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Red Mountain (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Western | November 1951 (USA)
In 1865 Confederate Capt. Sherwood is heading to Colorado where Confederate Gen. Quantrill is stirring up rebellion using various Indian Nations.

Directors:

William Dieterle, John Farrow (uncredited)

Writers:

George W. George (screenplay), George W. George (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Ladd ... Capt. Brett Sherwood
Lizabeth Scott ... Chris
Arthur Kennedy ... Lane Waldron
John Ireland ... Gen. William Quantrill
Jeff Corey ... Sgt. Skee
James Bell ... Dr. Terry
Bert Freed ... Sgt. Randall
Walter Sande ... Benjie
Neville Brand ... Lt. Dixon
Carleton Young ... Lt. Morgan
Whit Bissell ... Miles
Jay Silverheels ... Little Crow
Francis McDonald ... Marshal Roberts
Herbert Belles Herbert Belles ... Indian Guard
Iron Eyes Cody ... Ute Indian
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Storyline

Towards the end of the American Civil War, a rebel captain flees to Colorado to join a band of Southern mercenaries. He drags an innocent gold prospecting couple into trouble when the husband is accused of a murder he committed. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Taglines:

Love and Life Were Cheap...When QUANTRELL'S RAIDERS Blazed a Trail of Terror Across the West! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Hölle der roten Berge See more »

Filming Locations:

Gamerco, New Mexico, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions 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

John Farrow directed some scenes, uncredited, when William Dieterle was unavailable. See more »

Goofs

Capt. Sherwood incorrectly ascribes the quote by General Philip Sheridan, "If a crow should fly over the Shenandoah Valley it would have to carry its own rations" to General William T. Sherman. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Glass Wall (1953) See more »

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Quantrill's Agenda
26 April 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Red Mountain comes at a point in Alan Ladd's career when he was starting to get known as a western star as well as a noir star. This was the third western he had done after Whispering Smith and Branded. The same year of 1951 he also made Shane, but Paramount held up its release for two years. And he and agent/wife Sue Carol made the decision to leave Paramount around this time. It turned out to be his worst career move.

But doing Red Mountain was far from that. Ladd plays a Confederate officer who in the dying days of the Civil War goes west to join Quantrill's Raiders. He's one Southerner not looking to be reconstructed. But along the way he kills a government assayer and Arthur Kennedy gets blamed for the crime who is also a Confederate veteran. Ladd rescues him from a lynch mob and Kennedy and wife Lizabeth Scott go along with him to join Quantrill. Along the way Kennedy breaks his leg.

Arriving at Quantrill's camp at Red Mountain, the three of them discover that John Ireland as Quantrill has an agenda all his own that has nothing to do with the Confederate States of America. He's setting himself up with an alliance of Indian tribes as a new western emperor. Similar in many ways to Jeff Chandler's character in The Jayhawkers. His ally is Ute chief Jay Silverheels and Quantrill think the Indians fight best in their own established way which doesn't sit well with Ladd.

Quantrill is an interesting figure and none of the Hollywood movies have ever gotten him quite right. Such people as Walter Pidgeon, Brian Donlevy and now John Ireland have played him as one bloodthirsty individual. In Red Mountain he's the deepest dyed kind of villain and quite pretentious as well.

The film was shot on location in Gallup, New Mexico and the battle scenes are well done and the pace from director William Dieterle is a good one. Red Mountain is a good western made at a time when the western was maturing in Hollywood.


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