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Westbound (1959)

Approved | | Western | 25 April 1959 (USA)
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
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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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Trivia

For being second billed, Virginia Mayo has surprisingly little screen time, four or five scenes. 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

Norma Putnam: Why didn't you write to me?
Capt. John Hayes: [after a pause] Would it have made any difference?
Norma Putnam: [after a pause] Might have.
Capt. John Hayes: My bad luck.
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Referenced in Breathless (1960) See more »

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Better than average minor Western
18 October 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Westbound does not form part of the "Ranown "cycle of Westerns on which star Scott and director Boetticher collaborated in the 1950's and which included such stone classics as Comanche Station,The Tall T and Ride Lonesome .These were the work of the excellent screenwriter ,later director, Budd Kennedy while this has a workmanlike script from a pair of studio hacks The storyline is a little thin and this is the only major weak spot in a tense and crisp Western which takes the Civil War as its backdrop .Scott plays a Union cavalry officer assigned to re-establish a stage line that he once managed before the war ,the purpose being to ship gold from California to the Federal banks .He must overcome a Confederate agent ,in the form of Andrew Duggan and still he finds time to romance the feisty and gallant heroine played by Karen Steele Boetticher directs with style and aplomb ;there is a lively musical score and some limpid colour cinematography by J Peverell Mackay that adds real lustre to the look of the picture . Add some strong performances and you get an above average minor Western with a crisp running time and lots of lively action by way of diversion .It is a very neat little movie indeed and recommended to Western fans in particular


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