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Carson City (1952)

Approved | | Western | 3 November 1952 (UK)
When a banker finds his stagecoach shipments of gold from Carson City are vulnerable to holdups, he commissions the building of a railroad through the mountains.

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(as Andre De Toth)

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Cast overview:
... Silent Jeff Kincaid
... Susan Mitchell
... Big Jack Davis
... Alan Kincaid
... Jim Squires
... William Sharon
... Henry Dodson
... Hardrock Haggerty
... Zeke Mitchell
... Charles Crocker
... Henry
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Banker William Sharon becomes desperate that his gold and silver shipments from Carson City to Virginia City are the helpless targets of a band of outlaws called "The Champagne Bandits." In true Robin Hood-fashion, after robbing the stage of its bullion, they treat its passengers to a fried chicken picnic replete with champagne. Sharon becomes convinced that the only way to foil the gang is to build a railroad to carry the ore, but that will take an extraordinary engineer in such mountainous territory. Sharon finds his man in brawling adventurer Jeff Kincaid, an experienced hand at difficult jobs and former resident of Carson City who knows the difficult terrain very well. It becomes a reunion of sorts as Kincaid's half brother works for the local newspaper, but they soon become rivals for the affections of Susan Mitchell, the publisher's daughter. Kincaid also has to fight the town's hostility to his boisterous railhands and ongoing efforts by the outlaws to sabotage the project. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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He comes tearing in with a gun and a grin ... to carve a new notch in the Silver Belt of Nevada ! See more »

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The Champagne Bandits  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This was Warner Bros.' first film shot in WarnerColor. See more »

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Just before Mickey Simpson and his group break through to Randolph Scott and his group of trapped men, Scott blows out the candle that's illuminating his dark prison. When the film cuts to the view from the rescuers point-of-view shot, light can be seen through the hole. See more »

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Zeke Mitchell: You don't agree with me, do you?
Susan Mitchell: As you're so fond of saying, quote: 'I disapprove of what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it!'
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Average Scott Western
11 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

No need to repeat the plot. I'm surprised Warner Bros. didn't introduce Warnercolor by going to a scenic location like the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. Instead, they took a cheaper route, filming in the scrubby hills of greater LA. Otherwise, it's a pretty routine entry in the Randoph Scott sweepstakes. Casting him as a railroad engineer is novel, at the same time, the tunnel collapse furnishes some unusual suspense for a western. The buckboard crash is spectacular even for a sagebrush staple like buckboard crashes.

However, the plot's a little overcrowded for my liking, while the powerful Raymond Massey is pretty much wasted in a role any number of lesser actors could have handled. Then too, director De Toth films in straightforward fashion, unlike the beautifully wrought intrigue of his western masterpiece, Ramrod (1947). All in all, it's a decent oater, but for a Randy Scott feature, it's nothing special.


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