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Cattle Queen of Montana (1954)

Sierra Nevada Jones must fight a villainous rancher to regain the land that is rightfully hers.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

Robert Blees (screenplay), Howard Estabrook (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Sierra Nevada Jones
Ronald Reagan ... Farrell
Gene Evans ... Tom McCord
Lance Fuller ... Colorados
Anthony Caruso ... Natchakoa
Jack Elam ... Yost
Yvette Duguay ... Starfire (as Yvette Dugay)
Morris Ankrum ... J.I. 'Pop' Jones
Chubby Johnson ... Nat Collins
Myron Healey ... Hank
Rodd Redwing ... Powhani (as Rod Redwing)
Paul Birch ... Col. Carrington
Byron Foulger ... Land Office Clerk
Burt Mustin ... Dan
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Storyline

The Jones family, about to prove claim to prime Montana land, is raided by renegade Indians in league with villainous neighbor McCord, who gets most of the stolen cattle. Two survivors are helped by college-educated chief's son Colorados. Now Sierra Nevada Jones must fight for her land against legal technicalities and assorted villains. Can she gain the help of McCord's hired gun, Farrell? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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ROARING SAGA OF A GIRL IN THE GUN-WORLD OF MEN! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La reine de la prairie See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally supposed to have a theme song. Composer Louis Forbes wrote a melody and asked noted Western songwriter Bob Nolan to contribute lyrics. The song, "Montana", was not used in the film, but Nolan's former group the Sons of the Pioneers recorded it. See more »

Quotes

Colorados: And you go back to your settlement. Tell them that there are Indians who do not wish death to all whites... but peace.
Sierra Nevada Jones: You going to help us.
Colorados: Is it so hard to believe that I am a human being too?
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Connections

Referenced in Late for Dinner (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Montana
Lyrics by Bob Nolan
Music by Louis Forbes
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Stanwyck's Indian Name: 'Princess Many Victories'
5 May 2012 | by discount1957See all my reviews

Perhaps the most uncomplicated of America's classic directors, Dwan made a series of films in the fifties for producer Bogeaus that allowed him a degree of flexibility he'd been unused to since the silent days. Cattle Queen of Montana, the tale of Stanwyck's struggles to hold on to the property of her murdered father, is beautifully lit by cinematographer Alton, the great unsung Hollywood cameraman. It evokes a world of easeful innocence far removed from the cynicism and violence that was the norm in the Western of the fifties. Reagan is the mysterious gunman who comes to Stanwyck's rescue. Stanwyck, who did all her own stunts, so impressed the Blackfeet Indians hired as extras that they made her a blood sister, and gave her the Indian name of Princess Many Victories.

Phil Hardy


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