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Rails Into Laramie (1954)

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1954 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Fort Laramie See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

In 1869, the state of Wyoming became the first state to grant women the right to vote.The first all-women jury served in Wyoming in 1870. See more »

Soundtracks

Laramie
Sung by Rex Allen
Words and Music by Frederick Herbert and Arnold Schwarzwald (as Arnold Hughes)
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Get back to work you drunken bums!
30 May 2016 | by alan-prattSee all my reviews

Progress on the railroad has pretty much ground to a halt as the workers spend most of their time drinking rotgut in Dan Duryea's boozer.

The leading citizens of the town request military help and tough soldier, Payne, is appointed as a sort of temporary marshal. Trouble is, he's an old mate of Duryea so it looks as though there's going to be a conflict of interests.

This is an above average Universal western: the two main protagonists play off each other well and there is excellent support from a very large cast of familiar westerners (many uncredited). Special mentions must go to Lee Van Cleef as a menacing, trigger happy bad guy (was he ever anything else?), Mari Blanchard as a saloon girl with a heart of gold (was she ever anything else?) and James Griffith, cast against type in a humorous role, as a bumbling ineffectual lawman.

Action scenes are well staged - particularly those on the trains - the photography is first class and the Technicolor beautiful as always.

Oh, and as an added bonus for B western fans, there's a title song over the opening credits rumbled out by the ever popular Rex Allen....


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