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Red Garters (1954)

Not Rated | | Musical, Western | 12 April 1954 (UK)
A man visits a frontier town seeking to avenge his brother's murder.




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Complete credited cast:
Susan Martinez De La Cruz
Minnie Redwing
Billy Buckett
Judge Wallace Winthrop
Ginger Pete
Dr. J. Pott Troy
Joanne Gilbert ...
Sheila Winthrop


A musical about a man, [START] Reb Randall [END], who rides into a frontier town looking for his brother's killer, but is surprised to find everyone in the town is celebrating his kin's death and, for that matter, gunplay in general. He eventually discovers the murderer and each man swears to shoot down the other in a gunfight. However, their girlfriends team up to put an end to the bloodshed. [EXPLANATION]Alfred Jingle got the wrong man! Written by Alfred Jingle

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The Big Fun-'n-Song Show That Kids the Pants Off the West!


Musical | Western


Not Rated | See all certifications »




Release Date:

12 April 1954 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Crvene podvezice  »


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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was originally released in 3-D which, combined with the stylized sets and "stagey" acting gave it the effect of a "Broadway" musical filmed in the theater. See more »


At the July the 13th celebration all the cowboys are wearing gun belts and holsters but only Reb Randall (Guy Mitchell), Rafael Moreno (Gene Barry) and Jason Carberry (Jack Carson) have guns in the holsters. See more »

Crazy Credits

[prologue] You are about to see a new kind of "western". We hope you won't take it too seriously, because our story takes place in a land that never existed, called, Limbo County, California. See more »


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Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Rosemary Clooney
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A Must for RC Fans!!
16 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Rosemary Clooney was without a doubt at the peak of her young beauty and vocal skill when "Red Garters" was made. If you're an RC fan like me, then "RG" will be like a box of valentine candy for you. Much has been said about the minimalist Technicolor sets and "stagey" feel of this movie. It was surely intentional not only to spoof the western genre which was HUGE at the time. But I'm sure also it was intended to showcase the performances of the actors. Many surprises abound:

1.) Gene Barry's remarkable dancing ability. 2.) Joanne Gilbert (a beautiful Fairuza Balk look-alike) 3.) The adorable Pat Crowley who went on to fame on TV in "Please Don't Eat the Daisies". 4.) Buddy Ebsen's charming scarecrow-like dance number. 5.) Hunky Guy Mitchell ('nuff said!) 6.) Jack Carson's delivery that seems somewhere between Clark Gable and W.C. Fields. 7.) The Agnes DeMille-style choreography by Nick Castle. 8.) Gorgeous costumes by Edith Head (who else?)

Yes, it's corny. Yes, it seems like a ripoff of Oklahoma at times. Yes, the Native American racial stereotypes are horrendous!

Truly this film is about Rosie. When she looks directly into the camera and sings her heart out, it is truly a sight to behold!

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