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Montana (1950)

Approved | | Western | 28 January 1950 (USA)
An Australian sheepman comes to Montana looking for grazing space, is opposed by local ranchers and a wealthy cattle-woman.


Ray Enright, Raoul Walsh (uncredited)


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Complete credited cast:
Errol Flynn ... Morgan Lane
Alexis Smith ... Maria Singleton
S.Z. Sakall ... Papa Otto Schultz (as S.Z. 'Cuddles' Sakall)
Douglas Kennedy ... Rodney Ackroyd
James Brown ... Tex Coyne
Ian MacDonald ... Slim Reeves
Charles Irwin Charles Irwin ... MacKenzie - Sheep Herder
Paul E. Burns ... Tecumseh Burke
Tudor Owen ... Jock
Lester Matthews ... George Forsythe


Australian sheep-man Morgan Lane comes to Montana looking for government-owned grazing land, and encamps his sheep at the boundary line (where the bad grazing ends and the good grazing begins) set up by the cattle barons to keep the sheep from nubbing away at the good grass. He goes to town, posing as a merchant, explains his Australian accent, and learns that Maria Singleton, owner of a large ranch, and Rodney Ackroyd (who never explains where he got his name), another ranch owner and Miss Singleton's fiancée, are the leaders of the cattlemen against the sheep-men. Romance tugs at Morgan and Miss Singleton, who quickly decides that Morgan has a much better name than Rodney (and other attributes) but the cattle-vs.-sheep feud keeps them apart. Until they meet in the street for a showdown gunfight following a disastrous clash between the cattle and sheep factions. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

28 January 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Montana, Terra Proibida See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Good Western , stars an excellent Errol Flynn , about usual conflict between sheepmen and cattlemen
3 November 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Set in a post-civil war Montana location from the freeway in which takes place a strong confrontation between the leaders of the cattlemen against the sheep-men . It stars Errol Flynn who is opposed by local ranchers and a rich cattle-woman , Alexis Smith . As an Australian sheep-man called Morgan Lane (Errol Flynn) comes to Montana looking for grazing space . He goes to town along with Papa Otto Schultz (S.Z. Sakall) , disguising as a merchant , explains his Australian accent , and to be aware that Maria Singleton (Alexis Smith) , a strong-willed rancher , is at odds the family ranch in Montana . Lane wants to rent some lands to his sheep and Miss Singleton wants to keep the lands for her cows and while the cattle barons attempt to keep the sheep from nubbing away at the good grass . Now Morgan as a tough person trying to calm the conflict between shepherds , cattlemen and homesteaders . But Lane also finds time in a romantic triangle with heart-of-gold/Alexis Smith and Rodney Ackroyd (Douglas Jackson) , Miss Singleton's Fiancée , another ranch owner .

It deals with the classic cattle-vs.-sheep feud and it gets Western action , shootouts , a love story , street showdown gunfight and being quite entertaining . There is a twisted romance when Flynn falls for a girl who turns out to be a domineering woman who hates shepherds . This relationship tugs Morgan/Flynn and Miss Singleton/Alexis , wealthy owner of a large ranch but Singleton quickly decides that Morgan has a much better name than other suitor but keeps them apart . The violent conflicts emerge when Morgan/Errol encamps his sheep at the boundary line where the bad grazing ends and the good grazing begins . It's a medium budget film with nice actors , technicians , production values and pleasing results . At the ending takes place a disastrous clash between the cattle and sheep factions with unexpected consequences . The film is totally set in Montana territory which was the first of the major railhead cattle territories , it was a booming depot , including cattle drives and shipping some Longhorns by railroad and meat markets in the East . With the numerous presence of homesteaders the towns prospered , stabilized and grew , its lawabiding citizens decided to discourage the troublesome cattle trade with his transient cowboys and early requested the cattlemen to drive their herds elsewhere . Well played by Errol Flynn who starred various ¨Sword and Swagger¨ films and was superstar of Warner Brothers swashbucklers . Errol is still nearly at his most agile and deft style . Errol Flynn was 40 when he made this movie , but his wild lifestyle had diminished his health and made him less able to perform his own stunts, as he had in earlier films . Previously , Flynn made his best swashbucklers and played successes as ¨Captain Blood¨ , ¨Adventures of Robin Hood¨, ¨The prince and the pauper¨ , ¨Sea Hawk¨, ¨The private lives of Elizabeth and Essex¨ , ¨Gentleman Jim¨ . Flynn also performed some Westerns as ¨Dodge City¨, ¨Virginia City¨, ¨Santa Fe Trail¨, ¨They died with their boots on¨, ¨San Antonio¨, ¨Silver River¨. And wartime movies as ¨Objective Burma¨, ¨Norhern pursuit¨, ¨Dive Bomber¨ , ¨Edge of darkness¨ , ¨Desperate journey¨.

The motion picture is directed in sure visual eye and with action enough . The yarn well produced by William Jacobs was professionally directed by Ray Enright . Ray was a craftsman who directed lots of Westerns . He realized a variety films of all kind of genres , though especially Western , the best are starred by Scott , all well screen-written . His Western film debut was ¨River's end¨ (40) , following ¨Bad men in Missouri¨ (41) about the Youngers , ¨The spoilers¨ (42) with a star-system , as Marlene Dietrich , John Wayne and Scott , ¨Men of Texas¨(42) , ¨Sin Town¨(42) , and various starred by Randolph Scott as ¨Trail Street¨(47) , ¨Coroner Creek¨(48) , ¨Alburquerque¨(48) , and starred by Alexis Smith : ¨South of St. Louis¨(49) and this ¨Montana¨ (50) . His last Westerns were ¨Kansas raiders¨(50) and Flaming Feather¨(52) , until his retirement in 1953 .

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