Ramrod (1947)

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    • Ramrod (1947)



      Plot Summary
      A cattle-vs.-sheepman feud loses Connie Dickason her fiance, but gains her his ranch, which she determines to run alone in opposition to Frank Ivey, "boss" of the valley, whom her father Ben wanted her to marry. She hires recovering alcoholic Dave Nash as foreman and a crew of Ivey's enemies. Ivey fights back with violence and destruction, but Dave is determined to counter him legally... a feeling not shared by his associates. Connie's boast that, as a woman, she doesn't need guns proves justified, but plenty of gunplay results.
      Written by Rod Crawford

      Joel McCrea ... Dave Nash
      Veronica Lake ... Connie Dickason
      Don DeFore ... Bill Schell
      Donald Crisp ... Jim Crew
      Preston Foster ... Frank Ivey
      Arleen Whelan ... Rose Leland
      Charles Ruggles ... Ben Dickason (as Charlie Ruggles)
      Lloyd Bridges ... Red Cates
      Nestor Paiva ... Curley
      Ray Teal ... Ed Burma
      Houseley Stevenson ... George Smedley (as Housely Stevenson)
      Ward Wood ... Link Thoms (as Robert Wood)
      Ian MacDonald ... Walt Shipley
      Wally Cassell ... Virg Lea
      Sarah Padden ... Mrs. Parks
      Hal Taliaferro ... Jess Moore
      Jeff Corey ... Bice
      Victor Potel ... Burch Nellice (as Vic Potel)
      and many more...

      André De Toth ... (as Andre de Toth)

      Writing Credits
      Luke Short ...(original story) (uncredited)
      Jack Moffitt ... (screenplay) &
      C. Graham Baker ... (screenplay) (as Graham Baker) and
      Cecile Kramer ... (screenplay)

      Harry Sherman ... producer
      Eugene Strong ... associate producer (as Gene Strong)

      Adolph Deutsch

      Russell Harlan ... director of photography

      At the time of filming, Veronica Lake and director André De Toth were married. This film was their first screen collaboration.

      "Ramrod" had its Gala World Premiere on Feb. 20, 1947 at both the Utah and Capitol Theaters in Salt Lake City as part of Utah's centennial celebration as a US Territory. A newspaper announcement of the day boasts that in person for the premiere would be Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Donald Crisp, Don DeFore, Preston Foster, Charles Ruggles and "15 other Hollywood Stars".

      "The Hedda Hopper Show - This Is Hollywood" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 22, 1947 with Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake reprising their film roles.

      Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake's first collaboration since Sullivan's Travels (1941), behind the scenes of which they did not get along. McCrea also turned down the lead role in I Married a Witch (1942) to avoid working with Lake again.

      Daily Variety reported that a Union Pacific locomotive called the "Ramrod Special" took 100 Hollywood celebrities to the February 21, 1947 Salt Lake City premiere. There the film was touted as the "official" motion picture of Utah's centennial celebration.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Zion National Park, Utah, USA
      Enterprise Studios - 5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA (interiors)
      Grafton, Utah, USA

      Watch the Movie

      [extendedmedia] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMDZTzjWGeI [/extendedmedia]
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Ramrod (1947)

      Ramrod is a 1947 Western film directed by Andre DeToth.
      This cowboy drama from Hungarian director DeToth was the first of several films based
      on the stories of Western author Luke Short. DeToth's first Western is often compared
      to films noir movies released around the same time.
      The film stars
      Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake, who was married to director DeToth from 1944-52.

      Critical reception
      The film received a positive review from The New York Times, which said in summary "the director, scenarists and cast, many of whom are no strangers to this sort of emoting, have pitched in with vim to make this horse opera a pleasant variation on a venerable theme."

      It was the first film from the independent production company Enterprise and was Lake's first movie as a star outside Paramount. Shooting took place in Utah.

      According to Variety the film earned $2 million, with a negative cost of $1.5 million.
      This made it one of the more successful films from the shortlived Enterprise Company

      User Review

      30 April 2008 | by dougdoepke (Claremont,USA)

      doug wrote:

      She may have been tiny, but she could hard-eye stare as well as any man, and make you believe it. It's that quality that this complex Western turns on, and fortunately Veronica Lake delivers in spades. It's not like she's the only good actor in the cast. There's the reliable Joel McCrea as the good guy, the commanding Donald Crisp as the sheriff, and Don De Fore in a sly role as McCrea's buddy, showing both an easy grin and a tricky set of values.

      Usually it's two patriarchal land barons who feud over territory. Here it's not. It's the tiny Lake and bad guy Preston Foster who are duking it out, both fair and foul. What makes this Western more interesting than most is that Lake and DeFore fit somewhere between the poles of good-guy bad-guy. You never quite know what they'll do next because their moral compass sometimes wobbles. Being a woman with a lot of ambition, Lake has to finagle men into doing her shooting for her, and guess how she does that. And being a man who likes women, DeFore has figure out how to balance his loyalties. That makes for some interesting situations.

      Director Andre DeToth (check out his unpronounceable real name) is the perfect overseer for a plot that features quiet treachery, hidden motives and raw violence. Maybe that's because his middle-European background was steeped in just trying to survive. Nonetheless, his sardonic view of human nature reminds me of an early version Sam Peckinpah. In fact, the latter hired de Toth to direct several episodes of Peckinpah's brilliant TV series The Westerner (1960). In that same vein, note de Toth's unflinching camera when filming the night battle near movie's end and when filming the treacherous backshot on Foster's front porch. It's clear he's bumping against Production Code strictures on what can be shown and what can't.

      Ramrod is an underrated Western with an adult story-line. You may, however, need a score card to keep up with the various twists and turns. Still and all, the scenery's great, the acting top-notch, and the action where it ought to be. In my little book, that's definitely a can't-miss package.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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