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Albuquerque (1948)

Approved | | Western | 20 February 1948 (USA)
Cole Armin, recruited by his corrupt uncle as heir apparent to his freight-hauling empire, defects to his honest rival.

Director:

Ray Enright

Writers:

Gene Lewis (screenplay), Luke Short (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Randolph Scott ... Cole Armin
Barbara Britton ... Letty Tyler
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Juke
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Steve Murkill (as Lon Chaney)
Russell Hayden ... Ted Wallace
Catherine Craig ... Celia Wallace
George Cleveland ... John Armin
Irving Bacon ... Dave Walton
Bernard Nedell ... Sheriff Ed Linton (as Bernard J. Nedell)
Karolyn Grimes ... Myrtle Walton
Russell Simpson ... Abner Huggins
Jody Gilbert ... Pearl Eager
John Halloran John Halloran ... Matt Wayne
Dan White ... Henchman Jackson
Walter Baldwin ... Judge Fred Martin
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Storyline

Cole Armin comes to Albuquerque to work for his uncle, John Armin, a despotic and hard-hearted czar who operates an ore-hauling freight line, and whose goal is to eliminate a competing line run by Ted Wallace and his sister Celia. Cole tires of his uncle's heavy-handed tactics and switches over to the Wallace side. Lety Tyler, an agent hired by the uncle, also switches over by warning Cole and Ted of a trap set for them by the uncle and his henchman Juke Murkil. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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BLAZING GUNS MADE HISTORY EACH DAY...AND WARM LIPS MADE MEMORIES AT NIGHT... See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Freight for Piute See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Trademark of Randolph Scott in many of his westerns is his cinched up chin strap on his hat. See more »

Goofs

During the final shootout, Scott is standing in a doorway and while trying to cock his pistol it immediately/accidentally fires before he aims it. See more »

Quotes

Cole Armin: [to the crooked sheriff] You know, in Texas if the law don't move fast enough, a rope and a tree is the payoff for robbin' women and cold-blooded shoootin'.
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Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
Written by Stephen Foster
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Gets better as it goes along
25 June 2004 | by westerner357See all my reviews

At first I thought this was going to turn into another B western since it has a cast that includes Gabby Hayes, Russell Hayden and Lon Chaney in it, but then the plot quickens and it starts to get better as time goes on.

Randolph Scott plays Cole Armin, a happy-go-lucky guy who decides to come to Albuquerque and work for his wheelchair-bound uncle, John Armin (George Cleveland) in his freight business, only to find out that his uncle has got the town under his thumb and is willing to resort to murder in order to keep it that way.

Cole decides he doesn't want any part of his uncle's business and goes to work for honest-guy Ted Wallace (Hayden) and his sister Celia (Catherine Craig) who are the only freight competition in town against his uncle. They get a contract to transport ore for the miners down from the mountains, but Cole's uncle tries to sabotage it every step of the way, including bringing in beautiful Barbara Britton to spy on them and having Lon Chaney pick fights with Cole.

But that's all for naught because Britton starts to fall in love with Hayden and she informs Cole as to what his evil uncle is up to. It all ends in a gun battle on the street and the bad guys get their just rewards, including John Armin.

I'm glad the previous poster mentioned the cheap "Cinecolor" process that Paramount originally used because I was wondering why the film had a washed-out, 'colorized' look to it. It's even more apparent on the new Universal DVD that's recently come out.

Still, it not bad. Even Gabby Hayes was bearable.

6 out of 10


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