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Virginia City (1940)

Approved | | Action, Drama, History | 23 March 1940 (USA)
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Union officer Kerry Bradford escapes from Confederate Prison and is set to Virginia City in Nevada. Once there he finds that the former commander of his prison Vance Irby is planning to send $5 million in gold to save the Confederacy.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kerry Bradford
... Julia Hayne
... Vance Irby
... John Murrell
... Mr. Upjohn
... Olaf Swenson
... 'Marblehead'
... Marshall
... Maj. Drewery (as Douglas Dumbrille)
... Cameron
... Armistead
... Cobby
... Union Soldier
... Gaylord
Victor Kilian ... Abraham Lincoln
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During the American Civil War, Captain Kerry Bradford escapes from a notorious confederate prison. He and two of his men are sent to Virginia City where Confederate sympathizers are prepared to donate $5 million dollars to the cause of Southern independence. The war is going badly for the Confederacy and money may tip the war in their favor. On the stagecoach to Virginia City, Bradford meets and falls in love with Julia Hayne not realizing that she is one of the conspirators. When he gets to Virginia City, he also runs into Confederate Captain Vance Irby who has been sent to collect and safely deliver the gold. Irby manages to get out of the city but the Union cavalry is in hot pursue. When Bradfoed catches up with them, he not only has to fight Irby but also John Murrell, a bandit who has his own plans for the gold. He also Written by garykmcd

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Go West!...to Virginia City...for excitement, for adventure, for primitive romance!!!


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Goldschmuggel nach Virginia  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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Trivia

First film written by Howard Koch, although he didn't get screen credit. See more »

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The Union troops at the outpost were using "Trapdoor" Springfield rifles. 1863 Springfield rifles of Civil War vintage were not converted to trapdoor until 1865/1866. See more »

Quotes

Kerry Bradford: [to Murrell] Don't reach for that. Put 'em up! I thought that little Deringer of yours looked a little too well used for a sample, Mr. Murrell. In any case, I didn't like your face. As a matter of fact, I still don't.
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Referenced in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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The Battle Cry of Freedom
(1862) (uncredited)
Written by George Frederick Root
Sung by Miriam Hopkins and chorus girls in the saloon
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Stellar Performance by Flynn & Scott
11 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

Very unique "western" film based on two men on opposite sides of the Civil War. The movie movies through several locations beginning with a Confederate prison camp where Kerry (Errol Flynn) and his usual film sidekicks (Alan Hale and Guinn Williams) are attempting to escape the prison where Lance (Scott) oversees. After an escape, Kerry & his friends are sent to intercept a plot led by Vance (Scott) in Viriginia to smuggle millions of gold. Bitter Southern woman (Miriam Hopkins) is aiding Vance although Kerry is initially duped to think otherwise.

Lance wiles the gold away with Kerry & cavalry hot on his heels. Another character tossed into the mix is (in a very strange role almost laughable role with Humphry Bogart as Mexican bandit Murrel.

What seals this movie into four stars is a one-liner delivered by Flynn in response to Scott's observations of his gun skills: Funny because of our current relationship with a certain country in the Middle East today. Flynn replies, "In Afghanistan the kids do it (shoot well)." This made the film for me. Too ironic for description.

Scott & Flynn are great in their roles as is Alan Hale, but Miriam Hopkins (as usual) falls flat as Southern belle / saloon girl spy and love interest to both Flynn & Scott's characters. I just never have believed Hopkins is any special talent or beauty. Someone must have paid her way into Hollywood.

Overall, however, the film is unique in its delivery, storyline, and fast paced locale/event changes. Solid stuff from Flynn & Scott. Hale the usual bumbling, faithful pal. Hopkins.. well, she's just sorta annoying there throughout the film.


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