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During the next three days we're going to get to know quite well Captain Barstow (Errol Flynn) and his men. They're holed up in the Nevada Mountains vainly waiting for promised assistance from a California renegade. They've rescued a stage driver and a woman passenger, the fiancée of a Union officer, from an Indian attack. They've tricked and captured a Union patrol. And they know Shoshone warriors are gathering in force to wipe everyone out.
This was the last western Flynn made. Warner Brothers put as few resources into the making of this movie as they could get away with. There are a handful of actors, with only Flynn being a name, and perhaps 50 extras on horseback.Read more ›
but the drums in the movie are very unlike real Shoshone music.
Historically the Shoshone raided Wells Fargo Pony express
and stage coaches in the 1860's that came into California.
The real Confederate move in the west was one involving Confederate troops
from Texas, but the story is a good one about yet another
Confederate failure. It seems strange that in the middle
of a civil war you have a three sided conflict?
The other material on the DVD are three good short movies
about historical California and a comedy show at the end.
I have seen several others of the digitized early westerns
on DVD and this is better than some of them.
In this film Flynn plays a Confederate Captain sent to California to stir up trouble. He's accompanied by a motley crew that includes Slim Pickens, Big Boy Williams, Sheb Wooley, and Chubby Johnson, and his love interest is his future wife, Patrice Wymore, in her film debut.
Slim Pickens (1919-1983) is best remembered for his role as the cowboy who rides a nuclear bomb in "Dr. Strangelove" (1941), but I remember him best in "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (1973) as the aging Sheriff Baker who is gut shot and sitting by the river with his wife Katy Jurado as Bob Dylan sings "Knocking on Heaven's Door."
"Big Boy" Williams (1899-1962) stuck out in more than 200 films, often as a comic sidekick in films like "Dodge City" (1939), "Santa Fe Trail" (1940) "The Alamo" (1960), and "The Comancheros" (1961). He transitioned to TV in the 50s appearing in "My Friend Flicka" (1955-6) and more notably in "Circus Boy" (1956-7).
Chubby Johnson (1903-74) made a career out of being the affable sidekick in western films and then TV.
Sheb Wooley (1921-2003) is best known for his roles as a villain in films like "High Noon" (Ben Miller) and "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (Travis Cobb), but his greatest popularity came as scout Pete Nolan in TV's "Rawhide".Read more ›
Still handsome at 40, just before the decline set in, Flynn is a born leader, and a tough one when called for, their mission is futile, they know it, but duty means they must press on regardless, in the end it's a case of, can they save anyone from the maurading indians, closing in all around them? Featuring some magnificent scenery in New Mexico, it could have benefited by color, but apart from that, this is one fine western, with a surprise ending, that makes it all that more real!
The key is outlaw leader Cole Smith(Howard Petrie)a sacastic,unfeeling hoodlum who Errol and his small unit of Confederate soildiers have little repect for.
They save two passangers,(Patrice Wymore and Chubby Johnson)from an indian attack.
Soon Union Officer(Scott Forbes)whos engaged to Patrice come looking for her and he too is captured by the Confederates.
Trouble brews when the warlike indian tribe attack the mountain where the soildiers are hiding waiting for Cole Smiths men.
Patrice Wymore soon became MRS Flynn.
Sheb Wooley,local on Rawhide had a big 1950s record with The Purple People Eater .This was his First film.(Only time he worked with Flynn).
Errols final Western and last performance with pal,constant sidekick,and later pallbearer,Guinn Big Boy Williams.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this movie and it is hard to get. Quick delivery. Already watched it and it is fine.Published 2 months ago by David T.
I'm giving this one five stars. I bought it in a boxed set of Flynn westerns. This one was made in 1950 and one look at Flynn and you just knew that his days as a huge box office... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Gary Gilfoy
Classic Errol Flynn with a memorable ending. Likewise for Slim Pickens. Virtually the same the plot was used for the first Cheyenne TV Series episode. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Terry Grogan