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Barricade (1950)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 20 July 1951 (Australia)
Jack London's "The Sea Wolf" is transported from sea to land in this intriguing western. The ruthless boss of a mining camp meets his match when fugitives from justice cross his path.

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Peter Godfrey

Writers:

William Sackheim (screenplay), Jack London (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dane Clark ... Bob Peters
Raymond Massey ... Boss Kruger
Ruth Roman ... Judith Burns
Robert Douglas ... Aubrey Milburn
Morgan Farley ... The Judge
Walter Coy ... Benson
George Stern George Stern ... Tippy
Robert Griffin ... Kirby
Frank Marlowe ... Brandy
Tony Martinez Tony Martinez ... Peso
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Jack London's "The Sea Wolf" is transported from sea to land in this intriguing western. The ruthless boss of a mining camp meets his match when fugitives from justice cross his path.

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Genres:

Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1951 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Barricada See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Massey is good, and an interestingly odd script.
6 April 2012 | by audiemurphSee all my reviews

"Barricade" is most noteworthy for the villainous performance of Raymond Massey, who clearly relishes his role as a vile manipulator of men with no moral compass at all. Mr. Massey's "Boss Kruger" lures wanted men (that is, wanted by the law) into his private hell-hole in the middle of the desert, with promises of good wages to do some mining work, and keeps them there as virtual slaves and prisoners.

Though a true B- western, this film features a script that is fast-moving, and not completely predictable. There is a brief Shakespeare-quoting duel, for example. And, rather unusually, Massey keeps a painting of England's King Richard III, who he idolizes, in his office.

A couple of other noteworthy oddities: In hindsight, there is not single character in this film who we can truly sympathize with, not a hero of any kind. Even Dane Clark, as the nominal protagonist, though likable, is not a text-book Western hero. Weirder still is that the cast features, not 1, but 2 jockey-sized actors (that is to say, slightly freakishly undersized), as members of Massey's dysfunctional workforce. One plays the drunken pastor cum judge, and the other a sleazy turncoat with a slightly theatrical manner.

Ruth Roman is achingly gorgeous throughout; yet, in another oddity, the director and producer clearly made a decision to have not one bit of sexual suggestion in the movie. Though she is the only female in an isolated nest of male vipers, not one makes a lavicious play for her. Very interesting, very different.

If you like Westerns, then you can do worse than this. Keep your eyes on Massey and Roman, and you will be reasonably entertained for the little more than an hour it takes to watch this one.


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