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.


Raoul Walsh





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


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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Here their love brings them ... a man with a price on his head and a girl with a price on her kisses ! See more »




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Henry Hull appeared in both the original gangster film, High Sierra (1941), and this movie. Here he's the good girl's father, and in High Sierra he's the doctor who fixes the good girl's club foot. See more »


At 37:00, McQueen goes to visit his old partner. He sits down at a table with him and takes out a pouch of tobacco and rolling paper. He opens the pouch and sprinkles tobacco onto the paper, then pulls the drawstring on the tobacco pouch with his teeth and throws the pouch on the table. Seconds later, in the next scene, the pouch is back in his hand and he repeats the same process. See more »


[viewing a hanging]
United States Marshal: That's a nice sight for anybody with a train-robbing itch.
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A Fine Western
3 November 2011 | by csp46See all my reviews

While there may be a few cracks in this movie, overall it is a magnificent work. Some of it could have been shot by Ansel Adams. Few of the situations are forced and the script flows without some of the interruptions of irrationality noted in many westerns. The acting is universally excellent and production values are superb,something characteristic of Warner Bros. About the only complaint one may have about the cast is that Virginia Mayo's beauty is not as evident as it should be, for she is, in my opinion, one of the GREAT beauties to ever grace the screen. The twists and turns in this movie keep you in suspense. If you are a fan of the westerns, this one should allow you to exit the theater "justified".

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Release Date:

11 June 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

North of the Rio Grande See more »


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$1,224,000 (estimated)

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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