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Raton Pass (1951)

Approved | | Western | 7 April 1951 (USA)
In the midst of a feud between two rancher families, a shrewd woman marries one of the ranchers and later tries to take his land through divorce and violent tactics involving a gang of outlaws.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

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Thomas W. Blackburn (novel), Thomas W. Blackburn (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Dennis Morgan ... Marc Challon
Patricia Neal ... Ann Challon
Steve Cochran ... Cy Van Cleave
Scott Forbes ... Prentice
Dorothy Hart ... Lena Casamajor
Basil Ruysdael ... Pierre Challon
Louis Jean Heydt ... Jim Pozner (as Louis J. Heydt)
Roland Winters ... Sheriff Perigord
James Burke ... Hank
Elvira Curci Elvira Curci ... Tia
Carlos Conde Carlos Conde ... Germaine
John Crawford ... Sam
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Ben
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The ambitious Ann arrives with the stagecoach in Raton Pass to find herself in the midst of a feud between the Challon and the Pozner families. Ann immediately seeks out Marc Challon, a young man from the richest cattle ranch family, who is in love with Lena Casamajor. Seductively Ann works her way into Marc's heart. Marc marries her and Ann is given deed to half the ranch by Marc's father Pierre. When her husband brings home an even richer man (Prentice), who owns a railroad in hopes of getting him to financially back the ranch, Ann convinces Marc to leave the job to her. Instead, Ann seduces Prentice into falling in love with her also and talks him into buying out her husband. He agrees. Suddenly, Ann and Prentice find themselves totally alone as Marc and all the hands have quit the ranch. So Ann sends for the gunslinger Cy Van Cleave, she met in the past. Cy brings in his fellow outlaws and they begin to take over the cattle ranch. Written by Robert

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Where The Mountains Were Blasted Open---And Men Fought Gun-To-Gun For The Treasured Land In The Middle! See more »

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Along the Santa Fe Trail See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Chilling and evil vixen
17 August 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Patricia Neal plays a chilling and evil vixen who uses and disposes men like Kleenex trying to get to the top. Among those she charms and disposes of or tries to in Raton Pass are Dennis Morgan, Basil Ruysdael, Steve Cochran, and Scott Forbes. This has fatal consequences for some of them.

Father and son Basil Ruysdael and Dennis Morgan own the biggest spread around and Ruysdael is one proud and ruthless character who's not too squeamish about what he does to maintain supremacy. He's feuding with neighbor Louis Jean Heydt, but Morgan is courting daughter Dorothy Hart and the marriage may make it a happy merger of interest.

That is until Neal arrives in town and she seduces Morgan away from Hart and they marry. So happy and charmed by his daughter-in-law that as a wedding present Ruysdael turns over title to the ranch to Morgan and Neal. That's when Neal really goes to work.

Part of her scheme includes banker Scott Forbes and outlaw Steve Cochran. In Cochran she finally meets a man more evil than her. But she thinks she's up to him.

A little more plot than usual characterizes this western and Raton Pass is definitely not for the Saturday matinée kid's trade. We do get to hear Dennis Morgan sing a song at his wedding which is always nice.

But Neal is truly a malevolent creature and Cochran isn't too far behind her. They make Raton Pass some interesting viewing.


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