Colorado Territory (1949)

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    • Colorado Territory (1949)




      Plot Summary
      Outlaw Wes McQueen is sprung from jail to help pull one last railroad job.
      He doesn't like his new partners - except dance-hall girl Colorado -
      and anyway fancies Julie Ann newly arrived from the east
      to set up home with her father.
      Maybe time to get out.
      Unfortunately he also has a $10,000 reward on his head, dead or alive.
      Written by Jeremy Perkins

      Joel McCrea ... Wes McQueen
      Virginia Mayo ... Colorado Carson
      Dorothy Malone ... Julie Ann Winslow
      Henry Hull ... Fred Winslow
      John Archer ... Reno Blake
      James Mitchell ... Duke Harris
      Morris Ankrum ... United States Marshal
      Basil Ruysdael ... Dave Rickard
      Frank Puglia ... Brother Tomas
      Ian Wolfe ... Homer Wallace
      Harry Woods ...Pluthner
      Houseley Stevenson ... Prospector

      Anthony Veiller ... producer

      Sidney Hickox ... (as Sid Hickox)

      Writing Credits
      John Twist ... (written by) and
      Edmund H. North ... (written by)
      W.R. Burnett ... (novel) (uncredited)

      Colorado Territory is a remake of the same director's 1941 film High Sierra.

      The first American movie to be banned in West Germany,
      due to being 'an example of gangster films which glorify anti-social elements'.

      A cigarette string in Wes McQueen's front pocket changes shape,
      position and then disappears altogether.

      At 37:00, McQueen goes to visit his old partner.
      He sits down at a table with him and takes put a pouch of tobacco and rolling paper.
      He opens the pouch & sprinkles tobacco onto the paper,
      then pulls the drawstring on the tobacco pouch with his teeth
      and throws the pouch on the table.
      Seconds later, in the next scene, the pouch is back in his hand and he repeats
      the same process.

      Factual errors
      Towards the end when Mayo is firing two single action revolvers,
      one in each hand, she does not thumb back the hammers.
      She fires them double action by just pulling the triggers.
      Not possible with single action revolvers.

      Revealing mistakes
      When Wes escapes from the jail cell at the beginning,
      and the lawmen rush into the cell and find the window bars
      sawed open with a hacksaw, they lift the window bars and they flex,
      obviously not made of iron or steel and clearly anyone could easily
      just tear them out by hand.

      Audio/visual unsynchronised
      Towards the end when Colorado Carson runs into the posse camp
      she is asked who she is. She says "I'm his woman".
      The word "woman" has been dubbed, her lips clearly mouth "wife".

      Boom mic visible
      When Wes and Colorado are walking out of the old mission,
      talking about going to Mexico to be married,
      a moving shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the arched doorway behind them.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Durango-Silverton Railway Line, Colorado, USA
      Gallup, New Mexico, USA
      Juarez Square, Warner Ranch, Calabasas, California, USA
      Sedona, Arizona, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Colorado Territory is a 1949 American Western film directed by
      Raoul Walsh and starring Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo, and Dorothy Malone.
      Written by Edmund H. North and John Twist,
      and based on the novel High Sierra by W.R. Burnett,
      the film is about an outlaw who is sprung from jail
      to help pull one last railroad job.

      This version is a remake of the 1941 crime film High Sierra starring Humphrey Bogart,
      also directed by Walsh.
      The story was remade for a third time in 1955 as
      I Died a Thousand Times with Jack Palance and Shelley Winters.

      User Review

      Pretty darned solid
      20 April 2005 | by bushrod56 (Jacksonville, Fla)

      bush wrote:

      Finally was able to view this semi-famous film (due mainly, I suspect,

      because of the Raoul Walsh/remake of HIGH SIERRA connection).
      Is it 'better' than HIGH SIERRA? A question, IMO, that doesn't need to be asked,
      much less answered. Both are pretty riveting pieces of entertainment for their
      respective genres (gangster & western).
      I'll admit I had some innocent fun in comparing the similarities of both.
      The thing I was struck by was the darker, more devious Malone character
      in the role Joan Leslie had in HIGH SIERRA and also feeling that maybe
      Joel McCrea was miscast; his screen persona is the 'stalwart and true' type
      and not an out and out bandit. His only chance to fit into a criminal role
      would be when it's 'forced' on him and I don't recall that being the case in this one.
      But why quibble?
      Here we have the superior art direction and fast action
      (mostly in the second half, true) typical of WB at it's late 40's/early 50's peak.
      This sort of thing makes up for a lot of any kind of casting/scripting deficiencies
      in my book.
      And what an under-rated actress is Virginia Mayo!
      She can be fiery one moment and then quiet and subtle the next.
      Very desirable in this one.
      I mostly prefer my westerns in good color, but think perhaps this one was pessimistic
      and dark enough to warrant B&W without decreasing the entertainment value
      (as in Walsh's PURSUED).
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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