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Rails Into Laramie (1954)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 18 October 1954 (Sweden)
A railroad sends an agent to Laramie to try to find out who is behind the efforts to stop the railroad from building its line into the area.

Director:

Jesse Hibbs
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Payne ... Jefferson Harder
Mari Blanchard ... Lou Carter
Dan Duryea ... Jim Shanessy
Joyce Mackenzie ... Helen Shanessy
Barton MacLane ... Lee Graham
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... Mayor Frank Logan
Harry Shannon ... Judge Pierce
James Griffith ... Marshal Orrie Sommers
Lee Van Cleef ... Ace Winton
Myron Healey ... Con Winton
Douglas Kennedy ... Telegraph Operator
George Chandler ... Grimes
Alexander Campbell ... Higby - Town Councilman
Charles Horvath ... Pike Murphy
Stephen Chase ... Gen. Augur (as Steve Chase)
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Storyline

An army officer is sent to Laramie to find out why all progress on the railroad has stopped. He finds drink plentiful not only in town but at the railhead, with an old pal of his behind it all. It become obvious the two will tangle, but the soldier unexpectedly finds an ally in the ex-dance hall girl until now involved with the no-good booze peddler. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The saga of the man who blazed the trail for the iron horse across the wide frontier !

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1954 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Fort Laramie See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

During this film, a newspaper is shown. It is the 'Laramie Journal'. The headlines are... "First Women Jury in U.S. chosen. Laramie Centre of World-wide Interest." So, the USA, in the past, spelled 'centre' the 'correct' way. See more »

Soundtracks

Laramie
Sung by Rex Allen
Words and Music by Frederick Herbert and Arnold Schwarzwald (as Arnold Hughes)
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The Equality State
4 July 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In this quality B western rails are going into Laramie, Wyoming, but they're not leaving. That's because saloon owner Dan Duryea with the implicit connivance of the town's merchants is finding all kinds of ways to keep the railroad workers spending their pay in their town and not getting any work done. All this is troubling the railroad owners and troubleshooter John Payne is detached from the army to deal with the trouble.

Rails Into Laramie takes elements from the DeMille classic Union Pacific and Destry Rides Again and a nice story is concocted. Payne is a stalwart no nonsense hero who when he's not on the job is a bit of a hell raiser himself. But when he's given this job he's quite serious.

Dan Duryea the chief villain is married to Joyce McKenzie, but has his partner in the saloon Mari Blanchard on the side. He's also got to do his bidding treacherous telegrapher Douglas Kennedy, bully boy railroad worker Charles Horvath to intimidate the others, and a pair of killer brothers Myron Healey and Lee Van Cleef.

If you know the plots of both the previous mentioned films than you know the result in the end. What I really liked about Rails Into Laramie was the fact that Wyoming was organized as a territory at the same time as the transcontinental railroad was coming through and women got the vote. They also got some other rights and that fact is integrated into the plot.

One of John Payne's good B westerns from the Fifties and the rest of the cast supports him well. And Dan Duryea is always excellent.


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