. Though it has been retroactively applied to the Old West, the word was actually only coined well into the 20th century. See more »

Quotes

Clay Putnam: [Shocked that his men have killed a little girl] And to think this happened in the name of the Confederacy!
Mace: Whether the South wins or loses means nothing to me - never has!
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Featured in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) See more »

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Director and Cast Elevate Mediocre Western
16 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Agree with other viewers that "Westbound" is the least of the seven Budd Boettcher/Randolph Scott westerns. But the assured work of both Director Boettcher and Star Scott take this up a notch or two from the run-of-the-mill fifties oater. Nice work too from Michael Pate as the arch villain (watch the way he moves). And it's good to see Virginia Mayo, even in a throwaway role. In most other respects, though, this just isn't up to Boettcher's other work with Scott, and the fact Boettcher dismissed and virtually disowned it is no surprise. The movie lacks the tough, lean feel that makes the others real classics that can be seen over and over. One viewing is enough for "Westbound."


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