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

Genres:

Action | Romance | War | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Le courrier de l'or 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

The sixth of seven Westerns directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph Scott. 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

Henchman: [Realizing that their horses have been run off] You know, it's ten miles back to town!
Russ: [after a pause, he punches him, knocks him to the ground, and replies dryly] Closer to eleven.
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Referenced in Breathless (1960) See more »

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Scott Plus Boetticher minus Ranown
10 February 2012 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

This is a decent western—how could it not be since it stars Randolph Scott, always a cowboy who could make you believe it. Here he's a cavalry officer charged with getting gold shipments back east for the Union war effort. Trouble is there are Southern sympathizers in town, including his romantic rival (Duggan) and the hired gunsel (Pate); on the other hand, Scott's only help is a one-armed ex-Union soldier and his eye-catching wife (Dante & Steele).

Most of the action occurs in town or at the stagecoach way station, but we do get some well-chosen scenic shots in Warner Color. Also, Dante makes a likable ally for Scott, as he shows us how to fire a rifle with only one hand; at the same time, he and Scott play off one another really well. However, Mayo's role looks like an inessential add-on, maybe for marquee value.

Unfortunately, that final shootout is not up to Boetticher's usual standards— for example, Mace (Pate) looks like he wants to get shot, standing in the middle of the street as bullets fly. Speaking of the versatile Michael Pate, he seems to have been in about every sage opera of the period. But then he's got such a different look, so well suited to playing baddies.

Anyway, the overall result is not on par with Boetticher's classic Ranown series of westerns, made at about the same time, (The Tall T {1957}, et al.). It's a comparison that may indicate the importance of producer Harry Joe Brown to that exceptional series. Nonetheless, Westbound is still worth a look-see as Scott turns in another fine performance.


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