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Stampede (1949)

Approved | | Western | 1 May 1949 (USA)
In 1887 Arizona, in the context of the settler-vs-cattleman struggle, two rancher brothers fall in-love with the same settler girl while crooked businessmen try to swindle both sides.

Director:

Lesley Selander

Writers:

John C. Champion (screenplay), Blake Edwards (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Cameron ... Mike McCall
Gale Storm ... Connie Dawson
Johnny Mack Brown ... Sheriff Aaron Ball
Don Castle ... Tim McCall
Donald Curtis ... Stanton
John Miljan ... T.J. Furman
Jonathan Hale ... Varick
John Eldredge ... Cox
Adrian Wood Adrian Wood ... Whiskey
Wes Christensen Wes Christensen ... Slim (as Wes C. Christensen)
James Harrison James Harrison ... Roper
Duke York ... Maxie
Steve Clark ... John Dawson
I. Stanford Jolley ... Link Spain
Marshall Reed ... Henchman Shives
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Storyline

Brothers Mike and Tim McCall own a large ranch in Arizona, using the surrounding lands for grazing cattle. Stanley Cox and LeRoy Stanton sell this land to settlers who arrive to find it bone dry, as a dam on the McCall ranch controls the water. Among the settlers are John Dawson and his daughter Connie. The latter goes to the nearest town to take action, but Sheriff Ball tells him there is nothing he can do. Tim falls for Connie but Mike is unimpressed with her charms. While returning from a town dance, Tim discovers Stanton trying to dynamite the dam, and is killed in the ensuing gunfight. Stanton later sends his men to stampede the cattle while he and Cox blow up the dam. Despite the efforts of Mike and Sheriff Ball, the cattle are wiped out and Mike races to the dam and kills Stanton in a gunfight. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

RAMPAGING SPECTACLE! Fear-lashed herds thundering to doom...as a power-mad range tyrant makes his last desperate stand! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rainbow Ridge See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When the company went on location in northern California, co-star Gale Storm had to bring along her three sons because her husband was away on a business trip. According to the publicity materials for this film, Allied Artists became the first studio in Hollywood to have a babysitter on its payroll. See more »

Goofs

After one of McCall's men is shot in camp, he mounts a horse with a light colored, near white mane. When next shown in the desert, he is on a different horse. Then when shown next to the lake, he is back on the first horse again. See more »

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Referenced in The Pink Panther Story (2003) See more »

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Hoof hearted
5 April 2004 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

Big budget Allied Artists western 'spectacular' has two really interesting moments: THE ALLIED ARTISTS LOGO done in a TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX style which is a very effective copy; and the big Stampede itself where hundreds of mad cows steer their way over a cliff. Maybe AA borrowed the Lydeckers from Republic or maybe they hopped over the studio fence to help out after hours, because it is a very well created scene in miniature that is quite convincing. From memory it is in a lightning storm...not a Gale Storm but a real studio storm. Gale Storm IS in this film, fresh from the Monogram musical blockbuster SUNBONNET SUE and perhaps some campus hi-jinks with Elyse Knox in another University set swing programmer (usually with Frankie Darro and Manton Moreland)....but I digress. STAMPEDE is a romantic western drama made with an attempt to showcase ALLIED ARTISTS as an arm of MONOGRAM that delivers bigger budget pix for the new age of 'competing with television' in the USA of 1949. Written by Blake Edwards!


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