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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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Production Co:

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

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

Goofs

Mace's cowboy hat is clearly of modern design and manufacture. It was not the type of hat that would have been worn during the Civil 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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Referenced in Breathless (1960) See more »

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Detached Duty
14 April 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Westbound finds Captain Randolph Scott of the Union Army headed in that direction to return to his civilian occupation, that of manager for the Overland Stage Company. As the main transporter of gold for the Union Treasury, Overland has had its share of holdups and other problems caused by Confederate raiders and the army puts Scott on detached duty to return to run Overland.

Scott's told to make his headquarters in Julesburg which is a hotbed of Confederate sympathy. The man Scott is replacing has absconded with all the horses and records of the company. While Scott's in the army, that man Andrew Duggan also absconded with the woman that Scott intended to marry. Virginia Mayo is now Mrs. Duggan.

Randy does what he can to cobble together Stagecoaches, horses, and people to drive them. But Duggan who is a Southern sympathizer has at his disposal a nasty pack of gunslingers headed by Michael Pate.

Westbound is an unusually short film, more in the tradition of those Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and other B cowboys from Republic. But the film does cram quite a lot into its 68 minute running time. This is one of the better Randolph Scott/Budd Boetticher collaborations. It also has a nice bouncy theme for when the stagecoach is running.

Definitely a film that will make one a Randolph Scott fan if you haven't been before.


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