Westbound (1959)

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    Plot Summary
    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

    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 ... Russ (as John Day)
    Walter Barnes ... Willis - Stage Depot Cook
    and more...

    Budd Boetticher

    Writing Credits
    Berne Giler ... (screenplay)
    Berne Giler ... (story) and
    Albert S. Le Vino ... (story) (as Albert Shelby LeVino)
    Henry Blanke ... producer

    David Buttolph

    J. Peverell Marley ... director of photography

    Karen Steele was romantically involved with director Budd Boetticher over a long period of time.
    Besides 'Westbound', she made several other films with the cult director.

    Shot in only 20 days for $565,000.

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

    For being second billed, Virginia Mayo has surprisingly little screen time,
    four or five scenes.

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

    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.

    Characters use the word 'gunslinger' in conversation.
    Though it has been retroactively applied to the Old West,
    the word was actually only coined well into the 20th century.

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

    Factual errors
    While Christy is reminiscing about the Overland Stage with Hayes,
    he reminds him that they worked together on the line for twenty years
    . Before that, he says, he worked for the Pony Express.
    As the year is 1864, that would push his Pony Express experience to 1844
    or earlier if you subtract Hayes' Civil War service.
    The actual Pony Express only was in operation for one year, from 1860 to 1861

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    Laramie Street, Warner Brothers Burbank Studios - 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California, USA
    Warner Ranch, Calabasas, California, USA

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    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 6 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Westbound is a 1959 American Western film directed by Budd Boetticher
    and starring Randolph Scott, Virginia Mayo, and Karen Steele.
    This is the sixth of seven films directed by Boetticher and starring Scott.

    The movie was shot in September 1957 in Warnercolor. at cost of more than a half-million dollars.
    The Laramie Street set at Warner’s Burbank was used for the setting of Julesburg, Colorado.
    The Warner Ranch was used for other settings.

    David Buttolph composed the score.

    Westbound was released on April 25, 1959.

    The movie was not a part of the Ranown cycle of Westerns for which Boetticher,
    Scott and Harry Joe Brown partnered; Scott owed Warners one picture from an old contract,
    so Boetticher volunteered to direct it himself so as to protect their brand.
    Although Boetticher never went so far as to disown the film,
    he felt it was not part of the series and would only discuss it outside of that

    User Review

    Better than average minor Western
    18 October 2007 | by lorenellroy (United Kingdom)

    Best Wishes
    London- England