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Roughshod (1949)

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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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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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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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Fine actors, femme western, ingenious plot, careful direction
15 August 2009 | by whitec-3See all my reviews

Gloria Grahame is Roughshod's major attraction, but bonuses are Jeff Corey in a small role, John Ireland as a lean young killer, and Claude Jarman Jr. carrying as serious a teenage role as a western may offer. Robert Sterling honestly manages the male lead. All the supporting roles are a testament to the kind of dependable quality the studios were delivering in the mid-20th century.

The most pleasant surprise may be the number of women's roles--the four bar girls, each of whom has her own denouement, including the accidental reunion of one with her decently grieving parents. As other posters have noted, the movie handles such scenes with minimal sentimentality or chatter, so that the strong feminine presence operates within the proper western decorum.

As a student of plot, I felt continually (if mildly) impressed by the story's layers and crossings. The bad guys' journey interweaves with the good guys' journey, which involves driving 10 free horses and assuming responsibility for the bar girls who break down on their path. One genre hallmark of a western is the story's geography or landscape. The good guys take another trail to avoid the bad guys, which leads the brassiest of the saloon-girls to hitch up with a gold prospector. The only wince-factor is the dependence on Gloria Grahame's character's reckless driving, but when that results in some of her clothes spilling in the river, those clothes float downstream and signal to the bad guys where the good guys are.

A lot happens in about 90 minutes, but it's all a bit subdued like its male lead. Director Mark Robson worked with Orson Welles and Val Lewton, so the quality-floor is high throughout. The best visuals are the long shots through the landscape where the different parties see each other; otherwise the film's composition, in keeping with its feminine content, is tight, personal, and intimate. The final gunfight is modest but, again, honest in its way, like the whole movie.


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