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Colorado Territory (1949)

Approved | | Western | 11 June 1949 (USA)
In Colorado territory, outlaw Wes McQueen escapes jail to pull a railroad robbery but, upon meeting pretty settler Julie Ann, he wonders about going straight.

Director:

Raoul Walsh
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joel McCrea ... Wes McQueen
Virginia Mayo ... Colorado Carson
Dorothy Malone ... Julie Ann Winslow
Henry Hull ... Fred Winslow
John Archer ... Reno Blake
James Mitchell ... Duke Harris
Morris Ankrum ... United States Marshal
Basil Ruysdael ... Dave Rickard
Frank Puglia ... Brother Tomas
Ian Wolfe ... Homer Wallace
Harry Woods ... Pluthner
Houseley Stevenson ... Prospector
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Storyline

Outlaw Wes McQueen is sprung from jail to help pull one last railroad job. He doesn't like his new partners - except dance-hall girl Colorado - and anyway fancies Julie Ann newly arrived from the east to set up home with her father. Maybe time to get out. Unfortunately he also has a $10,000 reward on his head, dead or alive. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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A mighty, memorable new adventure hurtling out of the heroic vastness of Colorado Territory. See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

North of the Rio Grande See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Colorado Territory is a remake of the same director's 1941 film High Sierra. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end when Mayo is firing two single action revolvers, one in each hand, she does not thumb back the hammers. She fires them double action by just pulling the triggers. Not possible with single action revolvers. See more »

Quotes

Pluthner: Was there any trouble?
Wes McQueen: A little. The marshal picked up Reno and Duke.
Pluthner: What? Ah, that was a tough break. They was good boys. But that's the game for ya... all part of the game. You and me, Wes - just you and me left out of that fine parcel of men. Of course, we end up with the money, you and me, but that's how the cards fall.
Wes McQueen: Look, Pluthner! This deck has had so much bottom-dealing that it's dog-eared. Too many jokers keep turning up.
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Harsher and more beautiful than I expected
5 November 2005 | by eebyoSee all my reviews

The commenters who called this "Western noir" are on the money. Just about everyone in this movie is a ratlike scheming double- or triple-crosser. Bad guys suffer fates not noticeably worse than the handful of schmo's who are honest (mostly in the relative, honor-among-thieves sense). It's all bleak for the ones who don't get out alive and also for the ones who do.

The one aspect of this movie that may have lost its punch for 21st century viewers is the script's banal dialogue for the two key women characters. Virginia Mayo in particular is better than her lines and her costume, which is fashioned entirely from clichés about wanton women who aren't 100 percent Anglo. But the story arc treats the women just differently enough from the "classic" Western that it held my interest.

The cast, top to bottom, is excellent. Joel McCrea does that thing he does so well *especially* well here. I'd like to see Peter Sarsgaard reprise a McCrea role some day, in either a Western or a Sturges classic.


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