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Ride a Crooked Trail (1958)

Fugitive bank robber Joe Maybe steals the identity of a marshal and rides into a town whose judge asks Joe to act as town marshal but an old flame almost betrays his real identity forcing Joe to claim she's his wife.

Director:

Jesse Hibbs

Writers:

Borden Chase (screenplay), George Bruce (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Audie Murphy ... Joe Maybe
Gia Scala ... Tessa Milotte
Walter Matthau ... Judge Kyle
Henry Silva ... Sam Teeler
Joanna Moore ... Little Brandy
Eddie Little Eddie Little ... Jimmy
Mary Field ... Mrs. Curtis
Leo Gordon ... Sam Mason
Mort Mills ... Pecos
Frank Chase Frank Chase ... Ben
Bill Walker ... Jackson
Ned Wever Ned Wever ... Attorney Clark
Richard H. Cutting ... Banker Curtis
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Storyline

After robbing a bank Murphy assumes the identity of his pursuer, a famous US Marshal, when he stumbles into a town and is confronted by the local judge, Matthau. Murphy is forced to remain as the new Marshal; an old flame, Scala, nearly unmasks him by accident, only to be forced to assume the ruse of being Murphy's wife. The "couple" given a house and respectability, which neither has had before. They maintain the charade to avoid hurting a young orphan boy, Matthau's ward. Scala is torn by her loyalty to boyfriend planning to rob the bank and growing feelings for Murphy. Written by Rita Richardson

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Taglines:

Alone . . . he faced the deadly crossfire of a killer mob . . . and a fear-crazed town!

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Middle of the Street See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Walter Matthau played the crusty judge/father figure to the boyish Audie Murphy. In reality, Matthau was only 4-6 years older than Murphy See more »

Goofs

When Teller's gang rides into town, there are 10 total. One man gets killed by Maybe at the bar. When they split up outside of town, 3 ride away to wait for the herd payments. 7 ride back to town to try to rob the bank for the railroad payroll. See more »

Quotes

Tessa Milotte: Teeler is interested in that bank, and so am I. When I learn how this town works, he'll ride in with ten men, and do what you'd like to do.
Joe Maybe: You're still talkin' about the bank?
Tessa Milotte: Nothing else.
Joe Maybe: When you write to Teeler, tell him I got here first. And I'm not just talkin' about the bank!
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Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(uncredited)
Composed by Richard Wagner
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User Reviews

nice and little more
31 October 2013 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

the cast makes difference in this case. the story, the end, the little tricks are old ingredients of genre. and performance, it can be only correct because it represents only part of machine. so,for not to be another western, this film search be a different game. the nice Audie Murphy gives all necessary nuances to his bad guy with good soul, Eddie Little represents ideal spice for a story of masks, using the Puck place and remembers from Lassie, but the key of film are Gia Scala in a splendid role and , sure, Walter Mathau.and this is the secret of this little film - the balance between humor and drama, the expected events in soft package. in same measure, good occasion to remember the "roots" of Henry Silva.


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