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Roughshod (1949)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 11 May 1949 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Mark Robson

Writers:

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

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)
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Storyline

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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"Sure I'm from the wrong side of the town...that's where I learned to handle guys like you!" (original poster) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Kampf um den Sonora-Pass See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonora, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Martha Hyer was stricken with appendicitis while on location in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and had to be rushed to a hospital. See more »

Quotes

[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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The western formula is in plain sight, but dialed back and skillfully opened up.
28 November 2018 | by wannallSee all my reviews

I stumbled into this by not changing channels after watching another movie. I was engaged within 5 minutes by the not-quite-formula everything - dialog, setup, even acting. I don't want oversell it. It's competent and interesting, partly for surprisingly good dialog occasionally, for a "western". I would call it a skillful addition to the short list of actually adult westerns. It could reasonably be called a skillful addition to the short list of actually adult westerns.

There's an exchange that serves as a good example of how the movie succeeds. At one point Mary Wells (Grahame) and Clay Phillips (Sterling) get to the moment that any film buff knows must come, where she confronts him about his attitude towards her past, we get this exchange:

MARY: Well, why don't you just say it.

CLAY: Okay, it's said.

There's a lot of that, economy of dialog and action where lesser writers would drag in familiar stuff from the standard inventory.

Other reviewers have analyzed plenty that's good. I mainly wanted to toss in another high rating for it.


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