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Rawhide (1951)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance, Western | 25 March 1951 (USA)
A stagecoach stop employee and a stranded woman traveller find themselves at the mercy of four desperate outlaws intent on robbing the next day's gold shipment.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writer:

Dudley Nichols
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tyrone Power ... Tom Owens
Susan Hayward ... Vinnie Holt
Hugh Marlowe ... Rafe Zimmerman
Dean Jagger ... Yancy
Edgar Buchanan ... Sam Todd
Jack Elam ... Tevis
George Tobias ... Gratz
Jeff Corey ... Luke Davis
James Millican ... Tex Squires
Louis Jean Heydt ... Fickert
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Storyline

Vinnie Holt, a single woman travelling with her toddler niece, becomes stranded at Rawhide, a desert stagecoach stop managed by stationmaster Sam Todd and his assistant Tom Owens. Owens is quickly impressed by Vinnie's independent self-confidence. Jim Zimmerman, a fugitive murderer from Huntsville Prison disguised as a Deputy, and three other ruthless escapees take over the station, intent on robbing the next day's gold shipment. After murdering Sam, Zimmerman knows they must keep Tom alive in order to complete their plans. Owens does not correct Zimmmerman's assumption that Vinnie is his wife, correctly sensing that the misconception might be the key to her survival as well. Written by duke1029

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A story told with a blazing .44 !

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Certificate:

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Trivia

During its run on television during the early 1960s, the film was retitled "Desperate Siege" in order to distinguish it from the Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood television series "Rawhide" (1959). See more »

Goofs

During the shootout between Tom and Tevis, many more shots were fired from the three guns (Tom-1 and Tevis-2) than bullets (18). Neither reloaded during the sequence. See more »

Quotes

Tom Owens: What? Are you afraid of coyotes?
Vinnie Holt: Yeah. The kind with boots on.
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Connections

Referenced in You're the Worst: The Intransigence of Love (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

A Rollin' Stone
Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Bob Russell
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Solid Western with a Good Cast
10 April 2019 | by gpeeversSee all my reviews

Although in many ways a typical western it represents the genre very well.

Nice explanation/setup at he beginning of the film with a description of the overland mail. An interesting set of characters and a cast that is really solid across the board. Confined largely to one location it makes great use of the environment and the one set - for which the layout/geography is quite clear.

There are a number of twists and surprises which is nice. The Director Henry Hathaway uses some actual night shots instead of shooting day for night, which often doesn't work. Nice use of sound for the night scenes as well with noise of mules and coyotes providing both atmosphere and a plot point.

Very close to being a great western in my opinion, but it didn't quite grab me emotionally.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desperate Siege See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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