6.7/10
1,210
18 user 25 critic

Ramrod (1947)

Not Rated | | Romance, Western | 2 May 1947 (USA)
Violent feud between Connie Dickason, the owner of the Circle 66 ranch and rancher Frank Ivey, the self-proclaimed boss of an otherwise public grazing land.

Director:

André De Toth (as Andre de Toth)

Writers:

Luke Short (by), Jack Moffitt (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Blaise Starrett is a rancher at odds with homesteaders when outlaws hold up the small town. The outlaws are held in check only by their notorious leader, but he is diagnosed with a fatal wound and the town is a powder keg waiting to blow.

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Robert Ryan, Burl Ives, Tina Louise
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Swedish whaler is out for revenge when he finds out that a greedy oil man murdered his father for their land.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Stars: Sterling Hayden, Sebastian Cabot, Carol Kelly
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In New Mexico, a cowpoke forces a banker at gunpoint to give him a loan without collateral, in exchange for an IOU but the marshal and his posse chase after him.

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Joel McCrea, Frances Dee, Charles Bickford
Pursued (1947)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A boy haunted by nightmares about the night his entire family was murdered is brought up by a neighboring family in the 1880s. He falls for his lovely adoptive sister but his nasty adoptive brother and mysterious uncle want him dead.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Teresa Wright, Robert Mitchum, Judith Anderson
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Sheriff Mark Rowley and his brother John find themselves in an annexed area of Indian Territory which is home to notorious outlaws like Jesse James and Sam Bass.

Director: Tim Whelan
Stars: Randolph Scott, Ann Richards, George 'Gabby' Hayes
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A private deadly feud ensues when ruthless wealthy rancher Will Isham attempts a takeover of small rancher Owen Merritt's land and marries Owen's old flame, Laure Bidwell.

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Randolph Scott, Joan Leslie, Ellen Drew
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A gangster is drafted into the Army. He soon realizes how wrong his previous life was, and decides to help break up a black market ring he has discovered.

Director: D. Ross Lederman
Stars: Tom Neal, Hugh Beaumont, Jeanne Bates
Bunny O'Hare (1971)
Certificate: GP Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Bunny is a penniless widow who blackmails a robber into teaching her the trade. Soon the pair starts a successful crime spree, and the cops aren't turning a blind eye.

Director: Gerd Oswald
Stars: Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Cassidy
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

This lurid exposé of the Hitler Youth follows the woes of an American girl declared legally German by the Nazi government.

Directors: Edward Dmytryk, Irving Reis
Stars: Tim Holt, Bonita Granville, Kent Smith
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When he learns that a gangster has taken over his nightclub and murdered his partner, returning WW2 hero Joe Miracle steals the money from the club's safe and hides in a settlement home, while the mob is on his tail.

Directors: Gordon Douglas, Henry Levin
Stars: Glenn Ford, Evelyn Keyes, John Ireland
The Hard Man (1957)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A lawman becomes a Deputy in a town where he suspects the friend he had to kill in self defense, was framed for murder.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Guy Madison, Valerie French, Lorne Greene
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The Red Devils, a professional ice hockey team, owned by Jack Monohan (Steve Brodie), is in the midst of a long losing streak, due to bribes being accepted from gamblers by the star player.... See full summary »

Director: Edward Bernds
Stars: Stanley Clements, Barbara Bestar, Steve Brodie
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel McCrea ... Dave Nash
Veronica Lake ... Connie Dickason
Don DeFore ... Bill Schell
Donald Crisp ... Jim Crew
Preston Foster ... Frank Ivey
Arleen Whelan ... Rose Leland
Charles Ruggles ... Ben Dickason (as Charlie Ruggles)
Lloyd Bridges ... Red Cates
Nestor Paiva ... Curley
Ray Teal ... Ed Burma
Houseley Stevenson ... George Smedley (as Housely Stevenson)
Ward Wood Ward Wood ... Link Thoms (as Robert Wood)
Ian MacDonald ... Walt Shipley
Wally Cassell ... Virg Lea
Sarah Padden ... Mrs. Parks
Edit

Storyline

A cattle-vs.-sheepman feud loses Connie Dickason her fiance, but gains her his ranch, which she determines to run alone in opposition to Frank Ivey, "boss" of the valley, whom her father Ben wanted her to marry. She hires recovering alcoholic Dave Nash as foreman and a crew of Ivey's enemies. Ivey fights back with violence and destruction, but Dave is determined to counter him legally... a feeling not shared by his associates. Connie's boast that, as a woman, she doesn't need guns proves justified, but plenty of gunplay results. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

7 GREAT STARS -- in one great picture! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Farm der Gehetzten See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Enterprise Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"The Hedda Hopper Show - This Is Hollywood" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 22, 1947 with Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Connie Dickason: From now on, I'm going to make a life of my own. And, being a woman, I won't have to use guns.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Underrated
30 April 2008 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

She may have been tiny, but she could hard-eye stare as well as any man, and make you believe it. It's that quality that this complex Western turns on, and fortunately Veronica Lake delivers in spades. It's not like she's the only good actor in the cast. There's the reliable Joel McCrea as the good guy, the commanding Donald Crisp as the sheriff, and Don De Fore in a sly role as McCrea's buddy, showing both an easy grin and a tricky set of values.

Usually it's two patriarchal land barons who feud over territory. Here it's not. It's the tiny Lake and bad guy Preston Foster who are duking it out, both fair and foul. What makes this Western more interesting than most is that Lake and DeFore fit somewhere between the poles of good-guy bad-guy. You never quite know what they'll do next because their moral compass sometimes wobbles. Being a woman with a lot of ambition, Lake has to finagle men into doing her shooting for her, and guess how she does that. And being a man who likes women, DeFore has figure out how to balance his loyalties. That makes for some interesting situations.

Director Andre DeToth (check out his unpronounceable real name) is the perfect overseer for a plot that features quiet treachery, hidden motives and raw violence. Maybe that's because his middle-European background was steeped in just trying to survive. Nonetheless, his sardonic view of human nature reminds me of an early version Sam Peckinpah. In fact, the latter hired de Toth to direct several episodes of Peckinpah's brilliant TV series The Westerner (1960). In that same vein, note de Toth's unflinching camera when filming the night battle near movie's end and when filming the treacherous backshot on Foster's front porch. It's clear he's bumping against Production Code strictures on what can be shown and what can't.

Ramrod is an underrated Western with an adult story-line. You may, however, need a score card to keep up with the various twists and turns. Still and all, the scenery's great, the acting top-notch, and the action where it ought to be. In my little book, that's definitely a can't-miss package.


32 of 35 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 18 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed