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The Man from Colorado (1949)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 20 January 1949 (USA)
At the end of the Civil War, two friends return home to Colorado and one of them has changed and is violent and erratic.

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Henry Levin

Writers:

Robert Hardy Andrews (screenplay) (as Robert D. Andrews), Ben Maddow (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... Owen Devereaux
William Holden ... Del Stewart
Ellen Drew ... Caroline Emmet
Ray Collins ... Big Ed Carter
Edgar Buchanan ... Doc Merriam
Jerome Courtland ... Johnny Howard
James Millican ... Sgt. Jericho Howard
Jim Bannon ... Nagel
William 'Bill' Phillips William 'Bill' Phillips ... York (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
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Storyline

Two friends return home after their discharge from the army after the Civil War. However, one of them has had deep-rooted psychological damage due to his experiences during the war, and as his behavior becomes more erratic--and violent--his friend desperately tries to find a way to help him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

COLORADO WASN'T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH...WHEN A WOMAN CAME BETWEEN THEM! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Richter von Colorado See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,000,000, 31 December 1949
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name character or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional. See more »

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At the court scene (00:30:10), William Holden's character makes the same movement twice in consecutive shots whilst getting off the chair. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: Toward the close of the Civil War --- in the year 1865 --- in COLORADO

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Perfectly cast action packed Western
5 March 2007 | by drystyxSee all my reviews

Ford and Holden worked together more than once, and they took turns playing "good cop bad cop" as the saying goes. In their case more "good Westerner bad Westerner". In this one, it's clear early that Ford is the bad guy. It was perfect casting. Ford and Holden are ex Civil War officers who become the law in a mining town. With usual poetic film license, the men from their unit live in that very town, and left mining claims while fighting in the war. While they were gone, a mine baron took advantage of a loophole to steal their claims. As the new judge, Ford complies with the letter of the law. We get a very complex and real look at the psychological influence of power, and interpretation of the law. Ford delivers his sadistic power hungry official with realism. He doesn't foam at the mouth when he performs his sadistic acts. Instead, he acts reluctant, as if he's chilled by violence. Then, after taking more and more power in his hands, he loses control of everything when he loses control of his wife, who remains faithful to him despite her respect and possible love for William Holden's character. Ford's character is very much like a Shakespearean king descending into madness and mayhem.


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