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Westbound (1959)

Passed | | Action, Romance, War | May 1959 (UK)
In 1864 Capt. John Hayes goes to Colorado to take over the stagecoach line and keep the flow of Western gold flowing and help the North win the Civil War.

Director:

Budd Boetticher

Writers:

Berne Giler (screenplay), Berne Giler (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Randolph Scott ... Capt. John Hayes
Virginia Mayo ... Norma Putnam
Karen Steele ... Jeanie Miller
Michael Dante ... Rod Miller
Andrew Duggan ... Clay Putnam
Michael Pate ... Mace
Wally Brown ... Stubby
John Daheim John Daheim ... Russ (as John Day)
Walter Barnes ... Willis - Stage Depot Cook
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Storyline

In 1864 Cavalry Captain John Hayes reluctantly follows orders to become the civilian boss of the Overland Stage Line, which keeps the flow of Western gold to the Union and will help it win the Civil War. Headquarters for the stage line is a small Colorado town with Southern sympathizers who will do anything they can to sabotage his mission. Resistance to his efforts is led by former friend ad colleague Clay Putnam, who has taken advantage of Hayes' absence and married his former sweetheart. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Taglines:

HELLBOUND FOR VENGEANCE FOR THE FLAMING REDHEAD WHO'D BETRAYED HIM! (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Action | Romance | War | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Virginia Mayo's hair is decidedly blonde, although the movie's tag line refers to her as a redhead. See more »

Goofs

This takes place during the Civil War. And typical of movies about the period, everyone has a cartridge belt and pistol instead of the 'cap and ball' available at the time. See more »

Quotes

Norma Putnam: Why didn't you write to me?
Capt. John Hayes: [after a pause] Would it have made any difference?
Norma Putnam: [after a pause] Might have.
Capt. John Hayes: My bad luck.
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Referenced in Breathless (1960) See more »

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72 min western,worth your time
3 November 2010 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

As a fan of Virginia Mayo,I was disappointed :she has three or four scenes and that's it ;the real female lead is Karen Steele ,an OK actress but without her colleague's appeal.

"Westbound" is a very short western ,without a dull moment;some characters -not Mayo's ,too predictable- are interesting particularly the one-armed ex-soldier who keeps on repeating he is only the half of the man he used to be .Randolph Scott is good as usual as the loyal hero on a mission to send gold to the Yankees ,who takes under his wing the young couple exposed to a sinister-looking guy's violence.

Budd Boetticher made the best of an average screenplay,much to his credit.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1959 (UK) See more »

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Budget:

$565,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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