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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
Charles Horvath ... Pike Murphy
George Chandler ... Grimes
Douglas Kennedy ... Telegraph Operator
Alexander Campbell ... Higby
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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There's only one problem...why? This part of the film never really made much sense...
31 January 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

A very common and rather clichéd plots for old westerns is the notion of someone trying to stop the railroad. While there really wasn't a historical basis, too many films were about a supposed overt or covert effort to stop progress. In most all of them, however, the reason why the baddies are doing this is pretty obvious...but in this one I really couldn't see why Shanessy (Dan Duryea) is doing this...and it's a major weakness of the film.

The man sent to help get the railroad built is an Army Sergeant, Jeff Harder (John Payne) and through most of the film, he makes very little progress thanks to Shanessy and a rather stupid town that tolerates Shanessy's antics. It all leads up to a murder conviction, a jail escape and train chase. None of it's bad...none of it's outstanding in any way. A standard and rather clichéd film.

By the way, late in the film a lady is shot from about 8-10 feet away with what is probably a .45 Colt cartridge. Amazingly, she survived...a miracle and a half!


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