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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

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Shot in only 20 days for $565,000. See more »

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The female characters in the film clearly have their hair set with hairspray. This product was invented during WWII and was made commonly available after the war. See more »

Quotes

Clay Putnam: You walk out of this house and you go out the way you came in... with nothing but the clothes on your back! I wouldn't depend on goin' to Hayes either... cause Mace is gonna kill him... if he already hasn't.
Norma Putnam: I love you, Clay. I guess I know I always will... but if you let anything happen to John Hayes, I swear I'll see you hang!
[Goes up the stairs]
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Featured in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) See more »

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Director and Cast Elevate Mediocre Western
16 November 2009 | by dallesmacSee all my reviews

Agree with other viewers that "Westbound" is the least of the seven Budd Boettcher/Randolph Scott westerns. But the assured work of both Director Boettcher and Star Scott take this up a notch or two from the run-of-the-mill fifties oater. Nice work too from Michael Pate as the arch villain (watch the way he moves). And it's good to see Virginia Mayo, even in a throwaway role. In most other respects, though, this just isn't up to Boettcher's other work with Scott, and the fact Boettcher dismissed and virtually disowned it is no surprise. The movie lacks the tough, lean feel that makes the others real classics that can be seen over and over. One viewing is enough for "Westbound."


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