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Westbound (1959)

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 GLORY ALONG THE FLAMING FRONTIER (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Action | Romance | War | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Messer an der Kehle 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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Trivia

Shot in only 20 days for $565,000. See more »

Goofs

As with the pistol anachronism, Miller had a Winchester model 1866 (or later) lever action rifle, despite the film being set in 1864. See more »

Quotes

Rod Miller: [going into the stage stop] Well, they tell me they got a good man runnin' this place.
Capt. John Hayes: [laconically] Let you know after I drink his coffee.
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Referenced in Breathless (1960) See more »

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Weakest Boetticher-Scott Western
7 August 2011 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

During the American Civl War, an Army captain is tasked with ensuring the safe transport of government gold in the Old West. This is perhaps the weakest of the seven Boetticher-Scott Westerns, thanks to a so-so script that fails to evolve into a compelling narrative. The best of the series featured the writing of Burt Kennedy, and he's absent here. Scott plays a character similar to the others in the series, an easy-going fellow pushed to fight by the bad guys. Mayo plays the love interest, although she has a small role. Featured in a more prominent female role is Steele, who also appeared in two other Boetticher-Scott Westerns.


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