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Barricade (1950)

Not Rated | | Romance, Western | 20 July 1951 (Australia)
Jack London's "The Sea Wolf" is transported from sea to land in this intriguing western. The ruthless boss of a mining camp meets his match when fugitives from justice cross his path.

Director:

Peter Godfrey

Writers:

Jack London (novel), William Sackheim
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Complete credited cast:
Dane Clark ... Bob Peters
Raymond Massey ... Boss Kruger
Ruth Roman ... Judith Burns
Robert Douglas ... Aubrey Milburn
Morgan Farley ... The Judge
Walter Coy ... Benson
George Stern George Stern ... Tippy
Robert Griffin ... Kirby
Frank Marlowe ... Brandy
Tony Martinez Tony Martinez ... Peso
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Jack London's "The Sea Wolf" is transported from sea to land in this intriguing western. The ruthless boss of a mining camp meets his match when fugitives from justice cross his path.

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Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1951 (Australia) See more »

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Barricada See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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London Goes Oater
19 January 2012 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Jack London's Sea Wolf (1941) is remade here into an undistinguished oater. Nonetheless, Massey is effective as the tyrannical mine boss, loudly lording it over his hapless men in a role tailor made for the actor's powerful presence. A rather subdued Dane Clark, however, is again playing second fiddle to John Garfield in a role Garfield had in the much more expensive original. But, pity a poor well-scrubbed Ruth Roman who looks utterly lost in an ill-defined eye-candy role.

What's notable in this remake is the absence of an intellectual counterweight to the tyrant's Nietzschean view of humankind. What there is in this version is divided between the sometimes philosophical comments of Milburn (Douglas) plus those of the Judge (Farley). In the original, it was actor Alexander Knox who went toe to toe with the tyrannical Edward G. Robinson. Likely, the producers figured a sagebrush opera was not the place for intellectual debate, which nonetheless sparked the original.

Speaking of the production, it does a good job of making a budget effort appear bigger than it is. Despite appearances, the production never leaves greater LA, making good use of Vasquez Rocks and Bronson Canyon.Then there's that wagon crash that's no stock footage and a real stunner. Still and all, the drama never really gels, while the script and direction remain lackluster, at best. And considering the Jack London roots, that's a genuine disappointment.


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