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Roughshod (1949)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 11 May 1949 (USA)
Three escaped convicts, planning revenge, search for rancher Clay Phillips who, on the way to Sonora with a few horses, stops to help four saloon girls stranded by the roadside.


Mark Robson


Peter Viertel (story), Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay) (as Geoffrey Homes) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Robert Sterling ... Clay Phillips
Gloria Grahame ... Mary Wells
Claude Jarman Jr. ... Steve Phillips
John Ireland ... Lednov
Jeff Donnell ... Elaine Wyatt
Myrna Dell ... Helen Carter
Martha Hyer ... Marcia
George Cooper ... Jim Clayton
Jeff Corey ... Jed Graham
Sara Haden ... Ma Wyatt
James Bell ... Pa (Ed) Wyatt
Sean McClory ... Fowler (as Shawn McGlory)
Robert B. Williams ... McCall
Steve Savage Steve Savage ... Peters
Ed Cassidy ... Sheriff Gardner (as Edward Cassidy)


Wrangler Clay Phillips and his younger brother Steve are taking horses to their ranch near Sonora when they come across four dance hall girls heading the same way with a wrecked buggy. One of the girls is taken away by a boyfriend who came after her. Clay takes the girls on to the nearest ranch, where it turns out one of the girls is the homesteaders' wayward daughter. As Clay already has an escaped killer and his two fellow convicts after him he is reluctant to have to take the remaining two girls on with him but they are set on getting to Sonora. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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'DARE YOU SAY I'M NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO MARRY?" (original Style A 22x28 Card-all caps) See more »


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This film bombed at the box office, losing RKO $550,000 ($7.8M in 2019) according to studio records. See more »


[referring to the wrecked buggy]
Steve Phillips: Were you driving?
Mary Wells: I was at first. Then I was hanging on.
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A forgotten, unknown Masterpiece among B Westerns...
28 April 2016 | by galwayfraSee all my reviews

Unfortunately, this was the only Western directed by the talented Mark Robson. Has an excellent, tight screenplay by Daniel Mainwaring (AKA Geoffrey Homes) and Hugo Butler, from a story by Peter Viertel. The film boasts unusual violence for the Genre and for its time, with uniformly outstanding performances by Gloria Grahame, Claude Jarman Jr., Myrna Dell, John Ireland and Jeff Donnell. Character actors James Bell, Jeff Corey and Sara Haden were exceptionally good in small roles. Surprisingly, the usually dull leading man Robert Sterling proved he could act.

Other highlights: the impeccable Joe Biroc photography, an evocative score by the underrated Roy Webb and the women costumes by Renie. Shamefully, as with many RKO Titles, WarnerVideo never released it on VHS, and the first DVD (Made on order) came out in January 2016!. If you love Westerns do not miss ROUGHSHOD, is on a par with the all time great.

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Release Date:

11 May 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Roughshod See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonora, California, USA

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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