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Nevada (1944)

Jim 'Nevada' Lacy wins a small fortune at craps, but soon finds himself accused of murdering a gold prospecting ranch owner.

Director:

Edward Killy

Writers:

Norman Houston (screenplay), Zane Grey (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Mitchum ... Jim Lacy aka Nevada (as Bob Mitchum)
Anne Jeffreys ... Julie Dexter
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Dusty
Nancy Gates ... Hattie Ide
Richard Martin ... Chito Rafferty
Craig Reynolds ... Cash Burridge
Harry Woods ... Joe Powell
Edmund Glover ... Ed Nelson, Assayer
Alan Ward Alan Ward ... Sheriff William H. Brewer
Harry McKim Harry McKim ... Marvie Ide
Larry Wheat ... Ben Ide
Jack Overman ... Croupier Red Berry
Emmett Lynn ... Pancake Comstock
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Storyline

Just as Nevada wins $7000 in yellowback bills, Ben Ide takes his $7000 in yellowbacks and heads out to buy mining equipment. Burridge has his man Powell kill Ide and retrieve the money and Nevada finds Ide just as the posse arrives. Found with the money Nevada is arrested and Burridge now gets Powell to incite the local citizens to lynch Nevada. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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HOT LEAD ANSWERS A CLAIM-JUMPING GANG!(original print ad-all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zane Grey's Nevada See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Comstock Lode was a major discovery of silver and gold ore, on the eastern slope of Mount Davidson, in the Virginia Range. The location is now located under Virginia City, Nevada. The discovery was made public in 1859. See more »

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'Yellowbacks' were issued from 1882 to 1922. This film is set around the time of the discovery of the Comstock Lode in the 1850s. See more »

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Version of Nevada (1935) See more »

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My Chiquita
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Sung to the tune of "Oh Susannah"
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A generic but good enough western
28 October 2013 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

A man called Nevada is on the run from both the law and some outlaws. He was involved in a shoot-out with the latter over a crooked card game and is wrongly accused of murder by the former. The real killer is a crooked mining boss who assassinates the father of a prospecting family who live on silver-rich land that he wants for himself.

It would be fair to say that Nevada is only really notable for one thing and that is as the film where Robert Mitchum was given his first starring role. He isn't much remembered nowadays as a western star though. The genre wasn't suited that well to allow him to play to his own specific strengths. Nevertheless, he is certainly good enough here and it's a pretty decent performance. The movie itself is a fairly formulaic B-western – a film designed at the time to fit into a cinematic programme as the second highest billed feature – although it's still an enjoyable enough effort. It's paced well, with decent enough characters and story. While Nevada hardly breaks the mould, it's still good fun.


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