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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.

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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

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Approved | See all certifications »

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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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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first American movie to be banned in West Germany, due to being 'an example of gangster films which glorify anti-social elements'. See more »

Goofs

At 37:00, McQueen goes to visit his old partner. He sits down at a table with him and takes put a pouch of tobacco and rolling paper. He opens the pouch & 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 »

Quotes

Julie Ann Winslow: Did you ever think you'd like to travel a long way off... as far and as high as the moon... and stay there for good... forever... and forget all about things down here?
Wes McQueen: There's been plenty of times I wanted to get away from where I was.
Julie Ann Winslow: That far away?
Wes McQueen: Yeah, that far.
Julie Ann Winslow: You never talk about yourself. I don't know anything about you at all.
Wes McQueen: There's nothing to tell. Like you said, wanting to get far off from what you've been. This is far off.
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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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