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Rocky Mountain

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN, also known as GHOST MOUNTAIN, takes place near the end of the American Civil War. A detachment of Confederate Calvary, led by Captain Lafe Barstow (Flynn) crosses the state line into California under covert orders from General Robert E. Lee to rendezvous at Ghost Mountain with outlaw Cole Smith. The soldiers were instructed to place the flag atop the mountain, and though their mission failed, the heroism played the these gallant men honored the cause for which they valiantly fought.

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  • Actors: Patrice Wymore Errol Flynn
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Movies Unlimited
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EW8HOY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,383 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By C. O. DeRiemer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 6, 2008
Format: DVD
Says Lafe Barstow, captain in the army of the Confederate States of America, about his command: "Six rattle-headed kids and an old man...Kip Waterson, the baby-faced heir to a plantation...Pierre Duchesne, from French Louisiana...Pat Dennison, an old man, really, but a hard, reckless fighter who never gave ground while he lived...Kay Rawlins from the Mississippi steamboats, a rough and friendly man as the Indians now found out...Jimmy Wheat, a little red neck cropper who could fight like a wildcat with hydrophobia, who carried a useless little dog for 2,000 miles...Jonas Weatherby, the Texan, a seasoned plainsman at 18...Plank, another real plainsman, hard and bitter, with chain gang scars on his legs at 22..." They've come 2,000 miles with orders to raise an army among the Confederate sympathizers in California in a last-chance effort to draw the Union armies away from Lee. It's 1865. Even if we don't remember our history too well, we know Barstow's command is probably not going to end well. Please note that elements of the plot are discussed.

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.
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There were indeed the Panamint Shoshone in eastern California in the desert,
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.
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For more than a dozen years Errol Flynn was one of Hollywood's brightest stars, both on and off the screen. But here in 1950 his best days were behind him - Captain Blood (1935), Major Vickers (1936), Robin Hood (1938), the Earl of Essex (1939), and George Armstrong Custer (1941) - were done and gone. And while he did have a few good films left in him ("Roots of Heaven", "The Sun Also Rises", "Too Much Too Soon"), his work in the mid 40s through the mid 50s was pretty mediocre.

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".
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'Rocky Mountain' is Errol Flynn's last big screen western, probably had the smallest budget of any of his westerns, but arguably, could be his best!
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!
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By Brian on December 15, 2011
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A very underated Flynn film.March 1865,Errol is a Confederate Captain on a mission from Gen Robert E Lee to organize the Confederate underground in the West and control it for the South.
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.
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