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A Ticket to Tomahawk (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Western | 19 May 1950 (USA)
In 1876 Colorado, the Tomahawk and Western Railroad is expanding through the Rockies, but some stagecoach operators, fearing a loss of revenue, plan to sabotage the railroad.

Director:

Richard Sale
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dan Dailey ... Johnny Behind-the-Deuces
Anne Baxter ... Kit Dodge Jr.
Rory Calhoun ... Dakota
Walter Brennan ... Terence Sweeny
Charles Kemper ... Chuckity
Connie Gilchrist ... Madame Adelaide
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Sad Eyes
Will Wright ... Marshal Kit Dodge
Chief Yowlachie ... Pawnee
Victor Sen Yung ... Long Time
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Storyline

In 1876, Dawson wants to prevent a train from getting to Tomahawk, Colorado on time, to keep it from competing with his stagecoach line. Kit, who must get the train to its goal, forces Johnny aboard as the needed passenger. Madame Adelaide's showgirls (including Marilyn as Clara) ride along and, en route to Tomahawk, join Johnny in "Oh, What a Forward Young Man You Are". Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Heap big funny picture. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sheriff's Daughter See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Listen closely at the end, and you'll realize that the names Johnny Behind-the-Deuces (Dan Dailey) and Kit Dodge, Jr. (Anne Baxter) have given their daughters are the names of the actresses who play the girl dancing troupe in the film. See more »

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Connections

Referenced in Biography: Marilyn Monroe: The Mortal Goddess (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

A Ticket to Tomahawk (On the Colorado Trail)
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by chorus during the opening credits and later sung by Dan Dailey while playing the guitar
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Enjoyable albeit filled with the usual western cliches.
25 January 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I noticed one reviewer gave this very standard western a 10. Well, I am not sure I saw what they did in the film, though it is, in my opinion, an agreeable film albeit filled with cliches and one incredibly dumb character.

The film begins with some baddies deliberately halting a train out west. You learn later that some jerk-face is trying to prevent the trains from encroaching on stagecoach territory...a rather silly premise if you really think about it. Soon after this, some baddies attack the nearby sheriff and his rootin', tootin', butt-kicking daughter, Kit (Anne Baxter), immediately KNOWS that Johnny (Dan Dailey) is responsible...though HOW she came to this determination made no sense at all. And, through much of the film, she mistrusts him though there is no apparent logic to this. Can Johnny help Kit get the train through to the end of the line? Tune in and see...or not.

As you noticed in my summary, I hated the character, Kit. She often seemed irrational and goofy...which is a shame as otherwise it's a decent film and Dailey has one of his better performances. A watchable time-passer in color...but otherwise a not particularly special film.


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