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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.

Directors:

Ray Enright, Raoul Walsh (uncredited)

Writers:

James R. Webb (screenplay), Borden Chase (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Montana, Terra Proibida See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

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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Trivia

The film was originally planned to have been made in 1941. The seven-year-plus postponement was due to the change in leading actors and actresses. See more »

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During the stampede action at the canyon, the same rider is shown being shot off his horse twice, he is the first and third rider shot off his horse, he wears a light green shirt with a light brown leather vest. See more »

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[Repeated line]
Morgan Lane: Among other things.
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Buffalo Girls
Written by John Hodges
Played by the band in the saloon and heard as a theme
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Montana? Not Baaaad!
9 September 2008 | by srpwxSee all my reviews

Errol Flynn, as a sheep-herder? Say it ain't sew! No wonder Flynn drank his way through this turgid Western. I'd be pulling the wool over your eyes by saying Flynn doesn't mail it in. Lots of short scenes with many edits plus obvious studio cuts against outdoor backdrops. Flynn's first film in 1950 but the miles and trials were taking a toll on Errol. His eyes were too bloodshot to shoot some scenes.

Nevertheless, the Technicolor cinematography (Calabasas Ranch)is first rate plus production values make up for the drab characters. It's tough to care about anyone except beautiful, flaming redhead, Alexis Smith. I've never seen whiter teeth in my life. Cute little scar on her chin too. Flynn and Smith have some nice scenes plus sing a fun little ditty: Reckon, I'm in love! Seriously, it's not bad! A sheep-herder invades cattle country! If this sounds like a bum steer of a film, you're probably right but it's Flynn in his final decade. He went downhill fast from here but "amoung other things", he still looks good next to Alexis.


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