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Ride a Crooked Trail (1958)

Not Rated | | Romance, Western | 23 November 1958 (USA)
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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Joe Maybe
... Tessa Milotte
... Judge Kyle
... Sam Teeler
... Little Brandy
Eddie Little ... Jimmy
Mary Field ... Mrs. Curtis
... Sam Mason
... Pecos
Frank Chase ... Ben
Bill Walker ... Jackson
Ned Wever ... Attorney Clark
... 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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Alone . . . he faced the deadly crossfire of a killer mob . . . and a fear-crazed town!

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Romance | Western

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23 November 1958 (USA)  »

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Middle of the Street  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastman Color)

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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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Bridal Chorus
(uncredited)
Composed by Richard Wagner
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For this kind of film, this is as good as it gets!
3 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

For a modestly budgeted, unambitious horse opera, this is as good as it gets. Audie Murphy's Western vehicles of the 50s don't command the respect of Randolph Scott's or Joel McCrea's, but they are just as entertaining. A few of them ("No Name On The Bullet," "Posse From Hell") have an unusual edge that makes them noteworthy, but this one simply transcends its limitations to be a damned good entertainment. Walter Matthau steals every scene he's in as an alcoholic judge, while Murphy's subtly nervous performance as the would-be outlaw pretending he's a respected lawman may remind one of David Janssen as TV's "The Fugitive." Audie reportedly was uncomfortable with romantic scenes, but here he handles some innuendo-laden dialogue with Gia Scala quite nicely. Henry Silva and Mort Mills provide some surprisingly restrained (for this sort of thing) villainy. The premise (good-at-heart outlaw is reformed by wearing a badge) was old hat, but the execution is great! Set your expectations for a medium budgeted Western with no pretensions, and you won't be disappointed. You may even be pleasantly surprised.


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