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Colt .45 (1950)

Passed | | Western | 27 May 1950 (USA)
Gun salesman Steve Farrell gets two of his new Colt .45 pistols stolen from him by ruthless killer Jason Brett but vows to recover them.


Edwin L. Marin


Thomas W. Blackburn (as Thomas Blackburn)




Cast overview:
Randolph Scott ... Steve Farrell
Ruth Roman ... Beth Donovan
Zachary Scott ... Jason Brett
Lloyd Bridges ... Paul Donovan
Alan Hale ... Sheriff Harris
Ian MacDonald ... Miller
Chief Thundercloud ... Walking Bear


Gun salesman Steve Farrell gets two of his new Colt .45 pistols stolen from him by ruthless killer Jason Brett and vows to recover them as Brett and his gang leave behind wake of robbery and murder throughout the territory. When Farrell recovers a stagecoach carrying gold and brings it back to town, he is made a deputy but unknown to him the sheriff is on league with the outlaws as is Paul and Beth Donovan, an apparently clean-cut young couple with ambitions for quick wealth. Although the town members are apathetic toward helping Steve, he gets plenty of assistance from Walking Bear, an Indian chief grateful that Steve saved his life. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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The gun that became the law of the land !




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Last film Alan Hale completed before his death - about a month after shooting wrapped. See more »


When Beth Donovan cuts her way out of the tepee it is very clear that that she is cutting thin cloth and not the buffalo hide from which tepees were made. See more »


Beth Donovan: [to Brett] There's another pair of .45's out there now... and a better man.
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Spin-off Colt .45 (1957) See more »

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Better than a Sharps
13 December 2007 | by jcohen1See all my reviews

Colt 45 is certainly a lite western for RS but nevertheless is worth a shot. What I found most interesting are how many familiar actors from later big movies make their lesser screen appearances here. Ruth Roman is the only female in the picture and has everybody's attention. She even manages to throw some dirt at and a knockout of RS. Probably the only time this has happened to Scott on screen. She is a few years ahead of Far Country with Jimmy Stewart. Walter Coy, Aaron Edwards in The Searchers, has an uncredited role here that you'd have to Search for. Lloyd Bridges predates his paranoid role in High Noon with a complete weasel of a character here. The catch of the day is Ian McDonald playing Miller here, a member of Zachary Scott's gang; later as Frank Miller in High Noon.

As for the flick, Scott looks clean shaven even after forty days of soft time in jail. Brother Zachary looks like a very light weight Clark Gable. The sexual symbolism is a little too obvious here but for young kids it was all surely missed. Just relieved that RS is clearly interested in Roman with Ruth more than his colts. This is one western where the Indians (unnnamed tribe) are the good guys. It's not The Tall T or Commanche Station but if you are a fan of RS, and I certainly am, you can't miss with a Colt 45.

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Release Date:

27 May 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thundercloud 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 (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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